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Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls, NY

The Basics

A Cave of the Winds tour is a must for those who want to experience Niagara Falls up close. Though the cave that once existed behind Bridal Veil Falls is no longer, the site now features wooden observation decks that allow visitors to experience the powerful, thundering water. The journey begins on the US side of the falls, with a 175-foot (53-meter) elevator descent down Niagara Gorge to the level of the Niagara River. From there, visitors can venture onto the aptly named Hurricane Deck or keep their distance on a platform 150 feet (46 meters) from the base of the falls.

For an in-depth experience, combine your Cave of the Winds tour with a ride on the famed Maid of the Mist boat or a trip to Prospect Point Observation Tower. A half-day tour of Niagara’s American side allows visitors to explore highlights such as Goat Island and the Mighty Whirlpool, while a full-day tour also features Canadian attractions such as Skylon Tower.

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Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
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USD54.99 per adult
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Awesome Tour
The tour guide was AMAZING!!! I believe his name was Sam. Great tour. The historical information given by guide was fantastic.
Donna_K, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Great tour and experience.
Alejandro_G, Jul. 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
This was a great tour and Nick, the tour guide, provided us with great history on the area. The Cave of the Winds was a great experience.
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Good Time!
Henry_L, Aug. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Tour was great, the maid of the mist is incredible and definitely seems to be the best way to see the falls and the cave of the winds let's you get so up close its amazing!
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Best part of Niagara Falls!
Pamela_J, Jul. 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
This was an incredible tour! Zak was such a great tour guide - funny, knowledgeable & helpful! And the Cave of the Winds is an amazing experience! Definitely recommend!
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Amazing tour with Brian
Emine_O, Jul. 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
We took this tour on a very busy day - 4th of July. Our tour guide - Brian - was on time to pick us up from our hotel in the morning. He gave us a lot of information about the places we visited during the tour. He was nice enough to guard our backpacks while we are in cave of the winds. There were long lines in front of cave of the winds and maid of the mist. Brian helped us to skip the lines. That was pretty cool. This tour was great. Thanks Brian!
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You have to do this at the Falls!
Kim_M, Jul. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Amazing experience! Would definitely recommend this package. Billy our guide was awesome! His recommendations were right on point. Cave of the winds is especially incredible !!
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A definite must! Everything was there for you all you had to do was go
Winnie_H, Jun. 2022
All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Tour Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
This was the awesomeness experience we’ve ever had! I love having a tour guide and just guiding us since it was our first time here perfect we were ahead of the line the whole time and had a time specifically for us. Our tour guide was nice and friendly and made things funny. Maid of the mist definitely a must do on the USA side and the cave of the winds was just unbelievable. The awesomeness of nature is truly a gift from God. See my pictures they were awesome!!!
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Great Time 👍🏼
ClaudiaM_R, Jul. 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Tour guide was punctual, friendly and respectful. Bus was clean and easy to access for some of us who had walking canes. 0900 Early tour was a great option since it gave us the rest of the day to walk around the Rainbow Blvd. Wait times were super good since it was early. Definitely recommended! …the cost/value for all we did is reasonable. Plan to get wet in the refreshing waters of the Falls, dress accordingly and enjoy!
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Zach was a great guide...
Virginia_S, Aug. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Zach was a great guide he spoke clearly & entertainingly & was very attentive to each member of his Zack Pack.
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Great Niagra Falls Tour
Robert_H, Aug. 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Great small group tour. Only us and one other couple. Tour guide Dan was very knowledgeable about Niagra and did a fantastic job.
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Sam, our guide, was an...
Jennifer_N, Aug. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Sam, our guide, was an awesome story teller. The boat ride and maid of the mist are amazing. So glad we did both. The film at the entrance was very informative, learned a lot about the history and glad I watched it.
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Near the falls
WaliulIslam_K, Aug. 2022
The Cave of the Winds USA Adventure Tour
We went near the two falls and it was simply to good to share. The guide was very nice as well. Her instructions were very helpful, simply it is worth going for it.
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Niagara Falls Tour History Lesson
Cara_T, Jul. 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Learning about the rich history of Niagara Falls as well as getting cooled off on the super hot day at The Cave of the Winds and The Maid of the Mist!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours to Cave of the Winds depart from Goat Island in New York on the US side of the falls.

  • You will get very wet when experiencing the Cave of the Winds—be sure to use the provided rain poncho, and consider bringing a light jacket and change of clothes.

  • Cave of the Winds has a deck set 150 feet (46 meters) from the falls that is specifically designed for wheelchair users and adults with small kids.

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How to Get There

Niagara Falls State Park is located along the US–Canada border. To get there, most visitors fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport or drive in on Interstate 90. Cave of the Winds tours leave from Goat Island, roughly 15 minutes by road from Niagara Falls, New York. All-day parking is available on Goat Island for a small fee. Most full-day and half-day tour options include pickup from local hotels.

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When to Get There

Cave of the Winds only operates from May through November, as the wooden walkways and decks are taken down in late autumn to prevent potential damage from ice and snow. The site is open daily from 9am to 7:30pm; opt for an early visit to avoid crowds.

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History and Legend

The original Cave of the Winds was a naturally formed cave behind Bridal Veil Falls. Discovered in 1834, it was first named Aeolus' Cave after the Greek god of winds. The cave was roughly 130 feet (40 meters) high, 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and 30 feet (9 meters) in depth, but in 1954, it was destroyed by a rock slide caused by a nearby dynamite explosion.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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