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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
star-4.5
USD54.99 per adult
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Better than expected.
The entire experience was memorable from beginning to end. Would like to do it everyday if possible.
Wayne_B, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

star-5
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!!!
star-4
The guide spends time...
Alex_B, Jun. 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
The guide spends time explaining the history, and entertains the group with the many daredevil stories that have taken place at the falls.
star-5
Excited being close to falls
Edna_B, Jun. 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
I enjoyed our tour guides stories and information about the park and cave of winds. It was easily accessible for my husband who is Ill but still able to get a few last trips in.
star-5
loved.
Laura_R, Jun. 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
The boat. all areas beautiful. we learn History , and enjoy all times. it's a Dream come true. the rainbow 🌈 close to us.omg..
star-5
Billy was hilarious! The...
Craig_P, Jun. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Billy was hilarious! The tour was incredible. We had the best time. I recommend this tour to everyone!
star-5
It’s never too late!
Roger_F, Jun. 2022
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
My husband and I are 65 and 68 respectively. It was our first time. It is an amazing experience and it was well worth our time. Now to bring the grandchildren!
star-5
Best over all tour for up close and personal Niagara Falls.
Carol_K, Jun. 2022
Discovery Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat & Cave of winds
Each and every stop was truly amazing.It’s difficult to name just one part. Our bus driver “Jordon” was great, we all had fun with his humor. He guided/directed us for each leg of the boat/bus tour. The 4 + hours went by too fast.
star-5
Can’t Wait To Do It Again !!!!
Miguel_G, May 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
We had an absolute great time during our visit to Cave Of The Winds Niagara Falls New York ! Our tour guide was excellent. He had so much interesting information on the history of the Niagara Falls. Overall the tour was excellent ! The Grand Finally “ The Cave Of The Winds “ was absolutely breath taking ! Thank You all for a time we will never forget .
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Our tour guy was so nice...
raadsahhar92, Jun. 2022
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Our tour guy was so nice , he have so much information about the Niagara Falls history His name was eduardo Really thanks eduardo
star-5
What a day
Gladys_R, May 2022
Discovery Niagara Falls USA Tour with Boat & Cave of winds
Jordan our tour guide was excellent. He had a great sense of humor and made everyone on the tour feel as one big family outing. Can’t go wrong with this tour.
star-4
Great! With some hiccups.
Porter_C, May 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
The tour was great and with the peace of mind that we could get into the attractions at the time we wanted. The other guests were not respectful of others time and we had to wait a total of an hour or more for them to get back to the car, it ended up being a 7 hour experience with only the food and water we brought...Mickey was a delight and knowledgeable.
star-5
Niagara Falls at its best
Dennis_K, Jun. 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
The guide was the best part of the trip, He was informative and friendly. In an hour I got to see what I came to see
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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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