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Bridal Veil Falls
Vacation Travel Guide

The smallest of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls is still impressive, especially with a visit to the Cave of the Winds.

Bridal Veil Falls is the central cascade of the three that make up Niagara Falls. It's the smallest of the falls, at just 56-feet (17-meters) wide. This cascade of water is separated from the American Falls by tiny Luna Island. It falls a total of just over 180 feet (55 meters), including the final cascade over boulders down to the Maid of the Mist pool. One of the must-see attraction’s of Niagara Falls is here at Bridal Veil Falls. The Cave of the Winds tour brings you just a few feet from the water — close enough to feel the spray on your face — for a unique perspective.

Discovered in 1834 and opened to tourists seven years later, the original "Cave of the Winds" was a cave behind the Bridal Veil Falls. It became a major attraction on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. The name is fitting: fierce winds rushed through the cavern generated by the force of the falls before it. The original cave was permanently sealed by a rock slide in 1954. Today, the Cave of the Winds lives on as the name of the attraction on the same site.

To experience this must-see attraction, head to Goat Island. You’ll reach the Cave of the Winds via a 175-foot (53-meter) elevator to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. A guide leads you along redwood decks that provide a breathtaking view, within 20 feet (six meters) of the roaring falls! A plastic poncho and sandals are provided for your hike, however, be warned that these provide a small amount of protection from the wind-lashed spray. Keep your camera in a waterproof bag, along with any other items that need to be kept dry.

You can park on Goat Island for a fee. Alternatively, walk over the pedestrian bridge that crosses the north fork of the Niagara River a few hundred feet above American Falls and connects the two parts of the state park. Cave of the Winds is open daily, from spring to late October.

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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $105 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Niagara Falls State Park. Rainbow Bridge and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,683 reviews)

"Cleanliness, politeness. Enjoyed everything else. It’s a shame Covid 19 has a lot of activities shut down but overall everything was great"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

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Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $84 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge, Niagara Falls State Park, and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,360 reviews)

"We had a nice stay for a winter visit to Niagara Falls. Very close to the falls and the observation deck. The pool was open during COVID, with a limit of 10 people at a time. It opens at 6am, which we appreciated with young kids, and found many opportunities to use it when we were the only people ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

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Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Observation Tower. Niagara Falls State Park and ...

3.9/5Good! (1,879 reviews)

"Clean. Family friendly. Comfortable room. Staff was polite."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Sheraton Niagara Falls
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Aug 27, 2018

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Dianne

Aug 24, 2018

Get to the fireworks early to get a good spot by the falls.  It gets crowded very quickly.

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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $105 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $84 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
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The Red Coach Inn
The Red Coach Inn
3 out of 5
2 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $122 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
The Red Coach Inn
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
3.5 out of 5
401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $111 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
3 out of 5
114 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
Comfort Inn The Pointe
Comfort Inn The Pointe
2.5 out of 5
1 Prospect Pointe, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
Comfort Inn The Pointe
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
2.5 out of 5
240 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $74 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
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