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Cave of the Winds

Get close to the thunderous torrent of Niagara Falls on this once-in-a-lifetime tour, which will leave you both soaked and exhilarated. 

Take the spectacular Cave of the Winds tour at Niagara Falls, one of the world’s largest cascades. Bring a waterproof camera and prepare to get wet; this tour brings you within exhilarating striking distance of the torrential waters.

The original Cave of the Winds was a natural cavern behind Bridal Veil Falls, one of the cascades on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. Tours once guided visitors inside this 130-foot-high (40-meter) cave before it was destroyed by a rock fall. Today, take the safe tour to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, which still offers visitors the exhilarating winds, mist and proximity to crashing water that made the original cave so attractive.

The tour begins with an elevator ride 175 feet (53 meters) down into Niagara Gorge, the area between the Canadian and American falls. Donned in a visibility poncho and grip-enhanced sandals provided by the tour operators, follow redwood walkways toward Bridal Veil Falls.

The main attraction is the “Hurricane Deck,” a platform just 20 feet (6 meters) from the major cascade. Feel the raw power of the waterfall, which crashes against the rocks and throws up an effervescent mist. Embrace the dousing and the windy conditions, which create the atmosphere of a tropical storm. Look for rainbows created by light refracting through water droplets that hang in the air.

Walk to another observation deck, located about 150 feet (46 meters) back from the falls, for a picture-perfect view. This platform is ideal for visitors with disabilities or small children.

Note that the Hurricane Deck is dismantled in the fall due to risk of ice floe damage and rebuilt in spring. After the tour, stop at the Aquarium of Niagara to see penguins and sharks being fed.

The Cave of the Winds tour is located along the U.S.-Canadian border in Niagara Falls State Park, which was established more than 130 years ago. Drive here from Buffalo Niagara International Airport along Interstate 90. On-site parking is available for a fee. This reasonably priced tour operates daily.

Would you like to make your time spent at Cave of the Winds even more unforgettable? Don't forget to try out some of these things to do:

Why not consider trying a Classic All American Niagara Falls Tour and a Niagara Falls American-Side Illumination Tour with Boat Ride?

If you're looking for more activities, check out our Niagara Falls things to do page.


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Sheraton Niagara Falls

Sheraton Niagara Falls

300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Observation Tower, Niagara Falls State Park and Aquarium of Niagara. Devil's Hole State Park and Fort Niagara State Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

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    Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

    Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

    310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Falls Street and Niagara Falls State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Rainbow Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls CA $89
      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

      310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 15 minutes.

        Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls CA $90
        Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

        Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

        443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Falls State Park and Aquarium of Niagara. Cave of the Winds and American Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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          Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

          Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

          333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Falls Street and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Comfort Inn The Pointe CA $89
            Comfort Inn The Pointe

            Comfort Inn The Pointe

            1 Prospect Pointe, Niagara Falls, NY
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Cave of the Winds are also within 15 minutes.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York CA $84
              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

              401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls State Park and Cave of the Winds. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Rainbow Bridge are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls CA $65
                Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

                Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

                240 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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