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Horseshoe Falls

Admire the largest of the three waterfalls that make up the world famous Niagara Falls and take a boat ride to the fall’s basin.

Horseshoe Falls is the largest of Niagara Falls’ three waterfalls and a highlight of this internationally famed tourist attraction. It stretches between Table Rock in Ontario and Goat Island in the state of New York. The Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, is around 188 feet (57 meters) tall, approximately 2,600 feet (790 meters) wide and one of the world’s highest-volume waterfalls.

Get up early to arrive before the crowds and start your visit at Table Rock in Canada where you can feel the mist generated from the rushing water. When the sun is shining, watch for rainbows. Pay the fee to step out onto a viewing platform at the foot of the falls and then travel deep into the falls’ bedrock to tunnels that will take you behind a huge sheet of rushing water.

Stroll north along Niagara Parkway to Rainbow Bridge to enjoy different perspectives of the waterfall and good photo opportunities. Paying a nominal fee allows you to cross the bridge to the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. Walk to Goat Island and then continue to Terrapin Point to be so close to the falls you can almost touch them. Remember to bring your passport if you plan to cross the bridge.

A fun way to view Horseshoe Falls is to board one of the boat tours that travel into the curve of the falls and beneath the spray of mist. Tours depart from the dock located just south of Rainbow Bridge. They operate from May to October. Visit the falls’ official website for further details.

Horseshoe Falls is easily accessible via public transportation. Public buses and a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus stop at various points along Niagara Parkway. Take the cable car railway that connects Table Rock with the city center. 

The peak tourist season at the falls is from June through August, which is also when the water flow is highest. Be sure to check out the falls at night when the illumination of colored lights creates a magical effect.

Ensure you have loads of time at Horseshoe Falls. Below are some of the top things to do:

Why not consider trying out a Classic All American Niagara Falls Tour and a Niagara Falls Full Adventure Pass & Helicopter or HardRock?

If you're seeking more activities, have a look at our Niagara Falls things to do page.


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Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites CA $110
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Niagara River Gorge and Fallsview Casino. Skylon Tower and Scotiabank Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes.

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview CA $115
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

    6700 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Scotiabank Convention Centre. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa CA $111
      Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa

      Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa

      6740 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Fallsview, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Horseshoe Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls CA $79
        Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

        Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

        6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Horseshoe Falls and Aquarium of Niagara are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls CA $89
          Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls

          Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls

          6546 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Scotiabank Convention Centre. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview CA $85
            Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

            Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

            6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls. Skylon Tower and Scotiabank Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes.

              Sheraton On The Falls Hotel CA $101
              Sheraton On The Falls Hotel

              Sheraton On The Falls Hotel

              5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Niagara Falls hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Oakes Garden Theatre, Casino Niagara and Crystal Caves. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km). Niagara Falls Station is 29 minutes by foot.

                Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview CA $95
                Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview

                Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview

                6733 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scotiabank Convention Centre and Fallsview Casino. Clifton Hill and Skylon Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km).