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Journey Behind The Falls

Descend down a cliff, and then venture through tunnels to see directly behind Horseshoe Falls. 

Journey Behind the Falls is an exhilarating adventure that does just that: takes you behind awe-inspiring Horseshoe Falls. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at this natural beauty from observation decks near the base of the falls. 

Your journey begins with a descent of 150 feet (46 meters) literally through a bedrock cliff. Hear the roar of 100,000 cubic feet (2,800 cubic meters) per second of water crashing down into the Niagara Gorge as soon as you step from the elevator. Put on the souvenir poncho before proceeding, unless you’re game for getting totally soaked. 

The elevator delivers you to a series of tunnels leading to viewing portals directly behind the cascading water. Venture out onto the large platform on the west side of Horseshoe Falls — don’t worry, barricades ensure your safety. Beware, however, that if the wind is blowing across the falls toward you, the poncho will do little good to keep you dry. The experience is exhilarating nevertheless. (In winter, waterproof outerwear is essential.) 

The tour is unguided so you can linger as long as you like, but be sure to allow at least 30 minutes so so. 

The exact volume of water pouring over the falls depends on the level of Lake Erie, 22 miles (35 kilometers) to the south. Lake Erie rushes north toward Lake Ontario, and then northeast out the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic. In spring the amount of water going over the falls can double due to melting snow. 

The Journey Behind the Falls is accessible from Niagara Parks’ Table Rock Welcome Center, which also houses shops and restaurants. This attraction is open daily, year-round, although the observation platform closes on icy winter periods. The Table Rock Welcome Center is a mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Rainbow Bridge on the Niagara Parkway. Parking is available across from the Welcome Center for a fee.


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Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites CA $109
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 within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Sheraton On The Falls Hotel CA $129
    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.

      Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa CA $119
      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. Horseshoe Falls and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        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. Skylon Tower and Clifton Hill 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.

            Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls CA $99
            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 15-minute walk of Fallsview Casino, Skylon Tower and Queen Victoria Park. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls CA $109
              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).

                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls CA $75
                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls

                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls

                5339 Murray St, Niagara Falls, ON
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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