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Cave of the Winds

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Cave of the Winds showing a waterfall and landscape views as well as a large group of people

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.

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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
Fully refundable
The price is $108 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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 ...
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Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $130 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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! (1,855 reviews)
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Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
Fully refundable
The price is $134 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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. ...
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Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $108 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $130 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Sheraton Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $134 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls
Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $136 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls
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 $118 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
114 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $166 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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 $131 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
The Cadence
The Cadence
2 out of 5
200 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $179 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is $136 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
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