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Whirlpool State Park

Follow hiking trails to witness the power of a whirlpool and the rapids of the Niagara River. Relax on grassy lawns while spotting abundant birdlife.

Whirlpool State Park runs along the east bank of the Niagara River, presenting the opportunity to experience the full force of a natural whirlpool and class V rapids. Follow the marked trails to viewpoints or observe the river from a picnic area. If you are feeling adventurous, step aboard a power boat to splash through the rapids.

The park has two levels to explore. Start at the street level, which has numerous scenic spots offering great views of the rapids and whirlpool. Bring a picnic and relax on the large lawns while children have fun on the playground. Visit the Gorge Natural History Room to find exhibits about the geology and history of the region. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Walk down the stone stairway to the river level and the start of a hiking trail. The trail leads north along the riverbank, allowing you to get close to the thundering water of the 125-foot-deep (38-meter) whirlpool. The trail continues past the river rapids to Devil’s Hole State Park. Watch for the park’s birdlife, including blue jays, downy woodpeckers, gray catbirds and golden-crowned kinglets. You can also fish for salmon here.

A fun way to experience the whirlpool and rapids is on a 45-minute power boat tour. Choose between a covered or open boat and sit back as the vessel powers through the Devil’s Hole Rapids and into the whirlpool. Tours depart from the village of Lewiston, which is a 10-minute drive from Whirlpool State Park. Find a schedule and prices on the official website of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

Whirlpool State Park is on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of the falls themselves. Free parking is available at the entrance to the park. Public buses stop a short walk from the park’s entrance. The park is open daily and entrance is free. Restroom facilities are open from mid-April to late-October.


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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino $185
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I didnt like the adult swim hours.... pools should be for kids but other than that beautiful place and service

    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls $119
    Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

    333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Gorge View Vacation Home Upper Appartment
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      Gorge View Vacation Home Upper Appartment

      Niagara Falls, New York
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Niagara Falls, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Whirlpool State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Niagara Falls State Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Niagara Falls Station is only a 5-minute walk.

        Gorge View Vacation Home Lower APT 2
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          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Niagara Falls, this historic apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Whirlpool State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Niagara Falls State Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Niagara Falls Station is only a 5-minute walk and Niagara Falls Station is 14 minutes.

          Hyatt Place Niagara Falls $134
          Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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          Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

          Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

          310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Professional staffs. Walk to food stores, attraction park, fall, etc...within minutes.

            Sheraton Niagara Falls $149
            Reviewed on May 25, 2019
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            Sheraton Niagara Falls

            Sheraton Niagara Falls

            300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
               
              4.0 of 5
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              The location was perfect, as well as the family suite. Both the bunk and queen sized beds ( and pillows) were wonderful.

              Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls $123
              Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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              Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

              Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

              443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
                 
                3.9 of 5
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                We got in late that night and the front desk was great. He was having trouble finding the reservation and finally found it and just upgraded it for us for the trouble. Very nice gentleman and helpful with information

                The Mirabella, Walk to the Falls!!!
                The Mirabella, Walk to the Falls!!!

                The Mirabella, Walk to the Falls!!!

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