Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls

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#2 of 149 in Nature in New York State
Experience firsthand the cascading water and thunderous sounds of one of the country’s most famous natural wonders at Cave of the Winds. The behind-the-scenes tour takes you 53 m (175 ft) down into the Niagara Gorge to the “hurricane deck” at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls. Cling tight to your hood as you walk carefully along the wooden walkway, enduring the howling wind and spraying mist of the majestic waterfall. Bring a waterproof camera to capture pictures of the action and of the breathtaking scenery. Rain gear and no-slip shoes are provided on the tour free of charge. For Cave of the Winds and beyond, use our Niagara Falls trip builder to get the most from your Niagara Falls vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Wish we had done this one first thing as soon as it opened. We were here on a Monday afternoon. We instead opted to do Maid of the Mist first. The line for this attraction was very long. Waited 20 min...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Cave of the Winds is not a cave, it's a tour up the side of the American Falls that gets you up close and personal with the wet and wild force of the falls. A rain poncho and special sandals are p...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It was an amazing way to see the falls can't believe how close you get We used grayline tours and would recommend to anyone to go that route to see the different attractions at Niagara Falls No parkin...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Definitely worth the experience in every way. You can get right up to the base and see the falls and the water crashing down from an arms length away. Be prepared for long lines after mid day. The attraction is highly used and the wait times can be brutal. You can get soaked, however, that can be avoided (if you prefer) as you can opt a different route with less water exposure. The admission price includes a pair of foam sandals and a very light shell to shield you from the water (it goes down to around your knees). The time of the experience ranges from 30-120 minutes depending on how many folks are in your party, the number of pictures you take, and your willingness to continue to get wetter over time. The views are truly incredible. Had a great time with my 11 y/o boy. The sound of the water is loud but not deafening. It roared mightily and added to the experience. Don't miss out on this one if you can! I felt it was well priced and inexpensive to boot. Visited and provided this review posting as of July, 2017.
  • July 7, 2017
    I really enjoyed this one. It's definitely worth the wait. Make sure you pick up your sandals and make sure they're the right side and pairs. This attraction definitely makes memories.
  • July 8, 2017
    The wait lines were a bit long but it was worth it! You can enjoy the beautiful views and get sprayed in water. I don't recommend it if the place is too crowdy as too many people will want to enjoy the water spray from the falls at the same time, and the area is fairly small. You have to take off your shoes and you'll be given a new shoe/sandal for free that you can keep even after the experience, along with a plastic bag to keep your current shoes in. A yellow raincoat is also provided.
  • June 13, 2017
    Tons of fun! Out of all of the activities we did this one we will definitely do again. You get a free pair of flip flops which are actually pretty nice, and you literally are within the falls...just watch out for seagulls pooping on you (although you get so wet the poop won't be there long.)
  • June 10, 2017
    By far, the best experience I've had at Niagra Falls. My wife and I traveled the Canadian side and the American side, and this was the first time we tried this adventure (with three kids in tow - ages 3, 7, & 9). I have never heard my children laugh so much, squeal with such excitement, nor thank us so much for an experience. We definitely plan to bring them again.

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Where to stay in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is home to an array of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts within a wide price range. Many are within walking distance of the famous falls, and some even offer views from the rooms. Travelers on a budget can find reasonably priced dorm rooms at a hostel. The Deveaux neighborhood is well kept, and has a number of converted early 20th-century buildings. Accommodation near Little Italy is ideal for those on vacation who want to take advantage of Niagara Falls' dining and nightlife opportunities.
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