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Cave of the Winds

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Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls, NY

The Basics

A Cave of the Winds tour is a must for those who want to experience Niagara Falls up close. Though the cave that once existed behind Bridal Veil Falls is no longer, the site now features wooden observation decks that allow visitors to experience the powerful, thundering water. The journey begins on the US side of the falls, with a 175-foot (53-meter) elevator descent down Niagara Gorge to the level of the Niagara River. From there, visitors can venture onto the aptly named Hurricane Deck or keep their distance on a platform 150 feet (46 meters) from the base of the falls.

For an in-depth experience, combine your Cave of the Winds tour with a ride on the famed Maid of the Mist boat or a trip to Prospect Point Observation Tower. A half-day tour of Niagara’s American side allows visitors to explore highlights such as Goat Island and the Mighty Whirlpool, while a full-day tour also features Canadian attractions such as Skylon Tower.

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Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
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$57.99 per adult
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Being very close to the...
Being very close to the falls and filling the exhilaration of wind and mist. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Kerry_P, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Maid of the Mist does not disappoint!
Michael, Sep 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
They were very accommodating considering our Covid tests did not result within time to cross the border and allowed us to change our excursion last minute. The stops were amazing including the cave of the winds and the maid of the mist with being able to see both American and Canadian side falls! Jimmy (is the best) was a great guide! Very nice, helpful, and super knowledgeable about the surrounding area and the falls! Highly recommend.
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Twas awesome.
KaitlynGiardina, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Sam was wonderful and entertaining and full of knowledge. I enjoyed the story of the maid of the mist. And the cave of the winds itself was magical and amazing.
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Great time!
Celena_W, Aug 2021
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
So much fun! Definitely did not stay dry… cave of the winds was highlight for my 11 year old daughter
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Dales’s Family rocked!
Elizabeth_M, Aug 2021
All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Side Tour With Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
Dale, the Tour Guide, was great! Just the right amount jokes with facts. Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds were unbelievable. FYI… Last week in August was slow and not as crowded. Had children 6 yo and 13 yo on the tour that loved it! Good bang for your buck! Expect the tour to be 4-5 hours.
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Niagara Falls Fun
Irene_D, Aug 2021
All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Side Tour With Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
Our tour guide Dale was on time, pleasant, and informative. The Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds were spectacular!
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Worth it!
Jessica_P, May 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
The good, the stops themselves were amazing. The tour guide was kind and knowledgeable. Absolutely breathtaking sights. The bus was clean, warm, dry etc. The bad: the tour was long with no drinks, snacks or stops to get your own. 9-2 with nothing is a long time! The itinerary was vague and we didn’t realize the things we’d be doing. Fun but unexpected.
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Loved it!
Christina_Q, Sep 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
Our guide, Dalton, was so awesome and knowledgeable. We loved the intimacy of our small group. The only thing I would recommend is to make it clear to bring your own water and snacks because it is a long day. There were a few stops to purchase snacks. Naturally I left my wallet on the tour bus. Even better if bottled water was provided, it would have elevated the experience. But overall, this tour made for a memorable day.
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Great experience at falls
cedric_p, Sep 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Having an knowledgeable, friendly and and experienced tour guide describe sights and give background information about events surrounding the falls enhanced the trip to the falls greatly. Would book again with them.
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Excellent Tour
Maureen_G, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
The Adventure tour was awesome! Darin, our tour guide, was full of fascinating and informative information. He helped us navigate our morning and directed us to our Cave of the Winds attraction. My teen boys and older daughter were engaged and actually smiled. A must do!
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Great experience
Eddie_M, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Great experience. Was on my bucket list,glad I got a chance to experience it. Tour guide was very helpful and informative.
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Great experience. 🙏☀🌈
Yanira_G, Sep 2021
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Our guide was Billy He was very kind, funny and professional. The landscapes are beautiful. He made our experience enjoyable.
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Great trip
Michelle_M, Sep 2021
All Attractions Niagara Falls USA Side Tour With Boat Ride and Cave Of Winds
Tour guide (Dale) was awesome. Really had a great experience. Would recommend to people wondering if it's worth a trip well worth it

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours to Cave of the Winds depart from Goat Island in New York on the US side of the falls.

  • You will get very wet when experiencing the Cave of the Winds—be sure to use the provided rain poncho, and consider bringing a light jacket and change of clothes.

  • Cave of the Winds has a deck set 150 feet (46 meters) from the falls that is specifically designed for wheelchair users and adults with small kids.

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How to Get There

Niagara Falls State Park is located along the US–Canada border. To get there, most visitors fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport or drive in on Interstate 90. Cave of the Winds tours leave from Goat Island, roughly 15 minutes by road from Niagara Falls, New York. All-day parking is available on Goat Island for a small fee. Most full-day and half-day tour options include pickup from local hotels.

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When to Get There

Cave of the Winds only operates from May through November, as the wooden walkways and decks are taken down in late autumn to prevent potential damage from ice and snow. The site is open daily from 9am to 7:30pm; opt for an early visit to avoid crowds.

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History and Legend

The original Cave of the Winds was a naturally formed cave behind Bridal Veil Falls. Discovered in 1834, it was first named Aeolus' Cave after the Greek god of winds. The cave was roughly 130 feet (40 meters) high, 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and 30 feet (9 meters) in depth, but in 1954, it was destroyed by a rock slide caused by a nearby dynamite explosion.

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