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Cave of the Winds

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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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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Great experience.
Toni_C, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Great trip. We didn’t miss a thing. Eduardo, our guide, took good care of us from picking us up at the hotel until he brought us back. He was knowledgeable about everything we saw. We had plenty of time at each stop.
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Great experience!
Akara_M, May 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
The Maid of the Mist and Cave of the winds was an awesome experience! Dan, our tour guide was great!
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Pick Sam, great guide!
Melinda_P, Jun 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and One-Hour Walking Tour
Sam was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic! We didn't know exactly what to expect walking in but he made it a wonderful experience!!
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Memorable Tour
Gregory_C, May 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and One-Hour Walking Tour
Great stories and fun atmosphere! Sam made the experience fantastic and we would recommend the tour for certain
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Great time!
Judith_W, May 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Cave of the winds was cool literally! We got soaked but it was worth it!! Mark the Canadian was great at keeping our group on time!
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Great
Andres_Z, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Great and professional Ed was very professional and courteous We highly recommend this company Price was very affordable and Ed was very informative about everything
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What a great time .. well worth it.
Travis_M, Oct 2020
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
Our tour guide Mohamed did an outstanding job. He was promptly on time, very knowledgeable, and made sure that we really had an unforgettable time together. I firmly believe that he must be one of your top employees, and we wish him the best. - Travis & Nichole M.
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Niagara Falls living
Martha_J, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
It was very nice Tim was very knowledgeable and made the trip special for everyone. Thanks for the day
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Whirlwind experience
Robert_W, Sep 2020
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
My wife and I had a great time experience going to Niagara Falls. I have been as a child but never experienced anything like this. The best part of the tour was the hurricane deck, you could feel the force of the American side Falls. I do recommend this tour to all. Note: prepare to get very soaked when you do this. Water isn’t cold!!!
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Fabulous!
Laura, May 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Great tour, absolutely worth it, timing perfect. Spectacular stops. Great tour guide, knowledgeable and friendly...so glad we did the tour, Cave of the Winds, awesome!
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Everything you need to see in NFNY
Allison_M, Sep 2020
Afternoon Tour of Niagara Falls USA with Maid Of Mist And Cave Of Wind
I appreciated the tour because we got to see the highlights and were assured tickets to Maid of the Mist Cave of the Winds without having to get up early to make sure we got there before they sold out. Our tour guide Salaman was fantastic. He was full of enthusiasm for everything we did and have suggestions of other things to see in the area. He always volunteered to take photos at the scenic spots so my husband and I could both be in the pictures. Unfortunately we were there during Covid so Canada was closed, but I feel like we got to see everything important on the New York side.

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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