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Located behind Bridal Veil Falls on Goat Island, the Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds tour is all about adventure, thrill, and fun! If you plan to visit this natural cave, experience the gushing waters, and feel the waters of Niagara Falls, you have landed in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cave, including its timings, what to expect, and other information to make the most of your visit.

Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds Highlights

Descend into the Gorge

The adventure of Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds begins with a scenic elevator ride taking you 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge. Feel the rush as you get down and witness the raw energy of the falls from a unique vantage point.

Hurricane Deck & Bridal Veil Falls

As you emerge from the elevator, get closer and stand just a few feet away from the majestic Bridal Veil Falls. Feel the exhilarating power of the water sparkling on you, as this section offers an even closer encounter. Prepare to be mesmerized by Bridal Veil Falls, its mist spraying your face. Admire the beauty of fall or click some pictures in front of the Bridal falls.

Cave Exploration

The wooden walkways take you through the cave providing a chance to get up close views of the caves and falls. The cave path offers a unique experience and perspective, bringing you closer to oaring water and lush surroundings.

Wildlife Encounters

Admire Niagara’s flora and fauna. Spot the birds and small mammals that inhabit the area. Look for beautiful rainbows.

What to expect on your tour of the Cave of the Winds?

Located on Goat Island inside Niagara Falls State Park, the Cave of the Winds tour begins with an exhibit that takes you through the attraction’s history and highlights. You will then receive complimentary ponchos and special footwear to keep you dry before you descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Walk by the river to the wooden decks that make up the Cave of the Winds attraction. These wooden walkways, which are rebuilt every year, will lead you to the Hurricane Deck that takes you as close as just 20 feet to the Bridal Veil Falls.

On the way, feel the exhilarating rush of the mist as you admire the mesmerizing view of the gushing water that folds its waves one over the other right next to you. As you reach the Bridal Veil Falls, you can stand right below the falling water to feel the power of the smallest of the three Falls that make up the Niagara Falls. Leave the tour with wet clothes but fonder memories!

Where is Cave of the Winds?

The Cave of the Winds is set on Goat Island, offering breathtaking views of Bridal Veil Falls.

Location: 10 Goat Island Loop Road, Niagara Falls, NY | Find On Maps

Parking: If you are traveling by car, you can park in the four parking lots at the park. The nearby city lots are within walking distance. 

Cave of the Winds timings throughout the year

The Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls opens every day but remains closed on December 25 (Christmas Day), November 28 (Thanksgiving Day), and January 1 (New Year's Day).

May 16 - May 23

9am to 6:15pm (Sun-Fri)

9am to 8:15pm (Sat)

May 24 - May 27

(Memorial Day Weekend)

9am to 9:15pm (Fri-Sun)

9am to 6:15pm (Mon)

May 28 - June 12

9am to 6:15pm (Sun-Fri)

9am to 8:15pm (Sat)

June 13 - July 3

9am to 8:15pm (Sun-Thur)

9am to 6:15pm (Fri-Sat)

July 4 - July 7

(Independence Day Weekend)

9am to 8:15pm (Thurs-Sat)

9am to 8:15pm (Sun)

August 30 - September 2

(Labor Day Weekend)

9am to 9:15pm (Fri-Sun)

9am to 6:15pm (Mon)

September 3 - October 11

9am to 6:15pm (Sun-Fri)

9am to 8:15pm (Sat)

October 12 - October 14

(Indigenous Day Weekend)

9am to 6:15pm (Sat-Sun)

9am to 4:15pm (Mon)

October 15 - October 20

9am to 4:15pm

October 21 - December 31

9am to 4pm

December 25 (Christmas Day)

November 28 (Thanksgiving Day)

January 1 (New Years Day)

Closed

Visitor tips

  • The Cave of the Winds is accessible by wheelchair. 
  • Niagara Falls State Park offers plenty of restaurants to grab a bite. 
  • There are four gift shops within the park to buy souvenirs such as apparel, glassware, gifts, and books for friends and family. 
  • Use the complimentary poncho and footwear for safety. However, consider bringing an extra raincoat. 
  • You will most definitely get drenched so consider bringing an extra pair of clothes.
  • There is a designated photo area so, bring your camera to capture the best moments. 
  • Arrive when the park opens to avoid waiting in line for a ticket.

A brief history of the caves

1834: Originally an overhanging ledge over which the Bridal Veil Falls flowed over, Cave of the Winds was discovered by Joseph W. Ingraham who spotted the cave from above the Niagara Gorge.

1841: Visitors were officially offered guided tours to the cavern through Goat Island by descending down a staircase into the cave. 

1920: A rock fall within the cave, the second of its kind over the years, led to a temporary closure of the tour. 

1924: The guided tour officially reopened and a series of wooden walkways were built in front of the Falls instead of behind.

1954: Another major rock fall destroyed the cave making it impossible to visit.

1955: The remainder of the cave was destroyed with controlled dynamite blast after engineers determined that the entrance was too dangerous. 

Today: Cave of the Winds is now a series of redwood decks and platforms that are removed every fall and re-installed in spring every year to avoid damage caused by ice buildup.

Frequently asked questions about Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds

Are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent at Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds?

No. Wheelchairs and strollers are not available for rent at Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds.

Is Cave of the Winds worth it?

Yes. The Cave of the Winds offers an unforgettable, up-close experience with Niagara Falls and standing near the thundering water. It also offers a chance to explore the caves and learn their history.

Is Cave of the Winds tour accessible from the Canadian side too?

The Cave of the Winds tour is conducted on the US side of Niagara Falls. But you can cross over from the Canadian side via Rainbow Bridge to access the tour.

What is the best time to visit the Cave of the Winds?

May to October is the best time to visit Cave of the Winds when the tour is fully operational and the weather is pleasant.

Are there any things to keep in mind if I'm traveling with my kids?

Make sure your kids wear waterproof clothes and sturdy shoes as the walkways can be slippery. Also, follow all the safety instructions.

How long is the Cave of the Winds tour?

Plan for at least 2-4 hours to enjoy most of the tour including elevator ride, walkways, and waterfall view.