Journey Behind the Falls Tours

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Exclusive Niagara Falls First Boat Cruise with Priority Access & Journey Behind the Falls

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CA$103.20
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3 hr. 30 min.
Guided tour
  • Board the first Niagara City cruise of the day with skip-the-line priority placement and marvel at the mesmerizing views before the rest of the crowd arrives.
  • Forget waiting in lines and get priority spots on the first elevator, taking you 19 stories down to the loud, emerald-green waters of the Niagara Gorge.
  • Follow your English-speaking guide through the Journey Behind the Falls tunnels for an up-close view of the Falls from hidden rock openings.
  • During your walking tour take in views of the 3 magnificent Falls including the massive Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the narrow Bridal Veil Falls.
  • See the colorful Rainbow Bridge connecting Canada and the US, stand on the daring Table Rock platform, and unwind at the lush and scenic Queen Victoria Place.
  • Board the first Niagara City cruise of the day with skip-the-line priority placement and marvel at the mesmerizing views before the rest of the crowd arrives.
  • Forget waiting in lines and get priority spots on the first elevator, taking you 19 stories down to the loud, emerald-green waters of the Niagara Gorge.
  • Follow your English-speaking guide through the Journey Behind the Falls tunnels for an up-close view of the Falls from hidden rock openings.
  • During your walking tour take in views of the 3 magnificent Falls including the massive Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the narrow Bridal Veil Falls.
  • See the colorful Rainbow Bridge connecting Canada and the US, stand on the daring Table Rock platform, and unwind at the lush and scenic Queen Victoria Place.

Inclusions

  • First Niagara City Cruise of the day with priority placement
  • Skip-the-line first elevator ticket
  • Access to Journey Behind the Falls
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expert guided walking tour
  • Complimentary poncho
  • Special access to the elevator as soon as it opens.
  • Descend 19 stories into the gorge with panoramic views.
  • 20-minute cruise into the falls.
  • Guided walking tour with a view of the former Honeymoon Bridge.
  • See the perpetual motion of Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls.
  • Visit the Horseshoe Falls.
  • Pre-arranged access to Table Rock Visitor Center.
  • Descend into the rocky caves behind the Falls.
  • Meet your guide at Niagara City Cruises, Main Ticket Plaza.
  • Address: 5920 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada.
  • Tip: Niagara Falls is a haven for some unusual creatures. Keep your eyes peeled for peregrine falcons, the fastest bird in the world, which nestle on the waterfall cliffs.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Small Group Tour of Niagara Falls with Journey Behind the Falls & Skylon Tower

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2 hr. 30 min. - 4 hr.
Guided tour
  • Discover the magic of Niagara Falls with an intimate small-group tour led by an expert guide who'll share fascinating commentary.
  • Enjoy a thrilling ride up the Skylon Tower for panoramic views of the three stunning Niagara Falls.
  • Immerse yourself in the heart of Niagara with the Journey Behind the Falls, where you'll feel the raw power of the falls up close.
  • Experience the Hornblower Cruise up close in summer (Apr to Nov) or ride the SkyWheel in winter (Dec to Mar) for breathtaking views of Niagara's frozen lake!
  • Upgrade your experience to include hotel transfers and a sightseeing tour of the city to witness Dufferin Islands, the International Control Dam, Old Scow, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Floral Clock.
  • Discover the magic of Niagara Falls with an intimate small-group tour led by an expert guide who'll share fascinating commentary.
  • Enjoy a thrilling ride up the Skylon Tower for panoramic views of the three stunning Niagara Falls.
  • Immerse yourself in the heart of Niagara with the Journey Behind the Falls, where you'll feel the raw power of the falls up close.
  • Experience the Hornblower Cruise up close in summer (Apr to Nov) or ride the SkyWheel in winter (Dec to Mar) for breathtaking views of Niagara's frozen lake!
  • Upgrade your experience to include hotel transfers and a sightseeing tour of the city to witness Dufferin Islands, the International Control Dam, Old Scow, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Floral Clock.

Inclusions

  • Niagara Falls small-group walking guided tour with 16 people or less
  • Entry to Skylon Tower
  • Entry to Journey Behind the Falls
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruise (Apr to Nov)
  • Niagara's Fury and a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel (Dec to Mar)
  • Hotel transfers from anywhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario (optional)
  • Sightseeing tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (optional)
  • Photo stops at Floral Clock, Niagara Whirlpool & more (optional)
  • Ascend 520 ft. in a glass elevator to the observation deck for a bird’s-eye view of all three Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.
  • Descend 125 ft. to explore cave-like tunnels at Journey Behind the Falls
  • Board the boat for a cruise around the Niagara gorge, getting as close as possible to the Falls. (Apr to Nov)
  • Admission to Niagara's Fury and a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. (Dec to Mar)
  • Driving tour of the city with views of Dufferin Islands, the International Control Dam, the Old Scow, and more. (optional)

You have the option to either opt for hotel transfers or choose to reach the meeting point on your own.

Meeting point

  • Meet your guide at Skylon Parking Lot B.
  • Address: IMAX, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A6, Canada.

Hotel transfers

  • Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickups and drop-offs with your ticket.
  • This service is available for hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Just specify your hotel's name and address in the next booking step.
  • Floral clock is a seasonal attraction and will not be viewable during winter months.
  • Niagara City Cruises Voyage To The Falls Boat Tour is seasonal, operating April- November only, replaced with admission to Niagara's Fury and Butterfly Conservatory in the winter months.
  • Tip: Don't miss the Old Scow, a grounded barge stuck in the upper rapids of Niagara Falls since 1918, it's a sight to behold.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Semi-Private Day & Night Sightseeing Tour of Niagara with Cruise & Dinner

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Mobile ticket
6 hr. 30 min.
Guided tour
Transfers included
  • Experience the best of Niagara Falls with this semi-private tour that includes round-trip transfers and iconic sights, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.
  • Hop on the Hornblower cruise for an exhilarating ride that takes you right into the mist of Niagara Falls.
  • At Journey Behind the Falls, explore cave-like tunnels that lead to two observation decks, allowing you to get up close and personal with the majestic falls and capture stunning photos.
  • At the Skylon Tower, soar 520 feet above the ground in a glass elevator, taking in breathtaking views of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto.
  • Savor a delicious 3-course dinner, followed by a visit to the fascinating Illumination Tower to witness the falls lit up in a spectacular display of colors.
  • Enjoy a narrated drive along Niagara Parkway, with scenic stops at Dufferin Islands, Old Scow, and the International Control Dam, adding to the charm of your experience.
  • Experience the best of Niagara Falls with this semi-private tour that includes round-trip transfers and iconic sights, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.
  • Hop on the Hornblower cruise for an exhilarating ride that takes you right into the mist of Niagara Falls.
  • At Journey Behind the Falls, explore cave-like tunnels that lead to two observation decks, allowing you to get up close and personal with the majestic falls and capture stunning photos.
  • At the Skylon Tower, soar 520 feet above the ground in a glass elevator, taking in breathtaking views of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto.
  • Savor a delicious 3-course dinner, followed by a visit to the fascinating Illumination Tower to witness the falls lit up in a spectacular display of colors.
  • Enjoy a narrated drive along Niagara Parkway, with scenic stops at Dufferin Islands, Old Scow, and the International Control Dam, adding to the charm of your experience.

Inclusions

  • Semi-private guided tour of Niagara Falls with groups of 7 or less
  • Voyage to the Falls boat ride aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises
  • Entry to Journey Behind The Falls, Skylon Tower, and Illumination Tower
  • 3-course dinner at Table Rock House Restaurant
  • Illumination Tower access with changing the lights experience
  • 'I Lit Up Niagara Falls' certificate
  • Round-trip transfers to and from Niagara Falls, Ontario hotels
  • Pick up directly from your hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • View the Dufferin Islands, Old Scow, and International Control Dam
  • Explore cave-like tunnels at Journey Behind the Falls
  • Visit two observation decks with photo opportunities
  • Ride a glass elevator up 520 feet at Skylon Tower
  • Enjoy a birds-eye view of Niagara Falls and surrounding areas, including Buffalo and Toronto
  • Narrated scenic drive along Niagara Parkway
  • Pass points of interest such as Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock
  • Board the "Voyage To The Falls" Hornblower cruise tour
  • Experience the mist of the Falls with a provided recyclable rain poncho
  • Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Table Rock House Restaurant with a view of the Horseshoe Falls
  • Change the lights on the Falls in real-time at Illumination Tower
  • Receive a certificate: "I Lit Up Niagara Falls"
  • Return to your hotel in Niagara Falls

Hotel transfers

  • Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickups and drop-offs with your ticket.
  • This service is available for hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Just specify your hotel's name and address in the next step of booking.
  • Tip: You can explore the casinos close to the falls and try your luck if you have some time to spare
  • Floral clock, on your driving tour along Niagara Parkway is a seasonal attraction and will not be viewable during winter months.
  • The exact length of time for a tour may vary slightly based on traffic, and seasonality (e.g. during off-peak times, tours tend to be a little shorter due to less traffic).
  • Pick-up location is necessary to be mentioned for all guests.
  • This small-group tour accommodates a maximum of 7 people.
  • Voyage To The Falls Boat Tour is seasonal and typically runs from April to November. During winter months it will be replaced with an alternate attraction.
  • Floral clock is a seasonal attraction and will not be viewable during winter months.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Journey Behind the Falls | Sail up close to the Niagara

Embark on a thrilling journey behind the thundering waters of Niagara Falls and discover a breathtaking world of mist, power, and wonder. This unique tour takes you through tunnels carved into the bedrock, leading you to observation decks just a few feet away from the cascading waterfalls. Prepare to be amazed as you venture behind the scenes of one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Niagara Falls Journey Behind the Falls – why you should take the tour, what to expect, tips, history, and more.

What to expect on your Journey Behind the Falls tour?

Start your epic journey at Table Rock Welcome Centre, right at the edge of the Canadian Falls! Brace yourself for an exhilarating descent of 125 feet via elevator. The thunderous roar of the Horseshoe Falls will greet you long before you see them. Step into the historic tunnels, dating back to 1892, and prepare for an adventure like no other. Feel the anticipation building with each step as you're drawn closer to the roaring cascades. As you explore the tunnels, you'll encounter cave-like portals opening behind the falling water. Witnessing the sheer power and majesty of Niagara Falls up close is an awe-inspiring moment. Take your time to marvel at the ancient rock formations shaped by centuries of relentless flow.

Venture onto the Lower Observation Deck, where you'll stand just a stone's throw away from the thundering Falls. Feel the sheer force of nature as you gaze upon this 13-storey-tall wonder. Be sure to snap some incredible photos and embrace the misty embrace of the Falls. Next, ascend to the Upper Observation Deck for a panoramic view of the Falls and the surrounding landscape. It's the perfect spot to capture stunning photos and truly grasp the grandeur of this natural marvel. Your Journey Behind the Falls tour typically lasts around 30 to 45 minutes, but the memories will last a lifetime. As you emerge back into the sunlight, you'll have experienced the thrill of being inches away from one of the world's most incredible natural wonders. 

Start and end point: Table Rock Welcome Center

Plan your visit

Timings - Journey behind the falls

Timings

Monday to Friday: 8am - 7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 10pm

Location

Address: Table Rock Welcome Center, Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada | Find on Maps

Nearest bus stop: Table Rock Stop (350 meters)

Parking: Paid Parking is available at the Falls and Clifton Hill parking lots and the Niagara Falls Convention Center Parking facility.

Visitor tips

  • Wear suitable footwear: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes that can get wet, as you'll be walking through tunnels and observation decks where you may encounter water and mist. 
  • Ponchos are provided: No need to worry about getting soaked—complimentary ponchos are provided to help keep you dry as you explore the tunnels and observation decks.
  • Bring a waterproof camera: The views are breathtaking, so don’t forget your camera. Be sure to bring a waterproof case or pouch to protect your electronics from the mist.
  • Take your time: Since it’s an unguided tour and you’re free to  explore at your own pace, we suggest not rushing through the experience. Take your time to soak in the beauty and power of Niagara Falls. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and sensations of being so close to one of nature's most incredible wonders. 
  • Stay alert and mind your steps: While the tour is safe, be mindful of your surroundings and watch your step, especially in areas where the ground may be wet or slippery. Stay on designated paths and follow any instructions given by tour guides. Walk carefully and hold onto railings where available to ensure your safety.
  • Check weather conditions: Before your visit, check the weather forecast. While the tour operates rain or shine, knowing the weather can help you dress appropriately and plan your visit accordingly.
  • Arrive early: To avoid the busiest times and have a more relaxed experience, aim to arrive early in the morning or later in the evening, especially during peak tourist season.
  • Accessibility: The Journey Behind the Falls is wheelchair accessible, with elevators that descend 150 feet to the tunnels and observation decks. Most areas are designed to accommodate wheelchairs, although some pathways may be narrow.
  • Stroller access: Families with young children can bring strollers on the tour. The elevators and most sections of the tour are stroller-friendly.
  • Rest areas: Rest areas are available within the tour space, allowing you to take a break and enjoy the views at a comfortable pace.
  • Pets: No pets are allowed on the tour, but service animals are welcome. Be sure to inform the staff upon arrival to ensure a smooth experience.

Frequently asked questions about the Journey Behind the Falls tour

How long does the tour take?

The Journey Behind the Falls tour typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes. This includes time to explore the tunnels and observation decks at your own pace.

Can I bring a stroller or wheelchair along?

Yes, strollers and wheelchairs are allowed. However, please note that the tunnels and stairs may be challenging for mobility-impaired visitors. It is recommended to consult with a medical professional before participating if you have any concerns.

Are tickets timed or can I visit anytime during the day?

Tickets are not timed, allowing you the flexibility to visit at any point during the operating hours on the day of your ticket. However, visiting early or late in the day can help you avoid crowds.

Will my clothes get wet on the tour?

Yes, you will likely get damp from the Falls' mist, especially on the observation decks. Complimentary ponchos are provided to help keep you dry.

Is there a place to store personal belongings?

There are no dedicated storage facilities for personal belongings. It's best to bring only what you need and keep valuables secure in a waterproof bag.

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Yes, you can and must purchase tickets online in advance. This can save time and ensure availability, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Are there any age or health restrictions?

There are no specific age or health restrictions. However, visitors with mobility issues may find the tunnels and stairs challenging.

Can I book a guided tour?

No, the Journey Behind the Falls tour is unguided. You are free to explore the tunnels and observation decks at your own pace.

Are there any food or beverage options available?

Yes, there are food and beverage options available near the Table Rock Welcome Centre. You can grab a snack or meal before or after your tour.