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Your one-stop guide to all the attractions at Niagara Falls

From breathtaking natural wonders to thrilling adventures and educational experiences, Niagara Falls' attractions have something to offer everyone. On this page, we have a detailed look at the key attractions you can enjoy on both the US and Canadian sides of the city.

Niagara Falls attractions | Canada

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If sailing is something you enjoy or have on your bucket list, take this boat tour that goes close to the base of the Falls, letting you feel the mist on your face as you get up close to the thundering waters. Going on the cruise in the evening lets you watch the magnificence of the Falls illuminated with various colored lights from the water.
Operating months: May to November

Journey Behind the Falls

Take some time to explore a series of tunnels carved into the rock behind Niagara Falls that will lead you to observation decks from where you can feel the rumble and hear the roar of the Falls. It allows you to stand near the base of the Falls near the immense volume of water flowing over the edge.

Operating months: Open year-round

Niagara Underground Power Station and Tunnel

Your trip to Niagara Falls will remain incomplete without visiting this remarkable engineering feat that generates hydroelectric power using the force of the water flowing through the Niagara River. Walk through the tunnels to reach an observation deck with a magnificent view of the Falls.

Operating months: Open year-round

Skylon Tower

A non-falls attraction that you must try is the iconic Skylon Tower which has an indoor and outdoor observation deck and a revolving restaurant that offers panoramic views of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.

Operating months: Open year-round

Whirlpool Aero Car

While you’re in Canada, take a suspended antique cable car over the Niagara Whirlpool for aerial views and a thrill. The attraction has been operating since 1916, making it one of the oldest ones in the Niagara Falls region.

Operating months: April to November

Niagara SkyWheel

Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Niagara Falls from a unique vantage point atop this giant observation wheel on Clifton Hill. With its enclosed and climate-controlled gondolas, you can catch great views from this comfortable ride experience. 

Operating months: Open year-round

Table Rock Welcome Center

The first place you definitely must head to when you reach Niagara Falls, Canada, is the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Check out the observation area here which gives you a close-up view of the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.

Operating months: Open year-round

Niagara Falls attractions | USA

Maid of the Mist

Feel the power of the Falls and get soaked by mist on this iconic boat tour, which takes you up close to the base of the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Maid of the Mist has been operating at Niagara Falls since 1846, so be a part of history while you’re at it!

Operating months: May to November

Cave of the Winds

Let your adventurous side take over and walk through the wooden walkways in Cave of the Winds to reach the Hurricane Deck. This experience takes you into the Niagara Gorge, just a few feet from the Bridal Veil Falls.

Operating months: Open year-round

Niagara Falls State Park

Explore the oldest state park in the US, where you can hike across scenic trails, set up a picnic with mesmerizing views, and take in just how majestic Niagara Falls is through its Observation Tower.

Operating months: Open year-round

Fireworks and Illumination

Every night, you can watch Niagara Falls light up with a magical display of illuminated water. Plus, there are seasonal fireworks shows over the glowing Falls—it's a sight you definitely don't want to miss!

Operating months:

  • Fireworks: May to October
  • Nightly illumination: January to November

Niagara Falls Observation Tower

You won't want to miss this primary observation spot on the US side of Niagara Falls! It extends out over the Niagara Gorge, giving you stunning views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. It's the perfect place to soak in the beauty and power of these iconic waterfalls.

This is the primary observation point on the US side of Niagara Falls. It extends out over the Niagara Gorge, offering views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.

Operating months: May to October

Niagara Scenic Trolley

Get aboard the Niagara Scenic Trolley which transports you around key attractions in the Niagara Falls State Park while providing historical and geological insights about Niagara Falls. Hop on or off at any point during your ride and explore all attractions at your own pace.

Operating months: May to October

Niagara Gorge Hiking Trails

If you’re looking for a leisurely walk through the Falls or a challenging hike, follow one of the several trails in the Niagara Gorge to enjoy the Falls’ natural beauty in a unique way. You can find the maps for these trails, including the Great Gorge Railway Trail and the Whirlpool Rapids Trail, at the Visitor Center. 

Operating months: Guided hiking tours are available from May to October




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Frequently asked questions about Niagara Falls attractions

What are the best things to see and do at Niagara Falls?

The most popular things to do at Niagara Falls include taking a boat tour close to the falls (Maid of the Mist or Hornblower Cruise), exploring the Cave of the Winds, visiting Journey Behind the Falls, enjoying the views from the Skylon Tower or the Niagara SkyWheel, and walking around Clifton Hill or Niagara State Park.

How accessible are the attractions for people with disabilities?

Many attractions at Niagara Falls are accessible for visitors with disabilities, with features such as wheelchair-accessible paths, ramps, and elevators. Specific attractions like the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, and the Niagara Falls State Park offer accommodations and services to ensure accessibility. However, it is advisable to check specific accessibility details for each attraction beforehand.

Are there any kid-friendly attractions at Niagara Falls?

Yes, Niagara Falls offers several kid-friendly attractions, including the Butterfly Conservatory, Clifton Hill with its arcades and funhouses, the Aquarium of Niagara, the Niagara SkyWheel, and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.

Can I see the attractions on both the American and Canadian sides in one day?

Yes, it is possible to see the attractions on both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls in a day, especially if you plan your visit well and focus on the main highlights, but be prepared for a busy schedule and consider the time needed for border crossing.

Are there any free attractions at Niagara Falls?

Yes, some free things to do include viewing the falls from various observation points, walking along the Niagara Parkway, exploring the Niagara Falls State Park, and visiting the nearby Islands for picnicking and nature walks.