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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
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Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
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$54.99 per adult
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Great guide
Billy was very knowledgeable, had good dry humor, & patient with his group. Had a great time! Guided tours give background information that might not surface on a DIY tour.
Dayton_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Good use of money especially if on a time crunch!
Virginia_G, Apr 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Note that most of this tour you can accomplish on your own; however, it was nice to have a guide for the commentary and to ask questions. Also a great "skip the line" for Cave of the Winds tickets. It was quite chilly when we visited so the line wasn't too long but I can imagine how long the wait can be in the summer months.
star-5
Super fun and our guide...
AMY_A, Apr 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Super fun and our guide Bill was most excellent - he was funny, knowledgeable and considerate of the whole group.
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I had an amazing...
Vyshnavi_V, Apr 2022
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
I had an amazing experience! I got to see so many places and learn so much. Our tour guide, Dana, kept the tour super engaging, and made it very much fun! :) I would love to do these tours again the next time I visit Niagara Fall.
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Great tour to learn about the Niagara Falls!
Leslie_G, Apr 2022
The Cave of the Winds USA Adventure Tour
Beginning with scheduling our tour, talking with our point of contact the day before and our tour guide, the tour was wonderful! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, friendly and went out of his way to show us other places along the Niagara Falls even after the Cave of Winds. I would highly recommend this tour for out-of-towners! Loved every minute!
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Our guide was amazing. He...
Janet_L, Apr 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Our guide was amazing. He got to know the group and included everyone in his banter. Bill was knowledgeable and fun
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The falls in early winter.
KEELAND_S, Dec 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
The breathtaking views of the powerful falls are something we will never forget. It is a perfect place to make memories with someone you love.
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I will recommend the tour to others
CECILIA_L, Apr 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
I loved his knowledge and sense of humor. He made sure he kept the party together. I would recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Loves it!
Taylor_H, Oct 2021
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
The tour was great! I loved that we had a walking and trolly tour. Got to jump the line at the Cave of the Winds and got to experience the Maid of the Mist! Billy was an awesome tour guide too!
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I learned a lot about the...
Scott_V, Apr 2022
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
I learned a lot about the area and the falls. Our guide Bill was very helpful and did an excellent job with our tour!!
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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 boat ride. Didn’t...
Emilie_W, Oct 2021
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
Great boat ride. Didn’t realize we’d get so close to the falls. Very cool. The Cave of the window was shorter than expected and I thought we’d be going into a cave, but it was still cool.
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Secret proposal
david_b, Nov 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
I proposed to my girlfriend at the cave of winds right in front of the falls my tour guide Dana was just awesome in helping me plan and capturing the moment for me she is one of the best in the business and she take amazing photos I couldn't of done it without her

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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