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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
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
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$57.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Goat island and wind cave amazing tour
Bill was an excellent guide one might even say he was the GOAT . We had so much fun with the other people in the group we even saw them for lunch lol you need to do this tour
Francine_D, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Maid of the Mist does not disappoint!
Michael_K, Sep 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
They were very accommodating considering our Covid tests did not result within time to cross the border and allowed us to change our excursion last minute. The stops were amazing including the cave of the winds and the maid of the mist with being able to see both American and Canadian side falls! Jimmy (is the best) was a great guide! Very nice, helpful, and super knowledgeable about the surrounding area and the falls! Highly recommend.
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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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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
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BILL IS THE GOAT
Kaylee_M, Oct 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
The most memorable part of the tour besides seeing the most beautiful place I’ve ever been too…. Was bill.
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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.
star-5
Twas awesome.
KaitlynGiardina, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Sam was wonderful and entertaining and full of knowledge. I enjoyed the story of the maid of the mist. And the cave of the winds itself was magical and amazing.
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Our tour guide Eduardo...
Shelley_O, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
Our tour guide Eduardo was fantastic. We had a small child with a stroller and he made sure we had access everywhere . Only issue was there was a sign to wear masks while in the bus but it was not enforced
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Great time!
Celena_W, Aug 2021
Maid of the Mist Adventure Tour & Cave of the Winds Express-Pass Combo
So much fun! Definitely did not stay dry… cave of the winds was highlight for my 11 year old daughter
star-5
Really nice tour.
Mark_F, Oct 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
Super informative tour. Loved it. Worth every penny. Our guide Darin was fantastic. We learned so much. Cant wait to bring the kids and do ot again!
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Awsome tour guide Mark the Canadian
joseph_w, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls Classic All American Tour with Boat and Cave
We loved our guide Mark the Canadian he was very informative with the history of Niagara had an amazing personality every moment of the tour will be very memorable we can't just pick one specific moment we highly recommend Bedore Tours and highly recommend asking for Mark the Canadian as your guide.
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Jimmy is the best
Maylen_G, Nov 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Cave of the Winds
We had a really nice time with Jimmy he explained us every little detail and history about the Niagara Falls, the Goat Island, Withpool , everything we love it , i recommended him, Jimmy is rhe best 😊
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Excellent Tour
Maureen_G, Aug 2021
Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Adventure Tour
The Adventure tour was awesome! Darin, our tour guide, was full of fascinating and informative information. He helped us navigate our morning and directed us to our Cave of the Winds attraction. My teen boys and older daughter were engaged and actually smiled. A must do!

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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