Cave of the Winds
Cave of the Winds
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9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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Nestled on Goat Island, Cave of the Winds is an exhilarating tour that brings you very close to the falls. The tour starts with the indoor multimedia ‘World Changed Here Pavilion’ museum, where you can learn more about the falls’ history. Then, you're brought 175 feet down in an elevator, where you can get soaked at the Hurricane Deck, right next to Bridal View Falls. Plan your visit between May to October, before the onset of winter temperatures. You can also grab skip-the-line tickets as part of a tour, or even join a deluxe sightseeing tour of both the American and Canadian sides. – Tripadvisor
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  • Steve W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Worth Every Penny
    Absolutely a must do American Falls adventure.You will get wet, but change choose to also get nearly drenched if you stand directly under the spray of the falls. Plan on climbing quite a few steps, but it is very doable. At times during the climb, the water from the falls in running right over your feet! That is really cool! (no pun intended). There are places you can reach out and actually touch the falls. Bring an extra pair of shoes that can get wet, they're no longer able to provide the footwear. Pricing is reasonable and well worth it. Best to stop by in the morning and purchase your ticket for an upcoming time slot. Tickets are for a specific time. Would give 6 stars if we could.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Scubagal
    Detroit, Michigan79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great thrill for water lovers
    We loved this so much but we are water lovers! Tip: wear water shoes such as Keen’s. Then you don’t have to walk around all day in wet shoes. The amount of seagulls nesting on the rocks near the falls fascinated me. It was raining the day we went so we were already prepared with rain gear.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • John S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cave of the winds top tour guide
    The caves were amazing but i can not say enough the quality of our tour guide Katheryn! Her knowledge of the caves and passion to share her kkowledge with the group captivated the entire group which included 6 children of all age ranges. Thank you so much Katheryn for changing a tour into an amazing memory!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • dagodfrey64
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clean and clear cascades
    This was a great way to cool off on a hot and humid day. Nice, not too difficult, hike right up to the falls. It was an emotional experience, looking up at the falls while they cascaded over me. We were supposed to travel there in 2017, but we lost my mom that year and I just couldn't manage it. This trip served as a catharsis for me and an important fulfillment of a promise I had made to the girls. I'm so glad we finally made it. This and the Maid of the Mist tour made it an experience of a lifetime.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great winter experience
    I visited this attraction in the winter and I highly recommend it. Virtually no crowd and you get to enjoy the beautiful scene on you own. The ice over the tree makes the waterfalls more magnificent. Be sure to poncho that is given free.
    Visited December 2022
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Michigan Dad
    Grand Blanc, Michigan35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do this you won’t regret it
    Overall just very beautiful and a great way to get close to the caves, take pictures, and have an experience. Also, purchase trolley tickets. $3 and you can take this to maid of the mist and screw great spots for shopping, eating, and taking pictures. Staff were very polite and helpful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Bill15Q
    The Cincinnati Region525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring dry shoes….
    Best part of our visit. Quick tip, the ponchos they give you are like hospital gowns. They give the illusion of being covered, but they don’t do much. Expect to get wet…. If you stay late, especially in August-Sept, you’ll have cold wet feet and you’ll be a special kind of miserable. Bring towels and dry shoes…
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • KristinErin
    Janesville, Wisconsin24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing. Wet. Worth it.
    Amazing! Totally worth it, but IF you want to be smart, go to the Maid of the Mist beforehand and keep their poncho and wear it to Cave of the Winds because their poncho is so flimsy. And do what others were doing and wearing both. It barely kept us dry. Water soaked through the neckline. Mine broke by my arms and I had to hold it together. Not sure if it depends on the weather and or wind, but it was so wet. Warning, wear sandals!!! We made the mistake of wearing tennis shoes and 3 days later, they are still wet. You will get so wet. However, we all loved it. What a view. What an experience. You have to climb stairs and at one point I had to stop because it was so intense with the wind and the water, but my daredevil kids and husband trekked on and I got some awesome pictures of them.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • BrucknerPacific
    Maplewood, New Jersey61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing to do in Niagara Falls
    I've been to Niagara Falls 4 or 5 times (mostly on the Canadian side) and my visit was the first time I had ever been to Cave of the Winds. It was exhilarating, invigorating, exciting and wonderful. If you do only one thing in Niagara Falls, do this. Standing practically under Bridal Falls is a great feeling and makes you feel so alive. My wife and our three teenage children all loved it. Would give this six stars of I could.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Yoda S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fell (in love) with this experience!
    This was easily my favorite experience from my trip to Niagara Falls, NY. The views walking even just ALONG the falls was amazing, breath-taking, but to be able to go up some stairs and stand there, side by side, with the spray of the water just cascading my direction... That was heaven on Earth. If you want an amazing drench, go to the Hurricane Deck. It's wild fun, and you're not coming out of there dry haha... I loved it at Cave of the Winds and would do this experience a million times more.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
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daynasu
Deerfield, NH271 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you go to the Maid of the Mist first, save your poncho. This one will rip when you try to put it on, and it has no tie to keep the water out. You'll also get shoes for this attraction, but you will be given nothing to put your current shoes in. Bring a plastic bag from home, because they are illegal in NY and you will not find one there.

Back to the attraction itself, you will have a timed ticket. They'll call your time slot and by the time you get into the attraction with interactive exhibits, you will have exactly four minutes to look around...except the place is filled to capacity and there isn't even enough room to move. Nobody will tell you what's going on until the doors open and you are ushered, Disney style, into a movie theater for a short informational movie about the falls.
After the movie, you exit BEHIND you, which causes mass confusion. You're corralled into a chute where they give you sandals. Take them. Once you put them on, go out the door; Nobody is going to tell you what to do. You'll traverse the ticketing area outside and go to another building and an elevator will take you down into a stinky wet basement. Then you'll get a poncho. Then you're THERE. Several levels of stairs that go in and out of the falls. If you go up to the very top you are DEFINITELY going to get soaked, even under your poncho. And everything you're holding (your shoes and socks) will also get wet, so don't forget that plastic bag.
Written July 8, 2021
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Kaitlin R
Lynchburg, VA200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
If you ever want to feel like what I assume Jim Cantore feels like in a hurricane, definitely hit up the Cave of the Winds. It was a blast! The tickets are reasonably priced as well. I recommend getting to the platform early to purchase your ticket for a timed slot so they do not sell out.
Written July 12, 2022
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rgoel
Dayton, OH50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Ponchos were provided. All tickets were timed-tickets to avoid too large of a crowd at one time. You have to buy your ticket the same day as you plan on using it. I went to the booth at 9am, and bought tickets for my family for 4pm that day. It worked out great.
Written August 15, 2020
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MikeI283BL
Milford, CT1,213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We waited about an hour during a Tuesday afternoon to board the Maid of the Mist. We initially arrived early in the morning hoping to beat the crowds but they only had one person working for tickets. The setup is not the most efficient, I know they are still working on it to factor in Covid restrictions, etc. Overall, you must do this attraction if you are in Niagara Falls. It was a good experience but we enjoyed the Cave of the Winds better.
Written August 12, 2020
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amyw2012
Birmingham, AL2,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We loved our experience here! There is no way to preorder tickets. You must buy them there. We went on a Saturday afternoon and had to wait an hour before our ticket time. We wore waterproof shoes. We did not know they give you sandals that you keep. They do not give you a bag or have bags available to put your own shoes in. I wish I had known to bring a bag for our shoes because they were bulky to hold. You also spend a short amount of time in a room that is kind of a museum, but it was too crowded to be able to enjoy much.While you are waiting in line for the elevator to go down, people have made their own piles of left shoes and bags. We ended up leaving our Crocs out in our own pile, and they were still there when we came back up. They also give you a yellow poncho to keep, and send you down an elevator. There is a staircase against the falls with several levels. You can get as wet as you want. My youngest was so drenched that his poncho was useless. He loved what they referred to as the hurricane deck. It was fun to be able to touch the falls. There are many birds with their adorable babies to look at. We also saw 2 snakes. You can stay as long as you want. The elevator line was longish but went fast. We also enjoyed reading facts about the falls on the posters. We kept our ponchos and shoes for souvenirs. Many people recycled their ponchos.
Written July 7, 2021
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Joy
New York62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This self-guided tour started with a short movie on the history of Niagara Falls before receiving our ponchos and sandals (included with the tickets). We then headed to an elevator to the staircase, which is built right alongside the American Falls. The stairs are somewhat slippery and some landings are flooded – expect to get wet! The best part was being up close and personal with the falls.
Note: There was no cave, unless the elevator cave counts.

A very popular and crowded attraction, especially at the spots where you can stand under the waterfall. I would recommend coming early, we arrived around 10am and waiting times were reasonable (no lines for tickets, 5 minute wait for elevators).
Written August 13, 2021
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carolyne406
Norwalk, CT24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is one of the few attractions on the American side that is open during the winter months. The cost of this tour was very reasonable, which included a tour guide and a movie of Niagara Falls. On the other side of the cave, we got close enough to the falls to feel the mist on this beautiful winter day. There is also a cafe and gift shop on the premises. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Written January 14, 2020
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jpete02
Lansing, MI889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Should be number one on your list to do when on the American side. Not cheap at $19/person and $16/youth (five and under free) but really worth it.

Ticket includes waterproof shoes and a poncho. So, if you don’t have waterproof shoes, go here first before going on Maid of the Mist (they only give you a poncho there).

There are no lockers but you can store your regular shoes on a small picnic table to your left when you emerge from the tunnel. You are given the waterproof shoes before you go down the elevator and are given your poncho

After you buy your ticket, you go into a small exhibit area and watch a well done film about the history of the area (lasts less then ten minutes). Then, you descend an elevator to a man made tunnel, go through the tunnel, and emerge on a short path to go below American falls. You will only get soaked on part of the path, so you do get a chance to catch your breath. You can stay at the Cave of the Winds as long as you want and it is self guided.

If going during a busy time, go here first and get here early. They only allow so many people at a time and in the summer of 2021, they don’t allow you to buy your tickets ahead of time or make reservations. Going early means less people on the walkways and less waiting for the best spots. Parking lot #2, which is the lot close to Cave of the Winds can fill up too and get backed up to enter. Cost of parking is $10 on top of the admission price.

Went here with a five year old and eight year old. They loved it. Just had to keep an eye on the five year old and help her up and down the slippery stairs. Would not recommend for anyone younger than four.
Written August 9, 2021
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Steve4570
Bellefonte, PA272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is truly an experience. To be this close to the base of the falls, leaves you in wonder at the power of the falls. Yes, you will get wet, even though they provide ponchos. The staff did a very good job at shuttling groups up and down in the elevators, and staggering groups at the start to maintain social distance. We still wore mask as an additional precaution. Due to the time of year, going on a weekday and unfortunately the pandemic, it was not crowded and maintaining social distance while moving around the falls was very easy.
Written October 7, 2020
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My husband and I visited Cave of the Winds on our recent trip to Niagara Falls. We were excited to visit, as this is one of the Niagara Falls "staples," and it's definitely a must-see!

The process of getting to the Cave of the Winds is a bit frustrating. Parking was a bit of a nightmare (though, at least the parking for this and Maid of the Mist are in the same park so you don't need to pay twice if you move your car) but we managed to get a spot. You cannot buy tickets in advance so it makes the entire experience feel touristy and unpleasant. You wait in a line to get tickets, then you need to wait for your time to be called to go wait in another line, then you wait on yet a third line to get down to the elevators then to get a poncho. After the experience, you wait in a line in the tunnel to get back up the elevator. It just really takes you out of the experience of enjoying nature when you're waiting in lines like you're in Disney!

The experience itself was amazing and a lot of fun. You can get as wet or stay as dry as you want by just choosing the platforms (or side of the platform) you prefer. We wore water-friendly sandals and opted to get quite wet, which we think added to the fun. The view of the falls up close, as well as the Canadian Falls and the marine life, were really impressive.

Though entry is timed, no one rushes you through the experience so you can enjoy it as long as you want. We took this one very slowly to explore every corner of the walkways and all of the views.

It was $19 per person, which we thought was reasonable for the experience (and it included the poncho that kept our clothes and electronics dry).

I wish this place were more organized but I'd still definitely recommend a trip!
Written September 5, 2022
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