Niagara Falls

One of the Natural Wonders of the World

About Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, a breathtaking natural wonder straddling the border between the United States and Canada, is more than just its towering, thunderous waterfalls. This majestic destination is surrounded by a rich tapestry of attractions, parks, and vibrant communities, offering visitors an endless array of activities and experiences. From the exhilarating boat tours that take you to the heart of the falls to the scenic trails overlooking the cascades, the area around Niagara Falls is a playground for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty and power of nature.

Beyond the falls themselves, the surrounding region is steeped in history and culture. The charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada and Lewiston in the United States are replete with historical sites, boutique shopping, and gourmet dining. For wine enthusiasts, the Niagara Wine Region offers world-class vineyards and winery tours, showcasing the area’s rich terroir. And for those looking to try their luck or enjoy a show, the casinos and entertainment complexes on both sides of the border provide top-tier leisure and nightlife options. Understanding the vastness of Niagara Falls and its surrounding attractions can be overwhelming, which is why we’re creating this page.

Our goal is to help visitors plan their visit, ensuring they make the most of their time in this incredible region. Whether you’re seeking adventure behind the falls, a peaceful hike along the Niagara Gorge, or a leisurely day exploring local culture and cuisine, our comprehensive guide will provide all the information you need to curate your perfect Niagara Falls experience. Join us as we explore the wonders of Niagara Falls and discover the myriad treasures that await beyond the mist.

Waterfall Viewing Areas

On the American and Canadian Sides

Fallsview Tourist Area

Bustling area near Horseshoe Falls with hotels, gaming, shops, restaurants & entertainment.

Location: 5305 Murray St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6, Canada

Niagara Falls Observation Tower

Unobstructed, panoramic views of Niagara Falls are the major attraction at this observation deck.

Location: 332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Journey Behind the Falls

Year-round site with Horseshoe Falls views from below & behind via tunnels & observation decks.

Location: 6650 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2, Canada

Niagara Falls State Park

Famous waterfalls steal the show at this park that also features an aquarium, restaurant & more

Location: 332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

American Rapids Viewing Area

Scenic view of the American rapids.

Location: State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Grand View Observation Deck

Located in Grand View Marketplace

Location: 5920 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada

Skylon Tower

Observation tower featuring sweeping vistas of Niagara Falls plus an arcade & revolving restaurant.

Location: 5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A2, Canada

Crows Nest

Hike and climb to view the Falls.

Location: 151 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Hikes and Trails

Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center

The Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center is where all the hiking starts. It’s your gateway to some top-notch hiking and biking trails around. The local Gorge Trail System has everything – from easy paths you can breeze through to tougher sections with steep climbs and rocky challenges.

Guided Niagara Gorge hiking tours are offered mid-May through October.

Location: 332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Great Gorge Scenic Overlook Hike

Begins at the Trailhead Building and is an easy one-hour hike

Location: Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303

Upper Great Gorge Hike

The Upper Gorge Trail offers a gradual climb to the top where it meets up with the rim trail that crosses the Power Plant to Devil’s Hole State Park, traveling underneath the Lewiston – Queenston Bridge. Another great trail for beginners, this easy, two-hour round trip hike begins at the Trailhead Building and follows the Great Gorge Railway Trail.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303 

Devil’s Hole Rapids and Giant Rock

As a more moderate trail, guests hiking Devil’s Hole Rapids and Giant Rock must be at least 8 years of age. The trail begins at Devil’s Hole State Park and is a moderate level 2.5-hour hike round trip.

Location: Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike

One of the most challenging trails that Niagara Falls State Park has to offer, the Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike is recommended for experienced hikers, who are at least 8 years of age. The trail begins at Whirlpool State Park, and is a three-hour hike round trip, where you can expect some boulder hopping.

Location: Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Goat Island Scenic Walk

Discover this 1.9-mile loop trail near Niagara Falls, New York. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 40 min to complete.

Location: Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303

Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail

The Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail, formerly known as the Robert Moses Recreational Trail, spans nearly 4 miles beginning at Main Street in Niagara Falls. From there, it heads north past the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and winds along the Niagara River through a series of state parks. From the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, adventurers can also pick up the Great Gorge Railway Trail to descend closer to the river. And, on the opposite bank, the Devil’s Hole Trail also offers a hiking excursion.

Location: Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Great Gorge Railway Trail

The best starting point is located adjacent to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, on the northeast end of Niagara Falls State Park.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303 

Schoellkopf Power Station Trail

This stop is a great place to start a hike in the Niagara Gorge! With multiple trails and paths starting here, you can choose a flat easy gorge rim path or a more challenging hike down into the Niagara Gorge to the Niagara River.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303 

Artpark Gorge Trail

Discover this 2.6-mile out-and-back trail near Lewiston, New York. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 0 min to complete.

Location: Artpark, State Park, 450 S 4th St, Lewiston, NY 14092

Rivers Edge Trail

Trail alongside Artpark, travels along a ravine and is used for hiking and biking. Hiking area along the Niagara River. The River’s Edge Trail provides access to fishing by two staircases.

Location: Lewiston, NY 14092

Shoreline Trail

The Shoreline Trail in Erie County, New York, is 21.7 miles of flat, easy pathway that runs adjacent to Lake Erie, one of the country’s Great Lakes, on its southern half and then along the Niagara River on its northern half. The trail traverses the west end of Buffalo and is located just south of the famed Niagara Falls and near the Canadian border. It ends in Tonawanda, where you can pick up two more trails for more riding: the Two Mile Creek Greenway and the Tonawanda Rails to Trails.

Location: Corner of Seymour and Niagara Streets (Tonawanda) and George J. Hartman Play Fields (Buffalo)

Things To Do… Outside!

Cave of the Winds

Start with a thrilling elevator descent into the Niagara Gorge, going down 175 feet. Armed with a complimentary souvenir rain poncho and sandals, you’ll traverse wooden pathways led by a knowledgeable guide to reach the Hurricane Deck—just an arm’s length from the mighty Bridal Veil Falls. Prepare to be enveloped in a misty gust as if caught in a tropical storm. The Hurricane Deck delivers a soaking experience from the powerful falls’ spray. For those with accessibility needs or visitors carrying young children, a specially designed viewing area at the Cave of the Winds ensures everyone can enjoy this natural marvel.

Location: 10 Goat Island Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Maid of the Mist

For over a century and a half, the iconic Maid of the Mist has been a highlight of Niagara Falls State Park. Your adventure begins at the Observation Tower, where visitors receive a commemorative rain poncho before boarding the two-tiered tour vessel. The boat voyage takes you close to the American Falls and into the heart of Horseshoe Falls, offering an awe-inspiring perspective of the turbulent waters and towering rock faces. This unforgettable experience concludes with passengers disembarking with a deepened appreciation for the breathtaking majesty of Niagara Falls.

Location: 1 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Niagara Outfitters

Come and see all the Niagara River Region has to offer! You can hike, bike, kayak, stand up paddle board, canoe, sail and fish, all within 7 miles of Niagara Falls! Rent the equipment or design your own special tour, Niagara Outfitters will make it happen!

Location: S Water St, Lewiston, NY 14092

Charter Captains

In Niagara Falls USA, sportfishing enthusiasts find a rich variety of freshwater fish. From the Niagara River to Lakes Ontario and Erie, anglers can target salmon, trout, bass, walleye, and muskellunge. Whether you’re after a specific catch or an unforgettable fishing adventure, our expert charter captains in Niagara Falls USA will navigate these plentiful waters to help you land your dream fish.

Location: Charters

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Explore the Niagara River in an unparalleled adventure. Expert captains guide you through thrilling rapids on the ride of a lifetime with Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Choose between the exhilarating open boat or the dry comfort of the enclosed “jetdome.” Just a short walk from the Falls, the Aquarium is an easy trolley ride away, providing a seamless addition to your Niagara experience.

Location: 115 S Water St, Lewiston, NY 14092

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara, with a history spanning three centuries, played a key role in America’s colonial conflicts. Located at the entrance of the Niagara River, it controlled access to the Great Lakes and North America’s heart. Its significance declined after the Erie Canal’s opening in 1825, but it remained a military base into the 1900s.

From 1929 to 1934, the fort was restored and is now managed by the Old Fort Niagara Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, in partnership with the New York State Parks Department. It’s supported by entrance fees, shop sales, donations, and grants. The Association encourages public membership to help preserve this historic site.

Location: 102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown, NY 14174

Things To Do… Inside!

Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino

This relaxed casino hotel in a 26-story tower is a mile from Niagara Falls and 10 minutes’ walk from the Rainbow Bridge.

Location: 310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Aquarium of Niagara

Explore over 1,500 marine creatures across various habitats at the Aquarium. Get up close with sharks and rays in our tactile touch tank experience. Understand the urgent conservation needs facing these species and how you can make a difference. Engage with our experts during feedings and talks, all included with your entry ticket.

Conveniently situated under a mile from the Falls, reach the Aquarium easily by the Niagara Scenic Trolley (available seasonally) or by a scenic walk through the park’s pathways.

Location: 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Underground Railroad Heritage Center

The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the most basic rights of liberty.

Location:  825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls

Contemporary shopping mall with outlet stores from well-known retailers, plus restaurants & cafes.

Location: 1900 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304