Guided Tour Takes Approximately 4-5 Hours
Appropriate for All Ages
Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
Get up-close and personal with the mighty Niagara Falls on this four-hour sightseeing tour. Climb aboard the Maid of the Mist for an fantastic boat ride that will take you up to the Horseshoe Falls, where you can feel the roar and wonder at its power. Then head to the Cave of the Winds for a trip along the boardwalk to see the beauty of the American and Bridal Veil Falls. In addition to seeing the many sights in the area, you will head to the New York State Observation Tower for panoramic views of all three waterfalls.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Includes Admission to Maid of the Mist
Start off your tour with a famous Maid of the Mist boat ride, where you will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the mighty Niagara Falls. This awe-inspiring ride will provide you and your group with unmatched views of the gorge and a sense of the powerful waterfalls. Rain gear will be provided.
Includes Admission to Cave of the Winds
This tourist attraction will take you via elevator from the area between the American and Canadian Falls down to the level of the Niagara River at the base of the American Falls. Follow a series of redwood decks and platforms right up to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, where water will crash down right in front of you and flow beneath the decking. Rain gear will be provided.
Tour Stop at Whirlpool State Park
When you visit Whirlpool State Park, you will be able to enjoy the sights from two different levels. On the street level, you will have many scenic overlooks with spectacular views of the Whirlpool and Rapids, as well as have access to the gorge natural history room. On the river level, hiking and fishing are available by taking the staircase located just downstream from the main park area.
Tour Stop at American Falls
Located on the United States side of the American-Canadian border, American Falls pumps 150,000 gallons of water per second over the crest of the cliff. The falls are noted for the collection of rocks at the base, as the water cascades 70 feet down onto the rocks, where it crashes another 100-plus feet to the river below.
Tour Stop at Bridal Veil Falls
Located next to the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is the third waterfall of the incredible Niagara Falls. The crest is 56 feet wide and has a direct fall of 78 feet that crashes onto the large rocks below, making the total drop 181 feet.
Tour Stop at Canadian Horseshoe Falls
As the largest and most impressive of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls is the image that usually comes to mind when mentioning this natural wonder. The water churns over the crest at speeds of about 20 miles per hour and has an average elevation of 500 feet.
Tour Stop at Lower Rapids
Less severe than the Upper Rapids, the Niagara River's Lower Rapids and whirlpools are too wild to navigate, but this area is popular with fishermen, offering them many opportunities for fishing from here to the mouth of the river at Lake Ontario.
Tour Stop at The Niagara Whirlpool
This natural whirlpool is situated right along the U.S.-Canadian border in the Niagara Gorge downstream from the Falls. Estimated at 4,200 years old, the whirlpool was formed by upstream erosion of the Niagara Escarpment by the river, and today, this whirlpool reaches a depth of 124 feet.
Tour Stop at Goat Island
For a spectacular view of Niagara Falls from the United States, this tour will take you to Goat Island! As part of the Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States, Goat Island is located on the Niagara River in the middle of Niagara Falls, just between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
Tour Stop at Luna Island
From Goat Island, a small bridge will give you access to Luna Island, crossing the rapids close to Bridal Veil Falls. This small island between the American and Bridal Veil Falls has a fantastic close-up view of both waterfalls and is part of the Niagara Falls State Park.
Tour Stop at Upper Rapids
These Class V rapids flow with tremendous force as they head towards the Falls, terminating with a sudden plunge of approximately 165 feet over the escarpment to form one of the largest, most magnificent waterfalls on the plant.
Tour Stop at International Niagara Water Control Dam
Built in 1957, this huge hydroelectric plant modulates the river flow for better sightseeing during the daytime and generates power at night. Producing large amounts of energy for the area, this dam is an important engineering structure of the region.
Tour Stop at Terrapin Point
Located in the southwestern area of Goat Island, Terrapin Point is where the edge of the Horseshoe Falls touches the island. The point is a low area several feet above the river and is overlooked by a bluff called Porters Bluff.
Tour Stop at Three Sisters Islands
These three small islands off the west side of Goat Island are a wonderful area to explore, take a quiet walk, or enjoy close-up views of the rapids and cascades. Connected by bridges, the Three Sisters are perfect for visitors to walk to all three separate islands for grand views of the rapids in the Niagara River before its descent over the Horseshoe Falls.
Tour Stop at Prospect Point Park
As the site of Observation Tower, Prospect Point offers you breathtaking views of the Niagara Falls. Not only will you have amazing views of the American Falls, which the point flanks, but you will also have the ability to see the Horseshoe Falls a little farther away.
Includes Admission to N.Y.S. Observation Tower
Get your cameras ready and head for the top of the New York State Observation Tower, where you will be able to have a panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls. Often called the Niagara Falls Observation Tower, this tower extends dramatically over Niagara Gorge, giving you unobstructed views of the wild cascades and ranging whitewater below.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
This All-American Tour gives you fantastic views of the Niagara Falls, as well as interesting facts and information about the formation and up-keeping of the region.