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Niagara Falls, USA: Guided Caves, Boat, and Tower Tour

1. Niagara Falls, USA: Guided Caves, Boat, and Tower Tour

Marvel at Niagara Falls on a tour that includes a boat cruise on the river, entry to the Niagara Observation Tower, and entry to the Cave of the Winds. Follow your guide and listen to their facts and anecdotes about the falls and their history. See the falls from all perspectives. Get picked up from your hotel in Niagara Falls, USA, and head straight to the Niagara Falls State Park. First, admire all three of the rushing waterfalls from the top of the Niagara Observation Tower. From largest to smallest, see the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from this high vantage point. Then, get up close to the mighty waterfalls on the Maid of The Mist boat on a cruise on the river. Feel the mist blow off the falls and hear their thundering roar surrounding you as you cruise on the water. Next, head to Goat Island to visit the Cave of the Winds. Don your yellow poncho and follow your guide along the wooden walkways and bridges to get really close to the waterfalls. Here, you are standing a mere 6 meters from the Bridal Veil Falls. Head back to your hotel with memorable moments spend at Niagara Falls.

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

2. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

Journey into the heart of the Horseshoe Falls, embark on a sightseeing boat tour of the Niagara Falls, and feel the mist of 700,000 gallons of water barrels over the falls. Then go up to the Observation Deck to see the Niagara Falls' all 3 waterfalls. Next, visit Prospect Point then walk over to Goat Island to view Luna Island and the amazing Horseshoe Falls. Learn some history of Niagara Falls from your knowledgeable guide who will accompany you on the boat and direct you to the best locations. The boat can get crowded so your guide will ensure you’re one of the first off the boat, saving you time from waiting in the elevator line. Next, do the adventure walk and learn about the history of Niagara Falls and the daredevils who tried to defy her. End the tour at the trolley and seek information to help you enjoy your visit to the Falls. The guides on-site are happy to answer all questions and help you navigate the Niagara Falls State Park.

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

3. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

Explore Niagara Falls State Park on this guided walking tour. Make the most of your time by starting with the Maid of the Mist boat ride with your guide and then reserve your time slot at Cave of the Winds so you can skip the ticket line. This tour also provides a pass for the hop-on hop-off Niagara Scenic Trolley so you can also visit the Horseshoe Falls, Luna Island, and Three Sisters Island. Meet your guide and begin your tour by hearing stories about the history of the State Park, heroic rescues, and daredevil stunt attempts on your way to the Maid Of The Mist boat ride. Your guide will make sure you receive your poncho while making your way onto the boat and share the best spots for viewing to give you the best experience possible. Cruise along and listen to stories about the Maid of the Mist boat. The boat tour will cross in front of the American and Bridal Veil Falls on your way to and from Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Get up close for a breathtaking experience. Once the cruise is completed, head back up to the Niagara Falls Observation Tower where your guide will share more stories and can help with snapping photos of you with the amazing views of Niagara Falls behind you. At the conclusion of your guided portion, you'll receive passes for both the hop-on, hop-off Niagara Scenic Trolley service and a timed reservation for the Cave of the Winds. The very next stop after boarding the Niagara Scenic Trolley will be the Cave of the Winds. Once the Trolley brings you on the short journey over to the Cave of the Winds, you'll have your timed reservation so you can skip the ticket line. Explore this breathtaking attraction by taking an elevator ride down 150 feet into the Niagara Gorge. After collecting your waterproof poncho, experience Niagara Falls up close and personal. Take part in an exhilarating ascension up to the Hurricane Deck positioned at the base of Bridal Veil Falls where you will get absolutely soaked. Your Trolley pass is good all day long, so the Niagara Scenic Trolley will aid you as you chart your own course without a guide throughout Goat Island. Witness stunning views from both Terrapin Point and Luna Island and see the rapids up close at Three Sisters Island.

Niagara Falls USA: Tour with Boat Ride and Cave of the Winds

4. Niagara Falls USA: Tour with Boat Ride and Cave of the Winds

Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Niagara Falls, and enjoy the scenic views as you go to board the Maid of the Mist boat ride, American Falls and Observation Tower. Head to the cave of the winds where you to stand below the falls before taking in the stunning views at the Niagara Falls. Continue to Bridal Veil Falls to see the smallest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Stop at Goat Island between the Bridal Veil Falls and the scenic view of Horseshoe Falls from the USA side. Go to Niagara Falls State Park for half an hour before visiting Luna Island for a short stop. Finish at Prospect Point to get one last amazing view of the falls.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

5. Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

Dedicate a day to the mesmerizing Niagara Falls on a guided walking tour. Be on the first funicular of the day and descend into the gorge for the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Walk around the boardwalk before taking part in the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Meet your friendly guide and group in front of the elevator in the morning and take in panoramic views as you make your way down to the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Climb aboard and feel the power of Niagara Falls up close. Ascend back up and enjoy an informative walking tour around the boardwalk. View the site of the former Honeymoon Bridge, learn about famous celebrities and daredevils who visited this site, and take a great photo at Horseshoe Falls. Arrive at the Table Rock Welcome Center and get ready for the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Climb down the stairs into the rocky caves behind the waterfalls and follow a ledge to a viewing point beside the cascades.

From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

6. From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

Take a day trip by comfortable bus to famous Niagara Falls. Enjoy a smooth round-trip journey, different vantage points to view the Falls, free time in Niagara, and, when in season, a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat. Begin your day with a morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan. Travel by comfortable motorcoach in the company of your guide. Enjoy the scenic landscape of upstate New York on your journey north. Take advantage of the wi-fi on board. The travel time is approximately 7-8 hours, each way, with one rest stop. Experience the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder of Niagara Falls aboard the historic Maid of the Mist boat, or, when the Maid of the Mist is not running, from other observation points such as Gorge Walk. Learn about the interesting history of these mighty waters and enjoy spectacular views of the falls from different vantage points. You will have the opportunity for lunch on your own, souvenir shopping, and exploring the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park. After an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories, relax onboard your comfortable motorcoach for the return to Times Square in Manhattan, arriving back between 11 PM-midnight.

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

7. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

Experience Niagara Falls from the US side with the help of a tour guide and a day pass for the park’s trolley. Ride the Maid of the Mist for a better look at the islands, enter the Cave of the Winds to hear the thunderous waterfalls, and board the trolley freely to see the whole park in a day. Start your tour with the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Your guide will bring you to the boat, answer all your questions, and give you tips on how to make the most of your boat trip. Listen to the guide on board to see all the landmarks you'll pass in the water. After, your guide will meet you for a walking tour around the park, stopping at the best places for views and photos. Learn about the daredevils who challenge the raging falls while you watch the water crashing. Walk with your guide to the trolley and get your trolley pass and tickets to Cave of the Winds. Hop on and off the trolley as you please and take your time exploring Luna Island, Three Sisters Island, Terrapin Point, and the Cave of the Winds. Skip the ticket line at Cave of the Winds and walk below the falls to view the majesty of Niagara up close. Feel the power of the gushing water on the Hurricane Deck and climb to higher levels to get even closer to the action. Make use of the trolley all day and into the night. If you’ve got time, catch the illumination of the falls and the fireworks display depending on the season. Ask your guide about fun places to explore, have a meal, or grab some drinks in between your sightseeing.

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

8. From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

Niagara, USA: Walking Tour with Maid of the Mist and Falls

9. Niagara, USA: Walking Tour with Maid of the Mist and Falls

Experience an immersive sightseeing tour that includes a guided tour, as well as admission to the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Expect to learn plenty of fun facts about this world-famous natural attraction from your guide. Go to the observation decks to view the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Meet in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Take a short stroll over to the Niagara Falls State Park map. Hear lesser-known facts about the American side of Niagara Falls as you take in the thundering majesty of the Horseshoe Falls (the biggest waterfall at Niagara), American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist for a ride around the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the waterfalls here. While the ride itself is a blast, expect to make it an even more special experience with your guide sharing plenty of interesting stories about the oldest attraction in the United States.

From NYC: 2-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Shopping Trip

10. From NYC: 2-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Shopping Trip

Escape the hectic atmosphere of New York for a night on this 2-day tour to Niagara Falls. Travel to the U.S. side of the Falls and ride on the famous Maid of the Mist boat. Enjoy some time shopping for bargains at the an outlet mall along the way. Day 1: Depart from the centrally-located meeting point in New York on an air-conditioned van or bus and heads north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap and Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Stretch your legs on a walk through Watkins Glen Canyon and capture pictures of views of the waterfalls. Drive by the stunning Seneca Lake and arrive in Niagara Falls in the late afternoon. Tour the American side of Niagara Falls, including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. Admire a night tour of Niagara Falls showcasing the colorful lighting of the thundering waters before settling in into your comfortable hotel room for the night. Day 2: Eat a hearty continental breakfast at the hotel. See both the Niagara and the Horseshoe Falls up close from the Maid of the Mist boat (available from May to October). When the Maid of the Mist is not operating, take a tour of the Power Vista Hydro-Electric Station and visit the Cave of the Winds. Board your bus or van and drive south and back to New York City. Stretch your legs in a more urban area, with a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way. Return to the city in time for you to grab a late dinner.

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What people are saying about American Falls

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,617 reviews

The long drive from New York City to Niagara Falls State Park is worth it. Getting to see the rapids, the falls from the US and Canada on the Maid of the Mist was a sight to behold. You most definitely will enjoy the the walking tour as you will get to see the Falls from different areas of the park and the history of this natural marvel. The Lights that illuminate the Falls at night as well as the Fireworks. Our guides shared their extensive knowledge of the history of the Falls and funfacts about persons who contributed to the legacy the Falls.

My experience with 5Star Niagara Falls Tour was unforgettable and exciting. I had done the Canadian attractions before but had never seen the American Falls up close before, and I loved it. The tour guides were funny and knowledgeable. They gave you space to experience the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds without herding you along while getting to skip any lineups for tickets, and had meet-up times so you could keep pace with the group. It was a pleasant experience and I would recommend a tour with them.

We booked this as we wanted to know more about the falls and our guide Mary really did make a difference. She was right on time at the meeting place and immediately gave us a true sense of the history of the falls and the majesty of them, together with a lot of humour. Well worth the money and I’d certainly do it again!

Our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Daniel. We could not have asked for a better guide. Daniel was informative, so helpful and made the tour so enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour, especially with Daniel, thank you.

A wonderful experience from start to finish, the excellent guide, very attentive and friendly at all times.