Things to do in Niagara Falls, USA

Marvel at a natural wonder, explore the state park, and set off on a cruise from the US side of the Falls.

Our most recommended things to do in Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara USA: Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Guided Tour

1. Niagara USA: Cave of the Winds Express Pass and Guided Tour

Skip the lines and enjoy an Express Pass to the Cave of the Winds during this guided tour around the picturesque Niagara Falls State Park, admission included. Stop for photos of Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and more. See the most amazing experience this New York State Park has to offer. At the Cave of the Winds, take a 150-foot elevator ride into the Niagara Gorge. Robed in a waterproof poncho, experience Niagara Falls up close and personal. Begin your tour at Goat Island by the Power Portal Archway alongside the highest-rated guides in Niagara Falls. From there, take a leisurely 1-hour narrated adventure around the Niagara Falls State Park.  Learn about the innovation, erosion, heroic rescues, and daredevil attempts that have taken place at Niagara Falls. Head to Horseshoe Falls and Terrapin Point for 15 minutes before stopping next at Luna Island, Bridal Veil, and the American Falls for another 15 minutes. Witness amazing views on top of the American and Bridal Veil Falls. Take part in an exhilarating experience at the Hurricane Deck positioned at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Finish off the tour at the Cave of the Winds. Enjoy express access during your visit. 

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of the Mist Cruise and Guided Tour

4. Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of the Mist Cruise and Guided Tour

Enjoy the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride and then explore the Niagara Falls State Park during a guided walking tour. Hear about stories about the legends and the exciting side of Niagara Falls, from those who discovered it to those who challenged it. Meet your guide outside the Hard Rock Café and begin your waterfall-filled adventure. Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist and experience the mist that rises from the force of the falling water. Look for the rainbows that appear on sunny days.  Chart course from the Observation Tower to the base of the American Falls and onto the basin of Horseshoe Falls. Admire roaring falls and the massive rock formations as you glide across the water. Take a scenic walking tour from the historical marker at Hennepin Rock to the Trolley Loop around Prospect Point. Take in sweeping views, lush trees, and historical landmarks as you go. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour. 

Niagara Falls: Maid of the Mist Boat Ticket and Guide

5. Niagara Falls: Maid of the Mist Boat Ticket and Guide

Embark on the iconic and scenic Maid of the Mist boat ride, and then explore the Niagara Falls State Park during a guided walking tour that becomes a great beginning to a fun-filled day. Take in great views. Meet your guide and group at Niagara Falls, USA. Go under the falls with Maid of the Mist admission. Embark then on a 40-minute Niagara Falls State Park walking tour from Hennepin Rock to the Trolley Loop around Prospect Point. Your guide will deliver all the fun, legends, and excitement of Niagara Falls from those who discovered it to those who challenged it. End the day with a suite of unforgettable new impressions.

Niagara Falls, USA: Night Illumination Walking Tour

6. Niagara Falls, USA: Night Illumination Walking Tour

See the breathtaking Niagara Falls illuminated at night from several different vantage points on this night tour of Niagara Falls. Learn about the history of Niagara Falls from your guide while experiencing the night show. Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is illuminated in an array of colors, making it one of the most majestic places on earth. Experience the illuminated Niagara Falls from Luna Island, located at the tip of Goat Island next to the Canadian Falls and Prospect Point Observation Tower. Choose between a 1-hour and 90-minute tour. The 1-hour tour includes a visit to the American Falls and the Bridal Falls. The 90-minute tour includes the American Falls, Bridal Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.

From NYC: 1-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Seasonal Boat Ride

7. From NYC: 1-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Seasonal Boat Ride

Embark on a day trip to Niagara Falls from New York City. Witness the dramatic views of the falls and avoid the hassle of border-crossing traffic and visa checks as this tour visits only the falls on the American side. Head north towards Niagara Falls in the late evening, making one stop along the way. Upon arrival in the morning, have breakfast and relax before traveling to the American side of the falls. Board the famous Maid Of The Mist, bringing you to the Horseshoe Falls, the most spectacular part of Niagara Falls. Continue to other major sights on Goat Island, including Bridal Veil Falls. Tuck into a delicious buffet lunch in the afternoon before your return trip back to Manhattan in an air-conditioned bus, which will arrive in the late evening.

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

8. 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 Falls, USA: American Tour & Maid of The Mist

9. Niagara Falls, USA: American Tour & Maid of The Mist

Experience the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder that is Niagara Falls, USA. Your half-day tour includes the American Observation Tower, the world-famous 'Maid of The Mist' boat ride, the 'Cave of the Winds' adventure, and a visit to the historic Niagara Falls State Park. Admire the stunning Falls from atop the American Observation Tower. Get up close to the mighty Falls on the Maid of The Mist boat ride and Cave of the Winds adventure. Hear the thundering roar and feel the mist on your face on the cruise. Tour Niagara State Park, the oldest in the USA and home to the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and a portion of the Horseshoe Falls. Marvel at breathtaking vistas and delve into the rich history of the daredevils who tried to conquer the falls

Niagara USA: Walking Tour with Maid of the Mist

10. Niagara USA: Walking Tour with Maid of the Mist

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.

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We had a small group of 7 which was perfect. The small motor coach had spacious comfortable seats with good leg room. It was preferable to the huge tour buses. Peter our guide picked us up at the Fairmont where we stayed so it was super convenient. We enjoyed the stops at Table Rock, the maple syrup tasting and Niagara on the Lake. We did not do the boat ride and chose to leisurely enjoy the various vantage points of the falls instead. We felt we got close enough to see and feel the power of the falls and even felt the mists from below. The itinerary was well timed and we did not feel rushed. We left at 8:30am and came back into downtown Toronto by 5:00pm just in time for our dinner reservation. It was a very enjoyable tour. Our guide Peter was pleasant, laid back and efficient. Just the right amount of talk without being chatty. We even took him up on his recommendation about Tim Horton’s chicken noodle soup!

Let me begin by stating that David was the greatest travel advisor ever. He made my husband and I very happy to meet him. He was extremely professional, kind, and knowledgeable about the history of the Niagara Falls. He also made the material interesting to learn. This was my husband and I's first time visiting the falls, and he just made us feel at home. He has such a sweet personality and went above and beyond for us. The best tour guide out there is David! We for sure will be visiting again! -Cynithia & Rick

It was our first time doing a winery tour and this tour did not disappoint. It was a great overall experience. Konzelman winery stood out with the famous peach wine and beautiful family story. Pilliteri's had some great ice wines and we got to see the famous 42 ft. Long concrete table. Inniskilin was a little busier but a beautiful property. We weren't informed much about the history of the winery but we got to enjoy the wine outside on the picnic benches and just relax. Their Vidal ice wine was delicious!

We were met by Jeff who gave us information about Niagara and the surrounding area, collected our tickets for Maid of the Mist and Caves of the Wind. We had no queues, great weather (ok, Jeff didn’t have much to do with that!) and a great experience. A great morning in good company

I have a really great experience with Amigo tour. Roberto guide and driver, he is really nice and helpful.