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Niagara Falls, US: Maid of the Mist & Cave of the Winds Tour

1. Niagara Falls, US: Maid of the Mist & 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

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.

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

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

4. 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.

From NYC: Overnight Niagara Falls Day Trip

5. From NYC: Overnight Niagara Falls Day Trip

Enjoy this day trip from New York City to Niagara Falls, NY. Avoid border-crossing traffic and a visa check as this tour visits only the waterfalls 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 for 1.5 hours.  At 8:30 AM, travel to the American side of the falls. Board the famous Maid Of The Mist, bringing you to the Horseshoe Falls, the most iconic part of Niagara Falls. Continue through other sights on Goat Island, including Bridal Veil Falls.  Enjoy a buffet in the afternoon before your return trip back to Manhattan, which will arrive at about 9:30 PM.

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

6. 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 Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

Experience the magic of the Butterfly Conservatory, nestled on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The Butterfly Conservatory is located a short 15-minute drive from the Canadian Horsehoe Falls and is easily accessible by the WEGO transport system. This magical attraction features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely amongst the winding pathways beneath the spacious, glass-enclosed conservatory. Your self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation before you are free to explore at your own pace.   Marvel at 45 species of butterflies with some from tropical regions around the world, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Discover the dynamic exhibit space with educational information about butterfly life cycles, pollinators, and more. Wander paths that wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall to the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight.

Niagara Falls, USA: Made in America Tour & Maid of the Mist

8. Niagara Falls, USA: Made in America Tour & Maid of the Mist

Get up close to the scenic beauty of Niagara Falls, New York, on this half-day tour. Visit the American side's top attractions, including a ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist. Your experienced and personable guide will share with you the region's rich history. Your tour begins with hotel pickup from Niagara Falls, New York, or Niagara Falls, Ontario aboard a climate-controlled bus. The first stop is Niagara Falls State Park. Descend 250 feet to the base of the American Falls to board the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat. Sail up to the Horseshoe Falls, to feel the refreshing spray and hear the roar of water rushing over its cliffs. Get up close and personal to the Falls at the Cave of the Winds. Descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge and then get kitted out in a poncho and specialized footwear. Hike a series of wooden walkways up to the famous "Hurricane Deck." Enjoy views of the Falls from various lookout spots, like Prospect Point and Terrapin Point. Walk around Whirlpool State Park for panoramic viewing of the Niagara Rapids and Whirlpool from atop the Niagara Gorge Trail.

Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

9. Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

Embark on a guided tour of Niagara's renowned wine region with an inclusive experience designed for everyone, whether you're a connoisseur or simply want to share a drink with friends. The Wine Country tour centers around the Niagara-on-the-lake region, nestled on Lake Ontario, near the mouth of Niagara Falls. Travel along the historical Niagara Parkway to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Sample wines at Pillitteri Estates, Inniskillin, and Konzelmann Estates. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the quaint town voted the prettiest town in Canada. Finally, enjoy the convenience of a return transfer to your pickup location.

Niagara Falls USA: Group Tour with Boat Ride & Hotel Pickup

10. Niagara Falls USA: Group Tour with Boat Ride & Hotel Pickup

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.

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What people are saying about Niagara Falls, USA

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 358 reviews

Our guide Nancy was fantastic! I was a little nervous about the boat and she stayed close by and checked in with me to make sure I was okay. The walking tour was great. Nancy had a lot of great stories, pictures to share and was very personable. She also made sure we had breaks in the shade, pit stops for beverages and restrooms. I highly recommend this tour! The sites were incredible!

The butterflies flies around you. They are just beautiful to watch. They even land on you. You can take great pictures there and as well as the botanical garden. I even have great pictures of my daughter for this year Christmas cards.

The trip is worth it, for those of us who have little time very well invested, one can enjoy this wonder and have the opportunity to see rainbows, almost as if they could touch them. No queues, everything well organized.

We really enjoyed this activity. It’s so beautiful see all the butterflies flying free in the environments that they love so much

Both attractions are well worth the money, and having a tour guide was also very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable!