Every year, millions of tourists flock to the Northeast border between America and Canada to experience the beauty of Niagara Falls and see the 3,160 tons of water that flow over the falls every second. It’s always free to walk around Niagara State Park but there are many other Niagara Falls attractions that can be enjoyed inside and outside the park, providing hours of added fun and giving you a different perspective on the grandeur of the falls that many never see. Here, we’ll just be focusing on the Niagara Falls Attractions on the USA side. Check back later for a list of the best Niagara Falls attractions on the Canadian side!
Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
The Maid of the Mist Boat Tour has been one of the most popular Niagara Falls attractions since it began operations in 1846, and for good reason – their boats go right up to many of the different waterfalls that make up the park for a close-up view that lets guests get an idea of just how massive the falls are. The boat ride lasts just 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to enjoy other Niagara Falls Attractions on the USA side. Ponchos are included, but expect to get wet!
Old Fort Niagara
Originally established by the French in the 1600s, Old Fort Niagara played a crucial role in both the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. The history buff in your tour group will be sure to love this link to America’s past and depending on the time you visit you may even catch one of the period-specific re-enactments that take place throughout the year.
Cave of the Winds Pavilion
If you don’t mind the possibility of getting drenched, the Cave of the Winds Pavilion gets you as close to the falls as safely possible with a series of interconnected wooden walkways – built fresh every year to ensure safety – that lead up to Cave of the Wind’s famed Hurricane Deck. Make sure to bring a waterproof bag to stuff all your valuables in! Our American side tour of the falls also takes you to the cave of the winds pavilion so you can experience the falls from another location.
Aquarium of Niagara
On the chillier, rainy days up by the falls the Aquarium of Niagara is a great way to past the time while staying warm and dry. You’ll find more than 200 species of aquatic animals alongside 30 educational exhibits. Visitors even have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the training, care, and social lives of seals and Humboldt penguins!
These are just a few of our favorite Niagara Falls attractions, and you’ll find many, many more unique tours, attractions, and more when to use Over the Falls Tours to book your trip to the Niagara Falls!