Get a unique perspective of Niagara Falls from a variety of attractions. Walk up to the water’s edge at Terrapin Point or Goat Island. Journey to the base of the Falls with the Maid of the Mist or Cave of the Winds tours. Look down from a helicopter ride or viewing platform.
There are plenty of attractions at Niagara Falls to keep you busy during the summer months and year round.
Ways to See Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds – Walk as close to the bottom of the Falls as possible. Descend the elevator to the base of the Falls. Step outdoors to explore the area and get a unique close-up look. Your trip also includes a brief educational film on the importance Niagara Falls plays in the history of power generation.
Maid of the Mist – You can’t get any closer to the falls than this! Experience the cashing waves and breathtaking views of the falls from up close. Prepare to get wet! Your tour admission includes rain gear. After your boat ride walk up the staircase for a closeup view of the American Falls.
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center – Enjoy a hands-on adventure and learning experience about the national and local history of the Falls. Adventure out on hiking trails from the Discovery Center. The trails take you into the Niagara Gorge, just north of the Falls.
Observation Tower – Extending out over the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara Falls Prospect Point Observation Tower affords unobstructed views of the Falls. Take the elevator down for a close-up view of the rapids below the Falls. Access is included with admission to the Maid of the Mist. If you aren’t taking the boat ride, you can still buy a ticket the tower and explore great views.
Niagara Adventure Theater – Explore the Falls on film in a stadium-style theater.
Rainbow Air Inc – Scenic helicopter tours include a view of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls and the upper and lower Niagara River. Helicopter rides are your best way to see the Canadian portion of the Falls without crossing the border!
Top of the Falls Restaurant – Top of the Falls Restaurant offers visitors to Niagara Falls State Park a one-of-a-kind dining experience. This is the only restaurant in New York overlooking Niagara Falls. Open seasonally.
Attractions in and Surrounding Niagara Falls State Park
Aquarium of Niagara Falls – The aquarium features all of your favorite aquatic creatures. From fish to penguins to sharks, there is plenty to entertain you. Explore the Aquarium’s website for a schedule of live shows to plan your day.
Old Falls Street – A three-block entertainment district connects Niagara Falls State Park with most downtown hotels and attractions. The street provides spaces for seasonal food vending, festivals, concerts and family-friendly activities
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center – The Heritage Center’s mission is to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society.
The museum is located at 825 Depot Avenue West, Niagara Falls. 716-300-8477
Seneca Niagara Casino – Stay, play, eat and be entertained. The casino offers over 600 rooms and suites, a collection of restaurants from fancy to quiet and cozy. The casino has keno slots and al forms of table games. Entertainment venues in Bears Den Showroom or Barrel of Laughs Comedy Club feature many national and international acts.
Niagara Arts And Cultural Center (The NAAC) – This is a great spot to see local artist studios and art installations. Explore public gallery space and visit the gift shop and restaurant. Learn more about The NAAC here.
Art Alley NF – Art Alley is located at 425 Third Street in Niagara Falls, New York. This public art display features nearly 20 creative murals for your viewing free-of-charge. Make a quick visit here and take a few selfies!
Old Stone Chimney Commemorative Site – Dating back the 1700’s, this 60-ton chimney was once part of a historic French military barrack.