Visiting Niagara Falls in Winter

niagara falls usa in winter

A Special Time to Visit Niagara Falls

Winter visitors from December through March may be treated to snowy landscapes and ice formations.  Whether or not there is snow on the ground, ice formations build up below Niagara Falls after steady streaks of cold temperatures.  The American and Bridal Veil Falls on the New York side of The Falls in particular are a great place to look at Mother Nature’s ice sculptures.

Constant mist from The Falls and cold winter temperatures create a glazing of ice above The Falls too.  Lamp posts, railings and park benches are often encased in ice creating a glistening landscape on sunny days. The white landscape makes a bold contrast to the rainbows often seen over Niagara Falls.

A pair of winter boots with good tread is recommended when you walk near the Falls. Sidewalks are well maintained.  But paths can still be slippery.

ice below niagara fallsWinter Schedules and Activities

There is plenty to see in Winter, despite some outdoor attractions like the Maid of the Mist or Jet Boats going into hibernation for winter months,   The quieter season means visitors may find less wait times at attractions and an easier time getting reservations at the top restaurants and accommodations of your choice.

Here are a just a few local picks for winter entertainment.

The Aquarium of Niagara Falls is a great place to learn about aquatic life from the ocean and local waters. Watch one of the daily shows to be entertained by sea lions, harbor seals or penguins.

Niagara Power Vista Visitor Center is just five minutes away from Niagara Falls.  This educational center is a virtual reality and interactive experience for the whole family.

The Niagara Adventure Theater will entertain and educate you in a 30-minute film about the history of Niagara Falls.

Skating – check for a weekend open skate session at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion.  Skate rentals plus ice time is a real value at just $8 per person.

Seneca Niagara Casino is a great spot for a group of friends or a date night to enjoying gaming and entertainment.

Take a side trip to the villages of Lewiston for shopping and dining or visit the local wineries where you can learn why the Niagara Region is unique for growing grapes and  making ice wine.

Take a step back in history at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

See our Attractions page for more ideas.

Walking in Niagara Falls State Park in Winter

Niagara Falls State Park Walking Paths in Winter

Icy Bench on Goat Island

Ice Covered Bench Goat Island