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Niagara Falls State Park

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Address
332 Prospect Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Latitude 43.081528
Longitude -79.064240

Get closer to America's Oldest State Park at Niagara Falls State Park! Find out for yourself why millions of visitors are drawn to this magnificent natural wonder every year. 

 

Today's experience is by far the most memorable ever – largely because of the enhanced access to the history, geology and beauty of this special place. Visitors can witness the intensity of the falls from mere inches away at the Cave of the Winds tour, cruise the powerful churning waters at the base of the falls on a Maid of the Mist boat ride, learn more about the region's natural history at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Adventure Theater, enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Observation Tower, and check out the antics of the sea lions and penguins at the Niagara Aquarium. Take a break and enjoy a ride on the Niagara Scenic Trolley or grab a bite at the Top of the Falls restaurant on Goat Island with its commanding views of the Horseshoe Falls. Visit www.niagarafallsstatepark.com  for more information on America's Oldest State Park!

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:

  • Visitors Center – The Great Lakes Garden greets visitors up a pathway to the park's Visitors Center which offers information, savings passes, exhibits and easy access to gift shops and refreshments.
  • Niagara Scenic Trolley – Aboard this environmentally-friendly trolley, you can enjoy a three-mile 30-minute guided overview of the park, or disembark at the various stops and explore the park's many attractions.
  • Cave of the Winds – Explore beneath the American Falls, navigating under the falls to the famous Hurricane Deck. Those rain ponchos you see aren't optional – you'll be surrounded by the thundering power of water cascading down. Save your footwear and take advantage of the souvenir sandals!
  • Maid of the Mist – This world famous boat journey departs from the base of the Observation Tower at Prospect Point for a roundtrip into the churning waters of the American and Horseshoe Falls.
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center – With hands-on learning for all ages, the Discovery Center includes interactive displays and a multi-screen theater showing 12,000 years of the Niagara River.
  • Observation Tower – This 230-foot overlook provides the only U.S. location to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls. High-speed elevators provide access to the Gorge and boarding area for the Maid of the Mist.
  • Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre – Located on the lower level of the Visitors Center, see the film that takes you from the historic to the heroic in a re-creation of legends and real life.
  • Niagara Aquarium – Located near the park's Discovery Center, this family favorite is home to more than 1,500 aquatic animals that represent ecosystems ranging from the Great Lakes to coral reefs.   

Replace with The best way to experience all that Niagara Falls State Park has to offer is with a Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass! See www.niagarafallsstatepark.com for more information!

Don't miss the falls at night when they are lit!


Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Restoration Plan

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1132 Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round but attractions are open seasonally. 2017 attraction hours should be available by early spring . Please check back then.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Connect Kids- 4th Grade Entry Program
  • Special Note: Visitors to Niagara Falls State Park must either locate the lot attendant or bring their parking ticket and pass to the Visitor Center (for Lot 1) or the Cave of the Winds Plaza Ticketing/Information window (for Lot 2) to have it validated for the free parking.
  • Fees & Rates
  • 2017 rates are typically available by early spring. Please check back then.

Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

PROJECT #1
Start time 9:00am End time 12:00pm
Project/Event Description: CAVE OF THE WINDS - stain 350 ft of path railing Park to provide brushes & water based stain +16 yrs old 4-10 volunteers. Bring gloves & water. No restrooms available in immediate worksite.
Meeting Location: Goat Island - parking lot #3 Adults 18 and over only

PROJECT #2
Start time 10am End time 1pm
Project/Event Description:Washing & cleaning of electric vehicles (GEMS)
Meeting Location: Goat Island Parking Lot #3. All ages welcome

PROJECT #3
Start time 10am End time 1pm
Project/Event Description: Park clean-up of debris, litter, twig removal
Meeting Location: Goat Island Parking Lot #3. All ages welcome

Register: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

Registration: Required
Sat 13 May
Gorge Hiking Series: Great Gorge Railway Trail
Saturday, May 13, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This hike explores the cultural and natural history of the Upper Great Gorge. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fri 26 May
Evening Walk on Goat Island
Friday, May 26, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Relax and unwind from the work week while walking around the oldest state park in the United States; Niagara Falls became a park in 1885. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. End your walk with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. weather permitting

Wed 07 Jun
American Falls Gorge Trail and 61st Anniversary of the Schoellkopf Disaster
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Learn about the history of Schoellkopf Power Station 3. We will take an elevator ride down to the site to see first-hand what remains of this former complex. We will then hike the trails out of the gorge.

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Did You Know? The lower Niagara River supports one of New York State's endangered fish, the Lake Sturgeon.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Waterfalls
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)