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Niagara Falls State Park

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-2019 Application for Native American Handicraft Sales Drawing

-The final piece of the restoration of Niagara Falls State Park is underway! We are working to create a safer and more welcoming entrance to the nation's oldest state park. Please see the following project sheet for details and renderings. The park IS open during construction.

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.

With awe-inspiring scenery year-round, thrilling attractions, interactive exhibits, miles of hiking trails, and delectable dining options in a family-friendly environment, Niagara Falls State Park is an adventure-packed experience! No passport is needed to experience an unforgettable and breathtaking Niagara Falls vacation.

Get closer to the Falls at a 35% savings when you buy a Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass. It includes admission to all the great attractions including Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist ®, Niagara Adventure Theater, Aquarium of Niagara, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and a one-day unlimited transportation ticket for the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Buy in park or on line at www.niagarafallsstatepark.com (Fees may apply to online purchase)

(Drones) Unmanned Aircraft Systems
In Niagara Falls State Park, (per FAA rule 14 CFR 93 Sub E), there is a flight restriction in the vicinity of Niagara Falls State Park that amounts to a No Fly Zone. All flights below 3,500 feet are restricted, Therefore, UAS are prohibited in Niagara Falls State Park. No permit will be issued.

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

  • Visitors Center – offers all park information, tickets to attractions, 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!
  • Cave of the Winds "World Changed Here" Pavilion – offers visitors an educational and entertaining perspective on the history and historical significance of Niagara Falls through interactive exhibits including an immersive object theater media presentation.
  • 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.  
  • Discover Niagara Shuttle - Park your car and experience Niagara's iconic landscape, rich history and the thriving culture and communities along the scenic Niagara River with the ease and convenience of a hop-on/hop-off shuttle. Enjoy a day of discovery as you connect to 15 destination sites along the 14-mile route from the "Falls to the Fort." Learn More

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

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!

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

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

Hours of Operation

  • The attractions at Niagara Falls State Park get you closer than you ever imagined to the powerful Falls. Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist, be surrounded by water as it crashes over you at the Cave of the Winds, learn about the myths and legends of Niagara at Niagara Adventure Theater, make friends at the Aquarium of Niagara and explore the Gorge Discovery Center. For more information on all of these attractions and more please visit www.niagarafallsstatepark.com  

  • The park is open year round but attractions are open seasonally.

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase 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.
  • Attractions
  • The attractions at Niagara Falls State Park get you closer than you ever imagined to the powerful Falls. Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist, be surrounded by water as it crashes over you at the Cave of the Winds, learn about the myths and legends of Niagara at Niagara Adventure Theater, make friends at the Aquarium of Niagara and explore the Gorge Discovery Center. For more information on all of these attractions and more please visit www.niagarafallsstatepark.com  

     

Sat 14 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Stop by the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun: kid-friendly crafts, create a card for a veteran, and be sure to have a visit with Santa. More details to come. For more information call 716-282-5154.
Wed 01 Jan
Let's go to Niagara Falls!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1794

Join us for an afternoon stroll as we welcome the 1st day of the New Year at the falls! Stories will be told along the way of America’s oldest state park! Dress for the weather, camera and binoculars suggested. Meet at the Goat Island Parking Lot #3 for this easy 1.5 Mile hike. Pre-registration is required by calling 716-282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jan
Cabin Fever Series: Ice Bridges of Niagara
Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This month's presentation: Ice Bridge of Niagara. Winter draws people here to enjoy the beauty of ice and snow and see if the "bridge" of ice has formed. Listen and see photos of yesteryear, when people were allowed on the ice! For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

Sat 25 Jan
Fun Facts with Kelly: Falls Trivia Edition
Saturday, January 25, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Play a Jeopardy-style trivia game about the natural and local history of Niagara Falls, followed by a walk in the park to take in the spectacular views! Weather permitting, we will take the adventure on snowshoes. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154

Sat 08 Feb
Cabin Fever Series: The Great Gorge Route Trolley
Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

This month's presentation: The Great Gorge Route. This trolley once ran in the Niagara Gorge and over to Canada! Come look at the delightful journey passengers would have taken from 1895-1935. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154.

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Did You Know? Frederick Law Olmsted was the landscape architect of Niagara Falls State Park.

Amenities, Activities & Information

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