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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

  • Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center
    (716) 278-1796

    April 6-May 4: 8am-6 pm
    May 5-May 17
    Sunday-Thursday: 8 am -6 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 8 am -8 pm
    May 18-June18
    Sunday-Thursday: 8 am -6 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 8 am -9 pm
    June 19-September 4
    Sunday-Thursday: 8 am -9 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 8 am -10 pm
    September 5-October 9
    Sunday-Thursday: 8 am- 6 pm
    Friday/Saturday: 8 am- 9 pm
    October 10-April 1/2018: 8 am- 6 pm Daily

    VISITOR CENTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted)
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/26) –Sunday (5/28) 8am-10pm
    Monday(5/29) 8am-10pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/30)-Monday (7/4) 8am- 11pm
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (9/1)-Sunday (9/3) 8am-11pm
    Monday (9/4) 8am- 8pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Friday 10/6 -Saturday 10/7 8am- 9pm
    Sunday(10/8) –Monday (10/9) 8am -7pm
    Thanksgiving
    Thursday 11/24 Closed
    Christmas
    Thursday 12/24 8am-3pm
    Friday 12/25 Closed
    New Years
    Tuesday (1/1/16) Closed

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

  • Cave of the Winds
    716-278-1730
    www.Niagarafallsstatepark.com
    May 20-June 14
    Sunday- Friday 9am – 7pm
    Saturday 9am – 9pm
    June 15 –September 3
    Sunday-Thursday 9am -9pm
    Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm
    September 4-October 8
    Sunday-Friday 9am -7:00pm
    Saturday 9am-9:00pm
    October 9-October 19
    Daily 9am-5pm

    CAVE 2017 HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted)
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/26) 9 am- 10 pm
    Saturday (5/27) 9 am- 10 pm
    Sunday (5/28) 9 am- 10 pm
    Monday (5/29) 9 am- 7 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/30) 9 am- 10 pm
    Saturday (7/1) 9 am 10 pm
    Sunday (7/2) 9 am- 10 pm
    Monday (7/3) 9 am-9 pm
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (9/1) 9 am – 10 pm
    Saturday (9/2) 9 am – 10 pm
    Sunday (9/3) 9 am- 10pm
    Monday(9/4) 9 am- 7 pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Saturday (10/7) 9 am – 9 pm
    Sunday (10/8) 9 am- 7 pm
    Monday (10/10) 9am- 5pm
    Thanksgiving (11/26) Closed

  • Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip
    This is an abbreviated trip that does not include the lower decks, just the observation platforms. You can still view the Falls, but it will be a dryer experience!
    Spring Trip
    April-May 19: 9am-4:45pm
    Fall Trip
    October 23- November 27: 9am–4:30 pm
    Closed on Thanksgiving

  • Cave of the Winds Winter Experience
    Rates TBD
    Learn how the world changed at Niagara Falls in this multimedia adventure. Experience the wonder of winter at Niagara Falls State Park and why this park has such a special place in history.
    11/28/17-3/31/18: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

  • Scenic Trolley
    716-278-1730
    www.niagarafallsstatepark.com

    May 13-May 18: 9 am-5:30 pm
    May 19-June 14
    Sunday-Thursday 9 am -7:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday 9 am- 9:30 pm
    June 15- September 3
    Sunday-Thursday 9 am -9:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday 9 am-10:30 pm
    September 4-October 8
    Sunday-Thursday 9 am -7:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday 9 am-9:30 pm
    October 9-October 19 9 am-5:30 pm
    October 20-November 26 9 am-5:00 pm

    HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/26)- Sunday(5/28) 9 am- 10:30 pm
    Monday (5/29) 9 am – 7:30 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/30)-Sunday (7/2) 9 am- 10:30 pm
    Monday (7/3)-Tuesday(7/4) 9 am- 9:30 am
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (9/1)-Sunday (9/3) 9 am -10:30 pm
    Monday (9/4) 9 am- 7:30 pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Friday (10/6) - Saturday (10/7) 9 am – 9:30 pm
    Sunday (10/8) 9 am- 7:30 pm
    Monday (10/9) 9am-5:30pm
    Thanksgiving
    Thursday (11/24) CLOSED

  • Discovery Center
    716-278-1070

    May 26 -October 12
    Sunday- Thursday: 9 am- 7 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 9 am- 9 pm

    HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted)
    Victoria Day (May 14 and 15): 9 am – 5 pm
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/27) -Sunday (5/29): 9 am- 7 pm
    Monday (5/30): 9 am- 5 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (7/1) – Monday(7/4): 9 am - 8 pm
    Labor Day
    Friday (9/2)-Sunday (9/4): 9am – 7 pm
    Monday (9/5): 9am – 5pm
    Columbus Day
    Friday (10/7) - Sunday (10/10): 9am – 5pm
    Monday (10/11) Closed for year

  • FALLS ILLUMINATION
    May 1 – May 14: 8:15 pm-2 am
    May 15-May 31: 8:30 pm -2 am
    June 1- July 22: 8:45 pm – 2 am
    July 23-July 31: 8:30 pm – 2 am
    August 1-August 15: 8:15 pm-2 pm
    August 16-August 31: 7:45 pm -2 am
    September 1-September 19: 7:15 pm – 2 am
    September 20- September 30: 6:45 pm – 2 am
    October 1 to October 15: 6:30 pm -1am
    October 16-November 4: 6:00 pm – 1 am
    November 5- December 30: 4:30 pm – Midnight
    December 31: 4:30 pm – 2 am

  • FIREWORKS begin at 10 pm
    (Weather permitting and subject to change)

    May- 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30
    June- Every Monday-Friday beginning June 12
    July – Fireworks will take place on July 1 for Canada Day and then every Monday – Friday the rest of the month.
    August- Every Monday-Friday
    September- 1 and 4

  • Niagara Adventure Theater
    1-866-750-4629
    www.niagaramovie.com

    May 1st - June 15th
    Sunday through Friday: 9:30 am - 5pm
    Saturday: 9:30 am - 8pm
    June 16th – September 3th
    Sunday through Thursday: 9:30 am - 8pm
    Friday & Saturday: 9:30am- 8:45pm
    September 4th - October 8th
    Sunday through Friday: 9:30 am - 5pm
    Saturday: 9:30am - 8pm
    October 9 - October 31
    Daily: 9:30 am - 5pm
    Nov. 1 - Dec 31
    Daily: 10:15 am – 4:15pm.

  • Aquarium Of Niagara
    (716) 285-3575
    http://www.aquariumofniagara.org

    Operating Hours
    May 27, 2017 – September 4, 2017
    Friday & Saturday
    Open: 9am,
    Close: 7pm (last admission 30 minutes prior to closing)
    Sunday-Thursday
    Open: 9am,
    Close: 6pm (last admission 30 minutes prior to closing)

  • Maid of the Mist
    (716) 284-8897
    www.maidofthemist.com

    April 2 – May 19
    Weekdays 9 am-5 pm
    Weekends 9 am-6 pm

    Victoria Day
    May 20-May 21: 9 am- 8 pm

    May 22-26: 9 am – 6 pm

    MEMORIAL DAY
    Saturday, May 27: 9 am- 8 pm
    Sunday, May 28: 9 am- 8 pm
    Monday, May 29: 9 am- 6 pm

    May 30-June 16
    Sunday-Friday 9 am- 6 pm
    Saturday 9 am – 8 pm

    June 17-August 8: 9 am- 8 pm
     
    August 9-August 28: 9 am-7:30 pm

    August 29-September 3: 9 am- 7:15 pm

    LABOR DAY
    Monday- September 4: 9 am- 5 pm

    September 5- October 3
    Weekdays 9 am-5 pm
    Weekends 9 am-6 pm

    October 4-October 31: 9 am-5 pm

    November 1- November 6: 10 am- 4 pm

    (Observation Tower opens ½ hour before first boat and closes ½ hour after last boat. Out of season, tower is open 10 am- 430 pm)

  • Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Elevator
    No charge

    Explore the site of the former Schoellkopf Power Station as well as take in the beautiful lower Niagara River. This site is also the winter home to the Maid of the Mist boats and provides access to the Niagara Gorge Trails.

    Upper Lobby:
    April 8-October 31 7:30am-5:00pm Daily
    November 1-30 10:00-4:00pm Daily

    Lower Lobby:
    April 8-June 16 7:30am-5:30pm M-F 7:30am-6:30pm Weekends
    June 17-August 8 7:30am-8:30pm Daily
    August 9-28 7:30am-8:00pm Daily
    August 29-Sept 4 7:30am-7:30pm Daily
    Sept 5-October 2 7:30am-5:30pm M-F 7:30am-6:30pm Weekends
    October 3-31 7:30am-5:30pm Daily
    November 1-30 9-4:00pm Daily

    Schedule Subject to Change

  • Top of the Falls Restaurant
    (716) 278-0340

    May 6- May 7 11am- 4 pm
    May 12-May 14 11am- 4 pm
    May 19- May 25 11am- 4 pm Daily
    May 26-May 28 11am- 9 pm
    May 29-June 22 Sunday-Thursday 11am- 4 pm Friday and Saturday 11am- 5 pm
    June 23- September 6 Monday-Thursday 11am- 9 pm Friday –Sunday 11am- 10 pm
    September 4 11am- 4 pm
    September 5- September 24 Friday-Sunday 11am- 4 pm (Closed Monday-Thursday)

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.
  • Niagara USA Discovery Pass
  • www.Niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Save up to 32% on ala cart prices on admission to the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Niagara Adventure Theater, Gorge Discovery Center, Aquarium of Niagara and all day transportation on the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Buy in park, on line or at select locations around downtown Niagara Falls! Valid: May 20- October 22, 2017
    Adult: $45 Child (6-12): $34

  • Cave of the Winds
  • 716-278-1730
    www.Niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Adult: $17
    Youth (6-12): $14
    Group rate: $11
    Educational Group Rate: $9

  • Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip
  • This is an abbreviated trip that does not include the lower decks, just the observation platforms. You can still view the Falls, but it will be a dryer experience!
    Adults $7.00
    Children $5.00

  • Scenic Trolley
  • 716-278-1730
    www.niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Adult: $3
    Youth:$2 (6-12)
    Group Rate: NA
    Educational Group Rate: NA

  • Discovery Center
  • 716-278-1070
    www.niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Adult: $3
    Youth: $2 (6-12)
    Group Rate: $2 (not for profits)
    Educational Group Rate: $2
    Commercial Tour: $3

  • Niagara Adventure Theater
  • 1-866-750-4629
    www.niagaramovie.com
    Adults: $12.00
    Seniors: $9.00
    Children (6-12 years): $8
    5 & Under * Free * must be accompanied by a guardian

    Group Prices:
    Tour Operator Rate: $7.00 per person
    Adult Social Group (For example, church group or a family group): $7.50 per person
    Educational Groups (20 or more): $5.00 per student
    Youth Social Group (For example, camps and scout group): $5.50 per person

    Complimentary Policy
    Driver or escort receives complimentary admission with 20 paid passengers. Educational Group- One complimentary adult admission per 10 paid students, the driver and escort are included as part of these complimentary tickets.

  • Aquarium Of Niagara
  • (716) 285-3575
    http://www.aquariumofniagara.org

    Admission
    Adults - $13.00
    Seniors (over 60 years old) - $11.25
    Children (ages 3-12) - $ 9.00
    Infants (2 and under) - FREE

  • Maid of the Mist
  • (716) 284-8897
    www.maidofthemist.com

    Adult: $18.25
    Youth (6-12): $10.65
    Adult Group rate: $16.45
    Adult Net rate: $14.60
    (Authorized travel agent and tour operators only)
    FIT: $14.60

    Educational Group Rate
    Grades 1-8...$10.15
    Grades 9-12....$10.65
    (Educational rate valid only opening-6/30 and Sept 8-Nov 5)

    No group rate for children under 5 years old.. Groups of children 5 and under must be accompanied by 1 adult for every 4 children.

  • Parking: Lot 1
  • ($10-No bus parking)

    April 1-May 3
    8 am – 5 pm
    May 4- May 17
    Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am-6 pm
    Friday-Saturday 7:30 am -7 pm
    May 18-June 21
    Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am-7 pm
    Friday-Saturday 7:30 am -9 pm
    June 22-September 4
    Sunday-Thursday 7 am - 9 pm
    Friday-Saturday 7 am -10 pm
    September 5-October 25
    Daily 8 am -6 pm
    October 26-March 31, 2018
    8am- 5 pm

    Holidays
    Memorial Day
    May 26-May 28- 7:30 am – 10 pm
    May 29- 7:30 am -10 pm
    4th of July
    June 30- July 4- 7 am- 1130 pm
    Labor Day
    Sept.1- Sept 3- 7 am -1030 pm
    Sept 4- 7 am-8 pm
    Columbus Day
    Oct 6- Oct 9- 8 am- 6 pm

  • Parking Lot 2 (no bus or oversize vehicles)
  • April 1- May 15: $8
    May 15-Oct 29: $10
    Oct 30-March 31: $8

    April 1-May 3
    8 am – 5 pm
    May 4- May 17
    Daily 7:30 am-6 pm
    May 18-June 14
    Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am-7 pm
    Friday-Saturday 7:30 am -9 pm
    June 15-Sept 4
    Sunday-Thursday 7 am - 9 pm
    Friday-Saturday 7 am -10 pm
    Sept 5-Oct 18
    Daily 8 am -6 pm
    Oct 19-Mar 31
    8am- 5 pm

    Holidays
    Memorial Day
    Fri, May 26-Sun, May 28 7:30 am – 10 pm
    Mon, May 29 7:30 am -10 pm
    4th of July
    Fri, June 30- Tues, July 4- 7 am- 11:30 pm
    Labor Day
    Fri, Sept.1- Sunday, Sept 3- 7 am -10:30 pm
    Monday, Sept 4- 7 am-8 pm
    Columbus Day
    Fri., Oct 6- Monday, Oct 9- 8 am-7 pm

  • Parking Lot 3
  • $8

    May 26-Sept 4
    9am-5pm
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 Niagara River Gorge is home to 14 species of rare plants, some threatened and endangered.

Amenities, Activities & Information

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