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-The use of drones is prohibited at Niagara Falls State Park.

-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)

Download the Niagara Falls State Park Walking Tour App:

 

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

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!

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 5-May 16:
    Daily 8am-6 pm
    May 18-June 13
    Sunday-Friday: 8 am -6 pm
    Saturday: 8 am -9 pm
    June 14-September 3
    Sunday-Thursday: 8 am -9 pm
    Friday-Saturday: 8 am -10 pm
    September 4-October 8
    Sunday-Friday: 8 am -6 pm
    Saturday: 8 am -9 pm
    October 9- April 1
    Daily 8am - 6pm


    VISITOR CENTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted)
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/25) –Sunday (5/27) 8am-10pm
    Monday(5/28) 8am-10pm 
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (8/31)-Sunday (9/2) 8am-10pm
    Monday (9/3) 8am- 7pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Friday 10/5 -Saturday 10/6 8am- 9pm
    Sunday(10/7) –Monday (10/8) 8am -7pm
    Thanksgiving
    Thursday Closed
    Christmas
    Thursday 12/24 8am-3pm
    Friday 12/25 Closed
    New Years
    (1/1/19) Closed

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

  • Cave of the Winds
    716-278-1730
    www.Niagarafallsstatepark.com

    May 18 - June 13
    Sunday- Friday 9am – 6:15pm
    Saturday 9am – 8:15pm
    June 14 – September 2
    Sunday-Thursday 9am - 8:15pm
    Friday & Saturday 9am - 9:15pm
    September 3 - October 7
    Sunday-Friday 9am - 6:15pm
    Saturday 9am - 8:15pm
    October 8 - October 21
    Daily 9am - 4:15pm

    CAVE 2018 HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted)
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/25) 9 am- 9:15 pm
    Saturday (5/26) 9 am- 9:15 pm
    Sunday (5/27) 9 am- 9:15 pm
    Monday (5/28) 9 am- 6:15 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/29) 9 am- 9:15 pm
    Saturday (6/30) 9 am - 9:15 pm
    Sunday (7/1) 9 am- 9:15 pm
    Monday (7/2) 9 am - 8:15 pm
    Tuesday (7/3) 9 am - 8:15pm
    Wednesday (7/4) 9 am - 8:15pm
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (8/31) 9 am – 9:15 pm
    Saturday (9/1) 9 am – 9:15 pm
    Sunday (9/2) 9 am- 6:15pm
    Monday(9/3) 9 am- 6:15 pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Saturday (10/6) 9 am – 8:15 pm
    Sunday (10/7) 9 am- 6:15 pm
    Monday (10/8) 9am- 4:15pm
    Thanksgiving- Closed

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

    April 2 - May 17
    Daily: 9 am - 5:00 pm
    May 18 - June 13
    Sunday-Friday:  9 am - 7:30pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 9:30pm
    June 14 - September 2
    Sunday-Thursday 9 am -9:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday 9 am-10:30 pm
    September 3 - October 7
    Sunday-Friday 9 am -7:30 pm 
    Saturday 9 am-9:30 pm
    October 8 - October 18
    Daily: 9 am-5:00 pm
    October 19 - November 28
    Daily: 9 am-5:00 pm

    HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/25)- Sunday(5/27) 9 am- 10:30 pm
    Monday (5/28) 9 am – 7:30 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/29)-Sunday (7/1) 9 am- 10:30 pm
    Monday (7/2)-Wednesday(7/4) 9 am- 9:30 am
    Labor Day Weekend
    Friday (8/31)-Sunday (9/2) 9 am -10:30 pm
    Monday (9/3) 9 am- 7:30 pm
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Friday (10/5) - Saturday (10/6) 9 am – 9:30 pm
    Sunday (10/7) 9 am- 7:30 pm
    Monday (10/8) 9am-5:30pm
    Thanksgiving
    Thursday CLOSED

  • Discovery Center
    716-278-1070

    May 5 - May 23
    Saturday & Sunday only: 9am-5pm
    May 24 -June 13
    Sunday- Friday: 9 am- 7 pm
    Saturday: 9 am- 8 pm
    June 14 - September 2
    Sunday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
    Friday-Saturday: 9am-9pm
    September 3 - October 21
    Daily: 9am-5pm
    October 22 - March 31
    Closed for the season

    HOLIDAY WEEKEND HOURS (normal hours unless noted) 
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Friday (5/25) -Sunday (5/27): 9 am- 9 pm
    Monday (5/28): 9 am- 7 pm
    Fourth of July Weekend
    Friday (6/29) – Sunday(7/1): 9 am - 9 pm
    Monday (7/2) - Tuesday(7/3): 9am - 7pm
    Wednesday(7/4): 9am - 9pm
    Labor Day
    Friday (8/31)-Sunday (9/2): 9am – 9 pm
    Monday (9/3): 9am – 7pm
    Columbus Day
    Friday (10/5) - Saturday(10/6): 9am – 9pm
    Sunday(10/7): 9am - 7pm
    Monday (10/8): 9am - 5pm

  • 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)

    Join us for fireworks at Niagara Falls State Park on the dates shown below! Shows start at 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

    May 18 – June 17: Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays; Holidays listed below:
    Victoria Day: May 18 – 21
    Memorial Day: May 25 –28
    June 18 – September 3: Daily
    September 7 – October 8: Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays; Holiday listed below:
    Columbus Day: October 5 – 8

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

    January 2-March 15
    10:15 am – 4:30pm - daily
    March 16- May 17
    10:15am – 5:15pm - daily
    May 18-June 13
    9:00am – 5:15pm – Sunday through Thursday
    9:00am – 8:15pm Friday and Saturday
    June 14-September 2
    9:00 am – 8:15pm – Sunday through Thursday
    9:00am – 9:00 pm – Friday and Saturday
    September 3 – October 8
    9:00am – 5:15pm – Sunday through Thursday
    9:00am – 8:15pm Friday and Saturday
    October 9 – October 3
    19:00am – 5:15pm daily
    November 1-November 30
    9:45 – 4:30 – daily
    December 1-31
    10:30am – 4:30 daily
    **Please note we have extended hours throughout most holidays
    ****Please schedule subject to change without notice.
    **Theater Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

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

    Operating Hours Memorial Day – Labor Day
    Sunday-Thursday 9a-7p (doors close at 6:30pm)
    Friday-Saturday 9a-9p (doors close at 8:30pm)

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

    Opening Date (TBD - Depends on ice conditions) – May 18
    Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Victoria Day Weekend
    May 19 - May 20: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    May 21 – May 25: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Memorial Day Weekend
    Saturday, May 26: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sunday, May 27: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday,
    May 28: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    May 29 – June 15
    Sunday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    June 16 – August 8
    Daily: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    August 9 – August 28
    Daily: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    August 29 – September 2
    Daily: 9 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.

    Labor Day Only
    Monday, September 3: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    September 4 – October 3
    Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    October 4 – October 31
    Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    November 1 – November 4
    Daily: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    (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.

    May 19 – May 20 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    May 21 – May 25 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
    May 26-27  8:30 am-8:00 pm, Monday, May 28 8:30 am-6:00 pm
    May 29 - June 15 8:30 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday – Friday)8:30 am – 8:00 pm (Saturday
    June 16 - Aug. 8 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Aug. 9 - Aug. 28 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 8:30 am - 7:15 pm
    Sept. 3 - Oct. 3 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sunday-Thursday)8:30 am - 6:00 pm (Friday and Saturday)
    Oct 4 - Oct. 31 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (daily)
    Nov. 1 - Nov. 4 9:30 am – 4:00 pm *weather conditions permitting* Last day for elevator operations for the 2018 season is November 4, 2018

    Schedule Subject to Change

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

    May 5- May 6 11am- 4 pm
    May 11-May 13 11am- 4 pm
    May 18- May 24 11am- 4 pm Daily
    May 25-May 27 11am- 9 pm
    May 28-June 21 Sunday-Thursday 11am- 4 pm, Friday and Saturday 11am- 5 pm
    June 22- September 2 Monday-Thursday 11am- 9 pm, Friday –Sunday 11am- 10 pm
    September 3 11am- 4 pm
    September 4- September 23 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 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.
  • Niagara USA Discovery Pass
  • www.Niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Save up to 35% 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: June- October 21, 2018
    Adult: $46 Child (6-12): $35

  • 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 Summer/Winter Experience
  • (includes new "World Changed Here" pavilion)
    716-278-1730
    www.niagarafallsstatepark.com
    Adult: $19
    Youth (6-12): $16
    Group rate: Monday-Thursday - $13; Friday – Sunday - $15
    Educational Group rate: $11

    Winter Experience ("World Changed Here" pavilion only)
    When the winter weather forces the Cave of the Winds to be closed, warm up and learn more about the struggle between beauty and power that ensued at Niagara Falls. Learn about how Niagara Falls made impact across the world!
    Adult: $7
    Youth: $5
    Group rate: $4
    Educational group rate: $3

  • Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip in the Fall & Spring
  • (includes new "World Changed Here" pavilion)
    This trip takes you as far as the observation decks under the Falls. The decks will be down for the season but the views are still breathtaking!
    Adult: $12
    Youth (6-12): $9
    Group rate: $8
    Educational group rate: $7

  • 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
    Open Year round!

    Rates
    Admission rates at the door for 2018:
    Adult: $12
    Youth (6-12): $8
    Children Ages 5 and Under: Free, but must be accompanied by a guardian

    Group Prices:
    Adult: $7.50 per person
    Youth: $5.50 per person
    Complimentary tickets are given to tour driver, guide and/or escort for groups with a minimum of 20 guests

    Rates are inclusive with tax.

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

    Admission
    Adults $ 14.95
    Seniors (over 60 years old) $ 12.95
    Children (ages 3-12) $ 10.95
    Infants (2 and under) FREE
    Buffalo Zoo Adult $7.45
    Buffalo Zoo Child $5.45
    Discount Adult (AAA) $13.95
    Discount Child (AAA) $9.95
    Military $7.45
    School Adult $8.00
    School Child / Group Home $6.00
    Tour (groups of 10+) $11.95
    Tour Child (groups of 10+) $8.95

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

    Adult: $19.25
    Child (ages 6-12): $11.20
    Ages 5 and Under: Free
    Rates and schedule are subject to change without notice.

  • Maid of the Mist: Group Rates
  • Group Rates
    Adult Net Ticket Price: $15.40 (Valid for authorized travel agents and tour operators only)
    Adult Group Ticket Price: $17.35 (for groups of 20 or more)
    F.I.T.: $15.40
    Educational Group Ticket Price: $10.80 (Grades 1-8, for groups of 20 or more
    Educational Group Ticket Price: $11.20 (Grades 9-12, for groups of 20 or more)

    Educational prices are valid from opening day through June 30, and September 4 through November 4. Adults will be charged the Adult Net Ticket price.

    Children 5 years of age and under ride free. Groups of children 5 years of age and under must be accompanied by one adult for every four children.

    Adult Groups: One complimentary ticket per 20 adults
    Educational Groups: One complimentary chaperone per 15 students

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

    April 1 – May 2
    7:30am – 5pm Daily
    May 3 – May 18
    7:30am – 6pm Daily
    May 19 – June 13
    Sunday-Friday 7:30am – 7pm
    Saturday 7:30am – 9pm
    June 14 – September 3
    Sunday-Thursday 7:30am – 9pm
    Friday-Saturday 7:30am – 10pm
    September 4 – October 21
    7:30am – 6pm Daily
    October 22 – March 31, 2019
    7:30am – 5pm Daily

    Holidays
    Memorial Day
    May 25 – May 27, 7:30am – 10pm
    May 28, 7:30am – 8pm
    4th of July
    June 29 – July 1; July 4 7am – 10pm
    Labor Day
    August 31 – September 2, 7:30am – 10pm
    September 3, 7:30am – 7pm
    Columbus Day
    October 5 – October 8, 7:30am – 7pm

  • Parking Lot 2 (no bus or oversize vehicles)
  • $10 year round

    April 1 – May 2
    9am – 5pm Daily
    May 3 – May 17
    8am – 6pm Daily
    May 18 – June 13
    Sunday – Friday 8am – 7pm, Saturday 8am – 9pm
    June 14 – September 3
    Sunday – Thursday 8am – 9pm, Friday – Saturday 8am – 10pm
    September 4 – October 21
    8am – 6pm Daily
    October 22 – March 31, 2019
    9am – 5pm Daily

    Holidays
    Memorial Day
    May 25 – May 27, 8am – 10pm
    May 28, 8am – 8pm
    4th of July
    June 29 – July 1; July 4 8am – 10pm
    Labor Day
    August 31 – September 2, 8am – 10pm
    September 3, 8am – 7pm
    Columbus Day
    October 5 – October 8, 8am – 7pm

  • Parking Lot 3
  • $10

    May 24-Sept 3
    9am-5pm
Sat 01 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Stop by the new Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun, kid friendly crafts, and a visit with Santa. More details to come, for more information call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 02 Dec
Winter Waterfall Walk Series
Sunday, December 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Join a park naturalist for a walk around Goat Island. We will discuss the history of Niagara Falls State Park while viewing its splendor during the winter! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sat 08 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Stop by the new Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun, kid friendly crafts, and a visit with Santa. More details to come, for more information call (716) 282-5154.
Sun 09 Dec
Winter Waterfall Walk Series
Sunday, December 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Join a park naturalist for a walk around Goat Island. We will discuss the history of Niagara Falls State Park while viewing its splendor during the winter! Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Stop by the new Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun, kid friendly crafts, and a visit with Santa. More details to come, for more information call (716) 282-5154.

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Did You Know? Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States of America.

Amenities, Activities & Information

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