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Niagara Falls, Canada: First Boat Cruise & Behind Falls Tour

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: First Boat Cruise & Behind Falls Tour

See Niagara Falls up close on a stunning boat cruise followed by a guided walking tour and visit to Journey Behind the Falls. This ultimate Niagara Falls tour with special access to the first elevator of the day. This journey brings you 19 stories down into the gorge, complete with panoramic views, meaning you’ll be the first ones down to the docks and personally escorted onto the Niagara City Cruises boat. Once on the boat, you get to pick the best possible viewing spot before the crowds arrive. A complimentary poncho is included and trust us you’ll need it! The 20 minute cruise around the falls can drench anyone adventuring near enough. Following the Niagara City Cruise, your guide will immerse you in the history and stories of the Falls as you take a walking tour around the boardwalk. View the site of the former Honeymoon Bridge while you learn the story of how it collapsed and hear about the famous restaurant viewpoint, Queen Victoria Place, where Princess Diana dined. The perpetual motion of Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls can be seen in action, while your guide brings to life the brave daredevils who challenged the power of the falls by going over the edge. A standout moment and picture opportunity are the Horseshoe Falls, so don’t forget your camera. Table Rock Visitor Center is next where you’ll get to enter the Journey Behind the Falls experience. With a pre-booked time slot, climb right down the stairs into the rocky caves behind Niagara Falls where crashing water reverberates through the tunnels. The path leads to a ledge on the side of the falls where you can feel the true power of 3,160 tons of water a second as it comes cascading down close by. For those who crave a complete Niagara Falls experience, this tour mixes exclusive access, excitement, and history, with exceptional storytelling from an expert guide.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

2. Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

Discover stunning of views of Niagara Falls and get your adrenaline rushing with this zipline ticket. Zipline 67 meters above the Niagara River Gorge and 670 meters past the American Falls. Take a comfortable van back your starting point. Join Niagara's most exciting and unique Falls viewing experience. Benefit from express admission by completing your waiver online in advance of arrival. Head directly to the launch kiosk where staff will accompany Be kitted out with a helmet and a comfort safety harness. You'll receive all the safety instructions you'll need so that you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the views. Sense the incredible force of nature as you soar 67 meters above the famous Niagara River Gorge and glide smoothly 670 meters past the American Falls towards the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and arrive at the Falls Observation Landing Deck. Enjoy the very best viewing and photo opportunity of the world-famous Niagara Falls in all its glory. Finally, return to the top in comfort aboard air-conditioned passenger vans.

Niagara Falls: Walking Tour, Journey Behind Falls, & Cruise

3. Niagara Falls: Walking Tour, Journey Behind Falls, & Cruise

Experience the best way to see Niagara Falls on foot with our Best of Niagara Falls Canada Walking Tour! You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your fun-filled, Niagara Falls tour begins with your local friendly guide meeting you outside of the Skylon Tower. While you are there, you will ascend 520 ft. in a glass elevator to the observation deck where you will be treated to an incredible, birds-eye view of all three Niagara Falls (Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the American Falls), as well as the Niagara River and surrounding area. Once you get back on the ground, your next stop will have you descend 125 ft (approx. 40m) to explore cave-like tunnels behind the Falls at Journey Behind the Falls. This experience is a treat for the senses as you’ll be able to not only hear the falls but feel them as well. The tunnels lead to two observation decks, giving you the perfect photo opportunity. After your visit to Journey Behind the Falls, we will take you to board the Voyage To The Falls Boat Tour. On your cruise, you will sail around the Niagara gorge and get as close as possible to the Falls. You can expect to feel the refreshing mist on your skin during this boat ride but don’t worry, you will be provided with a recyclable rain poncho. Once you have finished your amazing boat ride, your tour will come to a close and you and your guide will part ways. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara SkyWheel and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

4. Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake on your own. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Niagara Falls, ON: Jet Boat Tour on Niagara River

5. Niagara Falls, ON: Jet Boat Tour on Niagara River

Embark on a stimulating jet-boat tour of the lower Niagara River. Ride the thrilling rapids and take in the stunning natural landscape surrounding you on your tour. Learn about the river, its historical landmarks, and the differences between the American and the Canadian sides of the river from your local guide. Then, let your expert guide navigate the river to deliver a thrilling ride through the Class 5 rapids. Enter the Devil’s Hole, where the rapids begin, and experience the exhilarating 365° Hamilton Turn. Get up close and personal with the river as you get splashed paddling down the rapids as the jet boats are designed with an open top. If you prefer to stay dry, experience the excitement of the rapids on the Jet Dome tour. You will take the same journey as the Wet Jet tour, but the covered boat offers shelter from river rapids, keeping you dry and comfortable.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

6. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

Discover the majesty of one of the world's most iconic natural wonders on a full-day guided tour of Niagara Falls. Your adventure begins as you step onto our state-of-the-art tour bus at the South Entrance of Union Station at Maple Leaf Square in downtown Toronto. Equipped with comfortable seating and complimentary WiFi, you're set for a pleasant ride to the stunning Niagara region. Along the way, your certified Niagara Falls tour guide will provide engaging commentary, enriching your understanding of the area's history, geology, and fascinating lore. Upon arrival, the thunderous roar of the falls captivates your senses, a sound as mesmerizing as the sight itself. We make our way to several prime vantage points for those picture-perfect moments and feelings of awe. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Niagara Whirlpool, a natural whirlpool along the Niagara River. Depending on the season, we might also stop at the Floral Clock, one of the world's largest flower clocks and a garden masterpiece in its own right. Your day also includes leisure time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town known for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture and charming ambiance. You can wander its picturesque streets, pop into shops, or even indulge in a local wine tasting if you're so inclined. Included in your tour package is admission to the Niagara Falls viewing area. Here, you get the chance to be up close and personal with this awe-inspiring natural spectacle. Feel the mist on your face and hear the deafening roar of water as it plunges into the abyss below. What makes this tour extra special is the flexibility to add optional experiences at your own expense. You can opt for the famous Hornblower Boat Ride, an exhilarating experience that takes you right up to the base of the falls. Prepare to don a poncho and get a bit wet—it's worth it to get this close to such a powerful natural wonder. Alternatively, consider the Journey Behind the Falls experience. This unique tour allows you to walk through tunnels to observation decks and portals located right behind the waterfall, providing a view of this marvel from the inside out. Please note that while this comprehensive tour offers a plethora of points of interest and scenic stops, meals like lunch and gratuities are not included. You'll have ample opportunity to purchase lunch in Niagara Falls from a variety of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. This Niagara Falls tour promises a day chock-full of incredible sights, fascinating insights, and opportunities for unique, optional experiences. Your certified guide and our quality tour bus with WiFi ensure your journey is as informative as it is comfortable. Whether you're traveling solo, as a couple, or with family and friends, come and experience the grandeur of Niagara Falls in a way that only we can offer. Optional upgrades like the Hornblower Boat Ride and Journey Behind the Falls can be added on-site to make your adventure truly unforgettable.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

7. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy lunch in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel at the Fallsview Restaurant overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, and picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified tour guide.

Niagara Falls: First Behind the Falls Tour & Boat Cruise

8. Niagara Falls: First Behind the Falls Tour & Boat Cruise

Meet your tour guide at the Murray Hill Welcome Centre (5146 Murray Street, next to Queen Victoria Place) to start exploring. You’ll get to view the falls from behind through one of the viewing portals that have been cut straight through the rock and also from below the falls by venturing out onto the lower observation deck. Take a ride on the world famous boat tour to finish off your tour with a bang! This tour provides views from every angle and will provide memories that will last a lifetime. Explore over 20 other popular Niagara Falls points of interest with your tour guide along the way. Listen to fascinating stories and learn interesting facts about the history of Niagara Falls. Receive access to $150 in savings on area attractions after your tour.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

9. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

Experience the ultimate convenience with our pick-up service available at all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels. Once picked up, relax in the comfort of our climate-controlled mini-coach as we embark on a journey to the breathtaking Niagara Falls. Throughout the trip, enjoy an enlightening commentary that delves into the rich history of the area and the crucial role played by the native people. Gain insights into why the geography of the Niagara Peninsula is so uniquely captivating. Upon reaching the Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at the awe-inspiring spectacle of one of North America's most intense white water rapids. Next, prepare for an unforgettable adventure as you board the Hornblower for the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Feel the power, energy, and majesty of Niagara Falls up close, and be captivated by the towering height of Horseshoe Falls and the immense volume of water cascading from its crestline. As we travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, witness the force of the Niagara River as it approaches the falls. Enjoy the serene landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Take advantage of some free time at Niagara Falls for dinner or explore the vibrant attractions of Clifton Hill. As dusk sets in, witness the falls illuminated in a mesmerizing array of colors. Opt for our dinner tour and indulge in a delightful dining experience at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Feast on the Fallsview Buffet while enjoying panoramic views of Niagara Falls illuminated for the night. Don't miss the spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks that light up the night sky. As the tour concludes, depart from Niagara Falls and relax during the journey back to Toronto, where we'll drop you off at your hotel. This comprehensive experience ensures you not only witness the natural wonders of Niagara but also enjoy the convenience of seamless transportation and optional dining for a truly unforgettable day.

Niagara Parks: Power Station & The Tunnel Experience Ticket

10. Niagara Parks: Power Station & The Tunnel Experience Ticket

From the most towering turbine to the tiniest detail, uncover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Niagara Parks Power Station, a new must-see attraction on the Canadian side of the falls. Explore the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, restored artifacts and interactive storytelling. After exploring the Power Station halls, descend 180 feet in a glass-paneled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot long tunnel, leading to an observation deck at the river's edge. Find out how this remarkable tunnel was excavated with only lanterns, rudimentary dynamite, pickaxes and shovels. Then, step out onto a new observation deck at the river's edge. Includes free immersive self-guided audio tours. This not-to-be-missed experience offers an opportunity to be part of a thrilling revival, and a chance to discover the incredible history and heritage of this celebrated building. Dive into the history of the visionaries behind it as well as the workers that kept it running for 100 years. Harnessing the powerful energy of the Horseshoe Falls, this pioneer of hydropower comes back to life with entertaining and educational experience that highlights both the remarkable history and unique architectural features of this 115-year-old engineering marvel. All generator hall exhibits are sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. Repurposed artifacts, interactive exhibits and fascinating installations offer a first-hand look at how this hydropower pioneer harnessed the power of water to generate electricity for 100 years. You’ll “follow the flow” up close with a scale model of the plant, walk through a life-size penstock, test your hydropower knowledge at our interactive control panel, and more! Please note that the tunnel is a self-guided experience only. Guests can explore the Power Station and Tunnel as long as they see fit within the opening hours of the attraction. There may be a line to access the elevator descending to the tunnel as it is accessible on a first come first serve basis. Please note it is roughly a 10-15 minute walk to reach the observation deck at the edge of the tunnel. We recommend planning for a two-hour experience if you wish to explore the Tunnel during your visit to the power station.

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We wanted to be able to decide on site whether we wanted to take the boat or not (can still be booked on site). Enough free time to explore the area individually. Very attentive guide with great information from the start of the day tour all the way back. Everything was very well organized.

great day with Haroon. Definitely recommend both boat tour and behind the falls. Only caution is absolutely nothing to eat that’s healthy. Only fast/mostly fried food. Trip was well worth the price.

It was the most exciting and exhilarating ride ever... absolutely fantastic

Fantastic! the driver was funny, easy going, informative and kind.

It was rainy and cold but still sooooo worth it!!!