Whirlpool State Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Niagara Falls: Canadian Side Day Trip with Maid of The Mist

1. Niagara Falls: Canadian Side Day Trip with Maid of The Mist

Marvel at spectacular views of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side of the border. Your half-day tour includes the world-famous American Maid of The Mist boat ride and an unbeatable aerial view of the Falls, River, and Gorge from atop Skylon Tower. In summer, you'll set sail aboard the Maid of The Mist. Journey into the heart of the Falls to hear the thundering roar of thousands of gallons of water and feel the mist on your face. Then, travel across the international border into Canada.  During winter, instead of Maid of The Mist, you'll discover the Falls' awesome power with admission to 'Journey Behind the Falls', at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. From atop Skylon Tower admire panoramic views of the Falls plus visit key viewpoints like Table Rock and Terrapin Point. See Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls during your tour. See how the churning waters of the Falls carved out the awesome Niagara River Gorge.

Niagara Falls: American Tour w/ Maid of Mist & Cave of Winds

2. Niagara Falls: American Tour w/ Maid of Mist & Cave of Winds

Experience the scenic beauty of Niagara Falls on a tour of the US side. Explore popular viewpoints offering stunning vistas of the majestic falls. Your expert guide will share the area's rich history as you visit top American-side attractions, including a boat ride on the renowned Maid of the Mist and a visit to the Observation Tower. On this 4.5-hour tour, your journey begins with a hotel pickup in Niagara Falls, New York, or Niagara Falls, Ontario, aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled bus. Your first stop is Niagara Falls State Park, where you'll descend 250 feet to the base of the American Falls to board the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat. Sail to the Horseshoe Falls, feeling the refreshing spray and hearing the thundering rush of water over the cliffs. Then, experience the American Falls up close at the Cave of the Winds. Descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge and equip yourself with a poncho and specialized footwear. Explore a series of wooden walkways leading to the famous "Hurricane Deck." Take in breathtaking views from various lookout points like Prospect Point and Terrapin Point. Conclude your adventure with a visit to Whirlpool State Park, offering panoramic views of the Niagara Rapids and Whirlpool from the heights of the Niagara Gorge Trail. After the tour, Later, your will be dropped off at your hotel.

Niagara Falls, USA: Day & Night Small Group Tour with Dinner

3. Niagara Falls, USA: Day & Night Small Group Tour with Dinner

Spend the day exploring Niagara Falls, USA. Be impressed by the cascading waterfalls in the afternoon, enjoy a savory dinner, and be mesmerized by the colored lights on the Falls at night. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup and meet your guide to travel to the Cave of the Winds. Learn Niagara Falls' role in generating electricity before heading to the "hurricane deck". Get close to the Bridal Veil Falls and feel as if you are surrounded by tropical storm-like conditions. After your visit to the Cave of the Winds, venture to Goat Island which connects to Terrapin Point and Luna Island. Learn more about the history of the Falls, see the Nikola Tesla monument, and enjoy a view of Bridal Veil Falls which is situated between Goat Island and Luna Island. Next, visit Whirlpool State Park. While here, snap some impressive photos of Niagara’s Whirlpool Rapids. Then, set sail on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Before you board, take in the views from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, located directly above the boarding site. While you’re on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, hear the roar of the thunderous cascades of water and feel the water spray forth from this incredible force of nature.     After the boat ride, enjoy some dinner at a delicious sushi restaurant. After dinner, head back to Goat Island for the best view of the illuminated waterfalls before heading to Luna Island. At the end of your Niagara Falls tour, be returned to your hotel.

Niagara, USA: Cave of the Winds Adventure Tour

4. Niagara, USA: Cave of the Winds Adventure Tour

Experience the majestic Niagara Falls as few ever get the opportunity to do. Follow your guide through the magnificent landscape as you hear stories of the history, mystery, daredevils, and rescues of Niagara. See the best viewing areas in the Niagara Falls State Park, and enjoy the "World Changed Here" movie and exhibit. Hear stories from your expert guide as you head to the “World Changed Here” Movie and exhibit that features the History of the forming of the New York State Park, a view into the life of Nikola Tesla, and the impact that his life and accomplishments have on us today. Your guide will provide your tickets to the Cave of the Winds and you will not have to stand in line to get tickets, there could be a little bit of a line to the elevator that takes you down to the Walk.

Niagara Falls USA All-American Small Group Tour

5. Niagara Falls USA All-American Small Group Tour

Experience the beauty of the Niagara Falls on this guided van tour 6 per vehicle. Have time to capture photos of the falls from multiple viewpoints. Get up close to the falls on the brand new 100% electric Maid of the Mist boat. Visit the Three Sisters Island. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Niagara Falls, USA. Sit back and relax on the van ride to the various attractions Niagara Falls has to offer. Feel the mist from the falls on your face with this up-close encounter. Venture to the Cave of the Winds which descends 200 feet to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls. Walk on the the Hurricane Deck and feel the rush of the raging Niagara upon you, or go down for a view without getting as wet. Continue to the Niagara Falls Observation Tower which is the only location on the American side where you can view all three Falls at once. Go up to the crows nest walkway that goes right up to the crest of the American Falls. Drive to the Three Sisters Island and see as the raging rapids as they briskly move toward the Falls where over 700,000 gallons of fresh water per second moves toward the Falls. View a whirlpool where the Falls changed directions 6000 years ago. Learn the history of Niagara Falls with your guide and hear how the Falls have eroded 7 miles over 12,000 years to its current location. Capture pictures at Terrapin Point, Luna Island, Stedmen Point, Prospect Point overlook. Stop to see the Tesla Statue. Return to your accommodation in Niagara Falls, USA at the end of your tour.

Niagara Falls, NY: Winter Niagara Falls with Cave/Gorge Tour

6. Niagara Falls, NY: Winter Niagara Falls with Cave/Gorge Tour

Explore the highlights of Niagara Falls on this guided tour that includes hotel transfers in Niagara Falls, NY. Enter a winter wonderland as you see visit the Observation Tower and experience the Cave of the Winds Gorge. Be picked up at your accommodation and hop aboard a spacious minivan. See the incredible natural ice sculptures the cold water creates and the white snow on the trees as you take in views at the Observation Tower. Hear about local history and daredevils along the way. Expereince the full force of the falls at the Cave of the Winds Gorge. Get an up-close look at Bridal Veil Falls as well as experience the true force of the Falls and how it generates power at the Niagara Power Authority. Capture incredible photos on a Gorge walk. Visit the Devil's Hole State Park which overlooks the lower Whirlpool rapids and stop in Whirlpool State Park. Admire Horseshoe Falls from Goat Island and Terrapin Point. Return to your hotel with incredible memories at the end of your tour. Winter Wonderland in Niagara Falls- Join us on a tour of the American side of Niagara Falls. 3 hours All American Niagara falls Tour No Passport needed- Runs Oct-April The natural beauty and raw power of Niagara Falls in the winter is truly awesome . From the spectacular fall colors of the trees to the incredible natural ice sculptures the cold water creates, the white snow on the trees, this season offers a unique adventure for everyone. Visitors can explore the spectacular fall colors around the Niagara region and the extreme natural ice formations in the Winter! Enjoy panoramic views of Niagara Falls, get an up-close look at Bridal Veil Falls as well as experience the true force of the Falls and how it generates power at the Niagara Power Authority. The following admissions are included: Observation Tower Cave of the Winds Gorge Experience Niagara Power Project Power Vista Gorge walk Devils Hole Whirlpool State Park Tour Highlights 3-hour tour of Niagara Falls’ American Side Admire Horseshoe Falls up close from Goat Island & Terrapin Point Explore the winter season at Niagara Falls and witness a world transformed by ice. Our Winter Wonderland Tour allows you to gaze at the Waterfalls from the Niagara Falls State Park Gorge Adventure - a view from the bottom of the Falls and experience the magnificent ice mountains created by the mist and spray. Marvel at the State Park in its "Winter Dress" - a stark contrast to the Spring, Summer and Fall and every bit as impressive. We will lead you and your family on a special day they will love, with history and talk of the daredevils, even without the boat. This is all inclusive and 3 hours.

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What people are saying about Whirlpool State Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

Loved it! Loved our guide Dayna. Loved The Maiden of the mist, Cave of the winds, brink and bridal veil of the falls were great. The weather was rainy but everything was still worked out. Only thing I would suggest is to add some more healthy foods at place we stopped for lunch and Maybe not bring Canada guests over to America which seemed unnecessary. Just meet them at Maiden of the mist attraction or pick them up after getting other guests from American side.

Siada was amazing very informative and was friendly,helpful, easy to contact. And the falls were amazing nothing like any experience before. The fireworks and the illuminated light everyone has to see. Great great great time

Micky was the most friendly, knowledgeable and sweetest tour guide!!! We had an incredible time. I feel like this was the best tour we could have picked.

Outstanding guide no waiting and very knowledgeable about areas history. The Deer and squirrels were xtra

Dana was an excellent guide. She was very entertaining and had so many facts