Short of going over the falls in a barrel, there are fewer places closer to the action than this series of walkways beneath ... More
Cave of the Winds
Short of going over the falls in a barrel, there are fewer places closer to the action than this series of walkways beneath Bridal Veil Falls. Located on Goat Island, this was once a cave but water erosion has made it too dangerous to explore. An elevator takes visitors to the base of the American Falls where wooden stairs and pathways bring them within 25 feet of the falls. You're advised to wear the raincoat and foot coverings as splashes from the falls are frequent. There is also a walk called the Gorge Trip with an incredible view.
get the passport to the falls, it's a great deal. liked Cave of the Winds better than the Maid in the Mist. you get right up to the falls. can't keep the kids off the hurricane deck!. would do it again when in the area.
This was the best way to get up close to the falls, and practically stand underneath. This was by far one of my favorite tours of the trip. Make sure to wear clothes that can get a little wet, as even with the poncho you WILL get wet (especially if you go on the hurricane deck, which is a must do).
Even though the cave was closed decades ago, this is still a worthwhile endeavor.
Be prepared to get wet. The provided slickers don't help much, but I would go even without any protection.
You get to experience the bridal veil portion up close and personal. You can reach out and touch the falls and if you feel brave, the Hurricane Deck is a *must do*.
The sandals are worth the price of admission alone!
The only part that really is in a cave is the ride down on the elevator, but this trip was definately worth it. You get to go to the bottom of the falls and see how much power there is to this water. Beautiful walk to the bottom of the falls.
You will get wet on this tour, but it is worth it.
Descend 175 feet in an elevator, go through a tunnel, and walk on a series of decks and bridges along the base for a spectacular upward view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls. To experience the awesome power of the falls, go up to the Hurricane Deck. This is one absolutely drenching experience! This is the closest you can ever get to the falls, so it's an experience not to be missed. The drawback is that the queue gets long very quickly, and you could be waiting up to an hour in line if you come at the wrong time. Your best bet of avoiding the long queue is to come early.
We saw the Falls from all angles. Maid of the Mist is the most hyped, and it was fun, but this was our favorite. You do get very wet standing on the "Hurricane Deck," but you can choose to bypass that part of the tour. I've never experienced a hurricane, but it was quite windy and wet standing there. It's awesome to be so close to the Falls (the American and Bridal Veil Falls, not the more famous Canadian or Horseshoe Falls). The only drawback was the large colony of gulls. They flew overhead, and one pooped on us. Luckily, they had some extra ponchos. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Niagara Falls.
Cave of the Winds is a very unique tour in Niagara Falls. It is worth doing but it has its drawbacks. First, you are issued a large raincoat/poncho and you must turn in your shoes in exchange for loosely woven moccasins. The moccasins provide better traction for you as you walk along a cave and out onto elaborate wooden decks but they are kinda......yucky. Its rather dreary and gross to travel through a long dark wet cave but once you exit you are at the base of a waterfall and have the freedom to roam about on extensive decks. You are allowed to get very close to the water which is great but be warned, standing close and looking up into the water will literally take your breath away. All in all, its a fun thing to do but I would rank riding Maid of the Mist above experiencing Cave of the Winds.
This was the kids (and our) favorite. Don't miss this if you go to Niagara Falls. It is 7 to 8 dollars per person, but well worth it. It was an amazing experience. You even get to keep the special shoes they give you.
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