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Destination guides > North America > USA > Mid-Atlantic > New York> Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

This city on the US-side of Niagara Falls is less touristy than the Canadian side and it makes a good base for visiting the Falls. Niagara Falls State Park, next to the downtown area, has good views of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls although the views are better from the Canadian side.

Practical information

Niagara USA Tourism Information Center

10 Rainbow Boulevard S, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Website www.niagara-usa.com

Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center

Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY
Tel (716) 278 1796
Website www.niagarafallsstatepark.com

INTERNET ACCESS

If you're travelling with your own computer, there is a free Wi-Fi hot zone provided by Buffalo Wi-Fi (website www.buffalowifi.org) on Third Street between Duggard Drive North and Ferry Avenue near the Niagara Falls Conference Center.

Coming & going

AIR

Niagara Falls International Airport (tel (716) 297 4494) is 10km east of the city centre, accessible by bus 55. However Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (tel (716) 630 6000) 40km from Niagara Falls has more frequent flights.

BUS & COACH

Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA; tel (716) 855 300) bus routes 40 and 60 go to Buffalo.


Greyhound coaches to Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City, Toronto depart from 303 Rainbow Boulevard.

TRAIN

Amtrak trains stop in Niagara Falls en route between Toronto and New York City. Niagara Falls' train station is near the corner of 27th Street and Lockport Road.

Local transport

Niagara Falls' public transport services, run by the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA; tel (716) 855 300) consist of local buses plus a couple of buses to Buffalo. A standard one-way bus ticket is $1.50 with an additional 25c when you cross into a different zone. An all-day pass, valid on buses and the metro, costs $3.50.


Most buses stop at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center at 2250 Factory Outlet Boulevard.

Hostel accommodation

Niagara Falls Youth Hostel

1101 Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls NY 14301
Bus 52
Tel (716) 282 3700
Read hostel reviews

St Paul's Cathedral Renewal Centre

723 Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Tel (716) 284 9961

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Aquarium of Niagara

This aquarium is home to more than 1,500 marine animals including penguins, seals and sea lions.

701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Tel (716) 285 3575
Website www.aquariumofniagara.org
Admission $9
Open 9am-5pm daily

Daredevil Museum

This unique museum has exhibits about daredevils attempts to conquer the falls in barrels and by jet ski.

303 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Tel (716) 282 4046
Website www.niagarafallslive.com/daredevils_of_niagara_falls.htm
Admission free

Niagara Aerospace Museum

This small aerospace museum in downtown Niagara Falls has displays of jet engines.

345 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Tel (716) 278 0060
Website www.niagaramuseum.org
Admission $7, students $6
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, last entry 3pm

NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK

The United States' oldest state park is located adjacent to downtown Niagara Falls. The park is home to the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls as well as part of the Horseshoe Falls. The park offers views of the Niagara Gorge and the falls and offers access to tours including the Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist cruises.

American Falls : Niagara Falls Observation Tower

The park’s Observation Tower extends over the Niagara Gorge, offering brilliant views of the American Falls
Tel (716) 278 1796
Website www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_ObservationTower.aspx
Admission $1

Cave of the Winds

The Cave of the Winds was a cave behind Bridal Veil Falls but it was destroyed by a rockfall in 1954. Nowadays the Cave of the Winds is a tourist attraction that operates on the original site of the cave. You take a lift to the level of the Niagara River from the area between the American and Horseshoe Falls and wearing a souvenir rain poncho you take a wooden walkway to within 6m of the Bridal Veil Falls.

Tel (716) 278 1730
Website www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_CaveOfTheWinds.aspx
Admission $10
Open May-Jun Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm; Jul-Sep Mon-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm; Sep 9am-8pm daily; Oct 9am-5pm

Maid of the Mist Tour

This popular cruise on the Niagara River begins at the base of the Observation Tower (although it is also possible to take the tour from the Canadian side). The half-hour cruise takes you to the base of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.

Tel (716) 284 8897
Website www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_MaidOfTheMist.aspx
Admission $12.50
Open 10am-8pm

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center has interactive displays and a 180° multi-screen theatre. The centre is also home to the Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center, which has information on hiking trails in the Niagara Gorge.

Tel (716) 278-1070
Website www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_DiscoveryCenter.aspx
Admission $3


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