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.
Today's experience is by far the most memorable ever – largely because of the enhanced access to the history, geology and beauty of this special place. Visitors can witness the intensity of the falls from mere inches away at the Cave of the Winds tour, cruise the powerful churning waters at the base of the falls on a Maid of the Mist boat ride, learn more about the region's natural history at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Adventure Theater, enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Observation Tower, and check out the antics of the sea lions and penguins at the Niagara Aquarium. Take a break and enjoy a ride on the Niagara Scenic Trolley or grab a bite at the Top of the Falls restaurant on Goat Island with its commanding views of the Horseshoe Falls. Visit www.niagarafallsstatepark.com for more information on America's Oldest State Park!
Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:
Visitors Center – The Great Lakes Garden greets visitors up a pathway to the park's Visitors Center which offers information, 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!
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.
Purchase a Discovery Pass and save up to 29% off regular priced admissions. Five great attractions (Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Niagara the Movie, Discovery Center and the Aquarium) all for one price: Adults $45.00 and Children 6-12 $34.00. Purchase online at www.niagarafallsstatepark.com.
May - June 24: 9am - 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm) June 25 - Labor Day: 9am - 6:00pm (last admission at 5:30pm)
***On July 22 and August 26th the Aquarium will have extended hours until 10pm with last admission sold at 9pm
Memorial Day Weekend Saturday (5/28) & Sunday (5/29): 9am - 6:00pm
Falls Illumination Dates & Times:
April 1 – April 30: 8:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
May 1 – August 11: 9pm-Midnight
August 12 – September 30: 8:30pm-Midnight
October 1 – October 31: 7pm-Midnight
November 1 – December 30: 5:00pm – Midnight
December 31: 5pm-1am
Fireworks Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night (May 1-October 31) and select holidays including Victoria Day, Memorial Day, Canada Day, US Independence Day and Canadian Civic Holiday
Food & refreshments available at: Top of the Falls Restaurant, Prospect Point Cafe, Visitor Center Coffee Shop, Cave of the Winds Snack Bar.
Parking Lot #3 Goat Island
May 26- September 5 Daily, 9 am-5 pm
Top of the Falls Restaurant (716) 278-0340
May 2- May 3 11am- 4 pm
May 8-May 10 11am- 4 pm
May 15- May 17 11am- 4 pm
May 22-May 24 11am- 9 pm
May 25-June 18 Sunday-Thursday 11am- 4 pm Friday and Saturday 11am- 5 pm
June 19- September 6 Monday-Thursday 11am- 9 pm Friday –Sunday 11am- 10 pm
September 7 11am- 4 pm
September 8- September 27 Friday thru 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.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
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
Save up to 29% 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 the park, online, or at select locations around downtown Niagara Falls! Valid: May 25-October 19, 2016
Adult: $45 Child (6-12): $34 5 yrs. & under: Free
Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip: (716)-278-1730
Adult: $17 Youth (6-12): $14 Group rate: $11 Educational Group Rate: $9
Abbreviated Trip (This does not include the lower decks, just the observation platforms. You can still view the Falls, but it will be a dryer experience!)
Available: April-May 18 October 20-November 27 / Closed Thanksgiving
Adults: $7 Children: $5
Maid of the Mist Boat Tour #(716)-284-8897
Adult: $18.25 Youth (6-12): $10.65 Adult Group Rate: $16.45 Adult Net Rate: $14.60 (authorized travel agent and tour operators only) FIT: $14.60 Observation Tower: $1 Educational Group Rate: Grades 1-8: $10.15, Grades 9-12: $10.65 (Educational rates valid only from opening- June 30 and Sept. 6-Nov 6.)
No group rate for children under 5 years old. Groups of children 5 and under must be accompanied by 1 adult for every 4 children.
Complimentary Policy: Adult group: 1 complimentary for every 20 Educational: 1 complimentary for every 15 students
Aquarium of Niagara
Adults: $13 Seniors: $11.25 Children (3-12 years): $9.00
Niagara Adventure Theater
Adult $12 Seniors $9 Child (6-12) $8 5 & Under Free (must be accompanied by a guardian)
Group Prices Tour Operator Rate: $7 per person Adult Social Group (ex. church group or a family group): $7.50 per person Educational Group (20 or more): $5.00 per student Youth Social Group (ex. scouts, camps) $5.50 per person
Complimentary Policy Driver or escort receives complimentary admission with 20 paid passengers Educational - one complimentary adult admission per 10 paid sudents, the driver and escort are included as part of these complimentary tickets
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
$3 Adult $2 Child (6-12 yrs) $2 Non-Profit Group $2 Educational Group Rate $3 Commercial Tour
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center Picnic Shelter
Please call (716) 278-1762 for details.
Niagara Scenic Trolley
Adults: $3 Youth: $2 (6-12) Group Rate: N/A Educational Group Rate: N/A
Park & Outreach Group Programs and Hikes
$30, up to 35 people $60, 36-65 people $105, 66-100 people Each additional person over 100 is $1 each
Vehicle Entrance Fee
Parking: Prospect Point - Lot 1 Open year round Parking Lot 1 Cars $10. No Bus Parking Parking: Goat Island - Lot 2 Cars: $10 Commercial Tour Bus $35 Non-Profit Bus $35 OmniBus Seasonal Rate 1-16 passengers $300 17-28 passengers $450 29+ passengers $550
Parking: Goat Island - Lot 3 Cars $8 Commercial Tour Bus $35 Non-Profit Bus $35 OmniBus Seasonal Rate 1-16 passengers $300 17-28 passengers $450 29+ passengers $550