Cave of the Winds

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Many recent visitors called the Cave of the Winds a "must-do." After taking an elevator 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge, you'll be able to roam a series of wooden walkways that put you within feet of the Bridal Veil Falls. It's called the "Hurricane Deck," thanks to the tropical storm-like conditions. Even with the souvenir poncho and shoes, you'll likely get wet.

Recent travelers didn't seem to mind the soggy outcome from a visit to the Cave of the Winds. Visitors were amazed at how close they could get to the falls and loved being able to witness the powerful rush of water up close. 

You'll find this attraction on the New York side of the falls on Goat Island. The attraction is open year-round, though you can only access the walkways from April to October (the walkways and decks are removed every winter to be protected from ice buildup). From May to September, tickets for Cave of the Winds cost $17 for adults and $14 for kids ages 6 to 12. If you visit in the winter, you can still access parts of the attraction, including the elevator ride down to the gorge. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children. From November to April, the attraction welcomes visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the Cave of the Winds website for more detailed information about its summer hours.

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The main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls and one of the most memorable ways to do just that is to sport a poncho and hop on a Maid of the Mist boat. These boats have been shuttling visitors to and from the base of the falls since the 1840s. Be prepared to get wet: the Maid of the Mist practically dunks you under the falls, but rain gear is provided and many say that this is one of the best ways to experience the splendor of Niagara Falls. In fact, it's one of the region's best guided tours.

Recent visitors said you can't leave Niagara Falls without taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Aside from the incredible views, reviewers were also pleased with the tour length (20 minutes) and the modest ticket price. Though you are provided with a poncho, you should plan to wear waterproof shoes and gear, according to travelers. To beat the crowds, some visitors suggest getting to the attraction first thing in the morning (trips begin at 9 a.m.).

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