15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York [With Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla September 23rd, 2020 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

Not to be confused with the Niagara Falls in Ontario. This waterfall serves as an international border between the US and Canada. The Niagara Falls in New York offers great views and experiences in this stunning and popular waterfalls. By going here, you will not just see the views, but you can feel them! Yes, in Niagara Falls in New York, it is possible. 

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Bryan Goff

In this article, we listed the things that you can do or visit in Niagara Falls, New York. It will give you an idea of what to expect upon touring here. So prepare to have a great and memorable trip to these world-known waterfalls.

Best Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York

1. Cave of the Winds

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Madhan Karthikeyan CC BY 2.0

Prepare to be soaking wet in Cave of the Winds. This is the closest you can get to the falls! You can literally touch the falls, that’s how close it is. Once you go here, you’d definitely go back! The feeling of being damped by the Niagara falls is one of the best experiences you could ever have.

Suggested Tour: All-Inclusive Niagara Falls USA Tour With Maid Of Mist Boat & Cave of Winds

2. Niagara Falls

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Shelby L. Bell CC BY 2.0

We already know how beautiful the Niagara falls is. This is a group of three waterfalls, two Americans and one Canadian. It also serves as the international border between Canada and the United States. The spectacular view of these waterfalls proves just how awesome our mother nature is. No need for so many words for you to go and witness this paradise on earth. 

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls American Side Highlights Tour

3. Niagara Falls State Park

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by denisbin CC BY-ND 2.0

It is considered as the oldest state park in the US. It offers biking, fishing and cross-country skiing. But if you want a more thrilling adventure, you can also go hiking as it contains hiking and walking trails. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls Walking Tour

4. Niagara Falls Observation Tower

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Britt Reints CC BY 2.0

This is the perfect way to see the falls from afar. For that great photo of the Niagara falls that you want to capture, then go straight here. The price of the ticket is reasonable for a moment that you could remember forever. 

5. Bridal Veil Falls

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by James St. John CC BY 2.0

This is one of the American falls and is the smallest out of the three waterfalls. So if you’re in Niagara Falls, you shouldn’t miss this one as it completes the whole waterfalls. 

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Tour

6. Goat Island

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Jorge Láscar CC BY 2.0

This beautiful little island offers stunning views and many attractions. Because of its location which sits between the American half of the falls and Canadian half of the falls, you can see a great view of the Niagara River. 

7. Niagara Gorge Trail

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by James St. John CC BY 2.0

Have a fun and thrilling hike to Niagara Gorge Trail. The hike might be a bit challenging due to the wet surface. But if you wear comfortable clothes and solid soled shoes then you’ll be fine. 

8. Whirlpool State Park

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Adam Moss CC BY-SA 2.0

This 109-acre state park overlooks the Niagara Whirlpool on the Niagara River and the lower Niagara Gorge. Staying here would let you see where the water goes after it leaves the falls! An interesting sight to see.

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

9. Three Sisters Island

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Valerie (@chubbyfrogart) on

Three sisters island is accessible from Goat Island. Walking through the paths make it easier to see the beauty and admire at how much the water drops from the Niagara river down to the falls. 

Suggested Tour: Private Tour: Niagara Falls Sightseeing from US Side

10. Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Donna Schultz (@donjab21) on

It is located just 10 minutes from the Niagara Falls. This is also the only mall in the area. There are a lot of stores to choose from so you won’t have any problem looking for the things that you want to buy. 

11. Devil’s Hole State Park

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by Adam Moss CC BY-SA 2.0

The views of the Niagara River from here are truly exceptional. But in able to see the great view, it requires a short but a bit challenging hike. The walking trails are quite easy but can be difficult along the way. However, the views after are all worth the hike.

12. Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center

A very informative center that is recommended to visit before you start your Niagara Falls tour. They provide area maps and brochures, itinerary planning assistance, tour referrals, public restrooms, and free WiFi for the visitors. So if it’s your first time in Niagara Falls, you should go here.

13. Aquarium of Niagara

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Photo by John Donges CC BY-ND 2.0

This non-profit public aquarium was built for the education and conservation of aquatic life. It features more than 1,500 marine animals. Those include sharks, piranha, California sea lions, and the endangered Peruvian penguin. People of all ages would love to go here.

14. Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Aniesia Williams (@iamaniesia) on

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center features stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls. Despite its small size, the museum was able to present the exhibits in a powerful, and very informative manner.

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls USA and Underground Railroad Heritage Tour

15. Niagara Wine Trail USA

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Niagara Wine Trail, USA (@niagarawinetrail) on

Have a nice wine tasting in Niagara Wine Trail. There are a total of 10 wineries on the trail, making it difficult to decide which one to choose first. Their nice selection of wines is unbelievable. 

Suggested Tour: Niagara Falls USA side Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Things to do with 3 days in Niagara Falls, New York

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
kiarash Heshmati

Day 1 in Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center Whether you’re a first-timer or not, this center is a must-visit before you start your official Niagara falls tour. It will give you so much information that you need regarding your trip.

Niagara Falls Observation Tower For a starter, tease yourself by viewing the Niagara falls from afar at the Niagara Falls Observation Tower. It offers the best view of the waterfalls that’s perfect for great photography.

Day 2 in Niagara Falls, New York

Cave of the Winds Now going here would surely be the highlight of your trip! Get closer to the waterfalls at the Cave of the Winds. You’ll even have the opportunity to touch the water. Just prepare to be wet in this area, but it absolutely is memorable.

Niagara Falls State Park If you want more adventure other than admiring the beauty of the waterfalls, just go here. Niagara Falls State Park offers biking, fishing, or hiking for the thrill-seekers!

Day 3 in Niagara Falls, New York

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA The only mall in the Niagara Falls area is highly recommended to visit on your last day. There are a lot of stores to choose from for you to buy souvenirs or gifts. You can also have a meal at their food court. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Niagara Falls, New York

15 Things to do in Niagara Falls, New York
Alexis Gethin

1. Is it safe to travel to Niagara Falls, New York?

Traveling to Niagara Falls in New York is totally safe. Even when night falls, visitors can make sure that they wander around the area safe and sound.

2. When is the best time to visit Niagara Falls, New York?

Absolutely the summer season is the best time to visit the Niagara Falls. During this season, the temperature is higher than normal but the mists and breezes coming from the waterfalls make the place cooler. 

3. How to get to Niagara Falls, New York?

To visit the Niagara Falls in New York, you need to fly from your city to the Niagara Falls International Airport. It is located in Niagara County, New York just 4 mi east of downtown Niagara. Visit Skyscanner for the available flights going there.

Line seperator

Are you on Pinterest? Pin these!

Line seperator

About the Writer

Fatima Turla2

Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER:Many of the articles on Two Monkeys Travel Group are guest posts by a number of Approved Contributors and are hosted by Two Monkeys Travel Group. Approved Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. This includes all text and images that they use within their own work. All contributors are instructed to follow internationally recognised copyright and intellectual property guidelines. Two Monkeys Travel Group takes its own responsibilities very seriously, so if you feel that any part of this work is abusive in any way, please send us an email so that we can investigate - theteam@twomonkeystravel.com


DISCLOSURE: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. So when you make a purchase we sometimes make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. The cost to you remains the same, sometimes even cheaper if we have negotiated a special deal for our readers.We use all of the companies we have listed here and that’s why they are in this list, but of course we need to keep Two Monkeys Travel Group running as well as it can, which is exactly what you’re helping with if you do decide to buy or book something through an affiliate link! If you have any more questions about the companies we use or any other companies you’re looking at, just email us and we’ll be happy to help.Please see our full disclaimer page for more information.

Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive tips on how you can live a sustainable long-term travel lifestyle!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Share via
Send this to a friend