Cave of the Winds

The world changed at Niagara Falls! Go beyond the brink and get closer to the Falls than you ever imagined at the Cave of the Winds. Plus take in the wonder and history of the Falls at the new indoor multimedia experience, the World Changed Here Pavilion, which is open year-round!
Experience the new World Changed Here Pavilion at Niagara Falls State ParkBefore descending into the Niagara Gorge for your breathtaking one-of-a-kind adventure, learn how Nikola Tesla harnessed the power of the Falls to create alternating current, experience what Niagara Falls looked like before it was a park and witness why people from around the globe have been drawn to the edge of the Falls for hundreds of years as you travel through the World Changed Here Pavilion. 

Then it is time to prepare for the power of the Falls! You will be outfitted in souvenir sandals and ponchos that will do their best to keep you dry before descending 175 feet into the awe-inspiring Niagara Gorge. Exit the elevator cave and find yourself on a series of wooden walkways that will bring you to unbelievable “Hurricane Deck” where you are within feet of the crashing Bridal Veil Falls and surrounded by tropical storm like conditions—even on the calmest of days! Nowhere else on earth gets you closer to Niagara Falls!

Buy Discovery Passes HereBut don’t worry. If you are planning to visit Niagara Falls after October, there are still ways to get up close and personal with the Falls. The Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip is an abbreviated tour that allows you to view the Falls from observation platforms and keeps you a bit drier. And even throughout the winter, you can still experience the wonder in the World Changed Here Pavilion.  

The Cave of the Winds and Pavilion is a timed ticketed attraction, and à la carte tickets are available for purchase in the park, or as part of the value-added Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass, which is available seasonally. Timed tickets for the Cave of the Winds are only available on the same day, in person at the park. Plan to arrive early to book your time!

* Did you know that each fall, the walkways and decks of the Cave of the Winds are removed to be protected from the ice of the harsh Niagara winters? All winter long, crews repaint and waterproof the lumber with Thompson's Water Seal and then each spring, the decks and walkways are rebuilt for another summer of fun.

Call (716) 285-0705 for more information about Cave of the Winds.


World Changed Here Pavilion

Once the Gorge Trip concludes for the season, you can still experience the wonder of Niagara Falls by visiting the World Changed Here Pavilion. It's open year-round!

2018 Hours of Operation

* Indicates when last ticket will be sold and last entry to attraction will be allowed.

World Changed Here Pavilion Only (No Gorge Trip or Cave of the Winds access) 
  • Now-April 1: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Daily)
  • November 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Daily)
Spring Gorge Trip
  • April 2 - May 17: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* 
Fall Gorge Trip
  • October 22 - November 28: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* 
Cave of the Winds
  • May 18 - June 14: 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Sunday-Friday) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday)
  • June 15 - September 2: 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Sunday-Thursday) / 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday-Saturday)
  • September 3 - October 7: 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Sunday-Friday) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday)
  • October 8 - October 21: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* (Daily)
Holidays
  • Victoria Day: 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Friday, May 18, Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday, May 19)
  • Memorial Day: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27) / 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Monday, May 28)
  • Independence Day: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Monday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 4)
  • Labor Day: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, August 31-Saturday, September 1) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Sunday, September 2) / 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Monday, September 3)
  • Columbus Day: 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday, October 6) / 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Sunday, October 7) / 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* (Monday, October 8)
  • Thanksgiving (November 22): Closed
  • Christmas Day (December 25): Closed
  • New Year's Day (January 1, 2019): Closed

À La Carte Admission Rates

Winter-Spring 2018

Includes World Changed Here Pavilion access
  • Adults: $7
  • Children: $5
  • Group: $4
  • Education: $3
Spring 2018 (Mid-April - May 17)
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion and Gorge Trip access
  • Adult: $12
  • Youth: $9
  • Group: $8
  • Education: $7
Summer 2018 (May 18 - October 21)
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion and full Cave of the Winds access
  • Adult: $19
  • Youth: $16
  • Group: $15 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) / $13 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • Education/Tour: $11
Fall 2018 (October 22 - November 28)
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion and Gorge Trip access
  • Adult: $12
  • Youth: $9
  • Group: $8
  • Education: $7
Winter-Spring 2019
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion access
  • Adults: $7
  • Children: $5
  • Group: $4
  • Education: $3
All rates subject to change.

Cave of the Winds à la carte timed tickets are not available online. You may purchase them on the same day in person at the attraction in the park.

Group Policies

Please refer to this page for details regarding new group policies for Cave of the Winds.

Photo Gallery: World Changed Here Pavilion

Check out photos from our exciting new indoor multimedia experience, the World Changed Here Pavilion.