People walking the decks of the cave of the winds attraction
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Fun Fact

The name "Cave of the Winds" is a bit deceiving. In the 1800's there was a rock overhang --or a cave like structure-- that allowed people to stand under the Falls. The Cave collapsed in the early 1900's but the name stuck.

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!

But 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 Walk 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. Plus weather permitting, you can take the Cave's elevator down to the Gorge and admire the Niagara River in our Winter Experience!

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. Even though summer is over, you can embrace the beauty of Niagara Falls State Park and see the Falls 365 days a year. We're open year-round!

When you visit the Cave of the Winds, you have the option of using sandals that are provided by the park. When you are done using them, please recycle them at the recycle points in the park or bring them home as a memory of your great adventure!

 

Timed tickets are not available at this 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 Walk 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!

Hours of Operation

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

Spring Gorge Walk and Fall Gorge Walk (Spring: April 3 - May 2019 - Exact date TBA, weather depending / Fall: October 22 - November 28)
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion and Gorge Walk access. The Gorge Walk is an abbreviated version of the full Cave of the Winds experience. Watch as the decks are rebuilt after a harsh winter and marvel at the power of the Falls pounding over your head.
  • April 3 - May 15, 2019 (Exact date TBA - weather depending): 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* (Daily)
  • October 22 - November 28: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* (Daily)

Cave of the Winds
Winter Experience (weather permitting)
After enjoying the World Changed Here Pavilion, take the elevator down to the frozen Gorge to admire the beauty of the Niagara River!
  • Open Daily: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Holidays
  • Memorial Day Weekend: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; and Sunday, May 26) / 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.* (Monday, May 27)
  • Independence Day Weekend: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Thursday, July 4, Friday, July 5, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7)
  • Labor Day Weekend: 9 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, August 30, Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1) / 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Monday, September 2)
  • Columbus Day Weekend: 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13) / 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.* (Monday, October 14)
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28): Closed
  • Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25): Closed
  • New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020): Closed

À La Carte Admission Rates

Gorge Walk - Spring and Fall 2019
Includes Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk and World Changed Here Pavilion access
  • Adult: $12
  • Child (Ages 6-12): $9
  • Child (Ages 5 and Under): Free
  • Group: $8/person
  • Education: $7/person
Cave of the Winds (May 2019 - October 21)
Includes World Changed Here Pavilion and full Cave of the Winds access
  • Adult: $19
  • Youth: $16
  • Group: $15/person (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) / $13/person (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • Education/Tour: $11
Winter Experience - Winter-Spring 2020
Includes Cave of the Winds Winter Experience and World Changed Here Pavilion access
  • Adult: $12
  • Child (Ages 6-12): $9
  • Child (Ages 5 and Under): Free
  • Group: $4/person
  • Education: $3/person
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.