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 and The World Changed Here Pavilion!
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 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.

* 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.


Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip

The Gorge Trip is an abbreviated version of the full Cave of the Winds experience, and includes entry into the World Changed Here Pavilion and an elevator ride down to the gorge. Walk towards the Falls on our paved path, and marvel at the power of the Falls pounding over your head!

  • Adults: $7
  • Children: $5

Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip Hours of Operation

October 23-November 26
  • Daily: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 23, 2017)

World Changed Here Pavilion Hours of Operation

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!

  • Adults: $7
  • Children: $5

November 27, 2017-April 1, 2018
  • Daily: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed on Christmas Day, December 25, and New Year's Day, January 1)

Cave of the Winds Hours of Operation

Thank you for a great season! We look forward to seeing you in spring 2018. Check back for more information!


2017 Cave of the Winds À La Carte Rates

  • Adult: $17
  • Youth (Ages 6-12): $14
  • Group Rate: $11/person
  • Educational Group Rate: $9/person

Cave of the Winds à la carte tickets are not available online. You may purchase at tickets at the attraction.