Niagara Falls Observation Tower
Elevators at the Observation Tower provide access to the base of the gorge and the boarding site for the Maid of the Mist boat tour. For a multi-sensory view of the American Falls, visitors can go to the base of the gorge and climb a series of stairs to the Crow's Nest, where the views come with complimentary air conditioning and blasts of misty Niagara spray.
Niagara Falls USA Observation Tower provides the only panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls, including the American Falls.
Bird watching is also a popular pastime at the Niagara Falls Observation Tower. Bird enthusiasts have the opportunity to spot peregrine falcons, bald eagles and the many different gull species present in the Niagara Gorge, which has officially been designated an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA).
Hours of Operation
- November 5 - January 31, 2019: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Daily, weather permitting)
- Christmas Eve (December 24): Closed
- Christmas Day (December 25): Closed
- December 26: Closed
- New Year's Day (January 1, 2019): Closed
The Observation Tower is open year-round, weather permitting.
There will be no Observation Tower admission fee for the winter season, effective November 5, 2018, until the Maid of the Mist opens for the season in spring 2019*. After the Maid of the Mist opens, a $1.25 entry fee will be in effect.Note: *The Observation Tower's spring operating schedule is dependent on when weather conditions allow the Maid of the Mist to open for the season.