Niagara Falls Observation Tower view

Niagara Falls Observation Tower

Extending out dramatically over Niagara Gorge, the architectural wonder of the Niagara Falls USA Prospect Point Observation Tower affords unobstructed views of the wild cascades of Niagara Falls, as well as the raging whitewater below.

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

  • Sun-Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Fri & Sat: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Observation Tower is open year-round, weather permitting. Please check back soon for additional upcoming operating hours!


There will be no Observation Tower admission fee for the winter season, effective November 5, 2019, until the Maid of the Mist opens for the season in spring 2020*. 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.