View of the American Falls with a rainbow at Niagara Falls State Park in the winter

Niagara Falls Winter Itinerary

When the temperatures drop and the crowds thin, Niagara Falls State Park becomes even more magical. With trees that sparkle and views that take your breath away, bundle up and come experience what is considered the most wonderful time of the year!
Enjoy the most beautiful time of the year at this winter wonder! The water and beauty doesn't stop when the summer ends, and there is nothing more breathtaking than the Niagara Falls in the winter. Marvel at the ice-coated trees, and the "frozen falls" will amaze you. (Spoiler alert: the Falls never really freeze, it just looks like it!) Warm up at the World Changed Here Pavilion at the Cave of the Winds, and learn about the magnificent history that happened here. And with special programs running all winter long, there is no better time to visit Niagara Falls State Park!

Check out these winter ideas and make plans to experience nature in its most beautiful form!

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  • Stroll Goat Island and watch for wildlife that spends their winters in Niagara. Don’t miss a stop at Stedman’s Bluff to check out Nikola Tesla as he overlooks the frozen falls! 
  • Warm up at the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and learn more about what Niagara Falls was like before it was a park and the impact it has made on the world! 
  • Get acquainted with the animals at the Aquarium of Niagara! Hang out with the tropical fish and maybe even meet a penguin!
  • Generate some heat with a visit to the Niagara Power Vista and experience a hands-on and interactive way to learn about electricity! 
  • History doesn’t stop in the winter. Experience how the soldiers who resided at Old Fort Niagara dealt with winter. 
  • Wander the walls of the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University. 
  • Treat yourself at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls.
  • Wine is a sure-fire way to warm up! The Niagara Wine Trail offers options for every taste! 
  • Shake the chill with a spa day at the Seneca Niagara Casino
  • Enjoy a romantic fireside dinner at the Red Coach Inn. Or treat the kids to a rainforest adventure at the Rainforest Café! There a several awesome dining options that are within walking distance of the park! Or try some hot wings at the world-famous Anchor Bar, home of the original Buffalo chicken wing. Check out NiagaraFallsUSA.com for options! 
  • Book an overnight at any of the local hotels – some even have pools to make you feel like you are on a tropical vacation! Look here to discover your choices.
You can experience Niagara Falls USA and save with coupons that can be used starting January 1, 2019! Learn more about the Winter Wonder Savings Pass.


Niagara Falls Winter Events

Join us for a fun event at Niagara Falls State Park! Plus don't miss your opportunity to see the frozen Niagara River this winter! We'll be offering guided hikes to the river, weather permitting. Please check back soon for more information.

A Harlequin Duck sits near rapidsNiagara Rapids Birding
Saturday, December 29
10 a.m. - Noon
Niagara Falls State Park - Goat Island (Meet at Parking Lot #3)

Join Buffalo Audubon Naturalist Tom Kerr for a morning birding walk at one of the best hot-spots to see winter gulls and waterfowl in North America! Three Sisters Islands are closed for the season, but New York State Parks has given this event special access to view the gulls and ducks that spend their winter in the rapids above Niagara Falls.

Binoculars are available, and pre-registration is required. Call (585) 457-3228 to register.


Two huskies sit together in the snow during the winterDog Days of Winter
Sunday, February 3, 2019
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cave of the Winds Plaza on Goat Island

Join the Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier and meet the dogs that love winter! Weather permitting, there will be demonstrations and a chance to meet and greet these beautiful animals. (Parking fees may apply.)


Please visit our Special Events page for information about other fun winter events including ones at nearby DeVeaux Woods State Park!

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