Here are Niagara Falls’s top New York attractions, other than New York Museums & Historical Sites New York
museums. These items of interest to all visiting Americans. Be sure to
check out the other local attractions. Admission/Tour prices noted here are in American dollars.
Admission rates noted here are in US$.
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St (at 3rd)
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
716-285-3575, Toll Free 1-800-500-4609
A short walk from Falls, see 195 aquatic species, in more than 50 exhibits ranging in size from 200 gallons to the 100,000 gallon Atlantic bottlenose dolphin exhibit. Species include sharks, sea lions, endangered penguins, harbor seals, electric eel, brilliantly colored fish. Self guided tour takes about 1 hour.
Open year round, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, open July & August 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. Admission Adults $6.95, Children $4.95, 3 & under free
Carnegie Art Center
240 Goundry St,
North Tonawanda, NY
The Tonawandas’ Council of the Arts is located in this National Historic Site,
with three gallery rooms for monthly exhibits of visual arts as well as performance, lectures, film and instructional programs for children and adults.
Open Wednesday-Friday 12-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m.
Cave of the Winds
Goat Island within Niagara Reservation State Park
Niagara Falls, New York
Cave of the Winds is a cavern located behind the Bridal Veil Falls, created by an overhanging ledge of Lockport Dolostone rock at the top of the gorge, over which the Bridal Veil Falls flowed. In 1901, this cavern originally measured approximately 130 feet high, 100 feet wide and 100 feet in depth. Accessed by staircase since 1829, and by elevator since 1925, but by 1955 the instability of the eroded overhanging ledge became too dangerous for tourists, and the cave was reduced to only 30 feet, the original Cave was destroyed with dynamite in 1955. Today’s “Cave of the Winds” is a guided adventure to the base of the Niagara Gorge and over a series of wooden decks below the Bridal Veil/Luna Falls coming within twenty five (25) feet from the Falls on the hurricane deck. Raincoats are issued but be prepared to be soaked by the thundering cataracts. Open Seasonal. Admission Adults $8.00 – Children $7.00. On the Ontario side, see the equivalent “Journey Behind The Falls” or “White Water Walk” attractions.
73 Richmond Ave.
Tour through a large 2,430 foot water-power tunnel which was blasted out of solid rock over 1-1/2 years in 1858-1859.
It was the invention of Birdsill Holly, who also developed the district steam heating system, the Sybills steam fire enging and the first municipal system os fire-fighting, the rotary pump and the method to pump water to homes through a tap.
You can take an Underground Boat tour at the cave, a 30 minute guided tour in an underground boat. Light jackets are recommended as the cave temperature is a constant 55 degrees year round.
Daily tours are scheduled at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
Cave tours take 55 minutes (not including the optional 30 minute boat ride).
Martin’s Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd
Grand Island, NY 14072
This 80-acre theme park featuring more than 100 rides, shows, attractions and water park. Open May 11 – Jun 16, Sat & Sun; Jun 17-Sep 2,daily 11:30am-8:30 pm; May 8 & Sep 7,8 11:30 am. Admission $5 – $20
Driving Directions: I-190 Exit 19, Whitehaven Rd, 8 mi from Niagara Falls.
New York State Power Authority
4 miles North of the Falls on Lewiston Rd
Lewiston, New York
(716) 754-3211 ext.6661
One of largest hydroelectric plants in the world, generating over 2 million megawatts of power. Excellent visitors center with hands-on displays and more. Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily Free Admission.
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Learn about the natural and local history of the Niagara Gorge Falls. Ride the virtual reality Gorge Elevator Experience, zoom in on the ralls with the Real Time Gorge Camera, control the movement of continents and gorge formation in the Time Portal, and see the show on the gorge, trail system and area attractions.
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9am-7pm; rest of year, daily 9am-5pm.
Niagara Falls International Airport
Niagara Falls Blvd, At 9900 Porter Rd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Airport with an annual air show.
Niagara Reservation State Park & Observation Tower
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
From Prospect Point see the rapids that drop 50 feet (5 stories) that last half mile before the falls. The Tower’s observation deck extends over the Niagara Gorge wall to provide spectacular views. Take the elevator to the top and you’ll stand far above the gorge, gazing down at the full drop of the churning cascade. Also from the lower landing of the elevator, you can board the Maid of the Mist boat ride. $1.00 (US) for adults and children. Admission is free for children five.
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
1023 Swann Rd
Take Lewiston Rd (#104) north to Creek Rd (#18), 2 ni north of Ridge Rd)
Lewiston, NY 14092
See the glass domed basilica on 35 acre grounds, that have 125 life sized statues, gardens, fountains, Fatima chapel replica. Religious articles & book store, cafeteria, picnic area. Open Sun-Mon 9am-5pm. Tours can take in breakfast, lunch or dinner (cost $6 to $16) with tour taking 2-3 hours. Times: 8:45am or 2pm
Wax Museum Complex
303 Prospect St
(Across from NYS Parking Lot)
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
See 46 exciting was figure exhibits taking you on a walk through history, including explorers, pioneers, statesmen and daredevils prominent in the history of the Frontier. See the Niagara in Summer and in Winter including the Drama of the Old Scow, and the ill-fated Ice Bridge.
Admission: Adults: $4.95, Seniors & Ages 13-17: $3.95, Children 6-12: $2.95, Children 5 & under: FREE