Niagara Falls "Cave of
the Winds" tour on Goat Island
|The Cave of the Winds
trip takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls than you thought
possible. You ride an elevator 175 feet (53 meters) deep into the
Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a bright yellow poncho and wearing the
special footwear provided, you follow a tour guide over a series of
wooden walkways to the famous "Hurricane Deck". As you stand at
the railing, you are a mere 20 feet (6 meters) from the billowing
torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a
generous spray as you face the thundering Falls head-on. Rainbows
are usually visible day and night. Everyone can experience the sights of
Niagara Falls. A deck has been built 150 feet from the base of the
Falls especially designed for handicapped and adults with children
While there is no actual cave anymore, the
original cave was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls 130 feet (40m)
high, 100 feet (30m) wide and 30 feet (9m) in depth. It was discovered in
1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus' Cave, after the Greek god of winds.
Guided tours began officially in 1841, and continued until a rock fall in
1920 made it clear the passage was no longer safe. The cave was obliterated in a massive
1954 rock fall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang.
The tour officially reopened in 1924, now
bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on
a series of decks and walkways. Tropical storm-like conditions can be
experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls.
- 2016 Pricing
- $14.00 US for adults
- $11.00 US for
children six to 12 (must be at least 42" (106cm) tall)
- Admission is free
for children 6 and under at all attractions in Niagara Falls State Park.
- Open 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
seven days a week
- Phone number: (716) 278-1730
- Parking available on Goat
Island for $8.00 per car.
- The Cave of the Winds is
scheduled to open mid-May 2016.
Entrance to the Cave of
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