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New York To Niagara Falls Day Trip | Discover The Greatest Falls In The World

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Niagara Falls tour is Now Open

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May 27, 2020

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  • The Orin Lehman Visitor Center, Niagara Adventure Theater, Cave of the Winds attraction and Observation Tower are closed until further notice.
  • Limited outdoor restrooms and information booths remain open. 
  • All public programs and events are suspended indefinitely.
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If you're visiting New York for a few days, then you might want to add a day trip to the famous Niagara Falls to your travel itinerary. Situated 400 miles from New York City, the drive to Niagara Falls is 6-7 hours long, lending itself as a beautiful day trip destination from the Big Apple. If you have plans of visiting Niagara Falls from New York City, then a planned day tour is the perfect way for you to experience this wonder of the natural world. In this guide, we will look at all there is to know about before going on a New York to Niagara Fall day trip.

Why Visit Niagara Falls?


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The Niagara Falls are a sight to behold. A collective name for three neighboring waterfalls, the cascading water of the Niagara falls over 160 feet at the head of the Niagara Gorge and straddles the US-Canada Border. Over six million cubic feet of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute, making it the most powerful waterfall in all of North America.

The three waterfalls that make up Niagara, from the smallest to the biggest, are the Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. The largest of the three, Horsehoe Falls lie on the US-Canadian Border while the other two falls are entirely within the United States. The Horseshoe Falls drop about 188 feet (57 m) while the American Falls' drop lies between 70 and 100 feet (21 and 30 m).

There are many vantage points on both sides of the border allowing you to catch some spectacular vistas of the waterfalls. The width of the falls span the entire panorama and offers a breathtaking sight unlike any other. The water appears a startling green as it falls over the crest and is a testament to the erosive power of the falls, itself a factor of the speed the water is flowing at.

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Adventure Theater

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Hold onto your seats as you go on a historic journey of the Niagara Falls on the big screen. This 30-minute movie presentation will tell you some incredible stories and share the history of the falls. You will witness the Niagara Falls with a new perspective, going over the crest with daredevils from history. The show plays at the 314-seater air-conditioned Niagara Adventure Theater auditorium. The show screens every 45 minutes and the theater is located at the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center.

Aquarium

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Another extremely popular attraction at the Niagara Falls is the Aquarium of Niagara. Featuring over 1,500 aquatic animals from 200 animal species, including the new Penguin Coast exhibit, the Aquarium is a lovely feature to visit for people of all ages coming to view the falls. You also get to witness daily penguin, shark and tidal pool feedings. Highlights of the Aquarium include California sea lions, Peruvian penguins, sturgeon and more.

Cave of the Winds

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Get closer to the Niagara Falls than you would have ever imagined at the awe-inspiring foot of the Bridal falls. Put on your souvenir sandals and poncho and descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. You will then walk along a wooden deck until you reach the unbelievable “Hurricane Deck”. Here, you will be within an arm's reach of the Bridal Veil Falls. Let the Veil's mist wash you up as you take in the absolute awe-inspiring sight that you're presented with.

Observation Tower

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The view from Niagara Falls USA Prospect Point Observation Tower is simply unmatchable - the rampaging descent of all three individual falls and the rushing white water below while the mist fills the gorge up. You can take the elevator of the Observation Tower to head to the floor of the gorge. From here, you can either board the Maid of the Mist cruise or walk up a flight of stairs of the side of the cliff to view the falls from the Crow's Nest.

Maid of the Mist

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Ready for the ultimate Niagara experience? Nothing allows you to "feel the roar" as much as a mist-soaked cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist. Taking tourists to the feet of the falls for over 150 years, the Maid of the Mist cruise begins at the base of the Observation Tower, goes past the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls to the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. You are bound to return with a new found appreciation for the Niagara Falls.

Illumination

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The illumination of the Niagara Falls at night - a symphony of of multi-colored light on the dancing curtain of water makes the sight breathtaking beyond par. The Niagara Falls is illuminated on holidays & special occasions from hundreds of LED lights laced throughout the gorge.

Top of The Falls

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Located on Goat Island between the Horseshoe and Bridal Veil falls, Top of the Falls is the only restaurant in the Niagara State Park that gives every patron a breathtaking view of the falls while they enjoy delicious American and classic dishes.

Visiting Niagara Falls - Practical Information


Timings

Niagara Falls State Park 24x7 throughout the year.

Getting There

Drive
The journey from New York City to Niagara Falls is 400 miles long. If you're driving from NYC, then the drive will take 6.5-7 hours. You can either take I-80 W or go via I-81 N & I-90 W.

Train
A train ride from NYC on the Amtrak takes about 9.5 hours.

Plane
The closes city to Niagara Falls is Buffalo, NY and is located 23 miles away. The flight takes under an hour, but including check-in and boarding, it should take 3-4 hours each way. It still remains the fastest way to get o Niagara Falls from New York City.

Return Transfers
Another convenient option of commuting to Niagara Falls from New York is by opting for tours that include return transfers. With Headout tours, your commute is made considerably easier as you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in a comfortable coach. With return transfers, you don't have to worry about planning the commute from scratch.

Getting Around in the Park

Enjoy the ease and convenience of a hop-on/hop-off shuttle that will take you to 15 exclusive sites along the 14-mile route from the "Falls to the Fort." Stops include Niagara USA Visitor Center, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara View Points, Castellani Art Museum and the Old Niagara Fort among others.

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Niagara Falls Reviews


Everyone should visit this miracle of nature at least on time in their life. The feeling can hardly be describerd with words. DEFINITELY take the boat and get wet!

Ioannis E, August 2020

We have been at Niagra falls several times over the years and always love to go back. It is beautiful and has a nice vacation feel to it. Highly recommend it.

sherrycr2013, August 2020

Tips For Visiting Niagara Falls


  • Your clothes are likely to get wet at the Niagara Falls. Shorts and quick dry trousers are much better than jeans. At the same time, sandals are better than wearing shoes and socks.
  • Choose the right time to visit. During the summers, the falls have a heavy flow and the park gets crowded.
  • During winters, the falls freeze and present an outworldly site. The crowds are much lesser as well. However, getting drenched in the mist is how you actually visit the Niagara Falls.
  • Unless you have your own car, traveling from New York to Niagara by public transport is quite the hassle. The public transport within Niagara is practically non-existent; hence getting from one place to the other via local taxis can cost you a lot. We recommended taking an organized tour from New York to Niagara for the optimal experience.
  • Outside the Niagara Falls entrance, there is a mall complex with multiple food kiosks and souvenir. You have cuisine options from Indian to Chinese and Arabic.

New York to Niagara Falls Day Trip FAQs


Are there 1 day tours to the Niagara Falls from NYC and back?

Are there doorstep-pickup tours to the Niagara Falls?

How far is Niagara Falls from NYC? 

Can I use public transport to travel to Niagara Falls?

Are there trips to Niagara Falls for more than a day?

Is the Maid of the Mist cruise included in day tour packages from NYC?

How much time will I spend at the Niagara Falls?

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Comments (1)
  1. Lina B says:

    Hello, do you know how much could the toll booths might cost in the car trip? thanks!

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