Top things to do

Top Choice Viewpoint in Niagara Falls

Cave of the Winds

On the north corner of Goat Island, don a souvenir rain poncho and sandals (provided) and take an elevator down to walkways just 25ft from the crashing water at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. (Despite the name, the …
Museum in Niagara Falls

Old Fort Niagara

This 1726 French-built fortress, restored in the 1930s, defends the once very strategic point where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario. It has engaging displays of Native American artifacts, small weapons, fu…
Park in Niagara Falls

Whirlpool State Park

This park, 3 miles north of the falls, sits just above a sharp bend in the Niagara River – a bend that creates a giant whirlpool easily visible from your vantage point. Steps take you 300ft to the gorge below and mi…
Gastropub in Niagara Falls

Griffin Gastropub

While it doesn't seem like much on paper (or judging from the building's grim location), this lively pub has a menu full of adventurous dishes with enough variety to please many palates and dietary restrictions. Mak…
American in Niagara Falls

Third Street Retreat Eatery & Pub

The walls are decorated with old LP covers at this popular local spot serving all-day breakfasts and other comforting pub-grub dishes. There's a good selection of beers on tap or in bottles, plus a pool table and da…
North Indian in Niagara Falls


A cut above the Indian joints immediately adjacent to the falls. There are à la carte items available when it's not too crowded, but the buffet is fresh and varied.
Viewpoint in Niagara Falls

Prospect Point Observation Tower

Part of the Maid of the Mist complex, this viewpoint juts out into Niagara River, giving a vista onto the American Falls.
Museum in Niagara Falls

Wax Museum at Niagara

Hardly the most state-of-the-art museum, but entertaining and packed with interesting stories: massacres, stunt-jumpers and that time the water stopped flowing. Pose for a photo in an actual barrel someone rode over…
Bridge in Niagara Falls

Rainbow Bridge

Bring your passport for the walk or drive across this bridge linking the US and Canadian sides of the falls – there are good views along the way.
Pizza in Niagara Falls


Find excellent NYC-style pizza and other bar food at this long-established place a 5-mile drive east of the falls.