1 Day Trip to Niagara Falls – The best tour from New York!

Experiencing the niagara falls within a day.

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A visit to Niagara Falls might be the best day excursion from New York City. These giant waterfalls are wonders of nature in the truest sense of the word. The view of the falls is magical, and it only gets better at night when everything becomes illuminated with colorful lights. A day trip to Niagara Falls thus is an absolute must-do when in New York! 

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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Midtown hotels)
  • Airfare to Niagara Falls from NYC and back
  • Airport transfer to the Niagara Falls State Park
  • WiFi and a charging unit on the bus
  • Guided tour
  • Buffet lunch
  • Cruise (May-Oct) or Journey Behind the Falls (Nov-Apr)

Not included:

  • Additional food and drink

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Our 1-day trip to Niagara Falls

We had to try this tour as seeing the iconic Niagara Falls had long been our dream. At 6:00 am, the luxurious minivan left the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan (Times Square) and headed toward Long Island. The hour-long drive passed quickly, there hardly is any traffic this early. Our luxurious mode of travel continued as the minivan took us directly onto the tarmac where a plane waited for us (yup!).

Actually, Niagara Falls have their own airport: Niagara Falls International Airport. So this is where we were headed. The flight was super enjoyable, and we loved the included breakfast on board. Because, if you’re like me, touching any food really early in the morning (like I said, we got picked up by the limo at 6…) just isn’t going to happen. The flight to the Niagara Falls airport took roughly 1.5 hours.

10 am: Arrival at Niagara Falls

Once we got off the plane, a minibus took us to the Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest State Park in the US (opened in 1885!).

During the booking process ahead of your trip, you are given a choice of either visiting the (US) American side or the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. If you pick the Canada option, your trip across the border will roughly take about an additional 30 minutes. Upon leaving the bus we picked up our wristbands for the trolley (a small open-deck bus) that takes you from one attraction to the next within the park. Our friendly bus driver informed us that we would have until 4:00 p.m. to explore the expansive park.

Niagara Falls State Park Attractions

We had booked tickets for the US-side of the park, where we went to all the available attractions. All of them were included in the ticket price. We particularly liked the Maid of the Mist boat tour and the Cave of the Winds. You will have plenty of time to experience everything, so there is no need to rush things. You’ll have plenty of time for each attraction and to enjoy the views of the falls, the surrounding nature and the wild Niagara River. One thing which we were  amazed by in particular was the sheer size of everything. I mean, we had an idea of how huge the waterfalls must be – but actually seeing them up close is a whole different story. It just needs to be experienced.

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  • “Maid of the Mist” boat tour: The sightseeing boat “ Maid of the Mist ” allows you to enjoy a misty 30-minute boat tour that will take you to the base of the American Falls as well as the turbulent waters of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. This historic boat tour has been operating since the middle of the 19th century and is among the most popular attractions in North America.
  • “Cave of the Winds” Tour: Geared-up in a rain poncho and specially designed sandals, you can follow wooden walkways along Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck which is just a few breathtaking feet from the torrents of Niagara Falls. One thing is for sure, you’re going to get wet! But that is just part of what makes this epxerience so special.
  • “Niagara Adventure Theater”: At the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center, you can watch a 40-minute educational video to learn more about the history of the falls. You can also request a headset. The following languages are available: French, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, and German. This is a great way to start your tour.
  • “Aquarium of Niagara”: This attraction in the park is great for kids. In a relatively small space, the aquarium offers displays of various sea inhabitants. You can see penguins, seahorses and sea lions as well as 1,500 other types of sea life, ranging from the ecosystems of the Great Lakes to the coral reefs.

Highlights on the Canadian Side

Several of the people in our group visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The only real difference to our experience was that they didn’t have as much time as we had. Because they arrived later and had to leave earlier, they had about 2 hours less time than us to visit everything. Though the Canadian side is somewhat more scenic than the US side, especially since the Horseshoe Falls are one of the most iconic images of the park. But you will get to see them during your boat tour nonetheless, even if you start the journey on the US-side.

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  • “Hornblower Niagara Cruise”: Get on board this modern tour boat and enjoy a 30-minute boat tour through Niagara Great Gorge. Keep your camera handy to take close-ups of the roaring American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the famous Horseshoe Falls.
  • “Journey Behind the Falls” This was one of our favorite attractions! Go to the Table Rock Welcome Center near Horseshoe Falls and take the elevator 46 meters down to the observation platform behind the roaring falls. Once you have walked through the tunnel, and the Cataract and Great Falls Portal, you will get to the upper and lower observation decks. You will understand why this was our favorite part when you see the incredible volumes of the waterfall into the deep right in front of you.
  • “Niagara’s Fury”: For this attraction, you stand on a moving platform in a 4D cinema and see the forces of nature at work at Niagara Falls. You also get a load of information about this natural phenomenon. While you are listening to the falls’ history, you will feel the temperature drop and water and snow will be sprayed in the surrounding air – a unique and cool experience!
  • “White Water Walk”: Take the elevator to the base of Niagara Gorge and walk the boardwalk along the mighty rapids of the Niagara River.

Enjoy the expansiveness of nature and the magic of the waterfalls

After we visited all the attractions (which didn’t take long at all as there were barely any lines), we took a walk in Niagara Falls State Park. The park offers several opportunities to relax on a bench or grassy spot, to soak in the nature, and to see the falls up close from different angles.

What we didn’t know was that the falls are actually used for power generation locally. This means that the city of Niagara can regulate the falls with more or less the touch of a button to alter the amount of power produced. This was really impressive and a great new tidbit of information that blew our minds. A nice spot for a break was Luna Island. In proximity, you will also find the restaurant Top of the Falls where you can grab a bite to eat. Unless you have your heart set on hot dogs and fries, the restaurant offers healthier options than the snack booths in the park.

4 pm: Getting ready to leave Niagara Falls

At 4:00 pm we meet up with our bus driver who takes us back to Niagara Falls International Airport. After boarding the plane we immediately took off. There was no waiting involved like at a regular airport – in fact, they were waiting for us. I could get used to this… There was one more highlight in store for us: the pilot took a detour over Niagara Falls. The perfect ending to an exciting day. We arrived in Long Island around 6:30 p.m. We encountered a bit more traffic in the evening than we did early in the morning, Yet we made it to the Marriott at Times Square by 8:15 pm.

Our Review: Efficient, but not exactly cheap

Our thoughts: The day-trip to Niagara Falls is for travelers who want to use their time effectively and have a flexible travel budget. The relatively short travel time to get there – six hours to see the sights – and a short return trip, allow you to make the most of the day. Of course, that convenience has a price. If this trip is too expensive, another option is a 2-day bus tour , or driving there yourself in a rental car.

Entry to the park is free and tickets to all attractions can be purchased individually. Personally, I would book the tour again. All travel arrangements were handled professionally and the trip went smoothly. Hence, we can definitely recommend this trip!

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Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York City

Book a hassle-free trip to the mighty falls, with round-trip travel and maid of the mist boat tour.

Don’t want to miss out on seeing incredible Niagara Falls while you’re in NYC? This small group tour makes it easy, with comfortable return bus travel and an expert guide to help you see the best of North America’s iconic falls. Visit islands and observatories on this full-day adventure, and get up close and personal on the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour! With overnight travel and both morning and evening departures, fitting Niagara into your New York vacation just got a lot simpler!

Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York City

  • Comfortable return transport from NYC
  • Unbeatable views of Niagara Falls
  • The rapids up close
  • Maid of the Mist boat tour (May-October)
  • Luna Island, Goat Island and The Observation Tower
  • The Niagara light show
  • Fireworks over the falls
  • Visit Canada!

Sitting on the border between the United States and Canada, the mighty Niagara Falls are right up there on many travelers' bucket-lists, and for good reason! The epic scene created by three major waterfalls cascading together is truly something to behold. This small group tour makes adding Niagara to your New York itinerary easy—just find a day that suits you and let your driver and expert guide take care of the rest.

Depending on the day you choose, this tour either travels overnight to arrive for sunrise, or in the morning to catch the evening firework show (with overnight travel back to NYC). Either way, you'll have a up to 5 hours exploring the falls, visiting islands and observatories, and enjoying a thrilling boat ride known as the Maid of the Mist. If you have the right visa then you can even pay a quick visit to Canada!

With air-conditioned transport, a professional driver, and an engaging local guide, you'll be sure to get the Niagara experience your vacation deserves.

Niagara Falls from New York Tour Description

Your 20-hour day trip from NYC includes:

Comfortable air-conditioned transportation from New York City (return)

Depart in the evening or morning to experience Niagara Falls two different ways

An engaging bilingual Niagara guide

Epic Maid of the Mist boat ride (May-October only)

Visits to Goat Island, Luna Island, and all the observatories surrounding the falls

Access to the Canadian side of the falls (visa or proper documentation may be needed)

See the Niagara Fireworks show (morning departure only)

This tour only includes the Maid of the Mist boat ride from May through October. Due to weather, this tour does not run from January through March.

Evening Departure

Getting to Niagara Falls is about a 7 hour drive from New York City. With this 11 pm departure, you'll arrive in time for a sunrise unlike any other before beginning your in-depth tour of the falls. With the sun rising from the east, it shines through the falls and creates an incredible spectacle through the rainbows and mist.

You'll travel overnight on a comfortable tour bus where you'll be able get some shut-eye before your day of adventure at Niagara Falls, and you'll be back in New York by late evening.

Morning Departure

If you prefer to leave bright and early rather than late in the evening, you can choose a 7 am departure from New York. You won't see the sunrise at Niagara, but instead you'll witness the incredible light show and fireworks display that envelop the skies and falls each evening.

On this morning version of the Niagara experience, you'll travel overnight on the way back, arriving in New York early in the morning.

Whichever tour option you choose, it's sure to be one of the highlights of your NYC vacation!

Views, Vistas, and the Maid of the Mist

A trip to Niagara Falls mean experiencing some of the world's most magical views. At the confluence of the Niagara River, the three stunning falls are come together in one magical location. The Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls create a rush of mist and roaring sound that'll leave you awestruck.

With around 5 hours to explore the falls with your friendly local guide, you will experience these famous falls in many ways. Take in the amazing views from Goat Island, Luna Island, and a number of observatories surrounding the falls. If you'd like, you can even cross into Canada for a quick visit as long as you have the proper visa. If you're visiting May-October, you'll enjoy the exhilarating Maid of the Mist boat ride where you'll see the massive Horseshoe Falls head-on and close-up

Throughout the day, your super-knowledgeable guide will show you all the best viewpoints and explain the natural phenomenon that creates this incredible spectacle.

Light Show and Fireworks Display

Each night in the summer, Niagara Falls transforms from natural wonder to an unmissable and spectacular light display. Illuminated by changing colors from across the rainbow and with a fantastic firework display playing out around the cascading water, it's a unique and enchanting way to experience this North American wonder!

After your full day of exploring Niagara Falls, sit back, take a nap and enjoy the quiet drive back through the forests of New York State until you reach the Big Apple, where the tour comes to its conclusion.

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Incredible and easy

This is just what we wanted to do and everything was wonderful. I'm so happy we decided to do this from New York. It took a whole day but the bus ride was so fun and comfortable that we didn't even mind the long drive. Niagara Falls is so beautiful!!!

Great experience!

I recommend doing this to any visitor to New York! Niagara falls are amazing but the town nearby is a total tourist trap so better to not waste a whole trip there. this is the way to go.

Mixed review

Bus seats and temperature were very uncomfortable. Local guides once we reached the Falls were friendly and knowledgeable. Falls were marvelous!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Bring some entertainment for the journey, a few snacks, and some money to buy lunch at the falls. You may want to bring a change of shirt too since this is a long tour and you might get wet!

Is the Maid of the Mist ticket included?

For trips leaving between May and October, tickets for the exhilarating Maid of the Mist boat ride are included.

Is this tour suitable for kids?

Sure! Just be aware that it's quite a long journey. Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

Does this tour include any meals?

Food and drink aren't included, so it's a good idea to bring snacks for the journey and some money for lunch at Niagara Falls.

Does this tour go to Canada?

You'll need a passport and possibly a visa depending on your home country. You can pay a quick visit over the border to Canada during your tour, but this is entirely optional.

What if it rains?

This tour will run rain or shine, so please check the forecast and bring the right clothes with you.

Does this tour operate all year round?

No, this tour does not run from January through March.

Does this tour visit Cave of the Winds?

If you book this tour between November and April, you'll have the option to purchase your own ticket to enter the Cave of the Winds.

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From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

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Experience one of the world's most remarkable natural wonders on a full-day tour of Niagara Falls on the American side of the border.

  • Free cancellation Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Instant confirmation & Mobile tickets Receive your ticket right away. Use your phone or print your voucher.
  • Private tour Avoid crowds with an exclusive experience. (depends on selected option)
  • Free pickup A complimentary hotel pick-up service is offered. (depends on selected option)
  • Live guiding English, Spanish
  • Start time - Available today 11:45 PM
  • Duration 22-23 hours
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (private option)
  • Visit the Niagara Falls
  • Maid Of The Mist boat ride (depends on the option booked)
  • Entrance and national park fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Ride the famous "Maid of the Mist" boat close to the cascades of Niagara Falls
  • Get amazing views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
  • Visit Goat Island, Luna Island, and all the observatories surrounding the falls
  • Spend 5 hours admiring the roar of the gigantic Niagara Falls
  • Treat your eyes to the amazing light show in the night at the Niagara

Description

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

  • Restrooms may not be available on the vehicle
  • This is a bilingual tour
  • No visa is required to visit Niagara Falls on the American side of the border. There is a possibility to visit the Canadian side of the waterfalls on your own. In order to do that, you will need to have your passport and Canadian Visa
  • The vehicle size will depend on the number of reservations
  • The Maid of the Mist boat ride is a seasonal activity operating from May to November
  • The Niagara Falls Fireworks is a seasonal activity

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Niagara Falls in One day Tour from New York City

  • Free cancellation available
  • Mobile voucher
  • Instant confirmation
  • Get to know the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park
  • Maid of the Mist boat ride. It operates by season
  • Transportation from meeting point
  • Professional bilingual guide (English & Spanish)
  • Sweeping views of the Falls from the observation points

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Activity location

  • Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • 714 7th Avenue
  • 10036, New York, New York, United States of America
  • Mon, Jul 8 -
  • Tue, Jul 9 $269
  • Wed, Jul 10 $269
  • Thu, Jul 11 $269
  • Fri, Jul 12 -
  • Sat, Jul 13 -
  • Sun, Jul 14 $269
  • Mon, Jul 15 $269
  • Tue, Jul 16 -
  • Wed, Jul 17 $269
  • Thu, Jul 18 $269
  • Fri, Jul 19 $269
  • Sat, Jul 20 $269
  • Sun, Jul 21 $269
  • Mon, Jul 22 $269

Niagara Tour

  • Activity duration is 19 hours 19h 19h

Live Commentary in English and Spanish. This option includes transfer and professional guide, but NOT includes tickets for the boat.

Niagara Falls Boat Complete Tour

Live commentary in English and Spanish.

This option includes transfer from meeting point, guide at Niagara, and one of the next options depending on the time of the year: Maid of the Mist (usually between May and October) and is replaced in the off-season, depending on accessibility, by views from other observation points such as George walk, Terrapin Point or others. (Exact dates are subject to ice conditions)

Two Day Combo: Niagara Falls + Washington & Philadelphia

  • Activity duration is 2 days 2d 2d

The tour is taken in two days. The date selected at the time of purchase corresponds to the first tour (Niagara) and two days later you will take the second tour (Washington & Philadelphia). Confirmation of the order of each tour will be sent.

Please note this tour does not include Maid of the Mist Boat.

What's included, what's not

  • What's included What's included Bilingual professional guide (English and Spanish)
  • What's included What's included Round trip transfer from New York City on a comfortable motor coach
  • What's included What's included Tour of Niagara Falls (for the complete tour option only)
  • What's included What's included Tickets to the boat cruise (for complete tour option only)
  • What's included What's included Washington & Philadelphia Tour (Included in the two days combo option only)
  • What's included What's included Access to the Observation Tower
  • What's excluded What's excluded Souvenirs
  • What's excluded What's excluded Gratuities
  • What's excluded What's excluded Hotel pick up and drop off
  • What's excluded What's excluded Food & Drinks

Know before you book

  • This is a 19 hrs Tour from New York to Niagara Falls
  • Children under 2 years old are exempt from payment
  • The access to the boat or other observation point is subject to weather conditions
  • The day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints
  • The On Your Own option includes the round trip from/to the meeting point only
  • The combo option is taken in two days. The date selected at the time of purchase corresponds to the first tour and two days later you will take the second tour. Confirmation of the order of each tour will be sent

What you can expect

Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan. You’ll travel by comfortable motor coach, with your bilingual tour guide, enjoying the scenic landscape of upstate New York (travel time is approximately 7-8 hours, each way, with one rest stop) on your journey north.

Upon arrival at your destination, you will begin experiencing the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder of the Niagara Falls on board of the historic Maid of the Mist boat cruise or, when the Maid of the Mist is not running, from other observation points such as Gorge Walk or others available based on the weather conditions.

During your visit, you will learn about the interesting history of these mighty waters and enjoy spectacular views of the falls from different vantage points. You will have the opportunity for lunch on your own, souvenir shopping, and exploring the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park. After an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories, relax on board your comfortable motor coach for the return to Times Square in Manhattan, arriving back between 11pm-midnight.

Please note: The Maid of the Mist boat cruise operates seasonally, usually between May and October (exact dates are subject to ice conditions) and is replaced in the off-season, depending on accessibility, by views from other observation points such as George walk, Terrapin Point or others (access is subject to ice and weather conditions).The day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints. When necessary in the spring and summer, ponchos are provided (you may get a little wet!).

If you want to live the full experience, You can choose the option Niagara falls + Washington & Philadelphia tour, where you can get to know two of the nation’ capitals: Washington D.C. (current) and Philadelphia, PA (first ever) to visit and learn about the most iconic landmarks of these two historic cities, including the Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Rocky Steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Live a unique experience with Niagara Tour. Visit Niagara Falls from New York on a full day tour in English.

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Niagara Falls Tour, an unforgettable experience

Price: $149 USD

Maid of the Mist included: $174 USD

Niagara Falls is a stunning natural attraction that many travelers can’t wait to see. Not only is it an incredible example of how nature and landscape collide. but it is also destination packed with things to do and see.

At Niagara Tours we love to show its beauty and share the most relevant information in this guided tour in English.

  • Vehicle equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and bathroom

Equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and bathroom

Maid of the Mist

You can pick the boat ride option when you book.

Fully certified guide in English

You can cancel for free up to 48 hours before

Niagara Falls Tour Itinerary

Get the full experience on this day trip to Niagara Falls from New York. A guided tour in which we will accompany you to discover one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world

Departure: Monday to Saturday at 11:00 pm.

1. We leave the last pick-up hotel around 11:00 pm.

We will have a stop halfway for those who want to buy a snack, use the services or stretch their legs.

2. We will arrive in Niagara around 7:00 am, we will take you to a place where you will have 1 hour to have breakfast (not Included).

3. Around 8:30 am we will start the tour of the America Waterfall.

  • We will do the tour on the Maid Of the Mist boat(included if you pick the boat ride option when you book).
  • We will continue the tour heading towards Goat Island.
  • We will walk through the largest waterfall called The Horse Shoe or Herradura and we will visit the waterfall called Velo de novia.

4. Next, around 12:00 pm they will have free time to have lunch, buy souvenirs or take a tour called The Cave of the Winds that costs $28.25 adults and $17.75 children (not included in the tour price)

5. Around 2:00 p.m. we will begin our return to Manhattan with a stop on the way and arriving approximately around 10:30 p.m.

Departure from NYC

Hotel The Manhattan at Times Square, includes a stop halfway.

Arrival at Niagara Falls

We will arrive at a place where you can have breakfast (not included).

Start of Tour

Tour of the falls, Goat Island and ride on the Maid of The Mist boat (included if you pick the boat ride option).

Perfect to have lunch, buy souvenirs or take the tour of the Cave of the Winds.

Return to Manhattan

Departure around 2:30 p.m. with a stop on the way and we will arrive at our destination at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Our clients trust us, discover one of the world’s greatest natural wonders with a tour to Niagara Falls.

Highly recommend!

This tour company is hands down the best choice for visiting Niagara Falls! The booking process was smooth, and the customer service was exceptional. Our guide provided fascinating insights and fun facts about the area. We had ample time to explore and take pictures, and the itinerary was well-paced. The views of the falls were spectacular, and I appreciated the personal touch the company added to the experience. Highly recommend!

Our trip to Niagara Falls was incredible. Our guide was very engaging and very kind with my family.

When to visit Niagara Falls from New York

Niagara Falls is never closed to tourists or those who wish to visit.

Each season has its own magic; in the warmer season you will enjoy a beautiful view and you can also purchase your tickets for the incredible Maid of The Mist boat ride, while in the cooler seasons you will be able to see more striking foliage, a calmer experience and the falls will become a true work of art. art. made on ice.

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Niagara Falls was formed during the melting of the last Ice Age (about 12,000 years ago). When the extreme flow of water formed the falls. During the height of the summer and fall periods, there are more than 3 million liters of water flowing over the falls every second.

This tourist attraction is a true work of natural art thanks to its impressive view and the amount of water that flows in the falls, in Niagara Falls Tour we will show you the best of Niagara Falls, discover the best tips and places to enjoy your adventure.

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Find all the details about our excursion to Niagara Falls and find relevant information that will help you prepare your itinerary and make the most of your next visit.

  • About the excursion
  • Booking Conditions
  • Additional Info

Live a unique experience doing this excursion with Niagara Tour. We will visit Niagara Falls from New York on a full day guided tour.

  • Departure Monday to Saturday at 11:00 pm.
  • Includes a stop on the way.
  • Arrival time in Niagara, 7:00 am.
  • Tour available March to December.
  • You can pick the Maid of the Mist boat ride option when you book.
  • Certified guide service
  • Vehicle with air conditioning Wi-Fi and bathroom.
  • Transfer to Niagara Falls (American side)
  • Taxes and rates

Does not include

  • Food and drink
  • Entrance ticket for ride in Maid of the Mist (you can purchase it directly from our guide for $30).

Hotel The Manhattan at Times Square 7th Avenue between streets 51 and 52 Pick up time 11:00 pm

  • Choose the date and the people who want to do the TOUR and add the tour to the cart.
  • You will be able to see the summary in the cart and then enter your personal information, the hotel where you are staying and the card information in the next step.
  • Reservation confirmation and pick-up hotel: After making the reservation, you will receive a reservation confirmation email shortly and we will confirm the nearest pick-up hotel with another email.

Date modifications can be made 48 hours before the day that the Tour is going to take place without this incurring any penalty. All this as long as we have availability for the day you want to change the excursion. You can cancel the excursion 48 hours before the excursion without any penalty.

In case of not arriving at the agreed place on time on the day of the excursion, it will be taken as a No Show and this entails the loss of the deposit paid at the time of making the reservation. If at the time of making the reservation the total payment of the value of the excursion is made, and you do not show up at the agreed time and date (No Show) or cancel the reservation, there will be a 100% penalty on the total value.

Niagara Falls originated due to a glacier from Canada. Due to it’s movement, it was causing the American Great Lakes to freeze. This freezing of lakes and the Niagara River caused a significant erosion on the sides of the flow. The impressive natural change caused the famous Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is divided into two parts, the Canadian side and the American side. We invite you to see our tourist guide, where there are a large number of activities, parks and leisure areas and hotels.

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To go from New York to Niagara Falls , we recommend our Tour that takes us from Manhattan (New York) we leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays heading north to the US. Through Lincoln Tunnel to reach the state of New Jersey. There we will drive on Route 80 to cross the state of Pennsylvania. Then we take Route 81 to get to the North of the State of New York. And finally arrive to Niagara.

Niagara Falls can be visited 365 days a year. The winter season is the least recommended because the temperatures are so low that the falls themselves freeze. Still it will show you a very beautiful landscape worth seeing. You can access our photo gallery to see the frozen falls.

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There are three Niagara Falls, there are two Falls on the American side and one Fall on the Canadian side.

The Niagara Falls that are on the American side have the name of American Falls and the other Bridal Veil Falls .

The other waterfall that is on the Canadian side is called Horseshoe Falls .

Yes, you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge , you must have your passport and it costs $1.

The best seasonal time to visit Niagara Falls is from April to September (spring – fall).

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Niagara Falls From New York City 1 Day Tour - Canadian American Adventure

Canadian american adventure, ride the famous maid of the mist, visit the oldest state park in the usa, see niagara falls from the best viewing points.

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Canadian American Adventure - NYC to Niagara Falls in 1 Day

Duration:   Full Day Tour Times:   Morning Only Availability:   April – October

It’s time to “Explore the Roar” and enjoy the best of both sides of Niagara Falls with our most popular Over the Falls Package which includes sailing onboard the Historic Maid of the Mist and a delicious delicious Lunch (Optional).   Passports Required

Tour Prices

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Adults:   $549.95 USD

NYC to Niagara Falls in 1 Day - Canadian American Adventure

Duration:  All Day Tour Times:     Morning Only Availability:    All Season

Starting At

$549.95 USD

Tour Details

What to expect.

It’s time for you to experience the best of both world’s through our Canadian/American Adventure Tour which features just about something for everyone. From the adventure of sailing into the middle of mighty Falls on board the historic Maid of the Mist boat cruise, enjoying a delicious Lunch (Optional) overlooking the breathtaking panoramic views of the Majestic Falls, to capturing   captivating vista views of both Niagara Falls USA and Canada. This all-time guest favorite tour is guaranteed to thrill whether it be your 1st or 15th time visiting Niagara Falls.

As a courtesy, we encourage all of our guests to bring a camera as not only do our guides love having their picture taken, but as well so that you can capture each incredible moment in order to share your personal adventure with friends via social media, or with family back home. For the best experience possible, we personally recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes while on tour.

Pickup & Return Location:                                      

Buffalo or niagara falls international airport, pickup time:                                                            , times vary, 48 hour confirmation required –  call 1-877-783-8900, price includes:                              , private transportation, meet and greet service at buffalo/niagara, us, sightseeing tour of niagara falls, new york usa , licensed professional tour guide, languages: foreign languages are available upon request, all admission fees, attraction fees, parking fees, delicious lunch (optional).

It’s time for you to experience the best of both world’s through our Canadian/American Adventure Tour which features just about something for everyone. From the adventure of sailing into the middle of mighty Falls on board the historic Maid of the Mist boat cruise, enjoying a delicious Lunch (Optional) overlooking the breathtaking panoramic views of the Majestic Falls, to capturing   captivating vista views of both Niagara Falls USA and Canada . This all-time guest favorite tour is guaranteed to thrill whether it be your 1st or 15th time visiting Niagara Falls.

Pickup & Return Location:

Pickup time:, price includes:, an adventure of a lifetime, maid of the mist.

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American Observation Tower

American Observation Tower

View the Falls atop the American Observation Tower at Prospect Point!

Niagara Falls State Park

American Tour Niagara Falls State Park

All Key Viewing Areas Of The Falls

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-Propect Point & Luna Island, Niagara Falls New York, USA

Also Included in Your Tour

In addition, you will visit or view the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Three Sister Islands, Luna Island, Terrapin Point, Prospect Point, American Observation Tower, Niagara River, Niagara Parks, Table Rock, Floral Showhouse, Dufferin Islands, Toronto Power House, Raging Rapids, Old Scow, International Water Control Dam, Water Intakes, Queen Victoria Park, Sir Harry Oakes Garden Theatre, Giant Whirlpool, Whirlpool Aero Car, Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Glen, Hydro-electric Power Plants, Niagara Escarpment, Botanical Gardens and the Floral Clock.

Important Details

  • Passports Required, Click  border crossing document  to find out more.
  • You Must call 1-877-783-8900 48 hours in advance to confirm your tour.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs permitted with 48 hour notice.
  • Click here for our cancellation policy .

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The 5 Best Niagara Falls Tours from New York City [2024 Reviews]

Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful natural beauties of North America and is worlds away from the concrete, glass, and lights of New York City. If you are visiting NYC, booking a Niagara Falls tour is the perfect way to experience this national treasure and also escape the hustle and bustle of The Big Apple.

Be sure to bring a waterproof camera or purchase one from a souvenir shop at the Falls and bring your passport as well so you can see the Falls from the Canadian side for those tours that include it.

Also, depending on whether you’d like to experience the Maid of the Mist cruise or explore the Scenic Tunnels, be sure to plan your tour for the right time of year.

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  • From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour
  • 2-Day Niagara Falls & Shopping Trip from New York City
  • From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour
  • Overnight Niagara Falls Day Trip From New York City
  • From New York City: Niagara Falls One-Day Tour

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#1 from new york city: niagara falls & 1000 islands 3-day tour.

  • Departure Point : Port Authority bus terminal
  • Departure Time : 6:30 AM
  • Duration : 3 days
  • Includes : 2-nights hotel stay, tour guide, Maid of the Mist cruise, 1000 Islands cruise.

Start out early morning and enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley on the way to Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes region. Take tour of the park with a view of some beautiful waterfalls. Then you will head past Seneca Lake and arrive at Niagara Falls in late afternoon.

Your guide can answer your questions about the Falls as well as what you’ll experience when you get there. Depending on the time of year, your up-close-and-personal views of Niagara Falls may be different.

If traveling in the summer months, you’ll enjoy a short cruise on the famous “Maid of the Mist” boat. It will take you along the front of the Falls where you can feel the powerful mist caused by the rushing water.

In winter months, you can take an elevator down over 100 floors to see Niagara Falls from behind the wall of water. No matter which experience is lined up for you, you can visit one of the most beautiful locations in North America conveniently during your New York City vacation.

Day two you will head to Toronto where you will visit HTO Park, Brookfield Place and the Distillery Historic District. After your tours in Toronto you will ride along Lake Ontario on the way to the 1000 Islands where you will stay the night,

Day three you will take a cruise on the St. Laurence River through 1000 Islands. After lunch you will then visit the large outlet malls for some shopping then head back to the city to end the tour.

Tour Information & Booking

100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, #2 2-day niagara falls & shopping trip from new york city.

  • Departure Point : Check with tour operator
  • Duration : 2 Days
  • Includes : 1-night hotel accommodation, continental breakfast, van or bus transportation with onboard Wi-Fi, expert tour guide, admission fees

You’ll leave the hustle and bustle of New York City for a beautiful bus ride through upstate New York with a stop at Watkins Glen Canyon National Park along the way. Enjoy views of Seneca Lake as well.

When you arrive at Niagara Falls, you’ll visit the US side with visits to Goat Island and Sister Island as well. Stick around to enjoy the Falls light up at night, a sight not to be missed.

After breakfast at the hotel in the morning, you’ll head back to the Falls to visit the Canadian side, including Horseshoe Falls.

On the way back to New York City, enjoy the onboard Wi-Fi as well as a stop at a popular outlet mall. Feel free to stretch your legs or shop for some great deals. Don’t forget the souvenirs! You’ll arrive back in New York City just in time for your late-night dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant.

#3 From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

  • Departure Point : Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
  • Departure Time : 4:00 AM
  • Duration : 19 Hours (approx.)
  • Includes : Roundtrip bus transportation, guide, tour of Niagara Falls, optional Maid of the Mist Cruise

After leaving New York City early in the morning aboard a comfortable bus, you’ll enjoy views of upstate New York and the beautiful Appalachian Mountains as you head north toward Niagara Falls State Falls. After your guided tour of the Falls, you will be allowed to explore the state park independently.

The time of year will dictate what vantage points and up-close-and-personal experiences are available. You’ll also be given plenty of time to enjoy lunch or shop for souvenirs after your tour. Souvenir shops offer waterproof, disposable cameras if you don’t have a waterproof digital camera or case for your camera.

You’ll arrive back in the Big Apple sometime between 11:00 PM and Midnight. In the City That Never Sleeps, you’ll still have time to take in a late dinner or even a show.

#4 Overnight Niagara Falls Day Trip From New York City

  • Departure Point : The Manhattan at Times Square
  • Departure Time : 11:20 PM
  • Duration : 22 hours (approx.)
  • Includes : Transport by bus or van equipped with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, professional tour guide, up-close experience of Niagara Falls on the Maid Of The Mist, tour of Goat Island,

You’ll arrive at the Niagara Falls State Park in the late afternoon and immediately start sightseeing on the American side of the Falls. Visit Goat Island and Sister Island before viewing the stunning colors of Niagara Falls lit up after nightfall.

Hop aboard your bus and head back toward the City around noon. On the way, you’ll stop at one of the largest outlet malls in upstate New York. Feel free to shop for great deals or just get out for a bit and stretch your legs. You’ll arrive back in New York City in time for a late dinner.

#5 From New York City: Niagara Falls One-Day Tour

  • Departure Point : The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
  • Departure Time : 7:00 AM & 11:45 AM
  • Duration : 22 Hours (approx.)
  • Includes : Up-close Niagara Falls experience on the Maid Of The Mist , bus transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees

Depending on the time of year, you will either take an up-close tour of the base of the waterfalls on the Maid of the Mist Cruise or explore the Scenic Tunnels behind the wall of water. Either is a sight not to be missed. Bridal Veil Falls is the highlight of this Niagara Falls tour from New York City.

Your bilingual guide will ensure you understand the history of the Falls as well as the geological science that has created them. Be sure to ask any questions you may have during the tour. This tour is also available for transportation only, so it can be a great way to get to Niagara Falls.

You’ll head back to New York City later in the afternoon and return to your hotel in time to enjoy a late dinner in the City while you talk about all the excitement of the day.

Your Guide to Niagara Falls Tours from New York City

Airports & entry, planning tips, restaurants & eating out, nightlife & entertainment, getting around, accommodations, attractions.

The city of New York has three main airports: John F Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

AirTrain is the most convenient way to get from JFK Airport to the city. It connects the subway with the airport and you can get to Manhattan in an hour and for a cost of just $2.75. Other way to get to the center is to take an express bus to Grand Central Terminal or Port Authority, which will take you 1,5 hour and cost you $18.

The approximate taxi fare is $52, but tolls, tips, and rush hour surcharges are not included. Taxis can be found at the taxi dispatch booths. Or you can use services such as Uber.

Although La Guardia is situated closest to Manhattan, it is considered the least accessible by public transport airport of New York City. To get to the center, you need to take an express bus #Q70, which will bring you to the 74 th Street – Broadway metro station and will cost you $15.

The flat taxi cost varies between $34 and $53, excluding tips and tolls. Uber service is also an option.

To get to New York City center from Newark Liberty International Airport, take an AirTrain to Newark Airport train station. There you can change to any train, which goes to New York Penn station, and it will cost you $13.

Taxi fares vary from $60 to $80, and do not include tips or tolls. You can take a taxi, use Uber, or choose a similar service.

If you are planning to visit a musical, you won’t be needing an evening gown. Your clothes can be casual (dark jeans and a shirt will do), but neat and clean. A cocktail dress for a woman will be appropriate. But you won’t need your diamonds or a bow tie.

You should also consider your other plans for New York City, before making a packing list. Are you planning to walk a lot? Bring comfortable shoes or snickers. Going for a picnic in the Central Park? Planning to dine in a luxury establishment? All your plans will require different clothing.

And don’t forget to book all your tickets in advance. Tickets for such events as Broadway musicals sell out weeks before the date. Keep that in mind, when planning your trip itinerary.

The one thing you can be sure about, when traveling to New York City, is that you won’t get hungry. Restaurants, cafes, bistros, bars, and street vendors are multiple and can fit any taste or budget. Small family cafes and huge world-known restaurant chains, fast food bistros and luxury top-end restaurants, street food of all kinds – all of these can be found in New York. The variety of different cuisines is exquisite: French, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Middle Easter, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese – this is just a short list of what you can taste in the Big Apple.

If you are on a low budget and want to cook for yourself, visit the markets: Chelsea and Fulton 55, where you can find all kinds of fresh ingredients for your meals, as well as many street food vendors and budget cafes. To get the best taste of NYC, we would recommend taking a guided NYC food tour .

There is also a list of must-try foods and drinks of New York. They don’t necessarily originate from the city, but they have definitely gained their particular features here and must be appreciated. So, if you want to feel like a real New Yorker, don’t avoid:

  • Cheesecake New York
  • Long Island Ice Tea

New York City is, probably, the world’s winner for the number of night establishments opening every week, as well as for ones that close. Every district of the city has a variety of night clubs and bars for every taste and wallet size. If you stay in Manhattan, you should visit Greenwich Village, which is filled with night entertainment facilities, popular with both locals and tourists. Since the NYU students are the biggest part of the local public here, the prices are quite reasonable. If you are up for something more elegant, head to Chelsea or Lower East Side. And, of course, even if you stay in Queens, Staten Island, or Brooklyn, you won’t feel the lack of night entertainment either. New York is the city, which never sleeps.

Jazz is another thing that you can always find in the Big Apple. It is called the world capital of jazz for a reason. In the past, the city has revealed hundreds of jazz musicians and presented them to the world. Nowadays, there are still numerous establishments, where you can enjoy a drink with your friends or date, while listening to some good jazz. The Blue Note, situated in Greenwich Village, is, probably, the most well-known jazz club, as well as the Village Vanguard, located in the same district. However, these are the places for people with high travel budget. If you are looking for something simpler and cheaper, head to Fat Cat or Smalls, standing just a block away from each other, also in Greenwich Village.

If you are into passionate Afro-Caribbean music and love Latina dancing, New York City is a great place for you too! Salsa, although originates from Cuba, has rooted deeply in the cultural life of New York. The most popular places are Copacabana near the Times Square, which opened its doors for the first time in the 1940’s, Iguana in West Midtown, and El Morocco in Spanish Harlem.

If you consider yourself more of a classical music lover, choose one of the multiple opera, ballet, or musical performances, which the city offers. Head to Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, or one of the Broadway theaters, in order to enjoy a nice classical evening. Check out the list of the best musicals in New York, which we prepared for you, and don’t forget to book in advance!

And, of course, you can’t feel real New York without attending one of the sport matches. Most New Yorkers are passionate sport fans and have their favorite baseball, hockey, or basketball team. Join them for a night of sport fun, and don’t forget to pick up souvenirs with the name of the team you like!

Getting around the city of New York is not difficult, as it has an extremely extended system of public transportation. Subway, buses, commuter rail, as well as ferries, operate on a regular basis.

The simplest way to get from one point to another inside the city limits is by subway. You might be scared by the horror stories about New York subway criminal situation, but it’s almost completely in the past nowadays. Anyway, you should still beware and not attract criminals. The rules of safety are quite clear: don’t show your valuables in public, don’t walk alone at night, try to take crowded trains and use crowded stations. If you keep that in mind, most likely, you’ll be safe.

However, if you don’t feel secure enough, it’s better to take a taxi. World-famous yellow cabs have become a real symbol of New York, along with the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. This is, probably, the second most popular way of transportation among New Yorkers, after subway.

Cabs are multiple, comfortable and reasonably-priced. To get one, all you need to do is raise your arm standing at the edge of the pavement. Keep in mind, though, it might be hard to catch a taxi during the rush hours. And, of course, remember about traffic jams. It might be better to take a subway if you are in a hurry!

Ferries connect the heart of New York with its islands. Staten Island Ferry starts at the Battery Park in the south of Manhattan and goes to Staten Island. It’s not only a great way of transportation, but also an opportunity to see New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty on the way. The big bonus is that it’s free.

New York Waterway Company operates ferries between the city and New Jersey Hudson River Waterfront, stopping also in Brooklyn and Queens. These ferries are not free, so keep that in mind.

New York Water Taxi are ferries painted yellow, like famous New York cabs. They connect points within Manhattan, as well as some points in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

The Big Apple is, probably, one of the most expensive cities to live in. If you decide to visit New York, be ready to pay, at least, $100 for a double room in a hotel, and a minimum of $50 for a bed in a hostel dormitory. However, that is if you want to stay in Manhattan. But there are other districts in New York City, of course. If you choose Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, or New Jersey, you can find much cheaper accommodations of the same quality as in Manhattan.

When traveling during the low tourist season – in January, February, or August, you can also save your traveler’s budget, as hotels usually reduce prices during this time of year. As for the days of week, Sunday is usually the cheapest day to rent a room in New York City.

When booking, keep in mind that fares are often mentioned without taxes. If you add all the taxes for New York State and New York City, you will end up with a 15%-higher price. Be ready to pay it on arrival.

New York City has continental climate, with hot summers, cold winters, cool autumns, and wet springs. In winter, the temperature can fall as low as -18 o C, and during the summer, it can raise as high as to +38 o C.Keep in mind, during the summer months, as well as in September, New York can experience heavy tropical storms, so bring a raincoat. Snowstorms occur often in winter, but the snow usually does not last longer than a couple of days.

New York is the city, which you can explore for weeks : admiring the skyscrappers, having lovely picnics in the parks, taking pictures, listening to stories, and buying souvenirs. However, if you have limited time, here is a list of main attractions you should not miss.

Landmarks : the Statue of Liberty , Wall Street, Federal Hall, World Trade Center Site, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Radio Music Hall, and Times Square.

Museums : the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, and the Transit Museum.

Parks : Central Park, Fort Tryon Park, Pelham Bay Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadow Park, the Greenbelt, and parts of the Gateway National Recreational Area.

If you see these places, you can honestly say that you have seen the most interesting spots in New York. However, if you want to get the most out of your time in New York City, we highly recommend taking a daily bus tour. Anyway, a trip to New York will become something you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

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6 Best Niagara Falls Tours from New York

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Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular places in the country, so if you’re visiting the Big Apple, consider taking a Niagara Falls tour from NYC .

If you’ve never been to this natural wonder, an organized bus tour from NYC to Niagara Falls makes things easy by arranging your transportation and itinerary for you. This way, you’ll see all the highlights and learn more about this breathtaking place.

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Best Niagara Falls tours from New York

While it’s one of the best day trips from NYC , I recommend staying overnight, if possible. For those who don’t want to drive from NYC to Niagara Falls , there are multi-day tours available. Many of them visit other nearby landmarks and attractions so that you can make the most of your time.

In this guide, I’ll share the 6 best tours to Niagara Falls from New York , from day trips to multi-day tour packages. I also recommend reading our visitor’s guide to Niagara Falls so you know what to expect during your trip.

Best tours to Niagara Falls from NYC

There is a variety of tour options available, so you can find the perfect way to get to Niagara Falls from New York . It all depends on how much time you have and what you want to see during your trip. In this guide, I’ll share the top excursions to Niagara Falls from New York City , including 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-day tours.

  • Day tour to Niagara Falls from NYC by bus
  • Day tour to Niagara Falls from NYC by airplane
  • 2-day Niagara Falls tour from New York (U.S. & Canadian sides)
  • 3-day Niagara Falls tour from NYC (+ Toronto & Thousand Islands)
  • 4-day Niagara Falls tour from NYC (+ Philadelphia & Washington D.C.)
  • 5-day Niagara Falls tour from NYC (+ Toronto, Thousand Islands, Philadelphia & Washington D.C.)

1. Day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by bus

If you’re only in New York for a brief visit, you can maximize your time with a 1-day trip to Niagara Falls from New York . I recommend this excursion , which departs from Times Square early in the morning and takes you to the U.S.–Canada border.

During the ride there, you’ll learn about the geological history of the falls and some little-known facts and stunts that took place here. Once you arrive at Niagara Falls State Park , you’ll have time to explore the various viewpoints and capture incredible images.

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Day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by bus

You’ll visit Goat Island and the famous Terrapin Point lookout for stunning views of the Horseshoe Falls, and if you’re taking the tour between May and October, you may opt for riding the Maid of the Mist to get up close to the falls.

Overall, this bus tour from NYC to Niagara Falls is a cheap alternative to the multi-day tours. You’ll get to admire the majesty of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Horseshoe Falls . Plus, transportation is taken care of for you, and you’ll be able to get back to NYC late the same day.

  • Duration : 19-20 hours
  • Price : $240
  • Highlights : Round-trip bus; U.S. side of Niagara Falls; optional Maid of the Mist tour

2. Day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by air

If you’re interested in a 1-day trip to Niagara Falls from New York , consider flying there. This day tour by air is a quick and comfortable way to get to the falls, making it ideal for those who don’t have much time to travel.

The tour can depart from JFK or LaGuardia Airport, and you can save yourself the hassle by taking an NYC airport shuttle from your hotel to get there. You’ll take the 1.5-hour flight from New York City to Niagara Falls , landing in Buffalo or Rochester. There, you’ll meet with your guides, who will drive you to Niagara Falls State Park .

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Day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by air

You’ll have 4-5 hours to explore Niagara Falls from the U.S. side. From May to October, the tour includes a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist . If you take the tour between November and April, the boat ride is substituted with a visit to the observation deck from which you can see the American Falls, Rainbow Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Goat Island, and Three Sisters Islands.

At midday, savor a delicious lunch at a Niagara Falls restaurant, then enjoy your free time and continue exploring Niagara Falls. You can even cross the border and go see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side on your own (just make sure you check first if you need a visa ).

As the afternoon rolls around, board the plane back to NYC. While flying is one of the most convenient ways to travel, remember that it’s more expensive than a bus tour from NYC to Niagara Falls .

  • Duration : 15 hours
  • Price : $699
  • Highlights : Round-trip plane ticket; U.S. side of Niagara Falls; Maid of the Mist boat tour (May – October) or admission to the observation deck (November – April)

3. The ultimate 2-day trip to Niagara Falls from NYC

I highly recommend spending more than a day at Niagara Falls, so if you have time, check out a multi-day trip like this 2-day tour . You’ll travel in a comfortable bus from NYC to Niagara Falls , but before you get to the falls, you’ll stop at Watkins Glen State Park , a picturesque place in the Finger Lakes region.

Once you arrive at Niagara Falls, you’ll explore the American side of the falls. Admire the rushing waters of the American and Bridal Veil Falls and check out the iconic viewpoints by Goat Island and Three Sisters Island . As it gets dark, you’ll see the ambient lights at the park bathe the falls in various colors.

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The ultimate 2-day trip to Niagara Falls from NYC

This 2-day tour package to Niagara Falls from New York includes one night in a cozy hotel and complimentary breakfast the next morning. After eating, you’ll get up close and personal with the falls , either on the Maid of the Mist (May-October) or by walking through the Cave of the Winds (November-April).

After a few hours of exploring the area, you’ll get back on the bus and head back to Manhattan. But first, you’ll have a pit stop at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets , one of the best outlets near NYC , where you can go shopping or grab a bite to eat.

This is the perfect 2-day tour from NYC to Niagara Falls that makes the most of your time and allows you to appreciate the falls’ best views.

  • Duration : 2 days
  • Price : $385
  • Highlights : Round-trip bus; Watkins Glen State Park; U.S. side of Niagara Falls; 1-night hotel accommodation; Maid of the Mist boat tour (May – October) or Cave of the Winds (November – April); outlet shopping

4. The best 3-day Niagara Falls tour from New York

Niagara Falls is one of the best places to see in New York State , so if you can dedicate three days to it, I highly recommend doing so. A 3-day Niagara Falls tour from New York will give you enough time to discover everything on the American and Canadian sides, plus some nearby attractions.

I like this 3-day trip , which departs from Manhattan and stops at Watkins Glen State Park , where you’ll take a short waterfall hike. Then, you’ll continue your journey past Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes region up to Niagara Falls.

Spend the afternoon visiting the American side of Niagara Falls State Park , including Goat Island and Luna Island . Enjoy a ride on the Maid of the Mist and experience the thunderous power of the falls up close. At nightfall, see the waterfalls illuminated in colorful lights before getting some sleep at the hotel.

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The best 3-day Niagara Falls tour from New York

The next day, you’ll see the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, with stops at the Horseshoe Falls viewpoints and Niagara on the Lake , a small village on the Niagara River. Afterward, you’ll go to the nearby city of Toronto , home to the CN Tower. At the end of the day, you’ll go to your hotel along the St. Lawrence River, where you can see the Thousand Islands .

On the last day of this trip, you’ll take a scenic cruise along the river and go through part of the Thousand Islands area. Some of the highlights here include Boldt Castle and Heart Island. Then, you’ll board the bus back to Manhattan, stopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlet in New Jersey for shopping and dinner.

This is one of the best Niagara Falls tours from New York if you want the itinerary, accommodations, and transportation taken care of for you.

  • Duration : 3 days
  • Price : $460
  • Highlights : Round-trip bus; Watkins Glen State Park; U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls; hotel accommodation for 2 nights; Maid of the Mist boat tour; sightseeing in Toronto; Thousand Islands cruise (May to October); outlet shopping

5. 4-Day trip from New York to Niagara Falls

If you have the time and prefer having someone else organize your itinerary, consider this 4-day package . It starts with bus transportation from NYC to Niagara Falls . Along the way, you’ll pass by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Finger Lakes region, like Watkins Glen State Park and Seneca Lake. As you enter the Niagara Falls area, you’ll see the American side of the falls, as well as Goat Island and Luna Island . After dusk, see the colorful illumination of Niagara Falls at night.

The following day, have breakfast at your hotel before visiting Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian Site . Then, enjoy an exhilarating boat ride on the Maid of the Mist during the summer, or enjoy the Journey Behind the Falls experience in the winter. Around noon, you’ll board the bus to New Jersey, where you can shop at the outlets before heading to the hotel.

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4-Day trip from New York to Niagara Falls

The next leg of this Niagara Falls trip from NYC takes you to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia . You’ll tour the historic district and Independence Mall, then walk along the Ben Franklin Parkway to see iconic sites like the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Afterward, you’ll take a short ride to Lancaster County , home to the largest Amish community in the country. From there, you’ll go to Washington, D.C., where you’ll spend the night.

On the final day of this bus tour to Niagara Falls from NYC , you’ll explore Washington D.C.’s top attractions . See the presidential memorials, war monuments, the gorgeous Tidal Basin, and Arlington National Cemetery. Then, continue your tour by passing Capitol Hill and the White House and visiting the National Air and Space Museum. In the evening, you’ll take the bus back to NYC.

  • Duration : 4 days
  • Price : $765
  • Highlights : Round-trip bus; Watkins Glen State Park; U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls; hotel accommodation for 3 nights; Maid of the Mist boat tour (May – October) or Journey Behind the Falls (November – April); outlet shopping; sightseeing in Philadelphia and Amish Country (with Amish buggy ride) and in Washington D.C.

6. The best 5-day tour to Niagara Falls from New York

Finally, this 5-day tour is an excellent option if you want to combine your trip to Niagara Falls from New York with several other destinations.

This adventure begins with an early bus ride from Manhattan to the scenic Finger Lakes region, stopping at Watkins Glen State Park . Then, head to the U.S. side of Niagara Falls to see the American Falls , Bridal Veil Falls , Goat Island , and Luna Island . You’ll also ride the Maid of the Mist and see the colorful lights at the falls after dark.

The next day, you’ll visit Canada’s Horseshoe Falls , the nearby village of Niagara on the Lake , and the exciting city of Toronto . On day three, you’ll get to know the Thousand Islands with a morning cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Then, board the bus and go to New Jersey, where you’ll have time for some outlet shopping .

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The best 5-day tour to Niagara Falls from New York

On day four, you’ll travel to Philadelphia to see the historic area of Independence Mall and the famous attractions along the Ben Franklin Parkway. Afterward, your group will travel to Lancaster County to experience the Amish way of life. The day ends with a bus ride to Washington, D.C., where you’ll spend the night.

The last day is dedicated to Washington, D.C. , with stops at the Tidal Basin, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, and the National Air & Space Museum. Finish your visit with some time at the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials before returning to NYC.

This 5-day Niagara Falls tour from New York is great if you’re short on time and want to see as much of Niagara Falls and the nearby areas as possible. However, if you have more time, consider taking a day trip from NYC to Philadelphia or to Washington, D.C. You can even combine both for one of the best road trips from NYC .

  • Duration : 5 days
  • Price : $790
  • Highlights : Round-trip bus; Watkins Glen State Park; U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls; hotel accommodation for 4 nights; Maid of the Mist; sightseeing in Toronto; Thousand Islands cruise (May – October); outlet shopping; sightseeing in Philadelphia, Amish Country, and Washington D.C.

Price comparison for Niagara Falls tours from NYC

Check out the chart below to help you find the best Niagara Falls tour from New York . This way, you can compare each option’s prices, durations, and highlights.

You’ll notice that the longer tours are more expensive, and they go to multiple destinations besides Niagara Falls. If you only want to see the falls, you can save money on a one or two-day tour.

Is a Niagara Falls tour from NYC worth it?

If you have limited time in New York and don’t want to organize the visit on your own, then a Niagara Falls trip from NYC is worth it. A guided excursion allows you to relax and enjoy all the attractions since transportation, tickets, and accommodation are taken care of for you.

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Plus, if you book one of the multi-day tours to Niagara Falls from New York , you can visit several different places in a short amount of time.

FAQs – Niagara Falls tours from New York

To finish up, here are some frequently asked questions about Niagara Falls tours from NYC :

How far is Niagara Falls from New York?

Niagara Falls is 420 miles from Manhattan. A Niagara Falls trip from NYC takes about 7 hours by bus.

How many days do you need for Niagara Falls?

I recommend dedicating at least a couple of days to a Niagara Falls trip. If you want a guide, consider a 2-day or 3-day tour to Niagara Falls from New York .

What is the best Niagara Falls tour from New York?

My top recommendations are this 2-day Niagara Falls tour and this 3-day package to Niagara Falls, Toronto, and the Thousand Islands.

How much does a Niagara Falls tour from NY cost?

The best Niagara Falls tours from New York range in price from a couple hundred dollars to over $1,000. It all depends on the length of the trip and your preferred mode of transportation.

Which side of Niagara Falls do you visit during a tour from NY?

A 1-day trip to Niagara Falls from New York only gives you enough time to see the American side of the falls. That’s why I recommend booking a 2 or 3-day tour. If you’re going all the way to Niagara Falls, you should see the whole thing!

What should I bring on a Niagara Falls trip from NYC?

You should pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes. It’s a good idea to bring layers and maybe a change of clothes in case you get wet from the falls.

Is a New York – Niagara Falls tour suitable for kids?

Yes, you can take a Niagara tour from New York with kids, but keep in mind that it’s a long trip.

Are there tours from New York to Niagara Falls in Canada?

Yes, several Niagara Falls bus tours from NYC go to the Canadian and American sides of the falls, such as this one and this one .

Are Niagara Falls tours from NYC available year-round?

Yes, Niagara Falls is open year-round, so tours are available any time of year. However, some attractions, like the Maid of the Mist, are open seasonally, so keep that in mind when booking.

That’s it from me! I hope you found a Niagara Falls tour from NYC that you’d like to take and that you enjoy this natural wonder to the fullest. There is so much to do here, so I recommend reading our visitor’s guide to Niagara Falls for more information.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below so I can get back to you.

Stay safe, and have a wonderful time at Niagara Falls!

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14 replies on “ 6 Best Niagara Falls Tours from New York ”

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I would like to organize a trip from nyc to Niagara Falls for about 25-30 people in the first of June 2024. I’m interested in the 3 or 4 days package, can you assist me with the particulars in making this happen?

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Hey there, You have to follow the link for the 3-day tour or 4-day excursion to make a reservation with the company.

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Hi , i would like to visit naigra fall , canada both . Customise me good tour package

Hi Manan, The perfect tour package for you depends on your particular interests and how much time you have available. However, a good place to start is with our visitors guide to Niagara Falls , which has recommendations on what to do and which tours to take.

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To do the one day us tour only do you need your citizenship or visa

Hi Mari, Yes, you need to present your passport or visa on both sides of Niagara Falls.

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Hi I need to apply for an ESTA to get to the USA. Do I need to apply for an ESTA to cross the the Niagara Falls border as well?

Hi Ayla, Yes, if you want to cross the border and go to Niagara Falls in Canada, you’ll need an ESTA.

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If we are not US citizens, do we need a visa to go to the Canada side?

Hi Tony, It depends on your citizenship, but more non-U.S. citizens will need a tourist visa to visit the Canadian side.

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do you need a visa to go over to the Canadian side. i need a visa to get into the US

Yes, if you’re not a U.S. citizen, you’ll need a visa to enter the country. I recommend checking out our guide on the ESTA for the United States for more info!

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Do you need a passport to travel to Toronto for the tour of Canada side

Hi Gregory. Yes, you will need a passport to cross the Niagara Falls border.

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Royal City Tours

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Completely customized one-day excursion departing from New York City by land to meet all of your needs.

Travel in a private vehicle with a personal chauffeur/ tour coordinator by land through the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Meet one of the wonders of the world up close and personal. Choose your departure from NYC late at night (11:30PM), and arrive early morning to witness the morning mist rainbows and hear the falls’ magnificent roars, or leave NYC early in the morning (7:00AM) you can see the falls from day to night and we will witness the amazing light show in the night while you stand in awe watching the fireworks happen above the falls*.

As however awesome and spectacular your imagination thinks it is, it is so much more in reality.

This breathtaking natural wonder of the world is waiting for you! Bring your camera and come with us!

What You Can Expect • Spend more than 5 hours admiring the roar of Niagara Falls • “Maid Of The Mist” popular boat ride included with a close-up view of the giant Horseshoe Falls • Get amazing views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls • Witness the amazing light show in the night (*available only with 7:00 AM departure tour) • Stand in awe while the fireworks happen above the falls (*available only with 7:00 AM departure tour **seasonal attraction) • Visit Goat Island, Luna Island, and all the observatories surrounding the falls • NO VISA is required to visit the New York side of the Niagara Falls. You can visit Canadian side on your own if you have the proper documentation and visa. • This is a bilingual tour and can be performed in English and Spanish

Night departure tour starts approx. 11:30 PM (23:30) and ends approx. 10:00 PM (22:00) the next day Morning departure tour starts approx. 07:00 AM and ends approx. 05:00 AM the next day

  • Night Departure- Arrive early morning the next day
  • Morning Departure- Arrive in the afternoon

Maid of The Mist

Niagara falls guided tour.

  • Night Departure – 90 minutes to enjoy a meal or visit the falls on your own
  • Morning Departure – 90 minutes to enjoy a meal and view the falls illuminated and witness the fireworks over the falls
  • Night Departure – arrives back to New York City on the following evening
  • Morning Departure – arrives back to New York City on the following morning

INCLUSIONS: • Driver • Tour Coordinator • Professional licensed guide • “Maid of The Mist” boat ride (late May to early November) • Niagara Scenic Trolley • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

EXCLUSIONS • Food and drinks. Cash is recommended the tour does allow time for refreshment not included in the price of the tour. • Gratuities (recommended) • Souvenirs, available to purchase

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • Children must be accompanied by an adult • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide (English/Spanish) • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately • Royal City Tours reserve the right to cancel booking for a full refund in case of bad weather

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Daniel the driver to and from Niagara was great! He brought us to the park through the night despite the unseen hazardous weather. He made the safety for our group his main priority, which we very much appreciate. Brian the Niagara Falls tour guide was well informative about the whole park. He had an answer to all our questions regarding the Niagara falls, the islands, and all the surrounding structures connecting America to Canada. Would definitely recommend Brian for future private tours like ours. Not afraid to extend his guidance on how to get to all attractions to another especially with our limited time there. Took real great pictures as well and made the whole experience quite memorable.

Exceptional Experience My 19 year old daughter and I had the great pleasure in participating in the Royal City Tours Private tour of Niagara Falls. Our experience and treatment by our driver, Daniel and local Niagara tour guide, Brian, were first class. Daniel and Brian placed the highest priority in our comfort, safety and overall trip experience. Our trip was 21 hours from departure from NYC to our return. Daniel drove safely and responsibly. He outlined the course of our trip and made sure to inform us that he was happy to fulfill any specific travel needs we may need along the way. Brian is a very knowledgeable and informed local licensed tour guide of the Niagara Falls area. He was able to instill knowledge of the falls, geology, historical water power generation, local history and wildlife we encountered. He was always concerned that we were getting the best experience and went out of his way to meet our needs. We chose the morning departure as we wanted to see the falls lit up at night. It was a beautiful sight and a great finale to a day spent exploring these beautiful falls. It is a long trip, but very worth the experience of this extraordinary natural wonder and State Park.

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Enjoy the best  Niagara Falls day trip from New York by bus , a full-day trip that you will not want to miss on your visit to the United States, we will take you with the company of our expert guides and so you will not get lost of no detail.

Let’s Take A Look About The Niagara Falls

Every year there are millions of people who travel from around the world to see the spectacular beauty of Niagara Falls, a natural waterfall with a width of 1,000 meters and 54 meters of freefall. It is open 365 days a year and it is completely free! So you could walk through the Niagara Falls State Park to see its impressive waterfalls anytime you want.

Besides, each season has its magic, sometimes the color of the trees change, the water freezes, the rainbow appears, anything could happen. Just remember that according to the weather season when you make your  trip to Niagara Falls from NYC , some attractions could be closed because of the weather, so make sure to verify this information before booking.

Niagara Falls are the most famous in the world and one of the most interesting places to visit; they are located right on the border between the United States and Canada. But, it’s not really only one big waterfall, in fact, there are three falls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (Veil of the Bride) – both of them on the United States side – and Horseshoe Falls (Horseshoe), on the Canadian side.

You will enjoy this amazing natural beauty, kilometer trails and other incredible places that Niagara has for you to explore.

Niagara Falls State Park

It has an area of ​​almost 162 hectares of lush land. You will find protected wildlife and a variety of fantastic activities and attractions.

The architect was the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park. Law created a wonderful landscape that surrounds Niagara Falls, it includes gardens, 25 kilometers of challenging trails and stunning views.

The cave of the winds

Cave of the Winds is a natural cave located behind the Veil of Bride waterfall. If you are adventurous and not afraid of heights, don’t miss the chance to walk through the falls and visit this place, but please don’t get stunned by the loud sound, you will absolutely enjoy it. We recommend you to book this Niagara Falls one day tour from New York if you really want to soothe your soul with mesmerizing views and have a peaceful time surrounded by nature.

Maid of the Mist ship

This boat is the classic and oldest tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, it has been almost two centuries (since 1846) offering a very exciting experience, navigating under the huge waterfall whose immense power surrounds the ship and covers it with water spray.

It is, without a doubt, the most popular attraction of the place, the one with the most departures per day (every 15 minutes) and the one that is closest to the base of the falls.

Almost every visitor includes this boat trip to their travel plan, if you book a Niagara Falls day trip from New York you can choose the option Maid of the Mist included to enjoy one of the most famous activities in Niagara Falls .

Professional Tour Guides

Pick up at the hotel

Late at night we will meet you at the entrance of the pickup hotel: The Manhattan at Times Square. You must wait for us at the closest to your accommodation. As soon as everybody is on the bus, we will be ready to leave Manhattan at 11:30 pm and continue with the journey to the northern direction of the United States by the Lincoln Tunnel to the state of New Jersey, where we will take Route 80 to cross the state of Pennsylvania. Next, we will take Route 81 to reach the north of the State of New York.

This is how our  Niagara Falls one day tour from New York  begins. During the tour you will have the opportunity to sleep and rest, but at some point of the tour we will stop along the way for stretching the legs. We are sure that this excursion will be the best tour of your life, because the beauty of Niagara Falls is not only in the view but also feeling the wind and getting the sound of the water falling. It becomes the view a lot more soothing than it ever is.

Arriving at Niagara Falls

We will arrive at Niagara Falls around 7:00 am for having some breakfast (not included) and start enjoying the tour through the 3 different falls. As are the American Falls, the HorseShoe and the wedding veil, located on the Island of the Goat.

Maid of the Mist boat ride

To make the  NYC to Niagara Falls tour more pleasant, you can buy the tickets for $30 directly from our guide to take the ride on the Maid of the Mist boat, Goat Island and the Bridal Veil. The break for lunch will be around 1:00 pm (not included)

Return to Manhattan, New York

After a day full of adventure and fun, the trip has come to an end. It is time to travel back to New York, so we will be back in Manhattan around 10:00 pm

Frequently asked questions

  • During the summer nights, there is a light and sound show above the falls. It can be seen from any perspective and it’s frankly beautiful.
  • If you like heights, there is a Whirlpool Aero Car, a cable car that crosses the waterfalls from side to side. ¡Really extreme but exciting!
  • The film industry has also made the falls a famous place to shoot, for example the movie Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe, or Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The Skylon Tower offers 360º panoramic views, you can climb it to access only the observatory. It costs approximately $00 USD per person.
  • The Goat Island, is a small and uninhabited island on the Niagara River. It is located in the center of the Niagara Falls, between American Falls and Horseshoe Falls.

Any time is good, it all depends on your interests and budget. The falls are open 365 days a year and are available to the public 100% free of charge from on both sides of the border. Somehow you should find out about the characteristics of the place, depending on the weather, to travel with everything you need, because the experience varies significantly depending on the month of the year in which you decide to approach this area. Let us tell more about it:

Summer, peak season

The months of greatest influx of visitors are undoubtedly the summer months, from June to August. They are periods of school vacations, so the families are grouped in mass behind the fences where the viewpoints allow them to contemplate the majestic natural phenomenon of the falls.

During the summer you can enjoy the fantastic weather. Temperatures rarely exceed 30° and do not usually fall below 20°. The freshness provided by the mist of the waterfall refreshes the environment and creates a perfect time to enjoy all the attractions at full capacity.

At the end of June, Niagara’s New Vintage Festival is celebrated. They celebrate the new wines of the season and let you know more about the wineries in the area and taste their new wines.

Niagara in autumn, the most romantic months

In the Niagara Falls in autumn, temperatures drop, and with them, the number of tourists and the price of hotel rooms also decrease. Many think it is the best time to visit the area, just because there are still pleasant temperatures that allow you to enjoy your surroundings with some comfort. The landscape is very picturesque and autumn is considered the most romantic time of the year in Niagara.

Autumn is a cool month in which temperatures range between 20 and 0 degrees. With variations of weather that can be very strong within the same day.

The most attractive of this season is the beauty of the landscapes, the forests acquire typical shades of autumn (reddish, orange and golden colors), and the activity of the vineyards augurs the new harvest. These months are very active in wine festivals, farmers’ markets, and other activities related to agriculture.

Niagara in winter, from december to february

Niagara falls in winter is a low season, and many tourists prefer to avoid the low temperatures of the area. In this region of continental climate, they can become really intense and persistent. Attractions, like Maid of the Mist, close their doors, and hotels offer the best prices of the year.

This time of year provides a glacial landscape due to the presence of ice blocks, also frozen Niagara Falls can be seen. The fog freezes and covers everything that surrounds the falls with a white layer.

Winter is not a very popular season for Niagara Falls, but it could also be a really beautiful and amazing experience.

Spring in Niagara, from march to may

Spring is a long season and the first months still suffer from the cold. While May is a month of milder temperatures, Niagara attractions work at full capacity. Therefore, it is a period of changing weather, and that can make you experience a summer and winter experience in just a few days apart.

Spring is the time to reopen many of the great attractions of Niagara. The area comes to life after the harsh winter, and some interesting events are also held:

  • It is time to enjoy the outdoors, many parks and gardens in the area begin to bloom.
  • Take the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic walks through the falls on the USA side.
  • At this moment it’s more pleasant to visit places like the wineries or the Butterfly Conservatory.
  • Don’t forget that The Journey behind the fall opens at full capacity, and in general, the colors and nuances of nature are more enjoyed in the lush gorge of the Niagara River.
  • Maid of the Mist, Hornblower, and other cruises return to cross the waters of the river once the danger of the ice blocks is over. Not forgetting the night cruises to see the fireworks at night.

So, we invite you to make the  NYC to Niagara Falls tour , visit historical and gastronomic festivals, and take bike rides. The experience is wonderful, and you should not miss it and if you want to know more about this topic, we invite you to read our complete guide of  Best Season To Travel To Niagara Falls .

Maid of the Mist Included :

  • This option includes the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride. On this journey, you’ll explore the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and continue until we reach the dense mist of the Horseshoe Falls. The cost is included in the tour package.

Without Maid of the Mist :

  • If you prefer not to take the Maid of the Mist boat ride, you can select this option. You’ll still have plenty of opportunities to explore the breathtaking views and attractions of Niagara Falls from various vantage points on land.

24 hours, approximately

Monday to Saturday at 23:00

We do not require printed information

  • You can access the excursion by giving us your name and lastname
  • Mobile charging points.
  • English Guide
  • We will only move towards the falls in the American part.
  • Maid of the Mist boat trip if you choose the option when you book.

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From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

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Day trip to discover the Niagara Falls , one of the world’s most iconic natural beauties. Also includes a ticket for “ T he Maid of the Mist “, the boat that will take you right next to the falls . Such an unforgettable experience.

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  • Day trip to Niagara from New York City
  • Get to know the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park .
  • Experience the Falls from different angles .
  • Comfortable transportation .
  • Professional guide shares the history of the Niagara region

Your day begins with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan. You travel by comfortable motorcoach with your bilingual (English & Spanish) tour guide , enjoying the scenic landscape of upstate New York (travel time is approximately 7 – 8 hours, each way, with one rest stop ) on your journey north.

Upon arrival at your destination, you begin experiencing the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder of the Niagara Falls on board of the historic Maid of the Mist boat cruise or, when the Maid of the Mist is not running (for example in the winter months), from other observation points such as Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk or others available based on the weather conditions.

During your visit, you learn about the interesting history of these mighty waters and enjoy spectacular views of the falls from different vantage points. You have the opportunity for lunch on your own, souvenir shopping, and exploring the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park. After an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories, relax on board your comfortable motorcoach for the return to Times Square in Manhattan, arriving back between 11 p.m. – midnight .

We personally recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes while on tour.

Please note: The Maid of the Mist boat cruis e operates seasonally, usually between May and October (exact dates are subject to ice conditions), and is replaced in the off-season, depending on accessibility, by views from other observation points such as the Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk , Terrapin Point , or others (access is subject to ice and weather conditions). The day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints. When necessary in the spring and summer, ponchos are provided (you may get a little wet!) .

If you choose the “Only transportation Option” please note that this option only includes round-trip transfer from the meeting Point in New York to Niagara Falls.

  • Tour of Niagara Falls
  • Tickets to the Maid of the Mist boat cruise (usually May – October based on ice conditions) or to the Cave of the Winds (access is subject to weather conditions)
  • Bilingual professional guide (English and Spanish)
  • Round-trip transfer from New York City on a comfortable motor coach
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  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's the first weekend of July and we're kicking it off with 7 things you can do in Western New York!

Fourth of July Carnival at The Great Pumpkin Farm The Fourth of July Carnival kicked off at The Great Pumpkin Farm on Thursday and continues through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. daily. You can enjoy amusement rides, family-friendly games, food vendors and live music. You can find more information here .

Fourth of July Weekend Street Festival on Old Falls Street The Fourth of July Weekend Street Festival on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday. It will run from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can enjoy food trucks, live music, vendors, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty characters, performances from Buffalo Aerial Dance and more. You can find more information here .

Canalside to host Tall Ship, Lettie G. Howard, as part of weekend of activities The Buffalo Waterfront will host Tall Ship, Lettie G. Howard, at Canalside as part of a weekend of free activities on Saturday and Sunday. There will be free tours of the Tall Ship throughout the weekend and you'll also be able to book private tours. In addition to the tall ships, the weekend will also feature: the rescheduled Fit Fest on July 7, The I Love NY Activation Experience on the Great Lawn, Indigenous Cultural Education & Sports Experiences, BuffaLove apparel available for purchase, a patriotic sand sculpture by Eric Jones and food and drink specials at Resurgence at Canalside. You can find more information here .

2024 Ellicottville Summer Music Festival The 2024 Ellicottville Summer Music Festival kicks off on Friday and continues through Sunday. There will be performances each day. In addition to the live music, there will be a pet parade, an arts and craft market and a fireworks display to wrap up the festival on Sunday night. You can find more information here .

Sunset at the Stables at Knox Farm State Park Friday marks the start of Sunset at the Stables at Knox Farm State Park for 2024. Public Water Supply will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It continues every Friday through the end of July with a new performer each week. Local food and beverage partners will also be on hand. You can find more information here .

Country Night at Becker Farms/Vizcarra Family Vineyards Country night will be held at Becker Farms/Vizcarra Family Vineyards on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. "Get ready to kick off your 4th of July weekend with a fun-filled hoedown on Friday, July 5th. Dust off your cowboy boots, break out the flannel and cowboy hats, and join us for a night of line dancing and all your favorite country songs in the Becker Farms Apple Barn," its website says. You can find more information here .

Town of Amherst Garden Walk The Town of Amherst Garden Walk will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can enjoy a free self-guided tour of more than 30 gardens. You can pick up garden maps and descriptions at local Amherst Garden Centers. You can find more information here .

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Skip These Tourist Traps In Niagara Falls, According To Reviews

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One of North America's most popular newlywed destinations, Niagara Falls' history as a tourist hotspot dates back to the early 19th century with the Erie Canal's completion in 1825. Unlike many of the United States' natural wonders, the area was never placed under protection as a U.S. national park, leaving it free to become a touristy destination that, aside from the powerful waterfalls, more closely resembles Branson than Yellowstone. Over the life cycle of the dual nation-spanning tourist community, the Niagara Falls area has experienced its share of changes. Although many of the once new and shiny entertainment hotspots seem to be waning in quality these days, that hasn't stopped the most touristy of the tourist traps from continuing to charge outrageous prices to squeeze unsuspecting travelers.

While the eons-old waterfalls are the main attraction, you can only spend so long taking them in, and that's where the tourist traps come in to scoop up your cash. From overpriced restaurants with low-quality fare to entertainment destinations that aren't worth the price of admission, you can't swing a waterfall-resistant rain poncho without hitting a tourist trap in the Niagara Falls community. To help you make the most of your Niagara Falls vacation, we've searched for the worst offenders so you can avoid them. According to the internet, here are the Niagara Falls tourist traps you need to avoid on your next trip.

Watch out for restaurants that advertise aggressively

At many tourist destinations, the local culinary delights are a major part of the travel experience. But such is not the case with Niagara Falls, which seems to be overrun with restaurants that far exceed overpriced and underwhelming by offering dining experiences that have literally brought guests to tears. One heavily advertised buffet in particular seemed to be universally despised on Reddit and Tripadvisor, where user Mistdiscs warned, "This place might be the worst restaurant on Earth, let alone Niagara," while Redditor u/IamRushing called it the "kind of place where you look for a hidden camera because it just doesn't seem real."

While a buffet might seem like a good way to stretch those tourist bucks, guests warn that this place charges a whopping $4 for water and $5 for a cup of coffee despite its doorbusting all-inclusive buffet price. One guest reported watching someone eating food straight out of a buffet dish, and many guests reported surprise when they didn't get food poisoning from the affair. Filthy bathrooms, prison-quality food, and a conspicuous lack of hand sanitizer anywhere near the buffet were also high on the list of complaints. According to Reddit , this dining disaster is hardly an outlier, with several users warning that choosing anything in the tourist district is a risky venture. To avoid the worst offenders, Redditors suggest traveling to Niagara-on-the-Lake. When in doubt, it only takes a minute to look up online reviews first.

Many say the Upside Down House isn't worth visiting on dollar day

When traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonder of majestic waterfalls, a kitschy attraction that would fit in at America's oldest theme park hardly seems like the perfect complement to your trip. However, when the kids start to get restless, main drag attractions like the Upside Down House might not seem like a bad idea.  Similar to other walk-through houses that use distorted rooms to create a surreal space meant to leave guests disoriented, the Upside Down House relies on optical illusions. But rather than diagonal spaces and uneven footing, the Niagara Falls funhouse immerses visitors in a topsy-turvy reality where all the furnishings and living quarters are completely inverted.

While most concede the attraction is relatively entertaining, others say the price is too steep for what is offered. Writing on Tripadvisor in 2024, Mike W reported shelling out $55 for his family of four to visit only to feel completely disappointed by the size of the attraction, noting, "there are only 5 rooms and there are bars in most rooms preventing you from going into half of the room." Further detracting from the experience were the frequent reminders to tag the attraction on social media. Others reported a low-quality experience overall, noting that the entire attraction takes less than five minutes to walk through.

Avoid any sketchy indoor skydiving spots

Ever since Michigan school teacher Annie Edson Taylor decided to yeet herself over Niagara Falls in 1901, many brave and foolhardy thrillseekers have decided to follow suit — some to their detriment. But doing so is ill-advised, and if the fear of death isn't enough to keep you from trying it, there's a good chance a $10,000 to $25,000 (U.S.) fine is. For those who just can't resist the siren call of a 180-foot drop, a safe indoor alternative with all the thrills and none of the risk can be found in the Ontario-side tourist district. Despite being only 20 feet in height, the freefall chamber uses a vertical wind tunnel to push guests upward, creating the sensation of weightlessness that comes with a freefall experienced while skydiving.

Like so many of Niagara Falls' worst tourist traps, this attraction costs a pretty penny despite giving guests only a few minutes' worth of entertainment — and all of it without the spectacular view you'd get skydiving over the falls. Tripadvisor user Maria Fernanda M summed up the experience, "We paid 84 dollars for less than 5 minutes of fun!" Another guest warned that they weren't prepared for how loud the wind tunnel would be. When their child found the loud noise too frightening and decided to back out at the last minute, the family wasn't issued a refund. Another user warned that the attraction left their ears ringing for hours despite using earplugs.

Low-rent arcades are a bad time waiting to happen

For those of us who love video games and skeeball, spending the afternoon or evening at a high-quality arcade like Dave & Buster's is delightful. However, according to the internet hivemind on Reddit and Tripadvisor, the arcade selections around the Niagara Falls tourist areas are more like the Temu version. Reddit is full of complaints about the area's dreary, drab, and run-down arcades — and there seem to be several of these to choose from, each more miserable than the last. Redditor u/TieDyeSky recalled their visit to an arcade where half of the machines were out of commission.

Following up in a lengthy comparison of the area's dumpiest arcades, u/SaraAB87 described an arcade that seemed to have been a Dave & Buster's in a past life but had since been stripped of most games. Of those that remained, the owners seemed to be forgoing maintenance. "It just seems like it deteriorates more and more every year," she wrote. To make matters worse, the arcade seemed to be sans air conditioning, making it properly miserable in the 90-degree heat the area was experiencing when she visited one year. "That's bad with you know, arcade machines that generate heat," she emphasized. And if you think a Groupon might make up for the lower quality, think again. Some arcades actually tack on a fee for Groupon users that ends up costing more in the final tally.

Watch out for inflated fast food prices

You will need to eat at some point while you're visiting Niagara Falls. And in a world of unfamiliar restaurants and sketchy buffets, at least there's one thing you can count on: the good old reliable fast-food staples you're used to back home. Except just like almost everything else in Niagara Falls (other than the falls themselves), even your familiar fast food spots are tourist traps, jacking up their prices to rates that leave many guests feeling serious sticker shock.

One Redditor recounted naively ordering from the Burger King menu without checking the prices first, likely assuming they would be comparable to their burger menu back home. For what would typically cost them around $10, they claimed to have spent around $40. As implausible as that might sound, another Redditor backed them up, claiming to have experienced something along those same lines at a nearby McDonald's. Because the prices aren't apparently high enough as it is, several users reported getting charged to use the Burger King restroom near Niagara Falls.

And those aren't the only things you need to watch out for when stopping for fast food near the Canadian border. As one Reddit user reported, "I hit up a Taco Bell on Lundy's that was connected to a KFC [...] The food I ended up getting ... did not resemble the Taco Bell I'm used to."

The 4D moving theaters are a huge disappointment

Niagara Falls is home to a couple of 4D theaters — that is, theaters that integrate physical effects like seat vibration, mist, water, fragrance, or bubbles into the experience. As expensive as it is to visit a traditional theater these days, you can bet visiting this interactive alternative will cost you even more. Reporting on one Niagara Falls 4D theater, Guide32499297241  on Tripadvisor recalled spending nearly $40 on two adult tickets for what turned out to be a much shorter experience than they expected for the price of admission. An attraction that some users say is best suited for younger children, many reported that the two short films that are shown seem to be fairly forgettable and rapidly becoming outdated.

And that's not the worst part. Like so many of Niagara Falls' tourist traps, this theater seemed to be poorly maintained, with the user complaining, "It smells like sewer," adding, "Sewer. Sewer. Sewer. This ride is under ground near a sewer line that is clearly leaking." Another Tripadvisor user reported paying $74 for four tickets, and several reported a moldy smell in the building. Other users complained of blurry screens, broken or rattling seats, poor air conditioning, and cables hanging from the ceiling. As Rachel S put it, "What a complete waste of money and expensive for 15mins of being thrown around in your chair and having some water sprayed in your face."

The wax museums are not worth the price of admission

In a world where our doomscrolling is punctuated with a seemingly endless stream of celebrity videos, some might find it surprising that wax museums are still a fairly popular attraction. And there still seem to be a handful of these lo-fi attractions lingering around the Niagara Falls area, a holdover from a simpler time. But Redditors warn that not all wax museums are created equal — some, unsurprisingly, are shameless tourist traps.

You've probably heard of Marie Tussaud, the famed French artist known for creating lifelike wax sculptures that made Madame Marie Tussauds wax museum in London world-famous. Although it shares the same famous name, Niagara Falls' Louis Tussaud's Waxworks is not exactly the original. The great-grandson of Marie Tussaud, Louis started working for his great-grandma's museum before quitting in 1888 to establish his own place after his brother took over as the museum's manager and chief artist. And a lot of folks say that judging by Tussaud's Waxworks, there's probably a reason Louis didn't get the gig, with many complaining that the wax figures here are barely recognizable. Breaking down the area's wax museums, u/TieDyeSky emphasized, "Louis Tussaud's was probably the worst, because none of the figures looked remotely like their real-life counterpart," adding that some of the other wax museums in the area provided more value thanks to their props collection. 

The gift shops are mostly junk shops

Tchotchkes, knick-knack, bric-a-brac — some travelers just can't get enough of the kitschy, junk shop-style souvenirs filling shops along touristy main drags. But for folks who don't feel that slapping a destination name on a magnet or shirt makes for a memorable memento, many of the shops lining the Niagara Falls shopping districts are nothing more than overpriced and frustratingly redundant tourist traps — particularly those in the Clifton Hill area. Canadian Tripadvisor user c21579 wrote, "The 'gift shops' are a joke. Old, musty, run down, full of junk." Many of the shops carry much of the same, made-in-China merchandise, things like fridge magnets, snow globes, shot glasses, and t-shirts that won't get worn but a few times.

Prices can also vary dramatically from the U.S. to Canada. One Redditor complained, "The price gouging and additional tax on tax on tax has got us going across the border now. Niagara Falls obviously doesn't want our business with the bs additional fees." While New York is not without its shopping tourist traps from Niagara Falls to Times Square, Canada borders on price-gouging. According to a 2023 report by the CBC , many Canadian-side business owners are taking advantage of tourists' ignorance by tacking official-looking add-on prices onto the bill at souvenir shops and other locations, with prices reaching as much as a 12% increase in some cases. 

What to do instead of tourist traps

Not everything in Niagara Falls that isn't a waterfall is a tourist trap. In fact, knowing what to avoid can open your itinerary up for some unforgettable, high-quality experiences. We can all agree that this is much better than throwing your travel budget away on underwhelming cash grabs. 

Start by checking out Niagara Falls from more than one angle. Far too many tourists travel to the falls only to view it from one side when checking it out from New York, and Canada only adds to the sense of grandeur and awe. To completely experience the falls, take the Maid of the Mist tour, which brings guests around the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from below. You can also visit the Cave of the Winds, which takes you to the foot of Bridal Veil Falls. After you're done visiting the falls themselves, nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake offers several winery tours complete with wine tastings.

And with so many other beautiful places to see in the region, Niagara Falls could be one of several stops on an itinerary that takes you around the state. The region is home to many resplendent natural destinations like the Ithaca waterfall gorges and Green Lakes State Park, a watering hole so clear it looks straight out of the Caribbean . And as Redditor u/Eudaimonics suggested, cities like Rochester and Buffalo are home to a host of world-class museums, historic neighborhoods, and nightlife destinations.

How we created our list

With three massive waterfalls and two countries in the mix, sorting tourist traps from quality attractions, restaurants, and shops was no small feat. Thankfully, the hive mind of experienced tourists on Reddit and Tripadvisor was available to help us crowdsource what we needed. To find out which Niagara Falls spots travelers see as tourist traps, we started with Reddit, checking out local Niagara Falls subReddits on both sides of the border, as well as r/travel. We combed through the comments looking for recurring themes and detailed descriptions of tourist trap experiences like that of u/DaysLikeTheseAgain, who called Niagara Falls' tourist community Clifton Hill a "dystopian Disneyland."

After we had a good idea of what not to do, we consulted Tripadvisor to find out what folks were saying over there. Once we found the best suggestions for what not to do, we didn't want to leave our readers feeling despondent about the Niagara Falls tourism industry. To find out the best things to do in Niagara Falls besides seeing the waterfall, we started the entire process over again until we had a stellar itinerary we hope you'll love as much as we do.

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9 Things To Do In Buffalo: Complete Guide To Historic New York

B uffalo, New York, is famous for its infamous winters, raucous table-breaking sports fans, and as the USA’s gateway to Niagara Falls. This city also sits intimately close to two of the great lakes making the city almost a home base for exploring its incredible environment. However, there is still much to do in the City.

Travelers looking to visit Buffalo may not have the best idea of where to start or what the city has to offer. Some plan their trips solely around visiting the falls but there is so much more to the city than that. Here is a look at a guide to historic Buffalo, New York.

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Things To Do In Buffalo

There are so many incredible sights to check out around Buffalo besides Niagara Falls . Here is a look at three that travelers can't miss out on.

Take A Day Trip To The Great Lakes

Being so close to both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario , travelers spending some time in Buffalo should make a day trip out of visiting either lake.

Each lake is bordered by national and state parkland that is well-preserved and open for travelers to explore. The great lakes are always an incredible destination.

Lake Erie is about 140 miles from Buffalo. While there are multiple ways to reach the site, the cheapest option is to take the bus, which costs $26-$70 and lasts just over 6 hours.

Visit Niagara Falls

Buffalo serves as the US gateway to the stunning sight of Niagara Falls. Some travelers come to Buffalo just for the purpose of experiencing these legendary falls .

With so many accommodations and view platforms around the attraction, tourists will have an easy time finding the view they are looking for.

  • Hours: Open all year round, 24/7
  • Cost: From $172.38 per adult

There are two ways to view the Niagara Falls. Guests can choose between the Maid of the Mist and Journey Behind the Falls tours. However, the falls are inaccessible during winter due to harsh weather, hence summer would be the best time to visit the venue.

Stroll Along Canalside Buffalo

Travelers looking for a relaxing walk through a happening outdoor market should take a walk along Buffalo’s Canalside.

Here, travelers can explore 21 waterfront acres with the best views of the surrounding city and many wonderful little things to discover.

And just outside Buffalo is an amazing piece of history to visit: a prehistoric park for fossil finding .

  • Admission : $5
  • Hours : 9 am - 10 pm

Summer is an excellent time to visit Canalside Buffalo; the venue hosts major concerts that visitors will be thrilled to attend.

Enjoy A Broadway Show At Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is a historic venue in Buffalo that holds various live performances. Established in 1926 to show silent movies, the center was saved from destruction when community leaders applied to list it on the National Historic Registry. Today, it hosts different special events, including touring Broadway troupes.

Thanks to continuous renovations, the venue boasts an exquisite interior, highlighted by a lavish stage, plush red seats, and a colored ceiling. Locals and tourists alike converge here to enjoy comedy, music, and Broadway shows.

  • Tickets : Range from $90 - $110
  • Hours : Summer: Monday to Thursday, 10 am-5: pm, Friday, 10a m-2 pm. Fall/Winter/Spring: Monday to Friday: 10 am-5 pm, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm

Besides watching the live shows, take advantage of Shea’s historic tours to learn about the historical and cultural significance of the venue to the community.

Admire Buffalo City Hall

Despite being built after the First World War, Buffalo City Hall remains an iconic feature in the city’s skyline thanks to its gorgeous design. Rising to 32 stories, the structure boasts intricate geometric details that separate it from other buildings in the area.

It also has over 1500 windows offering 360-degree views of Buffalo’s downtown and beyond, acting as the perfect vantage point for sightseers.

On the 28th floor of the building, visitors can take in panoramic views of Lake Erie and the Buffalo River at the observation deck. Located along Niagara Square, Buffalo City Hall is a must-visit for first-timers.

  • Admissions : Free
  • Hours : Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

The observation deck is free to access and tourists can make the most of a guided tour at noon daily.

Tour The Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex

The Darwin D. Martin House Complex is a fine site for those interested in the city’s backstory. Designed by the famous architect Lloyd Wright for the New York entrepreneur, it offers a glimpse into the past lifestyle of middle-class America. The complex features the main house, conservatory, pergola, carriage house, and a Wisteria Museum Shop.

It is a fabulous venue for tourists to explore and admire the structure's subtle design features. Built in the 1900s, the complex has been renovated to its former grandeur, impressing visitors with its unique aura.

  • Admission : $12.50 for an hour-long tour and $27.50 for a two-hour tour
  • Hours : Wednesday to Monday, 10 am - 3 pm

See First Niagara Center

A short distance from the Frank Lloyd Writght’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex is the Buffalo Zoo (more on this to come), another top attraction worth a visit.

Buffalo is a sports city and one of its crown jewels is the Buffalo Sabres, which plies its trade in the National Hockey League. Every game day, hockey fans gather at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres, to support their local team, The 19,070-capacity stadium stages exciting ice hockey games that aptly complement the buzzing atmosphere.

Besides hockey, the arena holds various concerts and events, with top acts like Justin Timberlake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing. Whether a hockey fan or not, the otherworldly atmosphere of the stadium when full is worth experiencing.

Visit the First Niagara Center website for scheduled games/events, times, and ticket prices.

Check Out The Buffalo Zoo

After Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Zoo is the most sought-after attraction in Western New York, welcoming around 400,000 visitors. The magnificent facility was established in 1875 and sits on a 23.5-acre property in Delaware Park. It houses over 320 species of plants with exotic animals from around the globe, including polar bears, tigers, and gorillas.

Animal lovers flock here to interact with the various zoo residents. Aside from admiring the creatures, the zoo offers different educational programs on conservation that go a long way in preserving and improving the animal kingdom.

Be One With Nature At The Buffalo And Erie County Botanical Gardens

Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city will feel at home visiting the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. This lush complex offers one of the best forms of natural beauty first-timers can find in the city, and the harmonious environment is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

The gardens are home to vast species of plants and flowers from around the globe. With over 140,000 guests visiting the venue annually, the facility is a proven tourist magnet that newcomers will find interesting. Whether looking to meditate, reflect, or seek spiritual healing, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are worth a stop.

For those looking to learn more about plant preservation, the gardens host insightful workshops, educational programs, and special events that will suit them perfectly.

Elmwood Village is a quaint suburb in Buffalo where visitors can experience the strong bond of the local community. The delightful neighborhood boasts all kinds of businesses, providing tourists with great dining, shopping, and entertainment. Shopaholics can stop at venues like Her Story, Blush, and Half & Half Boutique for much-needed retail therapy.

Meanwhile, restaurants like Mister Goodbar, Kuni’s, and Vera Pizzeria spoil guests with sumptuous servings of local and international cuisines, including the iconic Buffalo wings . There is so much to see and do in Elmwood Village; vacationers will need to clear their itinerary to fully experience the neighborhood.

Art enthusiasts should stop by the Burchfield Penny Art Center while in Elmwood Village to sample one of the best art collections in Western New York.

When To Visit Buffalo

Visiting Buffalo is best done during the Summer months, from June to August. These may be the busiest times in Buffalo but the summer weather in the city is hard to beat.

This is in contrast to Buffalo’s infamous winter months. Travelers looking to dodge the crowds may want to try late September, the weather is still holding up, the colors start to change, and there's plenty to do during the fall season .

What To Know When Visiting

When visiting Buffalo, travelers may not be aware of the city's multiple neighborhoods. When trying to their destination, travelers should make sure to get their neighborhoods right, so they don’t end up in the wrong place.

To help travelers keep the neighborhoods straight, here is a link to a map of the city’s neighborhoods .

Best Ways To Get Around The City

Buffalo is a large city with many people moving around at once. It is the home to a serviceable metro and is also a walkable city.

Taxi, Uber, Or Lyft!

Those that don’t mind paying a little extra to get where they're going quickly, will be able to rely on having both Uber and Lyft available as well as conventional taxis.

Getting around Buffalo this way isn’t a problem at all.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA)

Travelers looking to make use of public transit will be able to make use of the bus and rail systems that are all part of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) . The city’s metro runs along Main Street from Key Bank Center to the South Campus of Buffalo University.

It is important to know that the train is free for the above-ground section. Travelers will be able to find a bus to get anywhere else.

Walking and Cycling

Travelers arriving during the summer months may want to know if the city is walkable or ridable. According to Walkscore.com Buffalo is a moderate to good walking city .

The same could be said about its riding score. As long as the weather is nice, it is quite easy to get around Buffalo walking or on a bike.

Where To Stay

Looking to spend a day or two in Buffalo? Here is a look at the best places to stay during a traveler's stay in the city.

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown

Travelers looking for excellent value should check out Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown . This hotel is found on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and was newly renovated in 2018.

It is easy to access the rest of Buffalo from this hotel with Canalside, HarborCenter, KeyBank Center, New Era Field, Sahlen Field, Shea's Theatre, and Buffalo Seneca Creek Casino all just minutes away.

  • Accommodation: Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown
  • Address - 125 High St, Buffalo, NY 14203-1153
  • Amenities - Parking, Free Wi-Fi, Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room, Free shuttle or taxi services, Business Center with Internet Access, Concierge, Airport Transportation, Shuttle bus, service, Photocopier/fax In the business center, Convenience store
  • Non-smoking hotel, 24-hour front desk, Self-serve laundry

Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown

Travelers looking for an unforgettable experience should stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown .

Offering incredible accommodations and being just two blocks from the NFTA metro, and eight minutes from KeyBank Center and Canalside, this is a great hotel for exploring buffalo.

  • Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown
  • Address - 220 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Amenities - Paid public parking on-site, Free High-Speed Internet (Wi-Fi), Pool, Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room, Free breakfast, Babysitting, Pets Allowed (Dog / Pet Friendly), Business Center with Internet Access

Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center

Located at the heart of Buffalo’s theater and financial districts, this newly renovated hotel has a little bit of everything including a full-service spa.

All of this and the Hyatt Regency Buffalo is just steps from the Chippewa Entertainment District, Elmwood Village, and a variety of restaurants and shops.

  • Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Buffalo
  • Address - 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202-2290
  • Amenities - Valet parking, Free High-Speed Internet (Wi-Fi), Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room, Bar/Lounge, Pets Allowed (Dog/Pet Friendly), Business Center with Internet Access, Conference facilities, Baggage storage

Where To Eat

Buffalo is one of the best foodie destinations in Upstate New York with many choices for visiting travelers. Here is a look at just a few.

Paula's Donuts

Travelers looking to start their day with a sweet treat and a coffee should make a stop by Paula’s Donuts, they won’t regret it.

Established in 1996, Paula’s has been cooking up freshly baked donuts for their community for nearly three decades.

  • Address - 2319 Sheridan Drive Tonawanda, Buffalo, NY 14150
  • Contact - 716-862-4246
  • Fan-Favorite - Cannoli and Cookie Dough

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

Travelers looking for some traditional American flavors as well as the local tastes of Buffalo should check out Pearl Street Grill & Brewery.

This is a great spot to enjoy some local food while in Buffalo.

  • Address - 76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14224-1718
  • Contact - (716)856-2337
  • Cost - $$-$$$
  • Fan-Favorite - Panko breaded fish

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

Named after the Greek god of wine, this is the place travelers want to go to spend an evening enjoying fine dining and fine wine .

Refusing to compromise, they always have the freshest possible ingredients. Their incredible service can also be counted on.

  • Address - 54 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202-2206
  • Contact - (716)854-9463
  • Cost - $$$$
  • Fan-Favorite - Tuna Tartar

Spend A Perfect Day In Buffalo

It would start with Paula’s Donuts of course, but from that point, there are a few options. But for the perfect day, travelers should get to Niagara Falls early. Do this in the morning and beat the crowds.

Perhaps travelers will want to spend more time than just the morning but with just one day, they should return to Buffalo for a late lunch at the Pearl Street Grill before taking a walk along Canalside.

Once it starts to get into the evening, travelers should head to Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant for the remainder of their evening. That would be a perfect day in Buffalo, New York.

Q: How Does Buffalo Compare With Syracuse, NY?

Both cities offer something a little bit different to travelers, but for those looking for big attractions like Niagara Falls or exploration of the Great Lakes, Buffalo offers a bit more. Syracuse, on the other hand, is a smaller city a few hours east, with better access to the Finger Lakes region and the Capital Region.

Q: How Does Buffalo Compare with Ithaca, NY?

These two cities are incredibly different. Buffalo is a large happening city with hundreds of thousands of residents. That is not the case with Ithaca. Ithaca is a much more quiet and more aesthetic city sitting right on the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York.

Buffalo is a busy place sitting on the doorstep of one of the natural wonders of North America. They are both great destinations, it just depends on what travelers are looking for.

Q: Is There Really Anything Else To See In Buffalo Other Than Niagara Falls

Yes, there is quite a bit to do in Buffalo than just going to see Niagara Falls. In fact, for many who visit the city often, Niagara Falls no longer appears on their itineraries. Buffalo is home to a great food scene, active outdoor events and venues, a bit of theater, and a great deal of passion for their sports. There is so much more to Buffalo than just Niagara Falls .

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