This Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls review is part of a trip report. For the prior posts, please see:
Future posts will include the Maid of the Mist, Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and Becker Farms.
The Cave of the Winds is a must if you visit Niagara Falls…just be prepared to get wet! It's not an actual cave, although there used to be a cave behind the Bridal Falls, and that's what it's named for. Instead, the experience is of getting up close to the Bridal Veil falls on viewing platforms. It's like being in the midst of a tropical storm, given all the water and winds of up to 68 miles per hour from underneath the falls.
We visited at night, after the Cave of the Winds had closed to regular visitors (hours are from 9am-7:30pm daily), so our group was fortunate enough to be the only ones there. First stop was getting nonslip sandals and a plastic rain poncho:
Then we took an elevator down:
Then we entered a tunnel, to get to the river's edge. The Canadian skyline was visible on the other side, with its landmarks of the Skylon Tower and Niagara Skywheel.
After a brief walk, the Cave of the Winds sign loomed above us, and we already had a good view of the Bridal Veil, which was illuminated at night. To the right of the regular entrance is an accessible path for those in wheelchairs.
The redwood platforms weren't as slippery as I was worried they might be, from all the water, but it's still a good idea to use the handrails. The further up we climbed, the stronger the wind and the mist. Good thing those ponchos have hoods! My camera really wasn't up to the job, but here's a photo anyway:
Once you reach the very top platform, there's a spot you can stand and get completely drenched, if you wish–very thrilling, and a good way to get that adrenaline flowing!
Afterwards, since it was a Friday night, there was a great fireworks display. A wonderful way to end the evening:
If you go, the current ticket price per adult is $11 and $8 per kid 6-12 years old. Keep in mind that kids under 6 are free, but they must be at least 42 inches (106 cm) tall to visit the Cave of the Winds.
The Verdict: Don't miss Cave of the Winds if you to Niagara Falls. It's well worth getting a bit wet to be so close to the falls and a taste of their enormous power just inches away. Since I can only imagine the crowds during peak times, try to go off season and during the week.
If you've visited the Cave of the Winds, what was your experience?
Disclosure: I was the guest of Niagara Tourism and received a complimentary visit to the Cave of the Winds, however the views expressed are my own.
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