Cave of the Wind Tour

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Casual on March 23, 2005

Niagara Falls is such a fantastic experience that you will find yourself trying to see them from every possible angle. One unique view that lets you get up close and personal with the falls is from the Cave of the Wind tour. The original Cave of the Wind tours began during the 1800s, when they took you behind the falls on a natural shelf of rock. Erosion eventually destroyed that access point, but tunnels bored in the rock in more recent times provides some idea of what that experience would have been like.

After first acquiring a poncho and special foot wear to give you better traction on the wet walkways, you descend to the tunnels via an elevator. Leaving the tunnels, you wind your way along walkways built on the rocks below the American part of the falls looking up at the cataract. At one point on the tour, you are within a few feet of the water cascading onto the boulders at the base of the falls. It's like walking into a hurricane, with the wind and mist from the falls trying to steal your cheap poncho and soak you. I don't recommend taking an expensive camera, but I placed my digital in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag and kept it under my poncho to get a few choice shots. At the end of the tour, be sure to save your poncho for the Maid of the Mist tour.

Cave of the Winds Tour
Base of the American Falls
Niagara Falls, New York, 14303
(716) 278-1730

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