The Niagara River's furious power cut away a massive gorge at the Niagara Escarpment(near Lewiston NY) where the falls originated. Over the years, this cutting action has actually moved the entire Niagara Falls to where it is located now. The falls are located 7 miles from their original position and dump a magnificent volume of water Approximately 350 feet from Lake Erie above to Lake Ontario down below. On the Canadian side the cliffs of the Horseshoe falls are about 200 feet high. These measurements can change over the course of a year by several inches to a foot or more depending on geological conditions.


The Niagara River was born 12,000-14,000 years ago during the last glacial event. The stratified rock through which the Niagara River cuts its gorge represents a history that dates back to the Paleozoic Era, hundreds of millions of years ago.


Planning a Trip to Niagara Falls



Parking Lot 1 @Prospect Point. near Visitor Center and the Maid of the Mist. [Location: Prospect St. Niagara Falls, NY 14303]

Parking Lot 2 @Goat Island by Cave of the Winds (Top of the Falls Restaurant) [Location: 24 Buffalo Ave. Niagara Falls, NY 14303]

Parking Lot 3 @Goat Island near Three Sisters Islands. [Location: 24 Buffalo Ave. Niagara Falls, NY 14303]

Parking Lot 4 @Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Park here if you wish to start at the Aquarium of Niagara, The Gorge Discovery Center or the Schoellkopf Site. Here, the Discover Niagara Shuttle will bring you from within the park to the attractions outside the park.  [Location: just off Niagara Scenic Parkway]

Niagara Falls State Park Parking: Cars      $10.00 All-day

Type: Automatic parking technology Available 24 hrs, 7 days and 365 Days a year at two primary lots:
Prospect Parking Lot -- (Lot 1)
Goat Island ------- (Lot 2)
Any vehicles parked overnight will be automatically charged an additional day.



Places to go and things to do at the American Falls and the Canadian Falls:

  • Maid of the Mist - - - -[American SideBoat Ride to bottom of Falls. Adults $19.25 Children 6-12 yrs old $11.20 5 and under FREE (Prices are USD) Credit Card and Cash only. Season ends early November.
  • Cave of the winds - - [American Side] Adults $17.00 Children $14.00 descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Find yourself at the unbelievable “Hurricane Deck”
  • Niagara Adventure Theatre [American SideWitness Niagara Falls’ incredible stories and history that would otherwise take a lifetime to experience in just 30 minutes. Adult $12.00 Children 6-12yrs $8.00,  5 and under Free (Prices are USD)
  • Voyage to the Falls -  [Canadian Side] Boat Ride to bottom of Falls. Adult Ticket $25.95(CAN.) Child 5-12 yrs old  $15.95(CAN.) 4 and under FREE
  • Helicopter Rides - ---[Canadian Side[12 Minutes in length] 3731 Victoria Ave. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada L2E 6V5. No Reservation required, this is a walk-in attraction. Please call to make sure they are flying + 1 (800) 844-7601
  • Journey Behind the Falls [Canadian Side] A series of tunnels near the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River

[All Prices Subject to change]



See this link for various attractions and hours [American Side]

Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center (American Side)
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
+1 716 278-1796


Table Rock Welcome Centre (Canadian Side)
6650 Niagara Pkwy.
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
+1 905 358-3268

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