The Cave of the Winds was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls. The cave was some 130 feet (40 m) high, 100 feet (30 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus‘s Cave, after the Greek god of winds.
Guided tours began officially in 1841, through Goat Island and descending down a staircase closer to the falls, into the cave. A rock fall closed the tour in 1920. It officially reopened in 1924, bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on a series of decks and walkways. Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls. The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rockfall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang.
Beautiful Niagara Falls
Cave Of The Winds
Today, the “Cave of the Winds” is the name of a tourist attraction near the same site. An elevator takes people from the area between the American and Canadian Falls down to the level of the Niagara River at the base of the American Falls. A series of redwood decks and platforms allow sightseers to walk right up to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls with water crashing down right on them and flowing beneath the decking.
The world changed at Niagara Falls! Go beyond the brink and get closer to the Falls than you ever imagined at the Cave of the Winds. Plus take in the wonder and history of the Falls at the new indoor multimedia experience, the World Changed Here Pavilion, which is open year-round!
- Memorial Day Weekend: 9 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; and Sunday, May 26) / 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.* (Monday, May 27)
- Independence Day Weekend: 9 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.* (Thursday, July 4, Friday, July 5, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7)
- Labor Day Weekend: 9 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.* (Friday, August 30, Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1) / 9 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.* (Monday, September 2)
- Columbus Day Weekend: 9 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.* (Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13) / 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.* (Monday, October 14)
- Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28): Closed
- Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25): Closed
- New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020): Closed