The 7 Best Niagara Falls Tours of 2019

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Best Overall: Buy Best of Niagara Falls Tour Tickets with Viator "Guides will pick travelers up at their hotel in a minivan to begin the 4 to 5-hour combination tour."

Best for Flexibility: Buy Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds History Tour Tickets with Viator "Bundles together several different attractions for less without the need to wait in line for tickets."

Best Short Tour: Buy Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour Tickets with Viator "The helicopter will soar above the Niagara River, with the trip spanning from the Whirlpool Rapids to Skylon Tower."

Best Food Tour: Buy Niagara Falls Walking Food Tour Tickets with Viator "Each stop offers mouthwatering samples, including modern dishes."

Best Night Tour: Buy Niagara Falls Night Tour with Dinner and Cruise Tickets with Viator "Includes a three-course meal with panoramic views of Horseshoe Falls."

Best for Adventure: Buy Niagara Falls Jet-Boat Ride Tickets with Viator "A heart-pounding, 45-minute ride on the choppy waters of the Niagara River."

Best All-Day Tour: Buy All-Inclusive Niagara Falls Bus Tour Tickets with Viator "Travelers will board a boat to get up close to the falls before an included Canadian buffet lunch."

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Best Overall: Best of Niagara Falls Tour

Niagara Falls Tour

Viator

During this combination tour, the guides will pick you up at your hotel in a minivan to begin the four to five-hour journey. It starts with a narration of the Canadian side of the falls, followed by a 520-feet ride up to the observation deck at the Skylon Tower. Next, your group will head down to the lookout point for great photo opportunities. You will then embark on the “Journey Behind the Falls” excursion through a series of caverns beneath the falls. To finish off the tour, there’s a Hornblower cruise in the summer and fall to see the falls up close or a visit to the butterfly observatory and Niagara’s Fury, an interactive 4D experience, in the winter and spring.

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Best for Flexibility: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds History Tour

Niagara Falls Tour

Viator

To get as close as possible to Niagara Falls, this tour bundles together several different attractions for less without the need to wait in line for tickets. The experience begins with a one-hour walking tour before climbing down the 175-foot gorge. Feel the power of Bridal Veil Falls as you approach the Cave of the Winds Pavilion, where you'll learn about hydroelectric power indoors. The guide then provides tickets to Aquarium of Niagara, the Discovery Center, Niagara Adventure Theater, and the Maid of the Mist — the iconic boat ride that has been bringing guests up close to the falls since 1846. Take all the time you want, as you can visit these attractions at your leisure.

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Best Short Tour: Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Niagara Falls Tour

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For an exciting adventure, this helicopter tour offers a bird’s eye view above one of the natural wonders of the world. The helicopter will soar above the Niagara River, with the trip spanning from the Whirlpool Rapids to Skylon Tower. During the 10-minute flight, pilots bank left and right to provide passengers views of American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Commentary is provided through headsets, so you can also learn about engineering feats such as the generating plant, Rainbow Bridge, and the aero car. As this is a popular attraction, consider taking the early morning tour to avoid any waits. There is also a gift and snacks shop at the Niagara Falls heliport. 

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Best Food Tour: Niagara Falls Walking Food Tour

Niagara Falls Tour

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Foodies should consider this tour, which offers a delicious peek into Canadian cuisine. The three and a half-hour walking tour brings travelers off the tourist trail to six hidden venues that go behind the scenes with local restaurateurs. The local guide provides knowledge on Canadian food, which is infused with European influences, as well as history about Niagara Falls, its daredevils, and a few local secrets. Each stop offers mouthwatering samples (including modern dishes), so bring your appetite and comfortable walking shoes. The tour has a maximum of 12 people.

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Best Night Tour: Niagara Falls Night Tour with Dinner and Cruise

Niagara Falls

Viator

The falls are spectacular during the day, but in the evening, they dazzle with colorful lights on display — setting the tone for a perfect dinner backdrop. On this four-hour tour, travelers can join other tour group members for a three-course meal with panoramic views of Horseshoe Falls. Then, get up close to the falls with a thrilling boat cruise followed by an informative visit to Illumination Tower to learn about the lighting, history, and more. Finish the evening with a beautiful fireworks display (during the summer months). Hotel pickup and drop-off are also included with this tour.

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Best for Adventure: Niagara Falls Jet-Boat Ride

Niagara Falls Tour

Viator

Thrill-seekers visiting Niagara Falls can get an adrenaline rush on this tour, a heart-pounding, 45-minute ride on the choppy waters of the Niagara River. Waves crash on the glass-ceiling of the boat as it navigates its way to the whirlpool. Because the boat is enclosed, you can take photos without getting wet. Headsets are provided for narration throughout the journey as the boat tackles class V whitewater rapids. Please be aware that this ride is not ideal for young children. Souvenir photos are available for purchase after the ride.

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Best All-Day Tour: All-Inclusive Niagara Falls Bus Tour

Niagara Falls

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For a fun-filled day packed with adventures at a bargain price, consider this all-inclusive option. The tour begins in Toronto with hotel pickup, followed by a narrated drive to the whirlpool. Travelers can then board a boat to get up close to the falls (seasonal option) before an included Canadian buffet lunch at the Sheraton Fallsview Restaurant, with sweeping views of both Horseshoe and the American Falls. Next, there's a scenic drive to the Floral Clock, a lovely garden and popular Niagara attraction, followed by a visit to the “Smallest Chapel in the World.” Finally, you and your group will head to Niagara-on-the Lake, with time to explore the town and sample ice wine at a local winery. 

Need more helping planning your trip? Check out our article on the top Niagara Falls attractions.

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