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Whirlpool State Park

Follow hiking trails to witness the power of a whirlpool and the rapids of the Niagara River. Relax on grassy lawns while spotting abundant birdlife.

Whirlpool State Park runs along the east bank of the Niagara River, presenting the opportunity to experience the full force of a natural whirlpool and class V rapids. Follow the marked trails to viewpoints or observe the river from a picnic area. If you are feeling adventurous, step aboard a power boat to splash through the rapids.

The park has two levels to explore. Start at the street level, which has numerous scenic spots offering great views of the rapids and whirlpool. Bring a picnic and relax on the large lawns while children have fun on the playground. Visit the Gorge Natural History Room to find exhibits about the geology and history of the region. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Walk down the stone stairway to the river level and the start of a hiking trail. The trail leads north along the riverbank, allowing you to get close to the thundering water of the 125-foot-deep (38-meter) whirlpool. The trail continues past the river rapids to Devil’s Hole State Park. Watch for the park’s birdlife, including blue jays, downy woodpeckers, gray catbirds and golden-crowned kinglets. You can also fish for salmon here.

A fun way to experience the whirlpool and rapids is on a 45-minute power boat tour. Choose between a covered or open boat and sit back as the vessel powers through the Devil’s Hole Rapids and into the whirlpool. Tours depart from the village of Lewiston, which is a 10-minute drive from Whirlpool State Park. Find a schedule and prices on the official website of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

Whirlpool State Park is on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of the falls themselves. Free parking is available at the entrance to the park. Public buses stop a short walk from the park’s entrance. The park is open daily and entrance is free. Restroom facilities are open from mid-April to late-October.


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Sheraton Niagara Falls ¥8,422
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Sheraton Niagara Falls

300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Observation Tower, Niagara Falls State Park, and Aquarium of Niagara. Devil's Hole State Park and Fort Niagara State Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls ¥8,385
    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

    443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Falls State Park and Aquarium of Niagara. Cave of the Winds and American Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls ¥10,552
      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

      310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Cave of the Winds are also within 15 minutes.

        Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino ¥7,422
        Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

        Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

        310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls ¥8,227
          Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

          Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

          333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls ¥6,674
            Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

            Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

            240 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is steps from Old Falls Street, Niagara Adventure Theater, and Conference Center Niagara Falls. Niagara Wax Museum of History and Niagara Wedding Chapel are also within 10 minutes.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York ¥8,519
              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

              401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls State Park, and Cave of the Winds. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                The Butler House B&B ¥20,329
                The Butler House B&B

                The Butler House B&B

                751 Park Place, Niagara Falls, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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