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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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Hyatt Place Niagara Falls ¥9,580
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. Cave of the Winds and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 15 minutes.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York ¥9,795
    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 Niagara Falls State Park, Cave of the Winds, and Rainbow Bridge. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Clifton Hill are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Sheraton Niagara Falls ¥8,611
      Sheraton Niagara Falls

      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).

        The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection ¥10,559
        The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection

        The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection

        222 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and Rainbow Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown ¥7,117
          Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown

          Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown

          114 Buffalo Ave, 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 River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and Rainbow Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

            Life Is Good
            Life Is Good

            Life Is Good

            759 Fourth St, Niagara Falls, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Aquarium of Niagara. Niagara Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Niagara Falls Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              The Butler House B&B
              The Butler House B&B

              The Butler House B&B

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

                Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Aquarium of Niagara. Niagara Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Niagara Falls Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Niagara Victorian House
                Niagara Victorian House

                Niagara Victorian House

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

                  Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Aquarium of Niagara. Niagara Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Niagara Falls Station is 22 minutes by foot.