Frequently Asked Questions About Niagara Falls USA

Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or making the trek back to the region after several years, here are some of the many questions frequently asked about Niagara Falls USA as well as Niagara Falls State Park.

Q. When is the best time to visit Niagara Falls State Park?
A. The best time to visit Niagara Falls State Park is during the summer months when the average monthly high temperature ranges between 70F and 80F. Because summer is peak season, you'll face more crowds and spend more money on hotel accommodations, but all of the attractions are open including Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. During winter, spring and fall, crowds tend to be less, hotel room rates drop and the unique change of seasons is well worth a visit. In fall, peak foliage is generally the third week in October, while winter brings snow and ice that transforms the Falls into a stunning winter wonderland.

Q. Where is Niagara Falls State Park located?
A. Niagara Falls State Park is located in Niagara Falls, NY. The American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls are all visible from the Park from various scenic areas.

Q: When does Niagara Falls open?
A: Niagara Falls State Park does not close and there are no specific Niagara Falls open dates. Guests can view Niagara Falls year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Q: Are wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles or kid wagons available for rent at Niagara Falls State Park?
A. Yes! Rentals are available outside of Niagara Falls State Park on the corner of Old Falls Street and Prospect Street. Rentals include bicycle rentals (includes helmet and lock), wheelchair rentals, stroller rentals and kid wagon rentals. Rentals are available hourly, or for the entire day. 

Q: What's available for dining at the Niagara Falls State Park? Can I have a cook out?
A. Niagara Falls State Park offers a number of food service outlets ranging from grab-and-go snack bars to Top of the Falls Restaurant, overlooking the Horseshoe Falls from every table. Portable food carts are located throughout the Park for fast service ice cream, beverages and snacks. In addition, there are several dining options within walking distance outside of the Park, too. Cook outs are not permitted in the Park, but tables are available for a picnic.

Q: Can I see the Falls and enjoy the attractions in the winter?
A: Niagara Falls State Park is open year-round for viewing the Falls. However, some of the attractions at Niagara Falls State Park are seasonal and only open until October or November, such as Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. Also, some viewing areas may be closed during the winter months due to icy conditions.

Q: Can I take my dog into Niagara Falls State Park?
A: Yes, but all pets must be on a 6-foot leash and cleaned up after. Pets are not permitted in any buildings or attractions unless they are service animals.

Q: Do I need a passport to ride the Maid of the Mist?
A: No, passports are only required when entering another country or returning to the United States. They are not required to ride the Maid of the Mist.

Q: Are there accommodations within walking distance to the Falls?
A: Yes! There are several accommodations located close by, within walking distance of the Falls including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. We suggest booking your hotel in advance, especially during the summer months and holidays.

Q: Where can I park an RV or motor home?
A: Parking for RVs and motor homes is $20 at the Aquarium of Niagara, located at 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For parking on Goat Island at Niagara Falls State Park, call the Visitor Center for more information at (716) 278-1796. On-street parking is available too.

Q: What is the closest airport to Niagara Falls?
A: The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is the closest airport - approximately 19 miles from Niagara Falls USA.

Q: What public transportation is available to or from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport?
A: Public transportation to Niagara Falls is available through shuttle, bus, taxi, limo, and car rental. Visit the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center and our Customer Service Representatives will be happy to assist!

Q: How can I get around the county if I don't have my car?
A: There are plenty of options for traveling around Niagara Falls USA. Bus, shuttle, taxi, limo, and car rentals are available.

Q: Where is the Train Station?
A: The Amtrak Train Station is located at 825 Depot Avenue West, Niagara Falls, NY 14305; less than 5 miles from Niagara Falls State Park.

Q: Where can I exchange my money into Canadian?
A: Currency exchange is available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino located on Third Street or at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA.

Q: What is the legal drinking and gambling age?
A: The legal age to consume/purchase alcohol and gamble is 21.

Q: Can I walk over the bridge into Canada?
A: Yes, the Rainbow Bridge offers a pedestrian walkway for travel to and from Canada. You will need proper identification including a valid Passport, Passport Card, or Enhanced Driver's License.

Q: How far is Niagara Falls USA to New York City?
A. New York City is about 400 miles from Niagara Falls USA. It takes approximately 7 to 8 hours to drive by car, or by train. Direct flights are offered at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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