Niagara Whirlpool

Niagara Whirlpool

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When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

Summer and Fall, dawn to dusk. We found that if you go early in the day, you'll likely be the only people on the trail or near the gorge for a few hours, which offers an unspoiled view of the fierce water.

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Where and Tips

Niagara Falls, NY
United States

While all the visitors flock to Niagara Falls, head away from that attraction to find something wildly fascinating and take it in without a tourist in sight. Ironically, you will be visiting where the falls were 7,500 years ago.

The trail down to the whirlpool is rigorous, wearing boots with ankle support would be wise. Photos of the trail are included below. If the main trail is too much, there are several other options for viewing the whirlpool from higher above or longer, but less treacherous trails, as you move down closer to the water.

If you are like me, just be careful when climbing ever-closer to the amazing rushing waters. These aren't waters you can fall in and get out of safely. Please use caution so that you can keep being an adventurer for a long time to come.

Seasons: Whirlpool State Park is open year-round. Sections of the gorge trail may not be accessible (or safe) during times of heavy rain or snow. The restrooms are open from mid-April through late October.
Best season to visit: Autumn for the foliage and fishing. Winter for Fishing. Summer to get away from the tourist crowds at the Falls.
Hours: Dawn to dusk. The park and trails are not lit by artificial light. The gorge trail is very hazardous at night.
Admission: Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are free to all visitors.

There's a ton of information available on the State's website to plan your visit:…



Melissa, what a great place. I had been to the Niagara Falls once but never heard about the whirlpool. Sounds like a hidden gem.


Great!! Thanks for this one! Is it worth going for a ride in that cable car? [or whatever it is ;)]

Melissa Sallee

Micha, I think relatively few people know about it, especially in contrast to the wild popularity of Niagara Falls.

Martin, the name of it is the Whirlpool Aero Car (it goes between to points on the Canadian side of the gorge). I write that like I knew that - but truthfully had to Google it. ;) My take on it is that it would be an awesome thing to do. Maybe not as awesome as being near that angry, swirling whirlpool, but still something I would do if I got the chance. The neat thing is that it's been running continuously since 1916 and the tickets are under $15 a person.

Melissa Sallee

Martin, make that "it goes between *two* points on the Canadian side" :)

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