Niagara Falls and Western New York Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Niagara Falls and Western New York - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Aquarium of Niagara

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Dive into Niagara's other water wonder. This is a close encounter with more than 1,500 aquatic animals, including sharks, piranhas, sea...

Castellani Art Museum

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The collection at this museum, in a gray marble–faced building on the Niagara University campus (just north of the city), encompasses...

Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park

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The 150-acre park, on a bluff overlooking Niagara Gorge, is dedicated to the performing and visual arts, but also has historic sights,...

Goat Island

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Goat Island is a wonderful spot for a quiet walk and a close-up view of the rapids. Pedestrian bridges give you access to Luna Island...

Historic Lewiston

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During the War of 1812, the Americans made a failed attempt to invade Canada from Lewiston, in the Battle of Queenston. The town has...

Niagara Falls

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North American Indians called it Onguiaahram, or Thundering Waters. For hundreds of years, visitors to Niagara Falls have marveled at...

Niagara Falls State Park

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This park hugs the Niagara River bordering the Horseshoe and American and Bridal Veil falls. It includes several islands: Goat Island—with...

Niagara Power Project Visitors Center

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Niagara Falls generates power at one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world (the largest in New York State). The visitor center,...

Old Fort Niagara

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The earliest part of the fort was built as a French castle in 1726, and the complex later played a critical role in the French and Indian...

Whirlpool State Park

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From this park 2 mi north of Niagara Falls you get great views of the giant whirlpool that occurs in this part of the Niagara River.