Niagara City Cruises

Niagara City Cruises is Niagara Falls’ only boat tour that takes you right up to the mighty plummeting waterfalls. Complimentary ponchos are available for guests to keep dry on board, as the boat travels right into the mist so you’re bound to get a little wet. The Voyage to the Falls tour takes approximately 20 minutes and features an audio commentary sharing fun facts about the natural wonder. Other cruise options include the popular evening Falls Fireworks Cruise, a 40 minute trip to the base of the falls with great view of the city skyline, the summer fall fireworks display and the Falls Illumination.

Purchase tickets in advance online or in person at any of Niagara Parks ticketing windows. Start your tour at the Niagara City Cruises Funicular at the intersection of Niagara Parkway and River Road, located at the bottom of Clifton Hill. Tickets requiring wheelchair access must be purchased on-site at the Main Ticket Plaza on the Niagara Parkway.

For up-to-date information and details on Niagara City Cruises, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends. 

Hornblower boat cruise at base of Niagara Falls

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More about Niagara City Cruises

The Niagara City Cruises tour actually begins on land at the Niagara Funicular. Originally opened in 1984 under the name Clifton Incline Railway, the funicular had been non-operational for almost 30 years until Niagara City Cruises brought it back to life in 2019. The new, stat- of-the-art funicular was reconstructed and installed along the Great Gorge wall. Visitors access the boarding area via the funicular which drops 56 metres (19 stories) along the rock wall of the Niagara Gorge, offering spectacular views of the falls.

Located in the boarding and disembarking area, Riverside Patio is a full service, seasonal restaurant and patio bar operated by Niagara City Cruises. It’s a great spot to start or end your Niagara City Cruise excursion.

Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls, with the Horseshoe Falls located on the Canadian side and the American and Bridal Veil Falls located across the border. Both of the Niagara City Cruises signature tours offer exceptional views of the Horseshoe and American Falls as well as the Niagara Gorge.

You can experience the thunderous beauty of this natural wonder of the world up close and personal via the tiered decks or opt for viewing behind the glass walls for a waterproof experience. The bright red and biodegradable ponchos help keep you dry while also doubling as an easy to pack and reusable raincoat. 

Niagara City Cruises staff and crew are fully trained on safety protocols and each watercraft is certified by Transport Canada. Additionally, the full fleet of watercraft is ADA compliant and fully accessible. Private charters, functions, or events aboard the Niagara Guardian 145 passenger capacity watercraft can be arranged.

Gain access to boarding at the Niagara City Cruises Ticket Plaza (5920 Niagara Parkway) or via the Funicular booth (intersection of Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill). Ample parking is available next to the WEGO Transit stop.

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