“These winds will blow your mind”
The Cave of the Winds was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls.The cave was some 130 feet (40m) high, 100 feet (30m) wide and 30 feet (9m) in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus' Cave, after the Greek god of winds. Guided tours began officially in 1841, and continued until a rock fall in 1920 made it clear the passage was no longer safe. The tour officially reopened in 1924, now bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on a series of decks and walkways. Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls.The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rockfall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang.Today, the "Cave of the Winds" is the name of a tourist attraction near the same site. An elevator takes people from the area between the American and Canadian Falls down to the level of the Niagara River at the base of the American Falls. A series of redwood decks and platforms allow sightseers to walk right up to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls with water crashing down right on them and flowing beneath the decking. The decking is removed each fall due to the potential damage caused by ice buildup at the falls and re-installed each spring by park officials for sightseers to enjoy the experience. The decking is not secured to the rocks below by bolts or other construction materials; the wood beam supports are simply wedged into the rock crevices.
After you buy your ticket, you'll be given some sandals to wear. Put them on if you value your shoes.
The platform goes down almost by the river, and then back up past the falls. If you want to experience the waterfall up close you will love this.
The line to get down and back up moves steadily, but the two elevators can only take 15 people each.
My kids and wife loved it, which was surprising. You will get wet. A one time thing, but it makes for a great memory of the Falls.
The best thing we did in Niagra! It was awesome. You were actually in the falls and really got to see the power of them. The free shoes they gave you were really nice also. We wore them to maid of the mist too so if you're going to do both; go here first. If you want to take pictures, either take a go-pro or waterproof camera. If your phone is waterproof, you could use it (that's what I did). If you use your phone, I suggest a selfie stick. It lets you take pictures without really worrying about loosing your grip on your phone. We got lucky when we were there since it rained the entire day. There were no lines and we went right in. I suggest getting there at 8:30 (it opens at 9). That way you can get there to get tickets earlier then most people.
Lots of fun. You will get soaked! Wear the sandals they give you so you have dry shoes after. There is no cave. You take an elevator down then you climb up stairs and walk right up to the falls.
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