Goat Island
Goat Island
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Goat Island sits in the middle of Niagara Falls, offering many walking trails and viewing points of the surrounding landscapes. Here, you can get a great view of Horseshoe Falls and American Falls from Terrapin Point and Luna Island, explore Cave of the Winds at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, and cross over a historic walking bridge to the Three Sisters Islands. The Niagara Scenic Trolley is an easy and scenic way to traverse the island—though walking around the island takes just 30 minutes—there are also tours available that combine it with the Maid of the Mist boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Michael Shields
    Louisville, Kentucky35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of a Combined Day Tour.
    Amazing to see the Falls from so many vantage points (see Niagara Falls and Cave of the Winds). Absolutely worth seeing from as many points as possible. To see the full breadth of the Falls, I recommend the Maid of the Mist and or going into Canada, but even if not, they are spectacular.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Selena S
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Walking
    Wow! No words can discribe the falls when you see them for the first time! Lots of walking if you want to see everything. We were there on a Saturday and it was very busy. I would have given it an excellent rating but the signage wasn't great. There are bathroom's and food here. There is a charge for parking so you might as well spend a lot of time here.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • marta z
    Brecksville, Ohio52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    To those that “nay-say” the NY side of the falls…we loved them. Fall Fireworks. Watching the water cascade over the falls. A great hike around goat Island. We will return this winter to see the Christmas lights❤️
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Donna
    Richmond, Virginia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goat Island a must visit!
    It was magical. My first time at Niagara Falls, it is amazing and unlike anything you have ever seen. I understand why is is one of the 7th wonders of the world. There were more activities on the Canadian side of the falls so, go across the boarder and experience the attractions.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 20, 2023
  • kay-cee-1138
    Houston, Texas487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The right place to go see the falls from the American side
    There are lots of vantage points around Niagra Falls, but for visitors with a relatively short time to see the highlights, Goat Island is the place to go. At its western tip, there's a great view of the Canadian Falls (so close, a change in the wind means an instant soaking); and at the north tip (by the Tesla statue), one can overlook the American Falls (Goat Island is at a higher elevation than the closer Luna Island vantage point). There is a good-sized parking lot (P2) on Goat Island, which was very convenient. We got there at 9:30 am on a Saturday, and were very surprised to find ourselves nearly the first visitors there (granted, this was in mid-May and there was still some lingering early morning fog...). The parking fee was reasonable, and the directions to get there along with hours and fees were easily accessible via the NF state park's website. There are public restrooms on the outside ground floor of the Top of the Falls restaurant building, between the parking lot and the western tip of the island. And note that there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp to the western viewing point, bypassing the many stairs. Watch for the black squirrels in the trees, and the Canadian geese that like to hang out on the lawn near the western tip's viewing point.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2024
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
There are lots of vantage points around Niagra Falls, but for visitors with a relatively short time to see the highlights, Goat Island is the place to go. At its western tip, there's a great view of the Canadian Falls (so close, a change in the wind means an instant soaking); and at the north tip (by the Tesla statue), one can overlook the American Falls (Goat Island is at a higher elevation than the closer Luna Island vantage point).
There is a good-sized parking lot (P2) on Goat Island, which was very convenient. We got there at 9:30 am on a Saturday, and were very surprised to find ourselves nearly the first visitors there (granted, this was in mid-May and there was still some lingering early morning fog...). The parking fee was reasonable, and the directions to get there along with hours and fees were easily accessible via the NF state park's website.
There are public restrooms on the outside ground floor of the Top of the Falls restaurant building, between the parking lot and the western tip of the island. And note that there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp to the western viewing point, bypassing the many stairs.
Watch for the black squirrels in the trees, and the Canadian geese that like to hang out on the lawn near the western tip's viewing point.
Written June 9, 2024
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Stacy G
Jacksonville, FL266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Parking was $10 but good all day, if you wanted to leave and return. It's a central spot for all the views. Although there is more to do on the CA side, this spot is good.
Written June 4, 2024
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Penny
Austintown, OH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Best place to see all 3 of the falls and the river! Three sisters islands and Luna island are attached and offer even better views! Very clean area! A lot of walking, there is a trolly available for getting back to the hotels
Written June 3, 2024
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Jo S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Put on your walking shoes and be sure to explore the whole island. You can stand on the lip of the Horseshoe Fall, Bridal Veil falls, and American falls, and walk near both halves of the Niagara river. The island is beautiful.
Written May 17, 2024
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SarahM49
Columbus, OH59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Terrapin Point was beautiful at sunset and so worth it. Nice hiking trails. A cute gift shop closes early.
Written November 27, 2023
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Sydney W
New York City, NY80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Absolutely must visit if you want to see the Falls. Brings you right up to the edge for a stunning and unforgettable view, even for people who grew up in the area!
Written November 26, 2023
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Donna
Richmond, VA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
It was magical. My first time at Niagara Falls, it is amazing and unlike anything you have ever seen. I understand why is is one of the 7th wonders of the world. There were more activities on the Canadian side of the falls so, go across the boarder and experience the attractions.
Written October 20, 2023
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marta z
Brecksville, OH52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
To those that “nay-say” the NY side of the falls…we loved them.
Fall Fireworks. Watching the water cascade over the falls. A great hike around goat Island.
We will return this winter to see the Christmas lights❤️
Written October 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Selena S
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wow! No words can discribe the falls when you see them for the first time! Lots of walking if you want to see everything.
We were there on a Saturday and it was very busy.
I would have given it an excellent rating but the signage wasn't great.
There are bathroom's and food here.
There is a charge for parking so you might as well spend a lot of time here.
Written August 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Goat island is in the middle of the river and it is connected to the falls. You can observe the falls from the top and also from the bottom via various tours. The other part of the island is beautiful and great for stroll.
Written August 7, 2023
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