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Celebrate winter 2019 at Niagara Falls State Park

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Fri, Jan 4th 2019 03:25 pm
A picture of the `Frozen Falls` courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
A picture of the "Frozen Falls" courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Cave of the Winds open all winter; special events announced

Niagara Falls State Park has announced a lineup of winter events that will help families beat cabin fever and show off the beauty of Niagara Falls in the winter.

For the second year, the Cave of the Winds “The World Changed Here Pavilion” will be open for visitors to experience the history and events that happened at Niagara Falls. New this year, park staff will work to keep the elevator open so that guests can travel down to view the beauty of the frozen gorge (weather permitting).

Additionally, the Niagara Adventure Theater in the park visitor center will show the film “Legends of Adventure,” while the Aquarium of Niagara is eager for guests to meet its residents.

Tickets for all of these attractions can be bought in the park, but one can visit www.niagarafallsstatepark.com for money-saving coupons for park attractions as well as dining, shopping and more attractions throughout Niagara Falls, USA.

Additionally, a lineup of special events has been announced that is designed to entertain and educate all winter long. Programs are free and open to the public. Parking in the park is $5 and tickets to enter the Cave of the Winds are required to enter the attraction, however all events listed below are free. Registration is suggested where noted.

•Eco-Kids Series

Feb. 2 and March 2, 10-11 a.m.

Program takes place at Cave of the Winds pavilion

Calling all pre-school and elementary kids: Explore a new topic, take a winter walk and make a cool craft. Call 716-282-5154 to register.

•Girl Scouts of Western New York at the Falls

Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Program takes place at Cave of the Winds pavilion

Meet the Girl Scouts of Western New York and have fun doing crafts and learning more about the history of Girl Scouts.

•Winter Bird Walk

Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.

Meet at parking lot No. 3 on Goat Island

Join a State Parks naturalist for a winter walk to meet the birds that call Niagara Falls home during the winter. This event is part of the Birds on the Niagara Festival. For more on the festival, visit http://www.buffaloaudubon.org

•Dog Days of Winter

Feb. 3, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Program takes place at the Cave of the Winds pavilion

Join the Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier and meet the dogs that love winter.

Weather-permitting, there will be demonstrations and a chance to meet and greet these animals. For more on the Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, visit http://www.shcnf.com/.

•Cabin Fever Series: Ice Bridge of Niagara

Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. until noon

Program takes place at Cave of the Winds pavilion

The “ice bridge” is a phenomenon that is a big part of Niagara Falls in the winter. It is formed when all of the ice that flows over the falls collects in the basin, making it look like the river is completely frozen. This presentation will tell the story of the ice bridge over the years, with stories and photos and, weather-permitting, a trip down into the gorge to get up close and personal with the bridge. To register, call 716-282-5154.

•Girl Scouts of Western New York at the Falls

Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Program takes place at Cave of the Winds pavilion

Meet the Girl Scouts of Western New York and have fun doing crafts and learning more about the history of Girl Scouts.

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