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Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist
— Niagara Falls "Maid of the Mist" Boat Rides

Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls

"Maid of the Mist" Boat Rides
(May thru' October)

If it's your first visit to Niagara Falls, don't miss taking what could be one of the most thrilling boat rides of your life — aboard the "Maid of the Mist." It's the best way to get an up-close view of Niagara Falls and experience the exhilaration of encountering millions of gallons of water crashing into the rocks nearby. It's a blast!

"Maid of the Mist" boats cruise to the base of the American Falls (bet Prospect Point and Luna Island, on the far left), and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls (bet Luna Island and Goat Island, mid left), both on the U.S. side — then to the basin of the massive Horseshoe Falls (bet Goat Island and Table Rock) on the Canadian side.

Niagara Falls American-Side Tour
and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour
and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Niagara Falls Luxury Tour
and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Lightweight waterproof ponchos (with hoods) are provided to everyone (free with admission) — they really come in handy when you get close to the falls (and you DO get close!) and the spraying mist (expect to get wet), especially if it's a windy day (see photo below).

Guests aboard the Maid of the Mist boat as it approaches Horseshoe Falls (on the Canadian side) of Niagara Falls

Tip: Be sure to bring a waterproof "disposable" camera so you can capture the beauty of the falls up close (and get a picture of yourself, family and friends) — you don't want to get your phone or digital camera wet. And hang on tight to your sunglasses if you don't want to lose them!

Stacey and Robyn aboard the Maid of the Mist wearing blue waterproof ponchos - the American Falls are in background

"Maid of the Mist" boat rides operate early May until late October. Boats leave every 30 minutes from both the U.S. and the Canadian side.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour Tickets at Niagara Falls

Ticket Offices and Boarding Docks are located on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border:

  • U.S. side — Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point (at the entrance to the NY State Falls Observation Tower)
  • Canadian side — Queen Victoria Park at the "Maid of the Mist" Plaza (River Road at the bottom of Clifton Hill)

View of Maid of the Mist Boat and Boarding Dock on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls - at the bottom of Clifton Hill

Maid of the Mist rides are closed November-April, although other attractions remain open.


Souvenir Picture
Souvenir photos of you and your party (taken prior to boarding) are available for purchase at the end of your "Maid of the Mist" boat ride — it makes a nice memento!


Don't Forget Your Passport!
If coming to Niagara Falls from New York state, you need to cross the Rainbow Bridge (pictured below) to get to the Canadian side of the Falls. To clear customs at the border, remember to bring along your passport.

View of Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls - it connects New York State and Canada

Niagara Falls Day Trip from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls - see both the American and Canadian side of the falls on the boat tour

Get an up-close view of Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist boat - upper and lower decks

Hurricane Deck (extended viewing deck) at Prospect Observation Tower - Maid of the Mist boat cruises below near the American side of the Falls

Niagara Falls Luxury Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

People boarding Maid of the Mist boat from boarding dock at Niagara Falls, Ontario

City of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Day Trips
and Tours

Niagara Wine Country
— Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries
and Niagara Escarpment Wineries

More Info
Maid of the Mist

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