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Maid of the Mist Steamboat
Maid of the Mist Steamboat

Maid of the Mist Steamboat

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8,926 Reviews
Open daily
5920 River Road, Niagara Falls, L2E 6V6

The Basics

The Maid of the Mist tour departs from a calm part of the Niagara River in New York, on the American side of the falls. After cruising past the impressive American and Bridal Veil Falls, the boat plies into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of Horseshoe Falls (sometimes known as the Canadian Falls). Some tours also depart from Canadian side of the falls and require you to have the right border-crossing documents.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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Maid of the Mist does not disappoint!
Michael, Sep 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
They were very accommodating considering our Covid tests did not result within time to cross the border and allowed us to change our excursion last minute. The stops were amazing including the cave of the winds and the maid of the mist with being able to see both American and Canadian side falls! Jimmy (is the best) was a great guide! Very nice, helpful, and super knowledgeable about the surrounding area and the falls! Highly recommend.
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Well worth the time
Ernest_G, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Our tour guide Nick was very informative-energetic. Maid of the Mist was very impressive-to be at the bottom of the falls looking up. We’re able to get view of horseshoe (Canadian) side since Canada was closed to visitors without prior negative COVID test
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Great visit
Amanda_P, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Fantastic experience- well organized. Only COVID concern were the crowded elevators. Other than that one of the most amazing sights.
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Boat ride was spectacular as was the Cave tour..should not miss the walk down to the base of the falls.
MaryBrigid_I, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Our tour was changed to the American tour due to COVID but it was a great set of attractions. I wish there was a bit more depth to the commentary by our tour guide Roland.
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Niagara Falls American side Tour
Desmona, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Tour was great experience. It lasted about five hours. Our guide Linny was the best. He made jokes along the way and was very informative and interactive. His lunch recommendation was the best food I had on the trip. The bus was clean. The actual Bridal Veil Falls and Cave of the winds are must see and experience for anyone coming to Niagara Falls. Book this tour, it included do much and made our weekend girls trip memorable
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Worth it!
Kisha, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Tour guide, very knowledgeable about the falls. Worth the money! Clean friendly environment and staff pleasant and patient. Event very well timed from beginning to end.
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You will love this!
Victoria_H, May 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Very full tour with a clean, knowledgeable, professional company! The Maid of the Mist was amazing and you get really close to the Falls! But my favorite was the Cave of the Winds experience where you can literally touch the Falls!! Would 💯 recommend!
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Fun at the Falls
Buddy_N, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Had a great time. Loved all the places we went to. Everything was clearly explained. Our guide Randy was awesome. Very inspiring and fun. He made sure we stayed together and had the best bang for our buck. Went more places than I knew we were going. Great tour.
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Great tour of Niagara Falls with the best Tour Guide
Kathleen_K, May 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We really enjoyed our tour of Niagara Falls. Our tour guide Dayna was the best ever. She was knowledgeable, funny and helpful. The tour covered everything we wanted to see while in Niagara Falls. Over the Falls tour company did a great job. She arrived before our scheduled pick up time so there was no waiting around. The bus was clean and I was happy because masks were required and hand sanitizer was given out every time we entered the bus. It was a fun day.
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The experience in a lifetime..
Angie_P, Apr 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Not too much crowd Friendly tour guide Excellent views The bus is clean and everyone were following Covid preventive guidelines.
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Totally worth it
Malcolm_C, Sep 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Love the maid of the mist boat ride. Our guide was a lot of fun too. We learned more by taking this tour than if we would have done it on our own.
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Great Way to See the Best of Niagara Falls
Toy, Aug 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
This was such a nice tour. We got picked up at the hotel and there were only 6 of us. We bonded very quickly and really had a nice time. Jim was very informative and told lots of stories about the area. He also gave great recommendations for places to eat. It was crowded, but Jim got us to the different sights with his van and had our tickets ready, so we spent very little time in lines, and we could spent as much tine as we needed at the different sights.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It’s best to stay on deck for the whole trip; if you go below deck, you’ll miss the action.

  • Boats depart every 15 minutes, weather permitting.

  • The entire trip along the river and to the falls takes about 20 minutes.

  • All boats are wheelchair accessible and offer free Wi-Fi.

  • If you’re coming from the Canadian side of the falls for a Maid of the Mist boat ride, make sure you have the necessary documentation.

  • Don't skip the complimentary blue rain poncho—everyone will get wet from the winds and the spray.

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How to Get There

The Maid of the Mist boat landing is located on Prospect Street in Niagara Falls, New York. On-site parking is available near the Visitor Center. Nearby attractions include Clifton Hill sites, Journey Behind the Falls, and Bird Kingdom. All Maid of the Mist boat tours depart from New York, though some tours from the Canadian side include transportation to the boat’s departure point.

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When to Get There

The Maid of the Mist boat tours run from April to October. The summer months are the busiest, so it’s best to schedule your Maid of the Mist ride in advance, and choose an early-morning cruise if you want to avoid the biggest crowds.

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Best Views from the Maid of the Mist

When you board your Maid of the Mist boat, head starboard—the right side when facing the front of the boat—as this side comes closest to the falls. Once the boat departs the dock, it slowly approaches Horseshoe Falls, then veers left and heads back to the dock. On the return journey, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the American Falls—and a veritable shower of mist from the powerful cascade.

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Maid of the Mist Steamboat