Maid of the Mist Steamboat
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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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.
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.
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.
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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