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Maid of the Mist Steamboat
Maid of the Mist Steamboat

Maid of the Mist Steamboat

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6,341 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 near the international Rainbow Bridge. 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). Be sure to avail yourself of a complimentary blue rain poncho—everyone will get wet from the winds and the spray! Note that some tours departing from Canada also visit the American side and include a Maid of the Mist tour; visitors should have appropriate documentation to enter the United States and Canada.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls

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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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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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Great Tour, Great Tour Guide!
Sara_P, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We did the Maid of the Mist tour on Sunday June 6, 2021. Tom was our tour guide, and he was the BEST! He was full of knowledge, jokes and kept us on schedule. The tour included a few stops at some places we wouldn't have otherwise seen. However, our favorite parts were the Boat and the Cave of the Winds! Would definitely recommend to anyone, and would personally do it again! To Tom: The 2 Wisconsin girls really enjoyed your tour, and being your right-hand women! Until next time!
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You’re Gonna Get Wet!
Mariann_K, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Love this tour!! Nancy was very informative and worked hard to make sure we all had a good time. I would describe her job as a kindergarten teacher keeping track of her 20 Students on a field trip. And she had 3 adult students who struggled to be on time and stay with the group. Consequently we did not get a chance to eat or shop like some of the others did. Nancy did her best to make sure we had the best time possible!!!❤️ Would do this tour again !
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Amazing day!
Carla_H, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
It was so fun! Great guide and a truly memorable day. The boat cruise went right up to the falls. Spectacular! And the cave of the winds was very wet but so exciting!
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Brilliant
suemO6323RU, Oct 2019
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We had a very good guide. She was very friendly and informative. The coach was clean and tidy. Touring around Niagra falls and seeing where it all started was very good, also seeing the whirlpool was interesting. Went up the viewing tower and the views were spectacular and so beautiful. World recommend this trip it was worth every penny.
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Awesome Day!!
Travis_B, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We loved Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Mist. Our tour guide, Marty, was great. My 7 year old gave him 100 out of 10 stars as we were exiting the tour bus.
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What a great time .. well worth it.
Travis_M, Oct 2020
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
Our tour guide Mohamed did an outstanding job. He was promptly on time, very knowledgeable, and made sure that we really had an unforgettable time together. I firmly believe that he must be one of your top employees, and we wish him the best. - Travis & Nichole M.
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Whirlwind experience
Robert_W, Sep 2020
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
My wife and I had a great time experience going to Niagara Falls. I have been as a child but never experienced anything like this. The best part of the tour was the hurricane deck, you could feel the force of the American side Falls. I do recommend this tour to all. Note: prepare to get very soaked when you do this. Water isn’t cold!!!
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Awesome place to spend and celebrate your 50th Anniversary!
Donna_K, Jun 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Everything about the Falls! The Boat tour, shopping and walking also seeing a black squirrel! Spotting a sea shell stuck to a tree branch. It will make an awesome picture 😘

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 feature free Wi-Fi.

  • The Maid of the Mist operates exclusively from Niagara Falls, New York. If you are coming from the Canadian side of the falls, be sure to have proper documentation to enter the US.

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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. Onsite 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 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, you’ll want to get into position for the best views—so head to the starboard side (the right side when facing the front of the boat), which comes closest to the falls. Once the boat departs the dock, it slowly approaches Horseshoe Falls, then it veers left and heads back to the dock. On its return journey, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the American Falls—and a veritable shower of mist from the powerful cascade. Most travelers head for the upper deck during the boat ride, but stellar views can also be seen from either end of the lower deck.

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Maid of the Mist Steamboat