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Maid of the Mist Steamboat
Maid of the Mist Steamboat

Maid of the Mist Steamboat

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7,583 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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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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Great Excursion!
James_W, Jul 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds were awesome, but Darrell, our tour guide, was amazing. He was friendly and engaging, full of interesting information, and just brought everything together for us. Great way to spend half a 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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Over the falls
timothy_s, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Great stories and Annecdotes from roland. Cave if the winds was very refreshing! Let’s Go Roland! ( our guide suggested visiting letchwith state on the way home-it was beautiful!)
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Fantastic we were Adams’s family
Great, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We were the Adams ‘s Family. Our guide Adams is great person, very intellectual , photographer and knowledgeable. Thanks for all .
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Fantastic
BOBBY_R, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Wonderful experience. It was a highlight and experience you don't want to miss. Go and put Niagara on your vacation list.
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Great tour guide. Saw some spectacular things
Craig_F, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Tour guide was awesome. The cave if the winds was unbelievably great! Unfortunately, this stupid review site makes me add more characters which I didnt want to do.
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Wow
David_O, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
The maid of the Mist boat ride. Went very close to the falls and did a 360 turn on the way back. Pat R was an excellent tour guide.
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Copelands, Jul 2021
Best of Niagara Falls, USA, Maid of the Mist+Cave of the Winds
The experience at the Cave of the Winds was Awesome and Phenomenal. This is a memory that we will cherish forever and the Tour Guide, Dalton, made the experience well worth it! We were really impressed with how informative Dalton was and he was very patient and professional. It was very evident that Dalton was passionate about his job and he is a great asset to have with the Tour Company!
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Amazing Tour!
George_Victoria, Jul 2021
Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide, Pat, was very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour.

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