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Get up close to Niagara Falls with Maid of the Mist boat tours

Enjoy an unforgettable sightseeing adventure with Maid of the Mist boat tours at Niagara Falls State Park. Departing from the Observation Tower, you'll be taken as close as 100-150 feet to the thundering Horseshoe and American Falls, witnessing 600,000 gallons of water crash down every second. Spot rainbows, feel the mist on your face, and capture the power and beauty of Niagara in person. Here's everything you can expect on the Maid of the Mist boat tour.

What to expect on your Maid of the Mist boat tour

Board the iconic Maid of the Mist boat for a 20-minute journey that brings you face-to-face with the majesty of Niagara Falls. Starting at the base of the Niagara Gorge near the Observation Tower, you'll cruise along the river, taking in the Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Feel the mist on your skin as you listen to expert commentary about the Falls' history and geology. The boat takes you as close as 100-150 feet to the thundering Horseshoe Falls, allowing you to witness the raw power of 600,000 gallons of water crashing down every second. Disembark with a complimentary souvenir rain poncho, having experienced an unparalleled up-close encounter with this natural wonder.

Plan your visit

Location

The Maid of the Mist boat tour takes you from the Observation Tower in the State Park to just a 100 feet from Niagara Falls. 

Location: Niagara Falls Observation Tower, Niagara Falls, NY, US | Find on Map 

Parking: If you are traveling by car, you can park at the three Niagara Falls State Park lots on Goat Island and Prospect Point. 

Timings

The Maid of the Mist boat tour is open daily. The timings are listed below. 

  • May 20 - May 24 from 9am to 6pm
  • May 25 - May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) from 9am to 8pm
  • May 27 - June 14 from 9am to 6pm (Sun-Fri) and 9am to 8pm (Sat)
  • June 15 - August 6 from 9am to 8pm
  • August 7 - August 26 from 9am to 7:30pm
  • August 27 - September 1 from 9am to 7:15pm
  • September 2 - October 1 from 9am to 5pm (Weekdays) and 9am to 6pm (Weekends)
  • October 2 - October 29 from 9am to 5pm
  • October 30 - November 3 from 10am to 4pm

Visitor tips

  • Early morning tours tend to be less crowded, so you can plan an early visit to enjoy the tour peacefully. 
  • While you will be given a complimentary poncho, you’re bound to get drenched so take along a change of clothes and a waterproof case to protect your mobile and other important belongings.
  • You can bring your stroller onto the boat and store it in the designated area to keep them dry.
  • Here’s a bonus tip! Stay in the middle of the boat if you don’t want to get too drenched. But for the full Maid of the Mist experience, make your way to the left side of the boat.

Frequently asked questions about the Maid of the Mist tour

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The Maid of the Mist cruise is wheelchair accessible. 

Are there seats available on the boat?

No, the cruises don’t offer seats, so you will be required to stand during the 20-minute boat ride.

What is the best time for Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls?

May to October is the best time to visit Maid of the Mist when the tour is fully operational and the weather is pleasant. 

Is there Wi-Fi available on the Maid of the Mist boat?

Yes. There is complimentary Wi-Fi available on the Maid of the Mist cruise. 

Are there any restrictions for children on the Maid of the Mist boat?

No. There are no restrictions if you are traveling with children. 

What are the Maid of the Mist boat tour prices?

The boat tour of Maid of the Mist ticket price for adults is $28.25, Child Ticket (6–12 years) is $17.75. Children 5 years and under are free to enjoy a boat ride with an adult.