Get close to the power and thunder of Niagara Falls aboard its premiere venue, the Maid of the Mist. About 100,000 cubic feet of water flows over the falls every second. For more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist boats have brought visitors within splashing distance of the world-famous waterfall.
In the 1830s, paddle boats offered visitors a ferry ride across the Niagara River near the falls. The first Maid of the Mist was a side-wheel steamboat ferry that carried tourists from 1846 to 1854.
You can purchase your ticket and board at Niagara Reservation State Park on the U.S. side of the falls or at Queen Victoria Park on the Canadian side.
Boats run throughout the day from April through October. Tickets are first come, first serve for each half-hour tour. Early evening tours are available on holiday weekends.
You will get wet. While the Maid of the Mist gives every visitor a souvenir poncho, bundle up if the temperature is low.
The boat's name comes from a Neuter Indian legend. It tells of a maiden being pushed over the falls in a canoe, as a sacrifice to the gods for protection from evil spirits.
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