If you want to get really close to Niagara Falls, take the Maid of the Mist boat ride. This adventure on the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, USA, is an experience that will stay in your memory for a long time to come.
The Maid of the Mist is the name of a popular boat ride in Niagara Falls, USA. It takes its passengers on a short voyage to the Niagara Falls.
The Maid of the Mist made its maiden voyage in 1846 and was initially used as a ferry service for crossings on the Niagara River below the Falls between Canada and USA.
With the construction of a bridge over the Niagara River in 1848, Maid of the Mist was converted into a tourist ride that would take visitors upstream on the Niagara River for amazing views of all the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. To this day, this tourist attraction has survived and still takes thousands of visitors every day up to the Horseshoe Falls and back to the base of Prospect Point Tower.
Most tour operators offer the Maid of the Mist boat ride as part of their tour of Niagara Falls, USA. Please check out ToNiagara tours here.
The Maid of the Mist ride is accessible from Niagara Falls State Park, USA. The boat docks are located at the base of the Niagara Gorge. Visitors take an elevator from the Prospect Point Observation Tower to the base of the Niagara Gorge.
This roughly 20-minute boat ride takes you on the Niagara River alongside the American and Bridal Veil Falls. The view is simply stunning. Passengers are then taken as close as possible to the Horseshoe Falls. The crashing water and its misty spray will soak you wet. The boat stays a few minutes in the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. As the boat holds still, you can feel the power of the waves crashing against the boat. After this, the Maid of the Mist returns back to the docks.
Boats leave every 30 minutes. To know more about Maid of the Mist’s schedule and pricing, please click here.
After the boat ride, you can climb the series of stairs from the base of the Niagara Gorge to Crow’s Nest, an observation platform very close to the American Falls. As you make your way to the top, it gets quite misty and you will get wet. This is where the ponchos from the Maid of the Mist boat ride come in handy.
If you are touring Niagara Falls, USA, do not miss the Maid of the Mist boat ride and the view from Crow’s Nest.