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Maid of the Mist
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The oldest and most popular tourist attraction at Niagara Falls takes passengers on a ride past American Falls and into the roaring basin of Horseshoe Falls.

When you step on a Maid of the Mist boat, from either the U.S. or Canadian side, you are embarking on the second-most popular boat tour in North America. Get ready for an exciting — and wet — adventure past American and Bridal Veil Falls, right into the ferocious mist and spray of Horseshoe Falls.

Maid of the Mist began as a ferry service between the U.S. and Canada in 1846. It was converted into a tourist attraction after the first suspension bridge across the Niagara River Gorge opened in 1848.

Two Maid of the Mist boats operate on the U.S. and Canadian shores, just south of the Rainbow Bridge. On the U.S. side, the entrance to the boat ride is within Niagara Falls State Park. On Canadian soil, drive down through Queen Victoria Park to Maid of the Mist Plaza where you can park and purchase tickets. Service on both sides is first come, first served and both are wheelchair accessible. In peak season, expect to wait up to three hours.

Before boarding, you will be given a plastic poncho to help keep you dry. There is no seating and no washrooms on the boats. Both the upper and lower decks are flat, so if you aren’t very tall, board early enough to get a place near the railing for a view.

Maid of the Mist begins operating in April or early May, depending on when the ice disappears from the river, then continues until late October. Check the website for the seasonal schedule of departure times.

Top Hotels Close to Maid of the Mist

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (9,522 reviews)
"Great view on Falls"

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

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Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
4 out of 5
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $87 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fallsview Casino and Queen Victoria Park. Horseshoe Falls and Casino Niagara are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,608 reviews)
"Beautiful view in the Junior Presidential Suite. Great whirlpool in room and lots of take out choices in the vicinity. Wonderful customer service!!!"

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
4 out of 5
5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
This family-friendly Niagara Falls hotel is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Oakes Garden Theatre and Casino Niagara. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark ...
4/5Very Good! (4,589 reviews)
"Overall it was good but just little thing, like towels were not very clean"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
4 out of 5
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $87 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
4 out of 5
5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
3.5 out of 5
6700 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $115 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18
Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
5339 Murray St, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $75 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls - By The Falls, an IHG Hotel
Vittoria Hotel and Suites
Vittoria Hotel and Suites
3 out of 5
5851 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $90 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Vittoria Hotel and Suites
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
3.5 out of 5
6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $75 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham by the Falls Niagara Falls
Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham by the Falls Niagara Falls
2.5 out of 5
5905 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $59 per night from May 2 to May 3
Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham by the Falls Niagara Falls
Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa
Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
6740 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is CA $110 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.