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Maid of the Mist

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.

Make the most of your visit to Maid of the Mist. Here is a list of some of the best things to do:

You should consider buying a Classic All American Niagara Falls Tour or a 2-Day Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC by Train while you're visiting. These activities are a couple of the most popular.

Examine our Niagara Falls things to do page to find many more activities while you're here.


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Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites CA $110
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Niagara River Gorge and Fallsview Casino. Skylon Tower and Scotiabank Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes.

    Sheraton On The Falls Hotel CA $101
    Sheraton On The Falls Hotel

    Sheraton On The Falls Hotel

    5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Niagara Falls hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Oakes Garden Theatre, Casino Niagara and Crystal Caves. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km). Niagara Falls Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview CA $115
      Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

      Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

      6700 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Scotiabank Convention Centre. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa CA $111
        Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa

        Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa

        6740 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Fallsview, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Horseshoe Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Vittoria Hotel and Suites CA $80
          Vittoria Hotel and Suites

          Vittoria Hotel and Suites

          5851 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is steps away from Niagara River Gorge, Greg Frewin Theatre and Niagara SkyWheel. Clifton Hill and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 10 minutes.

            Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls CA $79
            Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

            Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

            6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Horseshoe Falls and Aquarium of Niagara are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview CA $85
              Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

              Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

              6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls. Skylon Tower and Scotiabank Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes.

                Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls CA $89
                Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls

                Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls

                6546 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Scotiabank Convention Centre. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within 1 mile (2 km).