The Maid of the Mist boat tours almost need no introduction. These ferries have been running along the Niagara River for a long time – since 1846 there has been a Maid of the Mist boat on the waters, originally as the only passage across the tumultuous Niagara River but quickly developing into a prestigious tourist attraction in its own right. As such it can boast as being one of the oldest attractions in North America, with frequent updates to its fleet to keep the experience safe, modern and enjoyable. The Maid has the privilege of allowing passengers to sidle up to the various waterfalls of Niagara, providing them with an opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the powerful landmark that defines the region.
The Maid of the Mist ferries currently embark from a docking station on the American side of the Niagara River, at the base of the Prospect Point observation tower. The tower is the main entry point to the ferry – approach from the New York township of Niagara Falls at the top of the gorge and take the elevator down to reach the Maid’s loading point.
Currently two ferries are operational, with one departing at least every half hour for the trip to the falls. The ferry takes passengers, all supplied with a complimentary poncho for the trip, along all three waterfalls that make up the Niagara landmark, swimming through the misty spray created by the sheer force of the cascading water.
The Maid of the Mist ferries are an icon of Niagara Falls and one of the cornerstones of the region’s tourism industry. They operate from April to October in standard weather conditions, but when it’s operational the Maid always guarantees an amazing experience, regardless of the weather (after all, the ferry hands out ponchos for a reason – patrons on deck should expect to get wet!).
Any visitor to the Niagara region owes it to themselves to ride the Maid of the Mist and travel the same route as Princess Diana and Mick Jagger, and enjoy the most iconic view of the waterfalls from the most iconic ride in Canada.
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