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Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

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Chicago, Illinois
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Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

We are planning on this long weekend (30th Aug 14) to Niagara Falls. I am expecting lots of crowds and big queues. Is it better to book the tickets in advance from their website?

Toronto, Canada
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1. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

Maid of the Mist does not do reservations, which is on the US side....hornblower cruises on the Canadian side does do reservations

Brooklyn, New York...
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2. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

Was in Niagara on canada side a few weeks ago and I was worried about crowds too. The town was very quiet and you do not need to make reservations for the hornblower boat ride ( which is only a 20 minute ride)

Edited: 12:26 am, August 23, 2014
New Jersey
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3. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

We were on the CA side a couple weeks ago. It was busy but we did not reserve the Hornblower ahead of time. We had to wait at least 30 mins to get tickets and then about 15 mins after we were on the boat. Had a great time. The earlier you go after / when they open the better you will be.

New Jersey
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4. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

You don't really need reservations for either boat. If you decide to do Hornblower, get the Adventure Pass Classic, which comes with 3 other activities and the WeGo bus ride for 2 days. So worth it. https:/… You can reserve your times when you pick up your lanyards and passes. But we always got places early and were able to get right in.

Chicago, Illinois
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5. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

Thanks for the suggestions. We will be reaching US side falls by afternoon. I am expecting lots of crowds due to labor day long weekend. Hope there no big waiting in queues.

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6. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

great info on booking our falls ride.

7. Re: Do we need to book the Maid of the mist in advance?

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