Maid Of The Mist
Maid Of The Mist
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
For the most up-to-date schedule and to purchase tickets, visit our website:. Boats depart daily from Niagara Falls State Park at Prospect Point, Niagara Falls, New York. The 25-minute tour takes passengers to the American Falls and into the basin of the Canadian Falls. No reservations are required. Souvenir rain ponchos included with ticket your purchase.
Niagara Falls, New York

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Priyanka Reddy B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This attraction is worth the price, much needed visit once in lifetime, it's an eye feast to see the fastest moving waterfall with beautiful views. We visited american waterfalls in the united states border. It's worth to make couple visits to the falls in the noon to find that lucky rainbow across the falls and in the night to see the beautifully dancing color changing waterfalls. Maid of the mist is a must do attraction for whoever visits the falls.
Written January 13, 2020
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damiengabriel
Northampton, PA92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Took my grandchildren to Niagara Falls, NY. This was a must do attraction. We went on a late Wednesday morning. After you buy your tickets, receive your rain poncho, we waited only about 15 minutes to board. Kids wanted to be on top deck. Amazing, up close views of the Falls. We all got very wet but the kids had a blast. Got some great pictures.

Tip-wear shorts. People that wore pants were soaked about knee length on down. Also, we went to cave of the winds first so we were still wearing the sandals they gave us.

Since we already paid for parking at Cave of the Winds, just told attendant at Maid of the Mist parking. Don't pay another $10.00.
Written September 3, 2021
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B_in_Penfield
Penfield, NY383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Unless you're afraid of the water or being on a boat, this is a must do. The staff is great, you queue is very organized. We didn't have a long wait in October, but I'm sure there are peak times when the wait can be long.

You get a nice elevator down to the bottom of the gorge. You follow the sidewalk to the waiting queue for the boat. You get your poncho.

For the most exciting experience, go to the upper deck of the boat, right in the front. Your face will get soaked, and footwear can get wet too.

First you get a nice leisurely ride toward the Horseshoe Falls, then you get closer, and closer. The roar of the thundering water increases, you feel the engine speed up so the boat can fight the current and then there you are, at the base of the falls! So exciting and so much fun!

After a few minutes the boat turns and heads back to the dock.

I imagine this could be scary for young children - maybe a better location would be on the main deck, under cover, toward the middle. Still great views, but a bit more protected from the mist.

The boats are wheelchair accessible.

Amazing way to see the falls.
Written February 17, 2020
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Katiemeg2
San Antonio, TX14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Attempted to ride but I agree this attraction is very poorly managed. Online tickets are meaningless. They have reduced capacity due to Covid but no such thing in the lines that were jammed packed with people waiting HOURS. They should do things more like Cave of the Winds. Buy timed tickets so you don't wait there all day in a crowd of people hoping you get on. Apparently 600+ people were waiting by 6am when boats didn't even start until 9. Would have loved to have gone but they really need to fix how they handle this attraction.
Written September 7, 2020
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Katherine
Bethesda6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Buying tickets online does NOT mean you can get on a boat! We got there mid-afternoon, and all the day’s boats were sold out. When I told someone we had purchased $90 worth of tickets online a couple months earlier, I was told that didn’t mean anything, and we would have to come back the next morning. Of course, this isn’t an option on many vacation itineraries. If I were to do it again, I would skip buying tickets online and just make sure to get there first thing in the morning. That would still mean standing in a lengthy line, but at least I wouldn’t be out $90. I was told I can get a full refund. We’ll see. The website doesn’t tell you any of this. I heard at least a dozen other people also asking why they couldn’t get on a boat if they’d already purchased tickets online. Feeling duped and disappointed.
Written August 20, 2020
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Julie
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great experience and would definitely recommend. Make sure to wear flip flops if you don't want your shoes to get wet. We got soaked, even with the poncho on that they provide. Also make sure to bring a waterproof case for your phone if you want pictures. Would have given 5 stars if it hadn't been so hard to get tickets. Online ticketing is not an option and you have to get your ticket in person. We got there at 12pm on a Saturday and they were already sold out. Came back Sunday morning at 7:30am and there were already about 75 people in line. Ticket booth did not open until 9:30, so we had to wait in line for 2 hours just to get tickets. We were able to get on the first boat though, which was nice. After we got back to the dock at about 10am, they had already sold out for the day. FYI other attractions sell out early, too. Cave of the Winds had sold out by 10am as well, and the trolley sold out around noon.
Written September 28, 2020
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Kathleen
Angola, NY3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We took a ride on the Maid of the Mist today, July 15, 2020. It was excruciatingly hot and difficult for little children to wait in long lines, especially with masks on! I tried to call and find out how the tickets worked but no one answered my call. I thought there would be some sort of social distancing but once on the boat, we were shoulder to shoulder. I feel timed tickets could alleviate the long waits and people could experience other parts of the park. There should have been marks on the boat that kept people 6 feet apart. I was extremely disappointed with our visit and felt my grandchildren really did not enjoy it. I would have preferred taking a trip on the Canadian Hornblower.
Written July 15, 2020
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BA
Pittsburgh1,290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed this. You get a great close up view of the falls. We got there as it was opening on a weekday in June and I think we were in the second boat of the day. Plenty of room for everyone to have a great view. We stood at the rail of the upper deck but you would probably have just as nice a view from the middle. It’s cool to be in where the water all converges and the boat gets moved around.

You get wet but not soaked through with the poncho on. We wish it would’ve been a little longer.

I tried taking video down there but couldn’t keep my balance. I got a little bit but would’ve liked a little more. If I go again I’ll try to stand more towards the middle where maybe I can lean on something or sit in one of the few chairs to get some pictures/videos from right in the mix of the water.

It’s kind of expensive at around $25 for maybe 5 minutes by the falls (stop for a little in front of both but all told that’s probably about it) but it’s still worth it. We would recommend it!
Written June 19, 2021
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My husband and I took a ride on the Maid of the Mist on our short recent trip to Niagara Falls. This is one of the must-dos for good reason. Though the logistics were a little irritating, the ride itself was a lot of fun and an incredible experience!

You can purchase tickets in advance for Maid of the Mist but you can't reserve a time, so it's somewhat pointless. Parking was a bit of a pain - the lots were pretty packed but we luckily found a spot and we didn't have to pay again after we had already paid for parking within the park at Cave of the Winds. It's not very clear what to do to use your parking ticket again but we were able to get the attention of the attendant, who showed us how we could reuse our ticket. Once we were parked, it wasn't clear which way to go to get to the Maid of the Mist. There are signs that lead to some dead ends with some construction that's going on around there but we eventually found it.

We got our tickets and only had to wait a few minutes for the next boat to arrive and to unload and load new passengers. The ride itself was a lot of fun! You get great views of both falls and get to experience the rapids of the Canadian Falls. I sometimes get seasick so I had a patch on (Scolpamine) but I think I might have been ok, even if I wasn't wearing one. They tell you to stay downstairs if you want to stay dry, upstairs if you want to get wet, so we opted to go upstairs and had a fun time getting soaked on our little excursion. We both had cameras on us (dSLR, camcorder) but were able to shield them a bit under our ponchos when the water got really heavy. We were able to get a spot in the back corner of the boat with beautiful, unimpeded views and it wasn't too crowded that we got to enjoy the experience a bit without people on top of us. After we docked, we took the elevator up to the observation deck and got a great view of both falls from above.

The price was $26.50 ($25.25 per adult plus $1.25 for the elevator, which I don't know why they don't just include since you have to pay it to get to the boat). It was reasonable enough for what was a very unique and fun experience!

I would definitely recommend this experience, even if the ticket situation is a little annoying.
Written September 5, 2022
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jpete02
Lansing, MI889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Went on Maid of the Mist as a kid and not much has changed in 30 plus years. About the only thing that has changed is they are now using a clean electric boat instead of a boat that runs on diesel.

Still the best way to see and experience all of the falls. The mist is usually so thick when you are by horseshoe falls, it can be difficult to see but you can hear the roar and see the churning water just the same. Just a lot of fun for any age group.

Not cheap at $25.50/adult and $19 for kids 6-12 ( kids under six are free) but this is not an experience you want to skip. Line moved pretty fast on an early afternoon during a summer weekday. Waited about ten minutes to board. If coming on a nice weekend day, be prepared to wait.

You can buy tickets online ahead of time but you still need to stop at the same ticket booth to pick up your ticket, which is ridiculous and defeats the purpose of buying the ticket online. Also, buying a ticket online is not for a reserved time either.

You are given a poncho but no water shoes. If you need water shoes, go to Cave of the Winds first, where you are given water shoes with admission. Otherwise, your tennis shoes will get soaked.

Biggest pain is parking. The state park parking lot by Maid of the Mist is small and often full. This lot seems expensive at $10/$15 weekdays/weekends until you see what they charge outside the park. Large city parking garage is $20 flat rate. Saw other surface lots that charged $25.
Written August 10, 2021
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