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“The Most Fun in Niagara”

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
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1-Hour Niagara Falls Open-Top Jet-Boat Ride
Ranked #3 of 43 Tours in Niagara Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 26, 2011

My wife and I did this on a whim three years ago when we were in Niagara on the Lake, and could not wait to take our adult (24/26) there on this latest trip to the Falls. This ride is a blast! Fast, fun and scenic. Not for the feint at heart, you get splashed and soaked and if you are not careful to keep your mouth closed, you will take home a bit of the river in your stomach. The August water was warm, but we enjoyed it equally in mid-June last trip. If it's at all cool, wear the slicker they provide. The wind on the trip back and a wet tee--shirt can be a cool combination. Anywhere in boat looks fun, but we sat up front. Lot's of fun there, but further back you have a little more time to anticipate the big wave that's about to wash over you. No one escapes being soaked, though. Younger kids had to ride in the back, but were several on our trip all of whom loved the ride.

Note, new Niagara Falls location by the Aerocar does involve a bus ride, which left about 35-40 minutes prior to booked ride time. Make sure you arrive on time (45 minutes early) or you will miss bus. Definitely more convenient that the N-O-T-L location i you are staying at the falls. Can take People Mover if needed, for one thing, plus less of a ride back and forth in the boat (which can be cool as described). There are lockers at the facilities to store your valuables and a changing area. Make sure to watch your video.

Definitely experience the Niagara River class-5 up close and personal

2  Thank jgrahamiii
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Went on jet boat ride and loved it. I have 12 and 13 year old who enjoyed the experience. Amy was our tour guide and insisted we sit in 3rd/4th row. We were first in line and really wanted the first row for the ultimate experience. She insisted it was for safety, but our kids are over 100lbs and over 5ft tall-pretty much adult height/wt. There were even adults there smaller than our kids that she let sit in front. There was no reason for her decision. The experience, other than Amy, was great and I would highly recommend it. A little expensive but worth it.

Thank kaole
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

This was an incredible experience!

I mistakenly booked us for the closed dome (I'm a sucker for discounted tickets and did not notice this was the enclosed boat trip) but this ride on class 5 rapids was a thriller anyway and very much worth the price of the ticket.

It took about an hour or so, complete with live-narration describing what you are seeing and some geological history thrown in. There were moments when the boat seemed completely submerged by the waves!

The advantage of the closed dome is that you can take great pictures (you cannot take your camera on the open boat) and you don't need to change your clothes at the end of the ride.

My 10 year old was squealing with excitement! We would definitely do this again.

Note: This is not a ride for people who are prone to motion sickness. It can be bumpy as the boat skims the water's surface and they execute "Hamilton turns" (which I think were almost 360 turns). And of course the ride on the rapids can be stomach-dropping.

2  Thank lilymama
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

On a hit summer's day, nothing better than nearly drowning in the Niagara gorge :D. The ride is beautiful and you get to see a part if the river that is not visible from anywhere on land. If you like being on the water and going fast, you'll love the ride. If you and comfortable in big waves, sit up front. If not, take a back seat. I wad in the first row on the right side, and there were several waves that reminded me of being dragged under at the beach! I had a great time, but some people may find it unnerving. If you sit in the back, you will still get wet, sti experience the thrill, but I hear they got less water up their noses. :)

Thank Carin C
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Everyone from the ticket seller to the tour guides were super friendly and helpful!! The staff at the dock was amazing and helpful!

We took a shuttle to the dock and got ready to board the boat. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made the trip even more fun. We are so glad we got to do this once in a lifetime experience over the class 5 rapids of the Niagara River.

Thank Sue R
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