The Maid of the Mist is a 20-minute boat ride out of Niagara Falls, New York, that takes you as close up to Niagara Falls as you can get without swimming. This ride really is the best way to get a visceral sense of the force of the water thundering over the brink.
*Note* The Maid of the Mist used to operate on both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. As of 2014, Maid of the Mist stopped operating in Niagara Falls, Canada, and Hornblower Niagara Tours took over operation of this ferry service on the Canadian side of the Falls.
Maid of the Mist Details
- Maid of the Mist boat rides set sail from the American side of Niagara Falls.
- The all steel double-decker boat is 80 feet long, weighs 145 tons and powered by two 350-horsepower diesel engines.
- Depending on weather conditions, the Maid of the Mist generally operates between April/May and October.
- Be prepared to get wet; fortunately, disposable rain ponchos come with admission.
- You do not need a passport to ride the Maid of the Mist. The boat leaves from the U.S. side of the Falls and returns to the same spot.
- All parts of the Maid of the Mist Tour are wheelchair and stroller accessible, though strollers are not recommended on the boat.
- Parents can leave strollers on shore before boarding the Maid of the Mist if they wish.
- Parking is available in Niagara Falls State Park’s Parking Lot 1, located right near the Visitor Center.
Maid of the Mist Ticket Information
- Tickets for the Maid of the Mist are available at the Visitor Centre or online.
- Admission prices are US $19.25 for adults, $11.25 for children 6-12 yrs old and free for kids under 5 (prices as of 2018). Other prices may apply for groups and tours.
- No reservations are taken for the Maid of the Mist. The tour leaves every 15 minutes or so.