Maid of the Mist

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Luv2Travel on September 14, 2006

Being one of the most popular attractions in Niagara Falls, my husband and I decided to join the list of millions who have enjoyed an up-close and personal view of the falls.

Because of the wet experience, I would suggest a hat and sunglasses. Knowing that my hard work would have been washed down the Niagara River, I failed to fix my hair or don my make-up.

Once you arrive at the gate, they give you the very fashionable blue piece of plastic they call a rain poncho. If you stand on the bottom level of the boat, make sure you go to the starboard (right side) or even the front. Many people go for the port (left side) to get a good view of the American Falls; however, once you get to the Horseshoe Falls, the boat will turn so that the right side has a better view. It is also the area where you will get the wettest. On the way back, the right side will then have a good view of the American Falls.

Times vary throughout the season. We arrived at the first scheduled launch (9:45am), which is when the lines tend to be the shortest. Admission is C$14 for adults, C$8.60 for children 6-12, and 5 and under are free; however, the loud thundering noise and power of the falls may scare a child, so we left our 2-year-old with nana and papa.

One downfall is the fact that the line is held up because they take pictures of each individual family. These pictures can be viewed and purchased at the end of your boat ride C$20. I would suggest only bringing a waterproof camera on this attraction; therefore, this souvenir maybe of interest to those without a camera.

This attraction is a must-see!
Maid of the Mist
Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point
Niagara Falls, New York, 14303
(716) 284-8897

© LP 2000-2009