Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls
It's like taking a shower all over again. What am I talking about? Made Of The Mist. What's that? That is the boat which will take you right underneath the falls. This way you can see the American side of the falls from very close up. I've taken all pictures personally. Did not take any pictures on the boat. My camera is not water-proof. :)
The tickets are about $10- / person and the wait is not too long. Don't get intimidated by the hundreds of people lining up. The line goes relatively fast and the boat carries many people at once. They have several boats and those leave every 10, 15 minutes. They also provide you with a vinyl coat to protect you from the splashing water.
Once the boat is up close to the main falls, you can't even breathe from the tremendous water pressure and wind it creates. Not to mention the noise. You gotta try Made of the Mist. Check the web site below for the history of this boat ride.
The Maid of Mist continues to Horseshoe Falls after passing American Falls. The tiny boat will slowly edge to the Maid of the Mist pool at the foot of the falls. The water here rushes around you, the sound of the falls is overwhelming, and the mist obscures everything. Be sure to be up on the upper deck, where the experience is a thrill of a lifetime. The Maid of the Mist takes you face to face with the falls and lets you feel their power more than any other tour/activity at the falls. Definitely not to be missed.
Do it on a sunny day... our day was warm and fabulous but with as wet as you get, it's hard to imagine doing it on a windy, chilly day. Probably wouldn't be as fun.
It's a fun boat trek into the falls....well, close to anyway. They get close enough for you to get wet from the mist (even with the provided blue raincoats) to feel the intensity, hear the thunderous roar. Riding Maid of the Mist truly is the only way to understand the power of the falls.
Boats leave the dock every 30 minutes.
maid of the mist
The purpose of our visit was to view the Niagara Falls, both falls in fact the American Falls and the Canadian horseshoe falls.
We had viewed the falls from the land based observation decks which give an excellent view, you experience the "roar" and the spray but you generally only receive the aspect from above.
The Maid of The Mist tour takes you to the bottom of the falls, you approach from a kilometre away and as you get closer the excitement increases, the waters are getting rough, you are getting very wet and cameras are flashing as you come within 100 metres of the waterfall.
This is a memorable experience . Cost: Adult $14.50 Child (under 12) $8.50 Under 5 Free
This is a part of the history of the falls. If you haven't done it, try it! They give you blue raincoat to protect your clothing. You can also stay inside the boat for a dryer look...hehe..
The children loved it, and would definately recommend it to families.
The maid of the mist was closed this time of year (March) so we didn't get to ride it. Who would want to with the temperature being what it was? I did, however, ride the maid of the mist when I came here at the age of 10. It's fun and they give you a poncho and everything. I don't remember much about it though but I may dig through my parents pictures to see if I can find one of that trip.
I think there is a lot to do and see in NF, and an extra few hours will allow you to see everything without rushing. I would recommend you buy the Adventure Pass ($44.95 CAD) cause it is a bargain - four attractions plus access to the People Mover which will take you to all the places, including those down the Parkway, like the Butterfly Conservatory and the White Water Walk. You can get the pass at kiosks down by the Falls.
If you can, grab the Maid of the Mist either first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon - less crowded and better light for photos.
You will have trouble finding something you want to stay in in NF in high season for $50-60. One good bet is Bedham Hall, (www.bedhamhall.com)a B&B on the River Road within walking distance of most attractions - rooms start at $96 CAD.
Hope you enjoy your visit!
One of the favourite ways to experience Niagara Falls would be to take the Maid of the Mist. This enables visitors to get closer to the falls, and enjoy getting sprayed. On the day that I went it was raining, so we actually got pretty soaked! I also read about helicopter rides which would offer a bird's-eye view, but didn't get to do it this time round, which's a pity.
Adult fare for the Maid of the Mist is 14.5 CAD, with discounts for kids and groups, and free for kids below 5 years old who're accompanied by parents.
Note that the Maid of the Mist doesn't run year-round, Check with their official website for the schedule.
The Maid of the Mist boat tour should not be skipped when visiting Niagara Falls. The tour is offered on both the U.S. and Canadian sides. The tour will take you to the base of the falls. Not only will you be able to experience a view of the falls from the base, but you will also be able to feel the power of the falls as water and mist drench you and moist wind blows on your face. Each person will receive a free poncho of course, but still try to protect your camera as it will be difficult to take pictures. The lines to the boat tour can be long, but the boats do come very frequently.
This is a real must do ! its wet, chilly and the blue ponchos you are given to wear are definately not designer but its so exciting as you approach the falls and get covered in mist and spray
Getting so close to all the thundering water is thrilling .... but watch out for your cameras, the moisture plays havoc with them
the first Maid of the Mist was a steam boat operating from 1846 - 1854 and replaced the rowing boats which used to ferry people across the Niagara River, when a suspension bridge was opened in 1848 the owners switched from ferry to tourist trips to the base of the falls
The Maid of the Mist operates from April to October, 2006 prices were $14 Canadian for adults and $8.60 Canadaian for children, under 5s are free
We did the touristy thing, but it was fun! Getting close up to the Falls like that gave us some great views (and photos!). The boat ride is probably about half an hour altogether. We didn't have to wait long because of the frequent trips out (every 15 minutes) and capacity of the boat. Don't worry if you don't get a railing view, the view is just as good from the centre of the boat (top deck that is).
FANTASTIC. You can feel the falls under you, aroud you and in your ear. The water on the cheeks is great. The ride to a from the falls is magnificient. A MUST!!! $14 Ca. Per adult.
Just of the the falls: a big sign shows you where to go. Go in the morning. There is less people so there is no line up!
$14.50 Adults (13+ years), $8.90 Children (6 to 12 years). Children 5 and under are FREE!
Operating from late April/early May (weather dependent) to October 24 each year, the Maid departs every 15 minutes.
If there is one thing that you must do while at Niagara Falls, THIS IS IT! Maid of the Mist has been running since 1846 and I can see why. This is the best way to get up close and personal with the falls. To feel the incredible power at the bottom of Horseshoe Falls is really just an awesome, memorable experience!
A ride on the Maid of the Mist should be at the top of your list of things to do while visiting Niagara Falls. The boat takes you up close to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Make sure you wear the poncho provided to you, you'll need it. You go past the American Falls on the way and get a real good view of them as well. A disposable waterproof camera is a good idea to take, because once you get up close to the Falls the mist will be too much for a regular camera.