Maid of the Mist
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 85%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 63%Adventure Travelers
- 59%History Buffs
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- Maid of the MistJul 12, 2014
A ride on the Maid of the Mist is an absolute must. (And a sure fire hit at any age.) Basically, it's a boat ride from either the American or Canadian side that takes passengers so close to falls themselves--American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe--that you'll get totally soaked (unless, of course, you opt to wear the rain gear provided). The close-up views are spectacular too.....Recommended for:
- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 14, 2013
The various incarnations of the Maid of the Mist have been taking passengers as close to the falls as they dare to go. I've taken the gondola over the whirlpool but not the Maid of the Mist. My parents recently took one of the jet boats that get really close.Recommended for:
- Maid of the MistMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 18, 2013
Sure, you can watch Niagara Falls from on land, whether you're on the Canadian or US side of the border. But nothing beats hopping on board these boats for a trip extremely close to the base of the thundering falls, where you will get soaked with spray even if you're wearing one of those funny blue plastic ponchos they'll give you (and which I still use for backpacking today). Totally worth the money and the wait, no matter how long the lines are. Go early or late in the day for the shortest wait times and best photography light.Recommended for:
- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Sep 13, 2013
The Maid of the Mist was everything I hoped it would be. I grew up in Rochester, NY and visited the falls many times a a child. I always want to go on the Maid of the Mist, but was told by my parents that it was too expensive. I brought my two daughters with me and we had a blast! I wore a raincoat under the flimsy blue poncho that they give you, and STILL got soaked...lol. It was totally worth it. You feel like you are IN the falls. Unfortunately the credit card machine was broken when we went, so I had to use cash, and only had US$. It was no problem and they even gave me change in USD. Cross one off my bucket list!Recommended for:
- Maid of the MistSep 13, 2013
Don't miss out on this ride on the waters with the whole family. Bring your camera's, but beware everyone will be trying to get the same shot. Even though your wearing the poncho, you will still get a little damp.....but well with it.Recommended for:
- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jun 24, 2013
You know a tourist attraction must be pretty good when it's been around for over 150 years. Take the Maid of the Mist tour when you visit Niagara Falls to feel the sheer big-ness of the falls. You'll sail directly into the spray of the falls, so be sure to cover yourself with your big blue rain parka they give you (large enough to fit purses and camera equipment inside).
- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4May 04, 2013
Popular way to get up close to the falls! I liked it, but for the amount of time you wait in line compared to the amount of time you spend on the water, It´s not something I´d do more than once. On the other hand, It is brilliant to hear and feel the power of the falls, an obvious way to cool down!
- Maid of the MistMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jun 02, 2014
One of those super touristy things you have to do anyways, and well worth it. Spectacular view of the falls, you just can't get from shore. Everything goes in slow motion as you get near, and really feel their power. You are going to get super wet!
- Maid of the MistOct 09, 2012
Don't let the lines scare you, the whole experience is very organized and moves quite quickly. That said... best to pick your time accordingly and try to save yourself up to a 45min. wait in seeing the falls close up. But that's just the mechanics of the adventure... lets me tell you about the experience.
Seeing the falls from below is incredible. It's wet, and it's amazing to see, and consider, just how much water is moving through the river while you're out on it. It's wild! When the day is grey, you might want to stay inside the cabin. BUT if it's nice out... When the weather is warm, I would HIGHLY suggest standing on deck and experiencing the sound and let the water wash over you.
Those who get sea sickness easily might want to sit this one out because it can get a bit rockin' on the water. Anyone who wants a bit of a thrill will love the experience.
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- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJul 05, 2012
Yes this is a touristy thing to do but you need to experience this at least once. Oh, yes you will get wet but who cares, it's Niagara Falls. Better to do on a warm day but fun anytime. Just think how strong the falls would be if most of the water wasn't being diverted to the power plant.
- Maid of the MistMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 04, 2012
It is going to be WET. So if you bring your camera - make sure it is actually waterproof. This was an awesome experience. It is quite hard to photograph when you are near the falls as there is so much spray that it will get your lens all full of bubbles so make the best of the incoming journey. This is the second best way to experience the Niagara Falls - the best one is via helicopter. Do both if you are only going to come here once.
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