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Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

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Safety measures
icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Feel the powerful rush of the falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, overlooking the American falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water — by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by land on the Cave of the Winds walking adventure.
  • Half-day Niagara Falls tour
  • Ride on the Maid of the Mist boat in season
  • Visit famous Niagara Falls attractions including Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls
  • View the falls atop the American Observation Tower
  • Explore the adventurous Cave of the Winds in season

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This hassle-free tour includes hotel pickup and admission to two top Niagara Falls attractions.
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Hotel pick up and drop off to/from Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls, New York
Free parking at central pickup locations
Maid of the Mist boat ride (early May- late October)
The Niagara Legends of Adventure Movie (replaces the Maid of the Mist boat ride during the off-season)
Cave of the Winds (early May - late December)
The New York State Power Vista (replaces the Cave of the Winds during the off-season)
Prospect Point Observation Tower
Transportation to/from Toronto or Buffalo hotels
Gratuities

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This activity will end right where it started.Departure Point: We pick up from all locations/addresses in Niagara Falls, New York. If you are not staying at one of the hotels listed, please contact us to arrange a central pick up point location.
This is as close as anyone can get to Niagara Falls—without riding over them in a barrel, of course. This seasonal (May to October) tour travels to all the edges of the falls.

The journey begins with an elevator ride down into the Niagara Gorge, where wooden walkways along the Niagara River lead to the observation deck of the Cave of the Winds, just a few feet from the powerful rush of the falls. It’s like being caught in a tropical storm. This is what it means to be close to Niagara Falls. Really close.

Then it’s another elevator ride up to the only panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls—the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls—from the observation tower. Stand over Niagara Gorge with an unobstructed view of all three as the waters rage below.

Finally, hop on board the popular Maid of the Mist for a boat ride to the very edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America.

Notice: The Maid of the Mist departs from the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. All customers must have proper credentials to enter the United States.

Operating dates of the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds are approximate and depend on weather conditions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cave of the Winds
Take an adventure through the Cave of the Winds
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Maid of the Mist
Sail on the iconic Maid of the Mist boat ride ** ** The Maid of the Mist operates May 24 – November 3, 2019. The Niagara Legends of Adventure Movie replaces the Maid of the Mist boat ride during the off-season.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Bridal Veil Falls
Marvel at the Falls from the USA side
Pass By:  
Niagara Falls
Marvel at the Falls from the USA side
Pass By:  
Horseshoe Falls
Marvel at the Falls from the USA side
Stop At:  
Niagara Falls Observation Tower
See the falls from the Observation Tower in Niagara Falls State Park
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Three Sisters Island
Experience the sweeping views of the Falls from all key viewing areas
Stop At:  
Niagara Falls State Park
Experience the sweeping views of the Falls from all key viewing areas
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Travel by elevator deep into the Niagara Gorge where you can get as close as 20 feet from the falls on the Cave of Winds trip.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: hotel pickup is NOT available from Toronto
  • This tour takes place in Niagara Falls, New York, USA
  • If staying on the Canadian side, a current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We have been experiencing longer than normal tour durations. Safety procedures implemented to satisfy mandated Physical Distancing requirements due to COVID-19 have extended service times and wait times. Safety first, extended service times and wait times are beyond our control
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Over the Falls Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Niagara Falls American-Side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Also, try to do the tours on a weekday and NOT a weekend." See review
  • "There is so much to see in the Niagara area and in order to really see the good stuff in one day you will need to hire a guide." See review

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Fabulous Trip
Sanjay_K
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience with viator. Superb travel driver and guide. Love to join him again. I booked online and I was not sure about the travel facilities and guide but I was amazed with the services they provided. Guide was very humble, jolly and helping. We as a family had lot of fun during a super busy and much crowded day. Excellent Service!!
star-5
THE most Amazing experience of my life time
junor_C
, Jul 2022
GOING on the boat ride up to the falls was spectacular . the Observation deck was wonderful. and TIM the tour guide was just AWESOME!!!
star-5
Vela Family
Daryene_V
, Jul 2022
Had a wonderful time on our Niagara Falls tour and team Paul was amazing 😊 everything was done on time and very well organized. Thank you for making our vacation one of the best.
star-5
Team Christine is Number 1!!
Kristen_M
, Jul 2022
Team Christine was the best!! Very informative and so much fun! First time to Niagara and loved all of the attractions.
star-5
Amazing
Keisha_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide party Marty made the Niagara Falls tour an awesome experience. The whole tour was excellent, and very informative.
star-5
Team Tom. Excellent. Jul 2, 2022
Stephen_D
, Jul 2022
Tour guide Tom was terrific got us to our events on time made a wonderful experience for all of us. I found it interesting that if a tour operators bringing in 30+ people at a time we should be allowed to advance lines. I respect the state parks don’t like that but you are bringing visitors in.
star-5
Great experience
Tanmay_M
, Jul 2022
Nancy thank you for great tour! Great experience and they helped to organize wheelchair that worked well for my mom.
star-5
Marty was great!
Mark_M
, Jul 2022
We loved the tour. Marty was very knowledgeable. He made it enjoyable with his humor and friendliness.
star-5
A "must do" experience.
Thomas_F
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour. We thought the cost was a little high when we signed up for the tour but after the tour we found it very well worth the cost. Our host , Christina did an excellent job.
star-5
Great adventure
Theresa_W
, Jun 2022
Driver was on time and explained each step carefully .Minimal waits as Ed purchased all needed tickets . He had interesting stories to tell was pleasant to all.Sights were AMAZING!!
star-5
Amazon and surreal
Joseph_M
, Jun 2022
The maid of the mist tour was a great experience and hope to do it again. I also enjoyed the cave of the winds and hurricane deck getting soaked by the falls
star-1
Not a Good Tour Guide
Jennifer_M
, Jun 2022
The experience was a disaster! The tour guide was disorganized and we were forced to have lunch at an out of the way bakery that sold prepackaged sandwiches with no place to sit to eat - this was not on the itinerary. Another family tried to leave the tour and the guide was not going to let them off the bus. The guide brought up the incident several times during the day that it wasn't his fault (but it was). The 4.5 hour tour ended up being all day and we missed other plans we had for the day.
star-5
Worth the money!
Shari_G
, Jun 2022
Nice having a guide and being able to go right to activities and not wait in long lines! Noman was awesome!
star-5
Upstate new york
Michele_D
, Jun 2022
This is such beautifull country. You have to go. I can't say enough about the tour What a great experience. Thanks
star-5
Fantastic
Runette_R
, Jun 2022
Dale was very helpful. We really enjoyed the Maid of the mist. Fantastic experience!! Amazing to get so close to the falls. We were impressed with the timing of all the boats!
star-4
We had a great time! ...
Amanda_T
, Jun 2022
We had a great time! Sam, our tour guide with Over the Falls Tours, was fun and knowledgeable. The service was easy to work with and offered clean transportation.
star-5
Great sites
Karen_S
, Jun 2022
Great experience! We enjoyed our entire trip with team Paul. Would recommend to anyone! Must do if in Niagara Falls !
star-5
Nick from Over The Falls Tours provided a fantastic tour!!
Kate_M
, Jun 2022
Team Nick!!! We had the best day with Nick from Over The Falls Tours! He was so much fun. We started the day out when the bus picked us up at our hotel; then onto the Maid of the Mist boat ride, and we ended up having a little tour onto Goat Island and down to see the power plants and he also took us to DiCamillo’s bakery for lunch! We ended the day with Cave of the Winds. What a wonderful day full of good memories. Nick is very knowledgeable and fun and his voice is strong enough that you can even hear him in the back. We had the BEST time. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great Trip!
Allison_L
, Jun 2022
We had so much fun visiting all the Niagara Falls games locations! Our group was great, and our tour guide Christine was even more amazing! Will definitely use Viator again in the future!
star-5
Tour of the year!
sheryl_l
, Jun 2022
I booked this trip for my son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren and they could not stop talking about it when they came back! They loved every minute of it and found their tour guide extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this tour to everybody.

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