This world-famous scenic boat tour of the American and Canadian Falls is a spectacular half-hour ride that gives visitors memories to last a lifetime. The Maid of the Mist has been bringing visitors up close to Niagara Falls for over 100 years. The tour can be accessed via the Observation Tower at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park. Waterproof clothing is provided. The tour operates mid May-late October.
“Not withstanding the spray and waves, the boat kept steadily on into the foaming water beneath the Horseshoe Falls. Here the signal was given to slow down, and the boat came to a standstill so close to the Falls that it seemed as if one could reach out and touch the falling water. Occasionally, the spray would break away and looking up, it would seem as if the falling water came from the sky. At no place can the majesty of the Niagara be realized at this point. It was a place never before visited by man." -Niagara Falls Gazette, June 17, 1885
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
The Niagara River, as is the entire Great Lakes Basin of which the river is an integral part, is a legacy of the last Ice Age. 18,000 years ago southern Ontario was covered by ice sheets 2-3 kilometers thick.
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