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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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  • "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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Getaway weekend from Pittsburgh Pa
Deborah_J
, Aug 2022
Brian our tour guide was so much fun he kept us entertained and on time . We would do this again in the future the whole experience was great and it was family oriented Bus 10 all the way !!!!!! 😊
star-5
Fantastic Niagara Falls experience
Srikumar_S
, Aug 2022
This was a great tour made even better by our guide Randy. We covered the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the winds and the whirlpool rapids in about 4.5 hours. Pick up was on time and Randy gave a lot of historical information about the area, gave useful pointers throughout the trip. Words can’t describe the exhilaration of seeing these natural wonders and getting soaked under the Bridal Veils falls on a hot summer day! Highly recommend!
star-5
Dale’s Kool Kats!
Geraldine_H
, Aug 2022
Great tour and Dale was a great tour guide! Dale was very considerate, patient and accommodating. Would certainly recommend this tour.
star-5
Incredible!!!
Rich_V
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Lenny, was knowledgeable, funny, and great to be around. We were able to bypass some lines, and Lenny had great suggestions to enhance our experience. This adventure is one we will never forget. Absolutely incredible!!!
star-5
Niagara Falls tour is awesome!!
Susann_M
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing trip and the day of our tour Christine did a great job telling us about all the history of the falls and surrounding areas. We even stopped to grab a bite to eat at a fabulous local bakery/deli to take and eat at the whirlpools. Really a memorable day!!
star-5
Great experience and must visit trip through Over the falls.
Yashwant_T
, Aug 2022
It was a wonderful tour with our tour guide legendary Lenny’s. Out of Falls tour is one to go for 🙌🤙🏻
star-3
Great views - you feel the Falls!
Mindy_S
, Aug 2022
Awesome views. Large crowds. At times, it felt as if you were herded through attractions, but with the other tourists there, that can be expected. Pat, our guide, went to the attractions with us to get our tickets. Information and history is limited. The group did not engage much, but we enjoyed it.
star-5
Unbelievable experience...
Vicki_C
, Aug 2022
Unbelievable experience of history and nature that our family shared together! Roland was an amazing guide and was very informative with a touch of humor!
star-5
It was an absolutely...
Wazeer_A
, Aug 2022
It was an absolutely incredibly experience! I would definitely recommend to anyone. The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny and exceeded expectations.
star-5
Refreshing adventure
Jean_K
, Aug 2022
Cave of winds and boat ride were a great experience for everyone. GreaT smiles laughs and happy people
star-5
Team Tim: Fun Day at Niagara Falls
Hillary_M
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Tim from Over the Falls was INCREDIBLE! He was so personable, friendly and immediately built rapport with everyone on our tour. He went way over and above the average tour, taking us to the Maid of the mist, Cave of the winds the power plant, Three Sisters island and SO MUCH more. He was so well informed on the history of the falls and surrounding area. He had water for all and candy for us while waiting in lines that were unavoidable. We felt like we got the most comprehensive tour for our money and we felt like we had known Tim for years. He was Fantastic! We would recommend his tour to all ages. Our 15 and 17 year old loved our day.
star-5
Love it
Maria_M
, Aug 2022
Just 🥰 perfect, nice time Over the falls tours with DALE THE BEST.....he had all the time to tell the story off the fall.
star-4
This activity was very...
Tina_P
, Jul 2022
This activity was very well worth it. Our guide, Randy, was very knowledgeable and helped us get the most out of our experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Legendary Lenny was...
Katie_G
, Jul 2022
Legendary Lenny was awesome - would definitely recommend! We got to see everything we wanted to in Niagara all in one awesome day.
star-5
A midnight dash from bos..
Rajesh_D
, Jul 2022
Randy was our guide. Pickup dropoff was smooth. Waiting was well managed. Anecdotes and history made it come alive. Seeing the whole length of the river in the falls nbhd made it much more interesting than just the falls. Learning the history of electricity was cool.
star-5
Awesome and fun day
Erica_D
, Jul 2022
Party Marty was awesome we had a very knowledgeable tour guide only thing that would have been better if we got a little more time at some of the places. But it is hard to judge how long each group will take foe the whole day.
star-5
What an enjoyable experience!
Alesia_W
, Jul 2022
We had an awesome time visiting and learning about the history of the falls and surrounding areas. Maid of the Mist ride was spectacular- be prepared to get wet! Randy with "Over the Falls" tour was an exceptional tour guide. I would definitely do this tour again
star-5
Great
Ravinder_S
, Jul 2022
Cave of wind was extremely great , maid of mai was also ohlalala. Everybody should visit this place at least one in their life……
star-5
Awesome experience
Amber_M
, Jul 2022
My favorite was definitely Cave of the winds. Our tour guide Christine was very knowledgeable. She kept it moving which is great, we saw everything we wanted to see and more. Definitely would recommend this.
star-5
Awesome time!!!
Eladio_E
, Jul 2022
We were part of Dale’s Kool Kats tour, and we truly enjoyed Dale’s funny anecdotes and his vast knowledge of all the areas visited; but above all, his love and joy for his job was palpable. We had an awesome time!!!

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