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Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of the Mist Boat Ride and Guide

1. Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of the Mist Boat Ride and Guide

Enjoy the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride and then explore the Niagara Falls State Park during a guided walking tour. Hear about stories about the legends and the exciting side of Niagara Falls, from those who discovered it to those who challenged it. Meet your guide outside the Hard Rock Café and begin your waterfall-filled adventure. Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist and experience the mist that rises from the force of the falling water. Look for the rainbows that appear on sunny days.  Chart course from the Observation Tower to the base of the American Falls and onto the basin of Horseshoe Falls. Admire roaring falls and the massive rock formations as you glide across the water. Take a scenic walking tour from the historical marker at Hennepin Rock to the Trolley Loop around Prospect Point. Take in sweeping views, lush trees, and historical landmarks as you go. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour. 

Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of Mist & Cave of Winds Combo Tour

2. Niagara Falls, USA: Maid of Mist & Cave of Winds Combo Tour

Explore Niagara Falls State Park on this guided walking tour. Make the most of your time by starting with the Maid of the Mist boat ride with your guide and then reserve your time slot at Cave of the Winds so you can skip the ticket line. This tour also provides a pass for the hop-on hop-off Niagara Scenic Trolley so you can also visit the Horseshoe Falls, Luna Island, and Three Sisters Island. Meet your guide and begin your tour by hearing stories about the history of the State Park, heroic rescues, and daredevil stunt attempts on your way to the Maid Of The Mist boat ride. Your guide will make sure you receive your poncho while making your way onto the boat and share the best spots for viewing to give you the best experience possible. Cruise along and listen to stories about the Maid of the Mist boat. The boat tour will cross in front of the American and Bridal Veil Falls on your way to and from Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Get up close for a breathtaking experience. Once the cruise is completed, head back up to the Niagara Falls Observation Tower where your guide will share more stories and can help with snapping photos of you with the amazing views of Niagara Falls behind you. At the conclusion of your guided portion, you'll receive passes for both the hop-on, and hop-off Niagara Scenic Trolley service and a timed reservation for the Cave of the Winds. The very next stop after boarding the Niagara Scenic Trolley will be the Cave of the Winds. Once the Trolley brings you on the short journey over to the Cave of the Winds, you'll have your timed reservation so you can skip the ticket line. Explore this breathtaking attraction by taking an elevator ride down 150 feet into the Niagara Gorge. After collecting your waterproof poncho, experience Niagara Falls up close and personal. Take part in an exhilarating ascension up to the Hurricane Deck positioned at the base of Bridal Veil Falls where you will get absolutely soaked. Your Trolley pass is good all day long, so the Niagara Scenic Trolley will aid you as you chart your own course without a guide throughout Goat Island. Witness stunning views from both Terrapin Point and Luna Island and see the rapids up close at Three Sisters Island.

From NYC: 2-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Shopping Trip

3. From NYC: 2-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Shopping Trip

Escape the hectic atmosphere of New York for a night on this 2-day tour to Niagara Falls. Travel to the U.S. side of the Falls and ride on the famous Maid of the Mist boat. Enjoy some time shopping for bargains at the an outlet mall along the way. Day 1: Depart from the centrally-located meeting point in New York on an air-conditioned van or bus and heads north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap and Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Stretch your legs on a walk through Watkins Glen Canyon and capture pictures of views of the waterfalls. Drive by the stunning Seneca Lake and arrive in Niagara Falls in the late afternoon. Tour the American side of Niagara Falls, including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. Admire a night tour of Niagara Falls showcasing the colorful lighting of the thundering waters before settling in into your comfortable hotel room for the night. Day 2: Eat a hearty continental breakfast at the hotel. See both the Niagara and the Horseshoe Falls up close from the Maid of the Mist boat (available from May to October). When the Maid of the Mist is not operating, take a tour of the Power Vista Hydro-Electric Station and visit the Cave of the Winds. Board your bus or van and drive south and back to New York City. Stretch your legs in a more urban area, with a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way. Return to the city in time for you to grab a late dinner.

From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

4. From New York City: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

Take a day trip by comfortable bus to famous Niagara Falls. Enjoy a smooth round-trip journey, different vantage points to view the Falls, free time in Niagara, and, when in season, a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat. Begin your day with a morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan. Travel by comfortable motorcoach in the company of your guide. Enjoy the scenic landscape of upstate New York on your journey north. Take advantage of the wi-fi on board. The travel time is approximately 7-8 hours, each way, with one rest stop. Experience the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder of Niagara Falls aboard the historic Maid of the Mist boat, or, when the Maid of the Mist is not running, from other observation points such as Gorge Walk. Learn about the interesting history of these mighty waters and enjoy spectacular views of the falls from different vantage points. You will have the opportunity for lunch on your own, souvenir shopping, and exploring the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park. After an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories, relax onboard your comfortable motorcoach for the return to Times Square in Manhattan, arriving back between 11 PM-midnight.

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

5. From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

From NYC: 1-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Seasonal Boat Ride

6. From NYC: 1-Day Niagara Falls Tour with Seasonal Boat Ride

Embark on a day trip to Niagara Falls from New York City. Witness the dramatic views of the falls and avoid the hassle of border-crossing traffic and visa checks as this tour visits only the falls on the American side. Head north towards Niagara Falls in the late evening, making one stop along the way. Upon arrival in the morning, have breakfast and relax before traveling to the American side of the falls. Board the famous Maid Of The Mist, bringing you to the Horseshoe Falls, the most spectacular part of Niagara Falls. Continue to other major sights on Goat Island, including Bridal Veil Falls. Tuck into a delicious buffet lunch in the afternoon before your return trip back to Manhattan in an air-conditioned bus, which will arrive in the late evening.

Niagara Falls: Boat Ride, Cave Tickets and Walking Tour

7. Niagara Falls: Boat Ride, Cave Tickets and Walking Tour

Experience some of Niagara's famous attractions on this tour. Explore the Cave of the Winds, see all three of Niagara's famous waterfalls, and take a trolley ride around the State Park on this tour perfect for those trying to avoid a lengthy walking tour. Enjoy the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, and then explore the Niagara Falls State Park during a guided tour with a story guide, a local historian or a veteran who will share stories and history of the falls while on the tour. Enjoy a walking tour from Hennepin Rock to the Trolley Loop around Prospect Point and admission to the Maid of the Mist. Discover the thrill of walking below and under a world-famous waterfall as you enjoy the Cave of the Winds and a walking tour that features all three of Niagara's Mighty Waterfalls. See other highlights of Niagara including the Power Arch, Tesla Statue, Luna Island, Steadman's Bluff, Gorge Rim Walkway, Terrapin Point, and more. Take a trolley ride around the park and stop at 5 different locations within the park, perfect for those who want to see the park without walking the entire park on foot.

Niagara Falls, USA: American Side Tour & Maid of the Mist

8. Niagara Falls, USA: American Side Tour & Maid of the Mist

Get up close to explore the scenic beauty of Niagara Falls on the US side, on a bus tour of the area. Head to its most popular viewpoints for breathtaking panoramas of the thundering falls. Choose between a 3 hour or 4.5 hour half-day tour. Visit the American side's top attractions, including a ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist and famous Observation Tower. Your experienced and personable guide will share with you the region's rich history. Choose between a 3-hour and a 4.5-hour tour option. On the shorter 3-hour tour, you will be picked up from Niagara Falls, New York. Firstly, cruise to the Horseshoe Falls on the Maid of Mist boat to feel the mist of the falls and immerse yourself in these stunning natural surroundings. Then travel around Whirlpool State Park, a 109-acre area that overlooks the Niagara Whirlpool, Niagara River, and the lower Niagara Gorge. See the falls in all their glory from above. Next, climb aboard the Maid the Mist boat and view the mighty Niagara Falls from a different perspective. Feel the spray of the mist and hear the thunder of the falls from up close. On the 4.5-hour tour, you will begin with the hotel pickup from Niagara Falls, New York, or Niagara Falls, Ontario, aboard a climate-controlled bus. The first stop is Niagara Falls State Park. Descend 250 feet to the base of the American Falls to board the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat. Sail up to the Horseshoe Falls, to feel the refreshing spray and hear the roar of water rushing over its cliffs. Get up close and personal to the Falls at the Cave of the Winds. Descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge and then get kitted out in a poncho and specialized footwear. Hike a series of wooden walkways up to the famous "Hurricane Deck." Enjoy views of the Falls from various lookout spots, like Prospect Point and Terrapin Point. Walk around Whirlpool State Park for panoramic viewing of the Niagara Rapids and Whirlpool from atop the Niagara Gorge Trail.

Niagara Falls, USA: Guided Caves, Boat, and Tower Tour

9. Niagara Falls, USA: Guided Caves, Boat, and Tower Tour

Marvel at Niagara Falls on a tour that includes a boat cruise on the river, entry to the Niagara Observation Tower, and entry to the Cave of the Winds. Follow your guide and listen to their facts and anecdotes about the falls and their history. See the falls from all perspectives. Get picked up from your hotel in Niagara Falls, USA, and head straight to the Niagara Falls State Park. First, admire all three of the rushing waterfalls from the top of the Niagara Observation Tower. From largest to smallest, see the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from this high vantage point. Then, get up close to the mighty waterfalls on the Maid of The Mist boat on a cruise on the river. Feel the mist blow off the falls and hear their thundering roar surrounding you as you cruise on the water. Next, head to Goat Island to visit the Cave of the Winds. Don your yellow poncho and follow your guide along the wooden walkways and bridges to get really close to the waterfalls. Here, you are standing a mere 6 meters from the Bridal Veil Falls. Head back to your hotel with memorable moments spend at Niagara Falls.

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

10. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

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This trip was excellent. Guide Joseph was friendly, knowledgeable and and excellent host/guide. He provided useful information and advice at each point. He also made the time pass quickly with lots of interesting information. The coach was warm and comfortable. The driver was excellent, we went in the extreme weather and he was amazing. The hotel was clean comfortable and we stayed on the Canadian side of the falls. It even had a swimming pool!The falls are beautiful. We got time on both sides. The stops were also excellent with good choice of food options. The mall was also excellent lots of bargains to be had. Cannot fault this trip. Excellent value for money. It is a really long way you need to stay overnight, it is excellent value for money. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Beautiful experience to be recommended absolutely. You travel at night so upon arrival you are rested enough to enjoy a unique show! The guide Emily is very good and very prepared. The only pity is that in the cold period you don't have access to all the viewpoints as it is risky for the ice. Highly recommended

Muy buen trabajo de los guías. Muy bien explicado, didáctico, y sobre todo ameno. Estos comentarios los hacemos no por el cupón, sino porque es verdad, y es lo que sentimos después de esta asombrosa escurríos a las Cataratas Del Niágara. Muchas gracias por toda su amabilidad y ayuda.

The Both Drivers and the Brian the Guide was very kind and knowledgeable

We had a lot of fun. We would definitely do it again