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Niagara Falls: Maid of the Mist Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Niagara Falls: Maid of the Mist Ticket and Guided Tour

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, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

2. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

Journey into the heart of the Horseshoe Falls, embark on a sightseeing boat tour of the Niagara Falls, and feel the mist of 700,000 gallons of water barrels over the falls. Then go up to the Observation Deck to see the Niagara Falls' all 3 waterfalls. Next, visit Prospect Point then walk over to Goat Island to view Luna Island and the amazing Horseshoe Falls. Learn some history of Niagara Falls from your knowledgeable guide who will accompany you on the boat and direct you to the best locations. The boat can get crowded so your guide will ensure you’re one of the first off the boat, saving you time from waiting in the elevator line. Next, do the adventure walk and learn about the history of Niagara Falls and the daredevils who tried to defy her. End the tour at the trolley and seek information to help you enjoy your visit to the Falls. The guides on-site are happy to answer all questions and help you navigate the Niagara Falls State Park.

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

3. 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.

NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

4. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

Niagara Falls, USA: Day & Night Tour with Light Show

5. Niagara Falls, USA: Day & Night Tour with Light Show

Visit Niagara Falls with this half-day trip and have the chance to experience the Falls up close with a walk through the Cave of the Winds and a ride on the Maid of the Mist (seasonal). Visit Niagara Falls State Park, learn interesting history, and witness stunning views by day and night. Depending on the time of year, board the Maid of the Mist boat and journey through the breathtaking Cave of the Winds. See and feel the powerful 12,000-year-old natural world wonder, Niagara Falls. Also stop at the American Observation Tower, Goat Island, As you visit the oldest state park in the USA, head to incredible viewpoints of the Falls. Learn about the history of Niagara Falls and hear the stories of daredevils who tried to conquer it. Your visit ends with an opportunity to witness the nighttime illumination of Niagara Falls.

NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

6. NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 50-minute express cruise is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million immigrants came through.  You will also see Governors Island, a former military base that has since been redeveloped with a beautiful park for the public to enjoy.

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

7. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds 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, 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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds. Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

9. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour

Experience Niagara Falls from the US side with the help of a tour guide and a day pass for the park’s trolley. Ride the Maid of the Mist for a better look at the islands, enter the Cave of the Winds to hear the thunderous waterfalls, and board the trolley freely to see the whole park in a day. Start your tour with the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Your guide will bring you to the boat, answer all your questions, and give you tips on how to make the most of your boat trip. Listen to the guide on board to see all the landmarks you'll pass in the water. After, your guide will meet you for a walking tour around the park, stopping at the best places for views and photos. Learn about the daredevils who challenge the raging falls while you watch the water crashing. Walk with your guide to the trolley and get your trolley pass and tickets to Cave of the Winds. Hop on and off the trolley as you please and take your time exploring Luna Island, Three Sisters Island, Terrapin Point, and the Cave of the Winds. Skip the ticket line at Cave of the Winds and walk below the falls to view the majesty of Niagara up close. Feel the power of the gushing water on the Hurricane Deck and climb to higher levels to get even closer to the action. Make use of the trolley all day and into the night. If you’ve got time, catch the illumination of the falls and the fireworks display depending on the season. Ask your guide about fun places to explore, have a meal, or grab some drinks in between your sightseeing.

NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Skip-The-Box-Office Cruise

10. NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Skip-The-Box-Office Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of New York Harbor and Manhattan Island as you discover the secrets of the city. You will circle Manhattan, passing 3 rivers, 7 major bridges – including the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge – 5 boroughs, and more than 101 sights in New York’s legendary skyline. Get up close to the Statue of Liberty and see Manhattan just as the great explorers would have seen it at the end of their long ocean journeys. Tour the city by water and see the outer boroughs drift by. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring the city that never sleeps to life, telling fascinating stories about the breathtaking sights as you sail. See it all as you marvel at the best that New York has to offer. Cruise highlights include close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Randall’s Island, High Bridge, Columbia University, Harlem, Gracie Mansion, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, Grant’s Tomb, and The Little Red Lighthouse.

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4.4 / 5

based on 6,158 reviews

The ride was amazing! So much fun! The poncho did nothing to keep the water off, so it was really just to keep a little warmer from the cold water and wind, lol. Sat in the third row and it was a BLAST!!! Not one dry spot anywhere! The river is beautiful and our host and driver did an excellent job! Definitely recommend this tour! The only negative, is there were a lot of pictures of the back crowd, but none of the front seats. A little video but no stills. Definitely felt cheated out of those pictures!!! There also could have been more photos of our boat instead of generic pictures for the price I paid for the package! I hope you’ll consider making that change for future guests or possibly lower the price of the package and let the people know most of the pictures and videos are of random people.

Had an awesome experience. Our guide Mickie was super cool and full of knowledge. She gave all the information she can about Niagra falls and answered all our silly questions.

We had a great time. The falls are truly one of the great wonders of the world! Our guide Saiad was wonderful. He couldn’t have been more pleasant and informative.

Excellent tour with fantastic guide, Charlie. He was very knowledgeable and transmitted it in a humorous and lovely way.

If you don’t need to get off the boat it is perfect friend is handicapped so was great for us