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
On October 13, 1812, the United States invaded Canada. Lewiston was the staging area for the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the War of 1812. Cannons installed on the lawn of Barton Hill were aimed at the village of Queenston, across the Niagara River in Canada. Troops were quartered on Major Barton's property as well.
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