Water activity

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

4.8 / 5

36 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Niagara Falls

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

Activity provider: Gray Line Niagara Falls

From US$ 129.95 per person

Visit the best attractions on the American side of Niagara Falls. Experience their mighty power up close aboard the famous Maid of the Mist. Extend your tour to see the unmissable Cave of the Winds.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 4.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off is available from select downtown hotels in Niagara Falls, New York.
Wheelchair accessible


4.5 hours
  • Niagara Falls, USA

  • Niagara Falls, USA Side

  • Niagara Falls Observation Tower

  • Cave of the Winds

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Whirlpool State Park

  • Niagara Falls, USA

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Take an exhilarating boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls onboard the historic Maid of the Mist
  • View all of Niagara Falls' splendor from Goat Island and Terrapin Point
  • Learn the history of the hydroelectric dams and the experiments of Nikola Tesla
  • Extend your tour and be "blown away" by the unmissable Cave of the Winds
Full description

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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (pick up from Niagara Falls, New York side only)
  • Three to four-hour sightseeing tour
  • Transport by climate-controlled bus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission to American Observation Tower
  • Admission to Maid of the Mist
  • Admission to Cave of the Winds (if 4.5-hour option is selected)
  • All applicable local taxes, fees, and road tolls
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Visa, if required
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour operates on the American side of Niagara Falls
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • Ponchos will be provided at Maid of the Mist and at Cave of the Winds (if option selected)
  • Food and drink is not included in this activity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

John T was a fantastic tour guide, from Gray Line Tours, start to finish! He had a pleasant & humorous personality. He had great facts to share about the sights we were seeing & even some side points as we drove to our destinations. He was a safe driver & made sure our total group of 18 were accounted for throughout our tour. I highly recommend John & Gray Line Tours to anyone visiting the Niagara area! It really made our wedding anniversary trip a once in a lifetime experience!

Read more

August 1, 2021

The activities were quite good, the guide was very friendly but quite uncontrolled, an activity that supposedly lasted 4 hours. And it started at 10 a.m. They became 7 because you have to wait for your turn in the waiting line, so I missed doing an activity that was scheduled for 4.30 and they do not return the money even though it is supposedly the fault of the bad organization they have

Read more

July 5, 2021

August 25, 2022

Product ID: 375796