Maid of the Mist
This is the #1 attraction in Niagara Falls, NY. The boat is a singular experience as there is nothing like it in the world. If you can do only one attraction in Niagara Falls, NY, do the Maid of the Mist boat tour.
For the above reasons and so many more, that is why we include the Maid of the Mist boat tour in our 4 hour double decker tour of Niagara Falls.
Maid of the Mist Secrets
#1 Maid of the Mist secret is to position yourself to be the first person to exit the boat. By standing on the port (shore side) of the vessel on the lower level, you will be set to exit the gates as soon as they are opened after docking. This strategy will save why a lot of time waiting to take the elevators back up to the Observation Tower.
WHIRLPOOL sTATE pARK
The Whirlpool is another natural attraction that you'll only find in Niagara Falls. About three miles downstream of the Falls, water blasts through Class 6 rapids and then slams into a natural basin, churning in a counter clockwise fashion, causing a natural whirlpool. To the best of our knowledge there is no other inland whirlpool of this size. This is the most dangerous part of the Niagara River, and one of the most beautiful vistas to enjoy the river--that's why we include it in our Niagara Falls, NY tour.
SECRETS of the WHIRLPOOL
The Niagara River is about 40 feet deep, the Whirlpool nearly 200 feet deep. This is where everything that is trapped within the river surfaces. This is where bodies are found and tree trucks are tossed about like matchsticks.
This basin was carved by an ancient waterfall that cut through this region prior to the Wisconsin Ice Age that produced the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE WATER I AT THIS POINT OF THE RIVER!