The Maid of the Mist boat is the #1 attraction in Niagara Falls since the Maid of the Mist began operating in 1846. This is a truly singular Niagara Falls attraction that is quite unlike any other tourist attraction in the world.
Although you feel like you are plunging into the jaws of a typhoon, you are quite safe. It seems like you are tempting fate by kissing the base of the Horseshoe Falls, but in fact you are at a safe distance away from the torrent, Just enough to give the appearance that you are cheating death.
And that leads us to one of the Maid of the Mist's secrets. The most vulnerable time during your voyage is when you are at the base of the Horseshoe Fall. If the boat malfunctioned however, which won't happen, you would never be driven towards the waterfall, you would be repelled away!
But do not worry about such things. In fact, there has never been a drowning or serious injury aboard the Maid of the Mist boat attraction. The boat is run by reputable owners and inspected by the Coast Guard. Just sit back, relax and be "Mist"-ified by the most amazing attraciton in all of Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist boat.