Cruises in Niagara falls

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Sailing on one of the Niagara Falls cruises may not mean going on a multi-day oceanic vacation, but the sights and sounds of this natural wonder make cruising the Niagara River an unforgettable experience. Whether on the Canadian or American side of the attraction, consider one of the following cruises:

Maid of the Mist

The Maid of the Mist Boat Tour is among the most famous of Niagara Falls cruises and has departures from both the Canadian and the American sides of the falls. Open daily from April through October, the Maid of the Mist boat tour departs every 15 minutes for most of the day and lasts 30 minutes atop a double-decker boat. During those 30 minutes, you'll be brought as close to the falls as possible. Even an aerial tour can't offer the same experience. The cruise stays stationary for a time about 170 feet before the falls. You should expect to get soaked if you take a look at the falls from the deck, but you'll be provided with an optional disposable poncho upon your entrance.

Tickets cost CAN$14.50/U.S.$13.50 per adult and CAN$8.90/U.S.$7.45 per child over the age of 5. (Kids under 5 are free with accompanying guardian.) Discounts are available when you purchase group tickets in bulk through a travel agent or tour operator. Both the Canadian and the American launching points offer disability access.

Whirlpool Jet Boats Tour

Touring the falls area from above is possible with the Whirlpool Jet Boats Tour, which traverses the Niagara Gorge and the whitewater Devil's Hole Rapids. A much more rocky experience than the Maid of the Mist, the Whirlpool Jet Boats take smaller groups on either the Wet Jet or the Jet Dome boats for what qualifies as the natural version of a wild waterpark ride. On the Wet Jet, you'll be seated and fully exposed to the rapids (life jacket, aqua socks, wool sweater, poncho and/or splash suit provided), while on the Jet Dome, you can watch as water splashes a protective dome above you.

Tours are available April through October from 1 of 3 ports: Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Glen in Canada and Lewiston in the U.S. The Niagara on the Lake cruise takes 1 hour and the other two cruises take 45 minutes. For the Jet Dome, no children under the age of 4 or under 40 inches are allowed and for the Wet Jet, no children under the age of 6 or under 44 inches are permitted. All passengers younger than 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or over. Tickets cost CAN$59/U.S.$55 for adults and CAN$49/U.S.$45.68 for kids 13 and under for either type of boat. Group rates are available when booking 10 or more people.


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February 02, 2010 change by schitti

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