People have long described Maid of the Mist boat tours in Niagara Falls, New York, as electric. Today, it’s literally true. Our catamaran-style boats are all-electric, giving visitors the best experience and helping us do our part to protect the natural wonder and beauty of Niagara Falls. The iconic attraction transports guests to the Bridal Veil or American Falls, then proceeds to the base of the Canadian Falls or Horseshoe Falls, where more than 600,000 gallons of water a second cascade into the Lower Niagara River.
The water churns into a maelstrom, and Maid of the Mist captains keep the vessels steady as guests scream and squeal in delight as they experience the thunder and mist of Niagara Falls.
Maid of the Mist is now in its 138th consecutive season, and the third season for our all-electric, zero-emission vessels, James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla. The Glynn is named after James V. Glynn, Maid of the Mist chairman and CEO, who began his career in 1950 as a ticket taker. He purchased the Maid in 1971. The Tesla honors the Serbian-born engineer who was behind the design and construction of the world’s first hydroelectric power plant, located in Niagara Falls, New York.
Launched during the 2020 season, the new vessels are the first of their kind in North America. Propelled by electric motors, the boats have no engine noise nor diesel fumes. Each vessel can carry up to 600 passengers.
“These eco-friendly vessels are unique and provide our guests from around the world with an unparalleled experience,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “Our vessels move silently, almost effortlessly, as they take people closer to nature. You can hear the birds and you can hear the roar of Niagara Falls without any engine noise. It is a new and thrilling experience.
“Maid of the Mist is a unique, global brand. Our associates work very hard to make sure that our guests have a memorable experience that only Maid of the Mist can provide.”
The lithium-ion batteries are recharged in seven minutes between tours while the vessels are docked. The boats are literally plugged in. People find it fascinating to watch.
A new feature of the voyage, available only on Maid of the Mist, comes on the return trip from Horseshoe Falls when the vessel stops, faces the falls, and completes a 360-degree revolution, a maneuver made possible through the L-drive bow-thruster propulsion system.
Since 1846 and nonstop since 1885, Maid of the Mist vessels powered by steam and diesel engines—and now electric motors—have carried millions of passengers to the base of Niagara Falls for a unique, up-close view of one of the wonders of the world. Maid of the Mist is the longest continuously running tourist attraction in North America, operating out of Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States.
In 1846, the first Maid of the Mist, a side-wheel steamboat ferry with twin smokestacks, could carry a stagecoach and horses across the Niagara River. In 1848, construction of a suspension bridge curtailed business, and Maid of the Mist was rebranded as a sightseeing adventure. A combination of factors led to the suspension of service until June 13, 1885, when a new Maid of the Mist boat ventured closer to the Horseshoe Falls than any boat ever had.
When you step aboard the Maid of the Mist—the original Niagara Falls boat tour—your trip to Niagara Falls, U.S.A., becomes an experience you won’t soon forget.
Two leading maritime publications, American Ship Review and Marine News, both named the new vessels their “Ship of the Year,” and Maid of the Mist was also the recipient of an international 2021 Gustave Trouvé Award for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.
Actors and actresses, world leaders, and other celebrities have boarded Maid of the Mist, including Marilyn Monroe; former President Jimmy Carter; Princess Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry; singers Katy Perry and Mick Jagger; and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
NBC-TV’s “The Office” filmed on the Maid in 2009 when Pam and Jim were married, and the Maid also was featured in the 2023 motion picture “A Man Called Otto,” starring Tom Hanks.
Adult tickets are $28.25, child tickets (6–12 years) are $16.50, and children 5 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at store.maidofthemist.com.
The current season runs through Nov. 5, 2023.
For more information, contact Maid of the Mist’s Tim Ruddy.
Photos by Maid of the Mist