Through the mid-19th century, sturdy rowboats ferried passengers across the grand Niagara River below the legendary Falls. By 1846, however, river tycoons decided a bigger vessel could profit by hauling travelers, luggage, mail and cargo across the misty expanse of swirling waters – and the first Maid of the Mist steamboat , large enough to carry horses and a statecoach, was christened. In 1848, construction of a new suspension bridge slowed business to a standstill, and “Maid of the Mist” was re-branded as a sightseeing voyage that still operates today. Adventurous groups on Northeastern holiday will not want to miss seeing the breathtaking landmark Falls and an ever-popular Maid of the Mist Tour get you and your travel buddies as “up close and personal” as you could ever hope to be! Throw on your blue keepsake poncho, tuck your phone and not-so-waterproof camera inside something waterproof, slip on your “water shoes” or flip on your flipflops and prepare for the most exhilarating, wet-and-wonderful ride of your life as you board the stately 74’ Maid of the Mist VI or the majestic 80’ Maid of the Mist VII, swing wide and away from the dock and Rainbow Bridge and shove out across the churning river toward the Falls! You won’t believe your eyes-OR ears-as you approach the thundering curtains of water! Thrill to the crushingly powerful roar of the Falls and thrust of the boat working against the river, moving steadily through the magical rainbow mist and wild soaking spray to bring you and your awe-stuck companions an unforgettable “fish eye” view of the most visited natural wonders in the world!