Through the mid-19th century, sturdy rowboats ferried intrepid passengers across the grand Niagara River below the legendary Falls . By 1846, however, entrepreneurs decided a bigger vessel could profit by hauling people, 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 stagecoach, was christened. In 1848, construction of a suspension bridge slowed business to a standstill, and “Maid of the Mist” was successfully re-branded as a sightseeing adventure. Groups on Northeastern holiday will not want to miss a visit to the fabulous landmark Falls and popular Maid of the Mist Tours get you as “up close and personal” as you would ever hope to be! Throw on your blue keepsake poncho, tuck your phone, keys and camera inside something waterproof, slip on your “water shoes” or flip flops and prepare for the most wet-and-wonderful ride of your life as you board the 74’ Maid of the Mist VI or 80’ Maid of the Mist VII, swing away from the dock and Rainbow Bridge and head out across the churning river toward the Falls. You won’t believe your eyes – OR ears – as you draw nearer the thundering curtains of water. Thrill to the powerful roar of the Falls and wild sensation of the boat working and arcing against the river, moving through the chilly, magical rainbow mist and soaking spray to bring you a memorable “fish eye” view-and exhilarating photo ops – of the most famous natural wonders in the world!