Our Journey To Niagara Falls: The Maid of the Mist and Skylon Tower
Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Hey there, Gadabout Gal Kelly here!
I hope you’ve had a chance to check out some of our recent Travel Diary posts about our late-October ‘Wine & Waterfalls’ adventure!
We 3 Gals took a fun road trip from Columbus, Ohio to the Grand River Valley wine region in northeast Ohio for a few days…then we drove 3 hours further north to Niagara Falls, USA & Canada…and then on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario!
We had such a fun and amazing time, SO many great places to see and experience! Definitely check out our other Travel Diary posts about this trip if you haven’t read them yet. We’ll be posting much more about our ‘Wine and Waterfalls’ adventure in the weeks ahead.
Today, I’m excited to share some of the fun pics and video from our day trip from the USA side on the Maid of the Mist boat ride to the Falls…and from our nighttime trip up to the observation deck on top of the Skylon Tower on the Canadian side. Oh my, both are such fun bucket list types of adventures!
Our word for that day: EXHILARATING!
FUN FACT #1: The American Falls is the second-largest of the three waterfalls that together are known as Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada-US border. Unlike the much larger Horseshoe Falls, of which two-thirds is in Ontario, Canada and one-third in the U.S. state of New York, the American Falls is entirely within the United States.
Before we boarded the Maid of the Mist, we were able to walk around and take some fun photos around the Falls.
Everywhere you look is an awesome photo op!!!
FUN FACT #2: Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls, is the largest of the three waterfalls that collectively form Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada-United States border. Approximately 90% of the Niagara River flows over Horseshoe Falls. The remaining 10% flows over the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
Donning bright pink rain ponchos (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and setting out on a cold and rainy voyage…on a BIG boat filled with strangers…headed straight for Niagara Falls. Are you kidding me? KrAzY!! It may be crazy, but we did it…and we all absolutely LOVED it!!!
If you’re not familiar with the very famous Maid of the Mist boat tour, let me fill you in:
Since 1846, it’s America’s most amazing boat ride.
Here’s how they describe it:
“See the raging currents. Hear the deafening thunder. And feel the refreshing mist of 600,000 gallons of water falling before your eyes every second! The Maid of the Mist is the one and only tour boat fleet whose captains have safely navigated the mighty water of the Niagara Gorge for over 100 years, taking tens of millions of visitors direct into the center of the swirling mist!”
You can check out the amazing history of the Maid of the Mist here:
The schedule of boat trips runs from April through early November. Tickets for adults to ride are $19.25 (USD) each and they do not take reservations. Luckily, they have boats leaving about every 15 minutes and the trip lasts approximately 20 minutes.
More info on the boat schedule and ticket pricing here:
We went in late October, and experienced some rain and chilly temperatures, but we still enjoyed it immensely! A trip in the spring or summer would probably be warmer and less wet…but really, any time is a great time for this one-of-a-kind adventure!
When they say that they take you directly into the center of the mist…they aren’t kidding!!!
As our trip progressed, we literally thought we were heading straight into the Falls..that’s how close they take you! Feeling the rush of the mist from those majestic Falls on your face is truly a one-of-a-kind amazing experience!
Check out the fun video I took as we headed straight into the Falls:
After our boat ride, we were able to explore a little bit around the USA side of the Falls. They have a lot of walkways and cool vantage points for awesome views and great photos!
We can’t stress it enough….visiting Niagara Falls like this is truly exciting and an adventure well-taken!
After our afternoon on the Maid of the Mist boat and exploring the USA side of the Falls, we ventured over the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side. We checked into our hotel (The Marriott on the Falls), dried off, had a snack and rested a bit…and then headed out to explore some more.
There are so many different Niagara Falls attractions you can visit, but if you can only visit a few…we recommend checking out the Skylon Tower Observation Deck!
A trip to the top of this world-famous attraction combines an exhilarating 52-second ride up the Tower with the awe of seeing Niagara from 775 feet above the mighty Falls. Riding on the “Yellow Bug” glass-enclosed exterior elevator to the top of the Skylon Tower at night and seeing that view was definitely one of the highlights of our visit.
The Skylon Tower indoor/outdoor Observation Decks offer 360 degree views of Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, the Niagara wine district, the dazzling cityscape below…and the Toronto and Buffalo skylines! On a clear day from this highest vantage point in Niagara, you’ll see 8,000 square miles of Canada and the U.S.!
Click here for more info about the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls:
Because we took our trip up the Skylon Tower at night, we were able to view all the Falls illuminated in glorious color and the city lights below…SO pretty! It was a bit rainy and very windy, but that didn’t detract from our view.
Check out my video view from the Skylon Tower Observation Deck at night:
Before we left the Skylon Tower, we posed for some fun green screen touristy photos…and of course, we just had to buy them!
I mean....why not???
If you plan to spend the night on the Canadian side of the Falls, we definitely recommend that you get up early the next morning to enjoy a more quiet walk around the area. We spent the night at the Marriott on the Falls and loved it! (https://www.marriottonthefalls.com/).
The view from our room that night was spectacular!
Even better? We 3 Gals woke up early on Sunday morning and took a brief 10 minute walk from our hotel to the Falls and explored the entire area. Oh my! We walked all around from about 7 am to 8 am…and we were practically the only ones out & about!
It was such a unique treat and a nice, quiet way to view the majesty of the Falls and surrounding area.
On our walk back to the hotel, we stopped for breakfast at the iHop Fallsview atop one of the area hotels (I can’t remember which one). Seriously? Even the iHop had awesome views (but take note, the food was very pricey. You’re paying for the view!).
Check out my video below from our morning walk, with a very closeup view of what it might be like to go over the Falls:
BOTTOM LINE: We 3 Gadabout Gals LOVED everything about our day and night at both the USA and Canadian side of Niagara Falls! We HIGHLY recommend visiting this true natural wonder. We had SO much fun (even in the rain)…and all of us can’t WAIT to go back and do it all again!!