Back to Main Site

Setting Sail on the Waters of Niagara Falls USA

Whether you’re looking for speed (jet boat!), serenity (kayaks!) or sport (fishing!), here’s how to get out on the waters of Niagara County.

Have a boatload of fun on your trip to Niagara Falls, New York with these unique boat rides, tours and water activities.

Maid of the Mist

Niagara Falls’ most iconic boat ride, the Maid of the Mist has sailed passengers along the base of the Falls since 1846. Put on your poncho and watch as 3,160 tons of water per second flows right in front of you.

Length: 20 minutes
Location: Niagara Falls, New York

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

If getting splashed and soaked is more your speed (literally!), don’t miss Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours! These specially designed 1500 horsepower jet boats plunge directly into the rapids, scooping up hundreds of gallons of water and delighting guests of all ages on the Niagara River.

Length: 45-60 minutes
Location: Lewiston, New York

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Cruise through the Erie Canal on this narrated cruise highlighting the engineering marvel that opened up the American frontier. You’ll sail under lift bridges and be raised and lowered 50 feet in Locks 34 and 35, all while taking in the surrounding scenery of Lockport.

Length: 2 Hours
Location: Lockport, New York

Charter Captains

If you want more than just an hour or two on the water, consider hiring a charter captain. Depending on the season, salmon, trout, bass, walleye, muskellunge, steelhead and more are all possibilities of what you can reel in during your time in Niagara Falls USA!

Length: Half day or full day
Location: Niagara River or Lake Ontario


A peaceful paddle by kayak never disappoints. Niagara Outfitters offers kayak rentals, as well as a variety of guided tours for all levels of experience. Be sure to book your tour or rental in advance! 

Length: 2, 4, or 24-hour rentals available
Location: Various waters throughout Niagara County