Maid of the Mist announces launch of 2021 season


First full season for “2021 Ship of the Year” all-electric vessels

(Niagara Falls, N.Y., U.S.A.) – Electricity will be in the air on Thursday, Apr 29, at 9 a.m., when the James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla set sail to commence the Maid of the Mist’s 2021 season, its 136th consecutive year of operation. The all-electric, zero-emission vessels, the only ones of their kind in the United States, will ferry guests to the base of the American and Horseshoe falls, providing them with an iconic experience unlike any other.

Two leading maritime publications, American Ship Review and Marine News, both named the new vessels “Ship of the Year” for 2021.

“This promises to be another memorable year for our guests,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “This will be the first full season for our new vessels which move silently, taking people closer to nature. You can hear the birds; you can hear the falls without any engine noise. It is a new and thrilling experience.”

The lithium-ion batteries are recharged in seven minutes between tours while the vessels are docked. “We literally plug them in,” Glynn said. “I think people will find that process fascinating to watch.”

A new feature of the voyage, available only on Maid of the Mist, comes on the return trip from the Horseshoe falls when the vessel stops again in front of the American falls and completes a 360-degree revolution, a maneuver made possible through the bow thruster propulsion system.
COVID-19 continues to have an impact on operations. Maid of the Mist tours will operate at reduced capacity. The Maid of the Mist Density Reduction Plan, which is extensive in its approach to health and safety, first implemented in June 2020, will remain in place. It includes:

  • All visitors will be required to wear a face covering as a condition of admission.
  • Before arriving at the ticket window, guests will be required to orderly que six feet apart unless they are with household members.
  • Only one party at a time will be permitted to approach each of the ticket booths. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
  • Countertops and credit card keypads will be sanitized after each transaction.
  • All hand railings and visitor touch points will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Guests will be reminded about social distancing when they board the vessel.
  • Distance markers are located throughout the facility.

Since 1846 and non-stop 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 U.S.

Adult tickets are $25.25; child tickets (6–12 years) $14.75; children 5 and under are free with accompanying adult. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at

Maid of the Mist 2021 Schedule

Apr. 29 – May 21
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weekdays)
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (weekends)

May 22 – May 23
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (daily)

May 24 – May 28
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (daily)

Saturday, May 29
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 30
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday, May 31
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

June 1 – June 18
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sun. – Fri.)
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sat.)

June 19 – August 8
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (daily)

August 9 – August 28
9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (daily)

August 29 – September 5
9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. (daily)

Labor Day Only
Monday, September 6
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

September 7 – October 3
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weekdays)
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (weekends)

October 4 – October 31
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (daily)

November 1 – November 7
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (daily)

The ticket office closes 15 minutes before last scheduled departure.