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Maid of the Mist opens for 133rd consecutive season

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Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 04:00 pm
The iconic Maid of the Mist returns to Niagara Falls. (Submitted photo)
The iconic Maid of the Mist returns to Niagara Falls. (Submitted photo)
Now that the ice run has cleared the lower Niagara River, final preparations are being made to launch the Maid of the Mist's 2018 season, the 133rd consecutive run for one of North America's longest-running tourist attractions.
Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII will welcome passengers at 9 a.m. Friday, April 27. Departures are available only from the Maid of the Mist landing in Niagara Falls, New York.
The season runs through Nov. 4.
"We know this is a bucket list attraction for visitors from around the world," said Christopher Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist. "Our crew is ready to welcome guests to our iconic vessels, providing them with an unforgettable, monumental experience."
In 1848, Maid of the Mist I, a side-steamboat ferry with twin smokestacks, could carry a stagecoach and horses across the Niagara River. In 1848, construction of a suspension bridge curtailed business and Maid of the Mist was re-branded as a sightseeing adventure. A combination of factors led to the suspension of service until June 13, 1885, when a new Maid of the Mist boat ventured closer to the Horseshoe Falls than any boat ever had. Service has continued non-stop for 133 seasons.
Today, Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII can accommodate as many as 600 passengers.
Beginning April 27 and continuing through May 18, tours will operate 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekends). Hours will expand as the summer commences. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.maidofthemist.com.
Adult tickets are $19.25; tickets for children (6-12 years) are $11.20. Children 5 and under ride free with an accompanying adult.

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