The Maid of the Mist is a boat (there are several Maids, really) that takes off from either side of Niagara Falls and brings tourists almost next to the bottom of the falls. You get a tour of the basin and surrounding area as well. The “Mist” part is an understatement; you’re going to get wet. Mist patrons are given ponchos beforehand.
When you get close enough, you can barely hear anything over the noise of the falls. The boat gets pretty close and just hovers there for a few minutes. Getting shots without getting my camera drenched was quite a challenge.