Whirlpool jet boat on the Niagara river Niagara falls jet boat

Heading to Niagara Falls? If you love fun & adventure, you can NOT miss the Niagara Falls jet boat whirlpool experience! Let’s tell you more.

On our second trip to Niagara Falls, we decided we wanted to do something a bit more exciting and thrilling than the usual Maid of the Mist. After some googling, we came across the Whirlpool Jet Boat; a high-speed jet boat that whisks you through the rapids of the Niagara River. 

Niagara Falls Jet Boat – The Experience

Niagara falls jet boat

The whirlpool boat – Looking to get soaked? The most popular ride experience is the original Whirlpool jet boat, with an open-top thrill ride that leaves you drenched.

Stay dry – For a similar thrill to the whirlpool jet boat but a dry option, this boat whips you through the Niagara River Whirlpool with a covering above the boat. This is ideal for colder months or those wanting to bring a camera!

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The Jet Boat Niagara Falls ticket price

Both boat options are the same price as each other but the currency changes depending on departure location. This ride costs $73.95 CAD when departing from the Canadian side or $63.95 USD when departing from the US side. 

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Whirlpool Jet Boat tours Departure locations

You can catch this boat from three different locations:

  • Niagara Falls (Canada) – 55 River Frontage Road, Queenston, Ontario (around 20 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls).
  • Lewiston (US) – 115 S Water Street, Lewiston, New York
  • Niagara-On-The-Lake – 61 Melville Street, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. (Across the street from the town Marina on Melville Street).
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What to bring to the Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

  • Payment card – Whether it is a credit or debit card, you will need to bring the same card with you that you made your reservations. There is a retail and digital media shop where you can buy photos and videos from that accept card and cash. 
  • Change of clothes – If you are planning on heading anywhere but your hotel room, bring a change of clothes for the Whirlpool Jet Boat. If you are taking the covered option, you won’t need a change of clothes. 
  • Camera – If you are taking the covered option, bring along a camera for some great photos of your trip. If you are taking the version that will get you soaked, you could bring along a GoPro or waterproof camera but avoid anything other than this; we can’t stress how wet you will get. In fact, the company only allows cameras on the wet boats if they are on a wrist strap.
  • Warm clothes – If you are visiting in the colder season, we advise you bring layers. It can get chilly on both boats, especially after getting splashed in the Whirlpool Jet Boat.
  • Shoes – Again for the wet option, bring some spare shoes to wear on the trip. Alternatively, you can buy shoes from the tour company before your trip.
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Things to know before you go

  • Arrive: Make sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before your trip. 15 minutes before your departure, there is a mandatory safety orientation to brief you about the trip. 
  • Bring the card you made your reservation with.
  • Tours take around 45 minutes and follow the same route from both departing locations. 
  • The boat travels upriver (south) into the Niagara Gorge and through the famous whirlpool and then heads back through Devil’s Hole Rapids. 
  • Each Freedom Jet (covered) holds 62 passengers whilst the Wet Jet boats can cover either 48 or 54 passengers. Capacities have been adjusted for the 2021 season due to the pandemic. 
  • Restrictions: For the Wet trip, you must be at least 44 inches tall whilst you must be at least 40 inches tall for the Jet Dome trip. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • Warning: The jet boat can be a rough ride but there is no age limit. However, the company recommend participants to be in good health, free of heart, neck or back issues and not pregnant. 
  • Lockers: All locations offer complimentary lockers for you to store your belongings during the trip. On the wet boat, you can only bring hats, sunglasses/eyeglasses and a waterproof camera with wrist strap.
  • Waiver: Before your trip, you will need to sign a waver and these can be done on arrival or printed ahead of your visit.
  • Photos and videos: Around 10 minutes after your trip has ended, you will be able to see photos and videos from your experience in the store. You can buy reasonably priced packages here so it is worth checking out. 

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  1. Whoa that looks so fun! Would love to visit Niagara Falls some day! You have a preference for a specific side?

    • Hey Natasha!
      The American side is much more peaceful whilst the Canadian side is full of touristy stuff! There is a busy street of wax museums and arcades which makes staying on the Canadian side so much fun! 🙂

  2. This is totally my thing! I have done jet boating before on Sydney Harbour but Niagara Falls would be a whole different ball game. And yes I will admit we did the maid of the mist when we were last there lol

  3. Oh my gosh this looks so awesome!! I went to Niagara Falls ageees ago when I was younger and all I did was the usual touristy boat ride… nothing like this. How cool is it that you can just rent a GoPro these days?? Awesome post, thanks for sharing 😀

  4. I didn’t know about this! I can’t believe they bring you right under the rapids – very cool. It does look like a lot of wet & wild fun!

  5. Love that video! Looks super professional! I have always wanted to try whitewater rafting, but I don’t like the idea of getting soaked with cold water with my clothes on ha! Might have to try it after all, as it looks super fun!

  6. What a fun experience! I personally don’t like getting wet, but I think I might do it for these views. I didn’t even know you could get that close!

  7. Hey Katie, loved this post! I’m actually from Toronto and am constantly in Niagara Falls. I’ve passed by the whirlpool tours so many times but have never gotten around to doing it yet! It’s great to hear that they talk to you about history on the tour and that the company covered the picture part of the process. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  8. That sounds awesome! I visited Niagara Falls last year and was thisclose to booking the jet boat excursion, but ultimately opted against it. I wasn’t sure if it would be too touristy or not. Based on your review I’ll have to do it the next time I go back!

  9. I lived on an American side for a while and honestly I prefer the nature over there over casinos on the Canadian side, but I guess that’s what people want. I’m not sure if this jet was available back in 2012, but it looks like so much fun! I would love to try if I ever visit again 🙂

  10. I am Canadian and frequent the Niagara Falls area as it is only 90 minutes away, I must say I do enjoy the ambiance we provide tourism with the various amenities and activities. Mind you, I am not overly fussed on Clifton Hill where all the museums are and Fallsview Casino, however, if you are comparing the falls and the experiences, I prefer my home. The boating does sound really fun though!

  11. This looks so fun!! And a little bit terrifying lol. At least in the video everyone looks like they’re having a great time. I remember when I visited my favorite part was seeing up close how strong the water was. This definitely looks more fun than a typical tour.

  12. Looks like a great ride. I only did the gentle boat from the Canadian side!! Maybe if I ever get there again I could go for this one 🙂

  13. What an exhilarating experience! We also just recently featured Niagara Falls guide on our blog and we have a video with amazing views near and around the falls.

  14. Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed it. Niagra falls is highest on my bucket list. I am going to try this out there

  15. Oh my goodness, this sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!!! I totally would be down to sit in the first 2 rows. I am sure it would have been such an exhilarating experience and a total unique way to explore Niagara Falls.

  16. This looks like so much fun! I was meant to go to Canada last year but we ended up going somewhere different in the end. I never thought of getting a jet boat so if I go one day I’ll definitely try this out 🙂

  17. I am yet to get to the USA …but this will surely be on my list when I do come. How much does the ride cost? How old can a kid be to enjoy it?

  18. I did the whirlpool jet boat when I was at the Niagara Falls as well, but mine has a domed window top so none of us got wet. I wish I took the one that gets me splashed too, it sounds so thrill and more fun!

    • Oh yeah we saw that one, it is a better option especially if it isn’t in the middle of the summer! We managed to get a cold after the jet boat because we got soaked! 🙂

  19. […] The Canadian side also offers some fun activities for the evenings: wax museums, arcades, themed restaurants, chill-out bars with funky cocktails and more. You can drive out to one of the many vineyards or head down Niagara River on a thrilling Jetboat. […]

  20. […] As one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Falls themselves are spectacular enough that you don’t need to do anything else while there. However, there are some interesting things to see and do there like the funniest wax museum in the world or the whirlpool jet boats. […]

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