They say time flies when you’re having fun and who would have thought three years would go by so quickly since first launching our boats in the water May 2014. Here we are three years later as we open our doors to the public on April 1, 2016. Although the date is shared by hoaxers and jokers around the world who will celebrate April Fools we are not kidding when we say we are launching our boats only 10 days after the first day of Spring .

Not only are we celebrating our opening today we are recognizing that our opening date comes as an historical moment for us. In over 150 years Hornblower’s opening date marks the earliest from any other boat tour operator in Niagara Falls history. When we first launched as the official Canadian Niagara Falls boat tour operator it was May 15, 2014. In 2015, we launched April 30 and today almost one and half months early we sit on the first day of the four month of the new year. When asked about what this means for Hornblower Niagara Cruises, General Manager, Mory DiMaurizio said, ‘So long as the boats are running, tourism is running — which is good for all of the major stakeholders in town.” DiMaurizio said. “It’s something that is a draw, we know people love it. It’s a way of getting up close and personal to the Falls. It’s a great experience.”

hornblower plaza

Thanks to Mother Nature and her mild ‘winter’ temperatures showing us days of 60 F (15 C) in February and frigid temperatures in March it’s no wonder that our ‘Niagara Wonder’ and ‘Niagara Thunder’ will cruise the waters this early. Don’t be that daring when it comes to going poncho-less or jacketless this Friday as temperatures this weekend will slowly start to warm up.  

If you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls this April then we recommend keeping these tips in mind:

  • First Boat departure of the day from April 1 to April 30 is at 9:30am and our last boat departure of the day is at 5:30pm.
  • Our Ticket Plaza opens at 9:00am
  • Purchase your tickets online to save money and time upon arrival
  • Evening cruises begin May 1st, 2016
  • Get Social and don’t forget to use our social hashtag #NiagaraCruises and  #InTheMist

falls fireworks cruise

What’s New This Year

Fallsview Patio

One of the best ways to dry off is under the warm Niagara sun is at our fully licensed outdoor Fallsview Patio. Known as the patio with the view, our outdoor area offers incredible and up close sights of the American and Bridal Veil Falls. We can happily say there is no place quite like it in Niagara. We won’t forget to mention that not only will you enjoy the sights you will hear the thundering roar from the natural wonders.

outdoor fallsview patio

Events, Events and More Events!

Who doesn’t love a party! Who doesn’t love a party with an incredible view, amazing food, outstanding service and a world famous attraction? Our stunning Private Event Tent is popular choice for corporate events, birthday parties and engagement parties.

event tent

For more information about booking your travels to Niagara Falls, visit our Planning Page.