NIAGARA FALLS, NY - With 4,000 vouchers snatched up in fewer than ten minutes, and the highwire walk just two weeks away, it's now time to talk logistics for Nik Wallenda's Walk In 2 History.
Get there early and save yourself a good seat on Terrapin Point on Goat Island. Terrapin Point is the best and really only viewing spot for Nik Wallenda's walk from the American side.
"We are encouraging folks to bring lawn chairs and blankets. We aren't providing any seating so that's allowed," said Angela Berti of the New York State Parks.
Visitors cannot bring coolers or food bags, and will be searched. There will be plenty of vendors on Goat Island for the day, as well as extra restrooms and even a portable cell phone tower.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 15 there are a few locations around the falls to trade the voucher in for a a wristband - like the Cave of the Winds kiosk and the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center. In addition, starting at 11:00 a.m., vouchers can be redeemed for wristbands at the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation Visitor Information Tent, located temporarily on Old Falls St. between Rainbow Blvd and Prospect St. in the City of Niagara Falls. Beginning at 6 p.m. the wristband gets you in to Terrapin Point.
A voucher does not get you a parking spot, so plan ahead.
"Parking's going to be difficult and limited and obviously with the number of people coming there will be a limited number of spaces," said Berti.
Before Wallenda's walk, which is supposed to happen just after 10 p.m., and last about 35 minutes, there's lots for families to do. There's your Niagara Falls staples- Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist- but a special Sideshow on Old Falls Street will be the place to be.
"They'll have a group of acrobats coming in, fire breathers, and there's going to be a petting zoo, as well as different food, and retail vendors available on that street throughout the entire day," said Melissa Morinello, of the Niagara Falls Tourism & Convention Corp.
Old Falls Street is where you'll also find large screens to watch the broadcast of the walk if you weren't lucky enough to get a voucher. Another option to see the walk is to cross over to the Canadian side of the falls.
If you'd like to make a night of the Wallenda Walk and book a room, there's still time.
"Out of the 3300 hotel rooms we have in the Falls region, we have 400 hotel rooms in the downtown corridor still available the day of the Nik Wallenda walk and about 700 total in the whole Niagara Falls region," said Mornello.