Imagine being able to reach out your hand and touch the power emanating from Niagara Falls. A trip to the visitor's center at our Niagara Power Project can emulate that very experience! The Power Vista features more than 50 interactive exhibits and an observation deck. Located just 4 miles downstream from the Falls, it is set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Niagara River Gorge. Visitors of all ages enjoy the hands-on experience as they learn about hydroelectricity and the historic role it has played in the Niagara Frontier.
-A recently added 16 kv solar array to the roof of the Power Vista and linked it to an interactive kiosk in the exhibit area. The display provides real time generation data and information on solar energy technology. Among other high-tech additions is a comprehensive Electric Lab, explaining the basics of electricity with an operating model of a hydropower turbine.
-Taking a more nostalgic approach, a realistic replica of a Victorian house combines local period architecture with contemporary information on energy efficiency and electrical safety.
-Are you a fan of e-mail? Then send your friends and family an electronic postcard over the Internet, using our computers to place your image in one of four Niagara project backdrops.
-The visitors center includes a permanent exhibit called "The Times of the Tuscarora," a timeline of the Tuscarora Nation from 800 A.D. to the present, including artwork, beadwork and other examples of Tuscarora history and culture.
-A dramatic audio-visual display highlights Power Authority customers, including those Western New York firms that rely on Niagara's economical hydroelectricity.
-One of the Power Vista's original features, a large terrain map demonstrating how Niagara River water is diverted to generate electricity, has been updated with fiber optics. This birds-eye view of the region is always popular with local residents and out-of-town tourists as they try to spot area landmarks.
- Once you've studied our simulated scenery, experience the real thing firsthand by simply stepping outside onto our Observation Deck.
-New is the QR code tour. This audio tour provides mobile access to over 20 exhibits, and works with both traditional cell phones and the latest smartphones
Visit http://www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm for more information! Hours of operation: Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round. Admission is FREE! Call toll-free at 1-866-NYPA-FUN (697-2386). Now is the perfect time to plan your visit!