An official stop along the “Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail” our recent Festival of Trees featured a dazzling display of artificial evergreens adorned with energy efficient lights, decorated for the season by local not-for-profit groups.
Would you like to participate in next years' 2014 Festival of Trees? Any not-for-profit organization can participate, start by contacting us to reserve a tree. Call 716-286-6652 or simply submit your completed 2014 form. NYPA supplies the tree and LED lights, you supply the decorations that describe your organization!
Check out our Facebook Events page and join us year-round!
Next year's event will be held 4/25/15 and our Sculpture Contest entry forms are now available:
Please call us at 716-286-6652 with any questions. Or call us toll-free at 1-866-NYPA-FUN (697-2386).
Imagine being able to reach out your hand and touch the power emanating from Niagara Falls. A trip to the visitors center at our Niagara Power Project can emulate that very experience! View our Calendar of Events.
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.
: Located at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, NY, 14092-2199. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Call 716-286-6661 for more information.
In summer 2013, the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center turned 50! Come visit us and get a little nostalgic with our "Walk Through Time" photo display, sign our Anniversary Card, and enjoy the interactive exhibits. Anniversary Card messages will be included in a Power Vista time capsule to be buried at the end of its 50th anniversary year, next July!
The Power Vista Visitors Center marked a milestone in 2013, welcoming its seven millionth visitor since the facility first opened its doors in 1963.
Seen here is "Milestone Visitor" Zachary Yates, a student at Niagara University. Details...
New to the Niagara Power Vista is the QR code tour. This audio tour provides mobile access to over 20 exhibits, and works with both traditional cell phones (dial 716- 796-0135) and the latest smartphones (scan the QR codes with a QR Code Reader). Learn more about this interactive new addition to the Power Vista…
The visitors center includes a permanent exhibit called "The Times of the Tuscarora."
The timeline of the Tuscarora Nation from 800 A.D. to the present, including artwork, beadwork and other examples of Tuscarora history and culture.
We've recently added a 16 kW 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.
And theres more! A dramatic audio-visual display highlights Power Authority customers, including those Western New York firms that rely on Niagaras economical hydroelectricity.
One of the Power Vistas 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 youve studied our simulated scenery, experience the real thing firsthand by simply stepping outside onto our Observation Deck.
Art lovers will appreciate our recent restoration of the seven-foot-high mural by American painter Thomas Hart Benton that depicts Father Louis Hennepin and a group of Native Americans viewing Niagara Falls during the priests 17th century expedition in the New World. The mural was commissioned by the Power Authority when the Niagara project was built.
Call us with your questions or for more information and details on special programs: 716-286-6661 or toll-free at 1-866-NYPA-FUN (697-2386). Now is the perfect time to plan your visit!
And be sure to include a trip to Niagara Falls State Park, America's oldest state park, and the many other Niagara region attractions. View the printer-friendly version of our neighborhood attractions map.
Contact us and we will put you on our events email list. Please let us know which visitors center or centers you're interested in.
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