Generating Power Full of Fun
The New York Power Authority is generating more than electricity at its admission-free visitors center.
At the Niagara Power Vista, you’ll find something for everyone. From toddlers to seniors, there’s so much here to see, learn and do. Come and explore more than 50 interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits inviting you to discover electricity and science in a way that’s entertaining, educational and exciting. Stroll around on your own or as part of an escorted group tour. When contacted in advance, NYPA staff can customize an age-appropriate program tailored to your interests for visits as short as 15 minutes or as long as several hours.The Power Vista includes a community room with seating for up to 300 people and can be used for special programs or brown bag lunches.
(Please note: The Niagara Power Project’s operating facilities are not available for tours at this time.)
Got a Smartphone? Follow Our QR Code Tour!
We’ve added QR codes to exhibits at our Power Vista and at local recreational facilities associated with the Niagara Power Project. Use a free, downloadable QR code reader on your smartphone for a more interactive experience. With a standard cell phone, just dial in for the audio tour.
The New York Power Authority has been an integral part of Western New York since the 1950s. Besides clean, low-cost hydroelectricity for area businesses, the Niagara Power Project has produced recreational facilities that are enjoyed by both local residents and out-of-town tourists. The 2007 relicensing of our Niagara Power Project is providing even more benefits to the region. NYPA partnerships with public and private entities are resulting in economic development opportunities, energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives, environmental enhancements and additional improvements to recreational sites, especially those offering access to some of the area’s world-class fishing.
We’re Easy to Reach...
From Buffalo and Points South: Take I-190 North across Grand Island to Exit 25A (Lewiston). Turn left onto Route 265 (Military Road), then another left onto Route 104 West. Turn left at the blinking yellow light (just after the pedestrian overpass); the Power Vista entrance is on the left.
From Downtown Niagara Falls: Take the Robert Moses Parkway North about four miles to exit marked Power Vista, Devils Hole, Niagara University. After exiting parkway, turn left onto Route 104 East. At the blinking yellow light (just before the pedestrian overpass), turn right. Power Vista entrance is on the left.
From Canada and Points North: Cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Bear right at the first exit (Lewiston). Take Route 104 West.Turn left at the blinking yellow light (just after the pedestrian overpass); the Power Vista entrance is on the left.
Our visitors center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for some holidays.
For more information or details on special programs, call us at 716-286-6661. Outside the local area, call toll-free at
866-NYPA-FUN. Visit us on the Web at www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm.
You can also write us at:
New York Power Authority Power Vista
5777 Lewiston Road - Route 104
Lewiston, NY 14092
A Whole New Vista of Science, Learning & Fun
Experience the magnificent view from the Power Vista’s Observation Deck perched 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Take a look into the future of electricity at our solar panel, fuel cell and electric vehicle exhibits. Or “meet the neighbors” at our new display on the Tuscarora Nation, members of the Iroquois Confederacy whose reservation is adjacent to the Niagara project. The Power Vista has interactive learning stations that provide a hands-on experience. Turn pedal power into electricity while hitching a ride on our popular bicycle generator. Check out our fiber optic terrain map to better understand how water from the Niagara River is diverted to generate hydroelectricity. Or take a digital image at our cyberspace photo kiosk and send an email postcard to your friends. We’ve upped the wattage on fun, so whatever you decide to do at the Power Vista—you’re sure to get a charge out of it.
Powering Benefits of the WNY Region
The Niagara Power Project is more than a fun place to visit. It generates 2.4 million kilowatts of electricity—enough to power nearly 2 million households. A statewide asset, NYPA’s largest generating facility serves as a cornerstone of the Western New York economy, with dedicated allocations of hydropower to local businesses. The Niagara project consists of two generating units: the main power dam, known as the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, and the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant, which provides a supplemental supply of hydropower from water stored in its 1,900-acre reservoir. NYPA has recently invested in multimillion dollar upgrades to renovate just about all of the project’s major components, keeping it running reliably while improving overall efficiency. NYPA also has a national reputation for its investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, many of which can be found in the communities around our power projects. Public facilities in Western New York, like SUNY’s University at Buffalo and the Williamsville Central School District in nearby Amherst, are saving millions of dollars in energy costs thanks to these efficiency efforts.
The Power Authority has installed solar photovoltaic systems around the region, including the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, to generate even more clean energy. At the Town of Lewiston Water Pollution Control Center, two NYPA microturbines transform waste gas into emission free electricity.
Parkland Plays Its Part
At all three of its large hydropower projects, NYPA has developed thousands of acres of public parkland. Because water is the fuel for these generators, prime fishing is always an option. In Western New York, NYPA is also supporting creation of the new Niagara River Greenway, which will provide recreational opportunities and environmental enhancements along the 35 miles of shoreline between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Information about other local attractions is available at the Niagara Power Vista or on our website: www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm.
While touring the state, visit our other visitors centers:
Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center
Located about 40 miles southwest of Albany in the Catskill Mountains. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except some holidays.
St. Lawrence-FDR Hawkins Point Visitors Center
Enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and the Canadian border. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer, Mon.- Fri. the rest of the year. Call: 800-262-NYPA.
All NYPA visitors centers are handicapped-accessible.