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Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls State Park
NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK
NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK
Prospect Street & Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, New York   14303

Phone: 716-278-1796
The oldest state park in the United States offers numerous islands, famous Prospect Point area and many unique views of the world famous falls.

Visitors Center The Great Lakes Garden greets visitors up a pathway to the park's Visitors Center which offers information, exhibits and easy access to numerous gift shops and some refreshments.

Niagara Scenic Trolley You can enjoy a three-mile 30-minute guided overview of the park, or disembark at the various stops and explore the park's many attractions. $

Cave of the Winds Explore below the falls, navigating under the falls to the famous Hurricane Deck. Those rain ponchos you see aren't optional you'll be surrounded by the thundering power of water cascading down. $

Maid of the Mist This boat journey departs from the base of the Observation Tower at Prospect Point for a roundtrip into the churning waters of the American and Horseshoe Falls. $

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center With hands-on learning for all ages, the Discovery Center includes interactive displays and a multi-screen theater showing 12,000 years of the Niagara River. $

Observation Tower This 230-foot overlook provides the only U.S. location to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls. High-speed elevators provide access to the Gorge and boarding area for the Maid of the Mist. $

Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre Located on the lower level of the Visitors Center, see the film that takes you from the historic to the heroic in a re-creation of legends and real life. $

Niagara Aquarium Located near the park's Discovery Center, this family favorite is home to more than 1,500 aquatic animals that represent ecosystems ranging from the Great Lakes to coral reefs. $


Niagara Discovery Pass Admission to the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Niagara Adventure Theater, Gorge Discovery Center, Aquarium of Niagara, and all day transportation on the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Buy in the park. Adult $38, Child 6-12 $31, 5 years under Free
Nature of the Area
3,162 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. This accounts for 75,770 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,730 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.

The water falls at 31.8 feet per second over the falls, hitting the base of the falls with 276 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,502 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Falls are capable of producing over 4,000,000 kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.
History of the Area
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S.A., established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation, the first of several such reservations that eventually became the cornerstones to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world's fresh water supply.

Over 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls extended seven miles down river to what is now Lewiston, New York and Queenston, Ontario. Over the years, the brink has eroded, sometimes as much as six feet per year, to its present site.

In November 1896, electrical power was transmitted from the Adams Power Plant in Niagara Falls, New York to Buffalo, New York. This was the first time in the world that alternating current was transmitted over a long distance.

The verdant green colour of the water flowing over the Niagara Falls is a byproduct of the estimated 60 tonnes/minute of dissolved salts and rock flour very finely ground rock generated by the erosive force of the Niagara River itself. The current rate of erosion is approximately 1 foot 0.30 m per year down from a historical average of 3 feet 0.91 m per year. It is estimated that 50,000 years from now, even at this reduced rate of erosion, the remaining 20 miles 32 km to Lake Erie will have been undermined and the falls will cease to exist.

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres400
 Water, acres140
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Visitor Centeryes
Visitors Center
The Visitor Center is a convenient place to purchase the Niagara Discovery Pass.
Nearby Accommodations
Chateau Motor Lodge - , NYHotels/Motels
Located in Grand island NY,5 miles South of Niagara Falls New York,NY.Low rates for daily, weekly and extended stay. Phone 716-773-2868
12 miles from park*


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716-773-7583
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Niagara Falls Campground & Lodging
2405 Niagara Falls Boulevard
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716-731-3434
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551 Ransom Rd
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(716) 773-2622
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2110 Harvey Rd
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1877 Huth Rd
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Niagara Outdoors
223 Witmer Rd
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(716) 695-5873
Tom Tom Katt Sport Fishing Charters
2128 Meadow Ln
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Tackle Box
2019 River Rd
Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 283-3409
Down River Bait & Tackle
820 Seneca St
Lewiston, NY
(716) 754-4272
Riverside Motel
160 S Water St
Lewiston, NY
(716) 754-4101
A1 Bait
175 N Water St
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Pets
New York State maintains the following pet travel rules

Only household pets may travel to Niagara Falls.
Pets must be caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet in length.
At Niagara Falls, pets are not permitted in buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.

Pet Travel exceptions are for certified servce animals only, in which

Service animals are permitted in buildings, improved walkways and boardwalks.
Service animals must be clearly identified with a vest and harness.

Directions
From Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Take Route 33 to Interstate 90. Take Exit 50 and merge onto Interstate 290. Take the Interstate 190 North Exit and cross the South Grand Island Bridge. After crossing the North Grand Island Bridge, immediately take Exit 21 to Robert Moses Parkway. Continue on the Parkway as it turns into Prospect Street. Signs will direct you to Niagara Falls State Parks parking lots.
From Albany Areas East

Take the Interstate 90 West to Interstate 290 West to Interstate 190 North Exit and cross the South Grand Island Bridge. After crossing the North Grand Island Bridge, immediately take Exit 21 to Robert Moses Parkway. Continue on the Parkway as it turns into Prospect Street. Signs will direct you to the state parks parking lots.
From the West

Take Interstate 90 East to Interstate 290 West to Interstate 190 North Exit and cross the South Grand Island Bridge. After crossing the North Grand Island Bridge, immediately take Exit 21 to Robert Moses Parkway. Continue on the Parkway as it turns into Prospect Street. Signs will direct you to the state parks parking lots.
From the South

Take either Interstate 90 West through New York or Interstate 90 East through Pennsylvania to Interstate 290. Take the Interstate 190 North Exit and cross the South Grand Island Bridge. After crossing the North Grand Island Bridge, immediately take Exit 21 to Robert Moses Parkway. Continue on the Parkway as it turns into Prospect Street. Signs will direct you to Niagara Falls State Parks parking lots.

From Toronto, Canada take the Gardiner Expressway to the QEW South. Enter USA via the Rainbow Bridge across the Niagara River on to Niagara Street. Turn right and follow the signs to the Park.

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Niagara Falls State Park
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