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“Great For Kids! And It Is Free!”

Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station
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89 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great For Kids! And It Is Free!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

there are so many attractions here at Niagria Falls, it can be difficult to see them all. from our experience we would recommend the following. by the city pass if you want to do the following. 1 lady of the mist boat tour. 2 the aquarium. 3 the children science museum. 4 the in town trolley. 5 the cave of the winds. if you do not have time to do several do not by the pass pay for the individual tickets. there is free parking at dusk to see the waterfalls. the power station for 9, 10 and 12 year olds was a fantastic experience. plenty of hands on exhibits, friendly staff and great Views.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Florida
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18 reviews
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“Great way to escape the casino”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We decided to do some things in the Niagara Falls area while we were visiting last week. I'm really glad we decided to check out the Robert Moses Power Station. It was very interesting to learn how the power station was constructed and how it supplies power to the NYS area. The fact that it was interactive also made it fun. I imagine that part of it would make it interesting to children as well. It took about 1.5 hours to go through it - we did most of the interactive stations, saw a video on the power station construction, and read through a lot of the information they had. There was also a nice display regarding the Indian Nation that lives along that area.

If you are in a wheelchair, there is a device that can take you to different levels. If you have difficulty with stairs, you may have a little problem navigating as that device is for wheelchairs only.

Visited July 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
168 attraction reviews
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“Great place for a quick visit”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stopped by the Power Vista on our way up to Lockport. We thought it would be an observation deck with a couple exhibits and we'd be done with it in 15 minutes, but there's actually a lot to see. There are lots of intricate exhibits on display. Many of them are geared towards teaching children about electricity, but there was also plenty to learn about the history of hydroelectric power at Niagara Falls. There was a very large model of the region that helped show how water is diverted and where electrical production is controlled. There were some video presentations, but we didn't have time to watch.

The observation deck is very nice and offers good views of both the American and Canadian hydroelectric plants. It was the main reason we stopped at the plant, and the view did not disappoint. Although there are no plant tours like you can do at the Hoover Dam, the observation deck and exhibits more than make up for it.

Overall, I think the Power Vista is well worth a visit. You can easily spend more than an hour looking at everything.

Visited June 2013
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Rockville, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
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“Good museum and view”
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Looking to get away from the falls for a day we decided to check out this place because it was free. The museum and observation deck is actually over the road from the power station (accessed via a glass skyway) so the views are better than you'd get at the top of the dam. You can't see the falls but you can see the rapids in the gorge. The museum portion had lots of interactive exhibits for the kids which did a good job explaining how generators and turbines work and a huge model map showing the area and where the water is diverted from above the falls to run to the two power plants and reservoir. The reservoir was created on Indian land seized through eminent domain so there were a few exhibits about the history of the local Indian tribes as well. And there was a movie detailing the reason for and history of the plant's creation. They did it all in three years which seems crazy since nowadays we can't even get a road resurfaced in under a year.

Visited July 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Awsome View”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Learn how electricity is generated by the Niagra River and hold onto your stomach from 300 feet above the river. FREE and educational AND awesome!

Visited June 2012
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