Minolta Tower, Niagara Falls
To a cinemascope view of the falls several towers were built. We had lunch at Minolta's tower, expecting a rotating restaurant as usual in these towers. It is not, but we understood that here it must be fixed: the sights are all in one side.
The lunch was banal, and I couldn't check the price because we were in a package tour, but the views were perfect.
The tower was opened in July of 1962 and was originally known as the Seagram Tower. It's 325 feet tall and has 30 floors.
It was open Year Round for tourists but recent renovations have changed the layout of the Minolta Tower. Now it's the most impressive boutique hotel and accommodations in Niagara Falls with an excellent view of the Falls and surrounding landscape.
There are currently no outdoor tower observation decks.
It is time to leave the Imax Theatre and it is daredevils and walk towards the Minolta Tower. The Minolta Tower was located next to our hotel and a great place to enjoy the views over the Niagara Falls. I would say it is about a 15 minutes walk to get from the Horseshoe Falls to the Minolta Tower.
I can't actually believe that I haven't taken any descent pictures of the Minolta Tower itself. I luckily do have the views from here though, which you can see in the next tips. The only picture that I could find with the Minolta Tower on it was this one. It was taken from the Horseshoe Falls, and in the distance behind the first row of hotels, you can see the Minolta Tower sticking up.
To get to the observation deck of the Minolta Tower you have to pay to go on the elevator. For an adult the elevator fee is CAD 6.95 (in 2004). You can find more info about the prices on this website:
But as you can see, the views from here are fantastic! I enjoyed it so much! I just couldn't believe my eyes. This is a view over the American Falls. The American Falls are quite far away, but being so high up, you do have a beautiful overview over the falls.
This is another view from the Minolta Tower, but now straight down, looking at the Horseshoe Falls. Look at the spray coming from the falls! Isn't it amazing! So weird to realize it is all water rising up because of the forces of the falls.
I visited the Minolta Tower for free as it was included in the price for my hotel room at the neighbouring Radisson hotel. Lucky me! :-)) But I think I would have gone here anyway. The view is absolutely wonderful!
This is my last picture from the Minolta Tower and one last tip about it. My suggestion is to go here for breakfast. That's what I did and I enjoyed it a lot! Certainly something I would do again!
They have a rather good restaurant at the Minolta Tower. The restaurant is just below the observation deck and as you can imagine the views are just as spectacular from here. I just loved sitting here, sipping on my morning cup of tea, eating a little bit of breakfast and just gaze out of the window at the amazing views and the Niagara Falls below me.
The Falls Tower offers a spectacular view of the Canadian Horseshoe falls and American Falls. The tower it self is not as tall as the CN tower in Toronto but once you're up there and looking down, you'll find it tall. You see the falls and there is a beautiful panoramic view of the city and surrounding parks. Don't miss it once you're there.
That yellow thing on the side of the tower is an elevator. That takes people up and down.
After the Skylon Tower, the next best view of the Falls is from the Konica Minolta Tower, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. This tower offers fine views, from 500 feet up, without a long wait. In fact, when I visited there was hardly anyone around--and that was on a Sunday afternoon in July.
The hotel has lodging and restaurants nearby. It's conveniently located in downtown Niagara Falls.
The Minota Tower is a cheap, approximately $5.00 for adults CDN (and even free if included in your hotel price) way to get an ariel view of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It is a differnt type of view than that of the Skylon Tower, but the Minolta seems to get closer to the falls, and you can feel the power of the falls. We rode up in an elevator on our own, and you can sit on benches, or walk around the floor if you like. It didn't seem like it was a big tourist attraction, which made it very quiet and peaceful. If you like taking photos of the falls, this is the place to take them from, the windows are great and don't cause any camera glare. I would definately go up again.
The tallest structure in Niagara Falls
has an outdoor observation deck,
glass elevators & an excellent
The Skylon Tower offers an exciting
panoramic view of the Niagara area.
We took the elevator from the lobby to the observation deck. We met friendly people and took beautiful pictures.
This is the tower i was talking about! Its tall and it has outside elevators! Close to the tower is the Holiday Inn hotel.
Thats a full view of the Falls from a tower near the bridge. The view is very good but the cold was very bad! If the weather is good you can rent a helicopter,with a pilot of course, to fly arround!