Niagara Spanish Aero Car, Niagara Falls
Further out, somewhere between Niagara Falls city and Niagara-on-the-Lake, is the Niagara Whirlpool where you could take an aero car above the roaring Niagara River. Yet another experience that's on my to-do list should I come back to this part of the world.
I think the claim to fame for this little ride was that unscrupulous people smugglers convinced illegal immigrants that the USA was on the other side. In fact it was back into Canada. However, it is a nice little ride over the river and back, apparently you can not get off at the other side now.
This looks a little scarey but in fact its a smooth glide across a sharp bend in the river to view the whirlpool below, of course there was very little wind on the day we visited, the car does not operate in bad weather and is closed completely during the winter months
It is a quaint contraption, often called the Spanish Aero Car it was designed by Leonardo Torres Quevedo a Spanish engineer and has been operating since 1916. Despite several upgrades over the years it has kept its unique appearance and charm carrying up to 35 people each trip forwards and back to view the whirlpool
Admission costs $11 for adults $6.50 for ages 6 to 12 and under, free for 5 and under
if you get the Niagara Adventure pass admission is included
there is no wheelchair access on the Aero Car
It is open from 9 am till various times between 4.45 pm and 7.45 pm depending on which time of year you visit, and closes mid-November till spring, check the web site for dates and times
there is a gift shop and cafe
The Whirlpool Aero Car offers a fantastic view of the lower
Niagara River, Rapids and the Gorge, while traversing over
the Whirlpool in a suspended cable car !
Hours of operation: 10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. seven days a week Spring-Fall
departing every 10 minutes / weather permitting
Whirlpool Aero Car is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for 6 to 12 years.
Children aged 5 and under are free .
Down river from the Horseshoe / American falls is the "whirlpool" so called because here the river takes a sharp right turn, to boiling up the waters!
The cable car stops right in the middle to see this close up.
A Spanish engineer designed and built it, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, the Aero Car has been operating since 1916.
This cable car is suspended over the Niagara whirlpool, down river from the falls and is located where the river is forced to turn abruptly to the northeast. Here the water "boils", twists and turns creating numerous whirlpools before the emerald green waters escape through the narrowest channel within the gorge.
The view was magnificent and nothing was missed because we faced one direction on the way over and every passenger was asked to cross to the opposite side of the car and face the opposite direction for the return trip.
Operations depend on wind & weather conditions!
Cost..Adults $10.00, Children 6 to 12 years $6.00, 5 & under Free
Take the Whirlpool Aero Car over the river whirlpool... we saw logs being sucked into the unforgiving whirlpool and disappear.
It was kind of scary, hanging from cables going from one side of the river to the other, but I figured if it'd been in operation since 1916 with no major accidents to report, we'd probably be fine.
The whirlpool formed at the end of the rapids where the river abruptly turns northeast and into the most narrow channel of the gorge.
The aero car holds approximately 40 people and round trip is about a 10 minute ride.
Located 3 miles away from the Falls is the red-and-yellow Niagara Spanish Aero Car. This round trip attraction, which takes about 10 minutes, offers a wonderful view of the whirlpool from high overhead. The whirlpool is created at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly to the northeast and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge. Suspended from six sturdy cables, your aerial car travels safely between two different points on the Canadian to produce a sweeping view of the whirlpool below, the gorge, the rapids and the hydro-electric plants down the river.
This attraction is named after the Spanish engineer who designed and built it, Leonardo Torres Quevedo. The Aero Car has been operating since 1916. Unlike the other attractions that Niagara Parks produces, this attraction is NOT wheelchair accessible. The car's passageways are only wide enought for passengers to stand and view the surroundings there are no seats on the aero car.
This attraction is open daily between May to mid-October. The attraction is open as early as 9-10am and closing times vary.
Adults -- $5
6-12 -- $2.50
under 6 -- FREE
The Spanish Aero Car brings you over the Niagara River's Whirlpool rapid area. It is definitely worth the $6 charge. It's not for anyone who is petrified of heights, but it is an experience. I actually thought the area looked similar to the landscapes of Wyoming or Colorado. It was very pretty. Although you are hanging hundreds of feet in the air, over deep and violent waters, it is such a great experience.
The aero car was designed by a Spanish engineer and has been in operation since 1916. Cable car travels between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool.
Watch the great vultures surf thermals rising from the gorge. Suspended in space you share A breathtaking view of the Niagara River's Whirlpool Rapids.
The cable car that is over 100 years old travels on six cables above the whirlpool of the Niagara River. About 3 miles down from the falls, the river makes a 90 degree turn and causes a whirpool to form. The water in the pool swirls at 30-40 mph. It is really nervewracking hanging above it, but the ride only lasts about 10 minutes. If you have small children, head toward the center of the car. Like much of Niagara, this ride doesn't comply to current safety standards and there is nothing above waist height to confine a child. I had visions of my one year old wiggling from my arms and falling into the whirlpool below - needless to say, I held on tight and stayed in the middle, away from the edges.
This cable car crosses over the Niagara River for a great view of the river and the whirlpool beneath.
In operation since 1916, it was named after the Spanish engineer who designed and built it.
Don't do this if you're afraid of heights.
The round trip is about 1km and takes about 10 minutes.
If you don't fancy taking a barrel over the Falls, you can always ride the Spanish Aero Car across the Niagara river gorge. Ten minutes can seem a long time when you are gently swaying above a thunderous torrent below you. Try not to drop your lens cap into the river - Annie Taylor is no longer around to go looking for it.