This was my 3rd visit up to Skylon Tower when I went up on my first evening at Niagara Falls in November 2006. The elevator climbs up 775 feet to the indoor and outdoor observation desks where you get amazing views of the falls and beyond. When I went up last time on an evening I saw the falls illuminated with different colours. Unfortunately, the photos I took didn't turn out nice so I'm unable to share them on here.
In September 2000, I went up the Skylon Tower during the day and afterwards my travelling colleagues and I had a buffet dinner at the Summit Suite Buffet Dining Room where we enjoyed the falls views whilst dining.
You can find out further information including ticket prices at Skylon
Niagara's highest and most spectacular view - 775 ft. above the Falls.
The awe-inspiring panorama will take your breath away. Ride one of exterior glass enclosed elevators to the indoor\outdoor Observation Deck.
COST IN 2009: $11 OR $12/TICKET. WE LIKED THIS EXPERIENCE BECAUSE FROM UP THERE YOU CAN PUT THE WHOLE NIAGARA FALLS INTO PERSPECTIVE. You can see where Goat Island is, you can see how the Maid of the Mist boats meneuver on their runs to the falls, you can see it all.
It is called the "Skylon Tower."
If you wish to dine, and adult lunch is $27.50, early dinner (5 - 5:30) is $34.95, and dinner (6 - 10 pm) is $39.95 while childrens prices range from $12.50 to $15.00. These were the prices in May of 2009, and of course that would be in Canadian currency.
On another level they have a buffet that is advertised as "family affordable" but no prices are listed.
The observation deck is free if you are dining.
Although not as high as the CN Tower in Toronto, Skylon Tower gave a super view of the Falls! We were given a limited time at this sight, but due to having to wait in line to go up and wait in line to come down, we were late getting back to our shuttle. If you are on a tour, keep an eye on your group. We all liked this stop. Plan to visit it and you won't be disappointed. The view is everything!
Skylon is opened year round. Summer hours are 8 am-12 Midnight; Winter hours are 11 am-9 pm. Admission is: $11.50 for adults (Canadian); $9.50 for seniors (Canadian) and $6.00 ( Canadian) for children 12 and under. American equivalent: $10 for Adults; $8.26 for Seniors; $5.22 for children 12 and under.
Always a sucker for lift rides up a tower - this one was no exception. Cost I think was just under 12 dollars (free if you are having a meal in the restaurant) but was included anyway in our excursion from Toronto with Chariots of Fire trip (see transportation tip).
The views from the lookout were great all the way around...but being January and with a wind chill factor had to keep popping back inside to warm up! In the picture you can just make out the yellow lift on the outside - so you even see the views on the way up.
Rising a breath-taking 775 feet ( 236 metres) above Niagara Falls is the SKYLON TOWER .Ride "Yellow Bug" exterior elevators to twin observation decks. Spectacular indoor/outdoor viewing up to 80 miles.
Two levels of fine dining to choose from, both overlooking the Falls - the ultimate dining experience. Its revolving dining room offers one rotation hourly. Free admission to ride and observation decks when dining.
Also offers distinctive specialty shops and boutiques and Skylon Fun Centre, an interactive high-tech playground for great family fun.
It is the tallest structure that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. The tower features three outside mounted "Yellow Bug" elevators that can carry passengers to the top of the tower in 52 seconds. Unlike conventional elevators that are guided by side rails, the Skylon elevators operate with a guide rail on the backside only. Special equipment is employed to prevent the cables from becoming tangled in the wind or impeded by snow and ice in the winter. A curtain wall on the outside of the tower behind each elevator protects the counterweight and traveling cables from the elements.
The tower has two restaurants at its top, the lower Revolving Dining Room and the upper Summit Suite Buffet. The stunning Revolving Dining Room seats 276 people and revolves once every hour by resting on a circular rail that is propelled by a 3 horsepower motor. An observation deck sits at the tower's summit. The base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade.
Prices: Adult $10.95 CDN, Senior $9.95 CDN, Child $6.45 CDN Plus Tax
Summer Hours 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Winter Hours 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Going up it is fun, but take some time to enjoy it from the falls level!
Total height of tower from base to top of flashing beacon 520 feet (160m), and 775 feet above the bottom of the Falls. it has an Indoor/outdoor viewing
Visibility to 80 miles (129 km)
HOURS OF OPERATION
Summer Hours 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Winter Hours 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION (REGULAR)
Adult $9.50 CDN $7.95 U.S.
Child (12 years and under) $5.50 CDN $4.60 U.S.
Senior $8.50 CDN $7.10 U.S.
Family Plan $27.00 CDN $22.50 U.S.
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The best view anyplace in this area is atop Skylon Tower. At 520 feet, the Tower stands 775 feet above the water. Its observation deck has a restaurant and bar, as well as shops. And the ground floor has a huge game arcade. If you visit just one place on the Canadian side, it should be this.
Within the Dome of the Skylon Tower, the circular design and provision of three separate and complete levels make it possible for all visitors to enjoy an unobstructed view. Viewing conditions are further enhanced through the use of a special grey glass in the windows to diffuse sunlight and reduce glare. These windows allow for quality photographs to be taken from the inside deck on those occasions when inclement weather defers one from strolling the outside area.
Summer Hours - 8:00 a.m. to midnight
Winter Hours - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The second floor of the Dome features the Summit Suite Dining Room. The Summit Suite is open to guests from mid-May to mid-October, and offers a comfortable, casual setting where you can enjoy our outstanding breakfast, luncheon or dinner buffets. During the winter months the Summit Suite accommodates various receptions, banquets and business meetings which can be arranged by contacting the Sales and Marketing office.
The Skylon's world famous Revolving Dining Room is located on the first floor of the Dome. For a taste of the extraordinary, our award winning continental cuisine must be experienced. The lunch or dinner menu is rivalled only by the view, as you rotate over Niagara at one revolution per hour. When dining at night, you can encounter the magical atmosphere created by the illumination of the Falls. Dining rooms are complimented with their own kitchens located within the Dome to ensure efficient service. The Festival of Lights, running from early November to early January, has added a further dimension to the Skylon and the Christmas season. View the magnificent Festival of Lights while dining inside atop the world's largest Christmas tree.
Nice 360 view and interesting tidbits of information/history regarding the surroundings. We went at night so couldn't see too much. Contemplated going to the resaurant, but the menu didn't seem worth the money. If you're low on time or money, skip it. It's nice, but I wouldn't consider it a must. And it's not exactly cheap. We had a free ticket to halve our expenses!
The tower rises to 236 metres (775 feet) above the base if the Horseshoe Falls.
Ride in one of the outdoor 'Bug' elevators up to the observation deck for fabulous views of the river and the falls.
A rather expensive revolving restaurant is also up the tower, and a number of shops are in the base.
Modeled after Seattle's Space Needle, this structure was opened in 1964. It stands approximately 520 feet and is the tallest building in Niagara (not for long - there are hotel expansions in the works for this city!). You can ride the yellow exterior glass elevator to the obsevation deck for phenomenal views of the falls or relax with a meal in the revolving restaurant.
For some great aerial views without going flying take a ride to the top of the Skylon Tower. You can just visit the observation tower, or dine at the rotating resturant. (This food is expensive and not all that tasty) The ground floor has a million little tourist shops and a ticket counter where you can buy passes to the resturant, or just tickets to the observation level. After you have purchased your tickets, you line up at one of the 3 elevators. The "yellow bugs" zip up the outside of the tower so you get great views even before you get to the top.
The hours of operation change with the seasons, check the website for details.
Cost for a ride to the top is $9.15 US
I haven't been up the Skylon Tower, I just took a picture because I liked the lights of it so much :-) But I imagine that the views from the observation deck must be something similar to the Minolta Tower (see my previous tips) so probably worth while doing so. As I had already been to the observation deck of the Minolta Tower I decided to skip this one.
Like the Minolta Tower, the Skylon Tower has an observation deck and also a restaurant. And like the Minolta Tower you have to pay to get to the observation deck. In this case (prices 2004) it will cost CAD 10.50 ($9.15 U.S.) for an adult.
The observation deck is open to the public during the summer from 8:00 a.m. to midnight and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during winter time.
You can find more info about prices, restaurant and the tower on their website: http://www.skylon.com/