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/
The Skylon Tower is one of those places that you have to visit when at Niagara, for the views from up high if nothing else.
They have a shop here selling all the usual tack!! The views are something else, and the lift is scary as it travels up and down!!
A trip to the top of the Skylon Tower is a must for a panoramic view of both Falls. A combination ticket for the Imax movie and the Skylon Tower observation deck is available and saves you a few dollars.
One of the few attractions in Niagara Falls worth paying for is the Skylon Tower. From the observation deck high above the ground you'll have a spectacular view of both the American and Horseshoe Falls. One word of caution though: In the winter it can be absolutely brutal up there, so bring warm clothes!
Take an elevator 520 ft to get a great view of the falls. I haven't been up this tower in a few years, but I remember liking it as a child. There is also a revolving restaurant here,
The Minolta Tower is another tower with a restaurant which offers nice views as well, but it is not quite as tall..
Admission is $7.60 US or $9.50 CND. It is open year round, but with shorter hours in the winter. Check the website for exact times.
Scarey 'ladybug' lifts that travel up the outside of the building. Brilliant view of the falls from the top. Great photo opportunity.
The Skylon tower offers stunning views across Niagara.
It is really high/I hate heights! but so worth it for the views - they really are something else.