Niagara Water Power: Skylon Tower & Tailrace Tunnel Tour

Highlights

  • Get pre-reserved entry to the Skylon Tower

  • Explore Niagara Power Station with pre-reserved tickets

  • Experience the thrilling Tailrace Tunnel (July 1st on)

  • Discover the dramatic history of hydroelectric power

  • Learn how Tesla changed the world with water power

  • See the stunning views over Horseshoe Falls

Summary

Experience Niagara's newest attraction - the thrilling Tailrace Tunnel - and hear the tale of Nicola Tesla's dramatic invention of hydropower, with pre-booked visits to the Skylon Tower and Niagara Parks Power Station included.

Tour info

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
20
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
$79.00
Child: (3-14 years)
$69.00
Infant: (0-2 years)
$0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

5200 Robinson Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2A3, CA

Dropoff location

7005 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA

Why take this tour?

The powerful waters of Niagara Falls hide a truly epic story of electricity and innovation. You'll explore history firsthand as you dive deep into the Falls, in a glass elevator, as part of Niagara's most anticipated new attraction - the Tailrace Tunnel Experience. Uncover the story of Nikola Tesla, and the ‘War of the Currents’ while getting pre-reserved access to Niagara Parks Power Station and the Skylon Tower. Discover the dramatic history of hydropower, unraveled for you by an expert guide on this cultural walking tour.

Note: Tours scheduled before July 1st, 2022 will not visit the Tailrace Tunnel

Discover the fascinating and complex history of Niagara Falls and its story of hydroelectric innovation. Visit the Skylon Tower and Niagara Parks Power Station with pre-reserved access, with your guide unraveling the story of Nikola Tesla and how he used water to change the world. End your tour at Niagara's newest and most exciting experience, the Tailrace Tunnel, diving 180 ft in a glass elevator for a walk through historic tunnels and a once-in-a-lifetime view.

Your journey into the history of hydropower begins at the Skylon Tower where you’ll meet your expert guide and look out over the Niagara Parks Power Station as well as the International Control Dam. Take a glass elevator to the top, where you’ll have time to enjoy the stunning view before walking on to view the Illumination Tower where the Falls are lit up in a wondrous light show each night. 
 
Although man has recognized the power of electricity since Ancient Greece, it wasn’t until the 19th century that things started to really heat up! New discoveries and figures battled for supremacy in what has come to be known as the ‘War of the Currents’. Your guide will introduce you to key figures in this battle including Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. You’ll see Tesla’s memorial statue as you learn about how Niagara Falls was the ultimate decider in this struggle for supremacy.  
 
When we get to Horsehoe Falls – the largest section of the three waterfalls that together form Niagara Falls – you'll spend some time at the majestic viewpoint, and see for yourself exactly why Tesla and others were inspired to harness the power of the rapidly flowing water. Then see how all of this theory plays out in action at the Niagara Parks Power Station. This 115-year-old building was a futuristic wonder when it first opened its doors in 1905. As you go inside, you’ll journey into the past, seeing some of the original machinery that was used in the Station and even get the opportunity to try it out for yourself.

Your group will end the tour by taking a glass elevator for a deep dive to an extra special site. What you see from the top of the power station is just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll descend 180 feet through the inner workings of the power station, then walk the path the water flowed through the Tailrace Tunnel to a one-of-a-kind view from the base of Niagara Falls. Be one of the first to experience this thrilling journey when it opens on July 1st 2022.


Sites Visited
  • Niagara Falls
  • Skylon Tower
  • Illumination Tower (outside)
  • Nikola Tesla Statue
  • Table Rock
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Niagara Parks Power Station 
  • Tailrace Tunnel (from July 1st 2022 only)

What’s included?

  • Tailrace Tunnel Experience - Niagara's newest attraction! (From 1st of July 2022 only)m

  • Pre-reserved Niagara Power Station tickets

  • Pre-reserved Skylon Tower tickets

  • Glass Elevator at the Skylon Tower

  • Glass Elevator at the Tailrace Tunnel

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off

  • Gratuities

Things to know

Before you book

  • Our group tour utilizes mulitple areas that are not wheelchair accessible / mobility friendly. Those with mobility issues should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Sites on this tour are subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Canada government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • All guests must pass through security.

  • We encourage appropriate footwear for uneven surfaces.

  • Sites on this tour are subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Canada government guidelines for the most up to date information

  • There is a Wego Bus that stops at the Skylon Tower. Metered parking is also availaible on the premises.

  • Limited restroom availability, please go prior to your tour and ensure you are ready for the tour when you arrive at the meeting point. 

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no-shows are non-refundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive or arrives after tour departure.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.