Skylon Tower

Niagara from the top

Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower

The world famous Skylon Tower is a combined observation tower and rotating restaurant complex in the Niagara Falls hotel.

The tower is 775 feet tall and rises above the Falls to give visitors an incredible view of the falls and city.

We ride to the top in just 52 seconds in one of the three Yellow Bug elevators that cling to the sides of the tower.

Unlike conventional elevators that are guided by side rails, the Yellow Bug elevators operate with a guide rail on the backside only which allows a much wider angle view going up.

When we reach the top, we get spectacular views of the Falls, the Great Gorge, the Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.

Construction of the tower began in May 1964 and was opened on October 6, 1965 by then New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts. It cost $7 million to build.

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