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Niagara Falls Discovery Center

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Address: Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
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+1 716-278-1070

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Inexpensive add on to a NY visit

I was disappointed because 2 of the exhibits didn't work. The others were very interesting. Many were reachable by kids, and that was cute. I hope they can reinvest the ticket... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
Jefferson, Georgia
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Jefferson, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I was disappointed because 2 of the exhibits didn't work. The others were very interesting. Many were reachable by kids, and that was cute. I hope they can reinvest the ticket profits back into the Center.

Thank CBGeorgia
Adamstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We went here because it was part of the ticket package we had purchased. We had already read about much of what was there so it didn't really add a lot to the Niagara experience. The movie is really in need of an update. The can't miss in this area is the ruins of the Schoellkopf Power Station. The elevator... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Discovery center is very informative, but be ready to read alot. Lots of information to be withheld. The video upon arrival is definately worth it and informative. Explains some of the history of the falls, how the power is generated, etc. Once going down to the gorge, you're given a pamphlet for a self guided tour. It was very good... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Not many people at all where in here when we were. A lot of volunteers in here that can answer a lot of your questions. The pictures of what used to be here I haven't seen anywhere else. If nothing else you should visit here to see those. They have fun little interactive things for kids and adults alike.

Thank EvaLady
Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The people are extremely nice and the cost to get in is very reasonable. It was easily accessible by the free shuttle and the elevator to the bottom of the gorge was within a few feet outside the building. Definitely go and take the elevator to the bottom of the gorge. The views are wonderful.

Thank Another-MO-Traveler
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

History lovers will like this place to know about the history of Niagara falls (How Lake is connected between Canada & USA , How Rainbow Bridge was fallen down and when it was constructed back, how the power plant is setup , etc.,, Nearby you have power plant downward lift - through which you can go down and take a... More 

Thank Lev A
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

These folks are trying, but the center needs a complete overhaul. Not clear whether it is run by NYS Parks or a private organization. Some good ideas for exhibits, but all are tired and patched together. Many electronic and physical interactive activities were broken. The film was informative- might have been worth the $3 admission.

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

To be honest, the place looks kinda out-dated. They have a pretty cool short film about Niagara Falls that they show. The actual discovery center doesn't have much to do. Honestly all you need is about 30 minutes (including the 20 minute video) at this place. I would go here if you're interested in the geology behind this place, and... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

From the movie they show to all of the exhibits, this place is a waste of time. The only benefit was that it had AC on a hot day. Don't bother with this place.

Thank Freebeer12
Toms River, New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Definitely not worth the trolley or walk to. Very dated, dusty and a big bore for any age. Nothing was working and it was just a bust.

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