One of the best ways to view the magnificent Niagara Falls is from the Niagara SkyWheel, a giant Ferris wheel in Clifton Hill.
Straddling the United States and Canadian borders, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls (Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls) that collectively produce a water flow of over 2.8 million litres per second.
Enabling visitors to view Niagara Falls from a birds-eye view, the Niagara SkyWheel provides panoramic, 360-degree views of the waterfalls from above, as well as view of the city and the Niagara River.
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Just under 1.5 km away from the falls, the Niagara SkyWheel sits on top of Clifton Hill, the major tourist area in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. At 53 metres tall, the Niagara SkyWheel is taller than the falls itself, providing a breathtaking, aerial viewing experience.
The SkyWheel contains 42 passenger cars that are fully enclosed, so you can enjoy this attraction rain or shine. Unlike most Ferris wheels which seat two people, SkyWheel cars accommodate up to 9 people. Passengers can control their car’s temperature, speaker volume for the guided tour and lighting.
The Niagara SkyWheel operates well into the evening. Hours of operation can vary by season, so it’s best to check hours to plan your visit. Visiting the SkyWheel during the day will undoubtedly provide you with amazing views of the area, including the falls and the many parks and landmarks of the area. However, according to hundreds of fans of the attraction, treating yourself to a ride after dark is truly special. Riding the SkyWheel at night offers the the opportunity to watch the light show over the falls. Each day at dusk Horseshoe Falls become awash with vibrant colours from the Illumination Tower, the rooftop of the Table Rock Centre and the Niagara Gorge.
The SkyWheel ride lasts between 8-12 minutes, a great way to start your day at Clifton Hill. Also known as the “Street of Fun,” you'll find entertainment, attractions, food and shopping. Grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the eateries nearby or enjoy a hot dog or sweet treat for a snack. Head to one of the many attractions Clifton Hill is known for, like the Niagara Speedway, mini-golf courses, or the Movieland Wax Museum.
Designed by acclaimed Ferris wheel architect Ronald Bussink, the SkyWheel was built in 2006 and was manufactured by Chance Rides, a well-known amusement park ride manufacturer based in Kansas, in the United States.
The Niagara SkyWheel is one of the most popular attractions on Clifton Hill, so expect some traffic or lineups. This is especially the case at the height of the tourist season, which peaks in July and August.