Americade 2010 Trip Day

June 5




We will travel 292 mile to get to Niagara Falls

We will meet for Breakfast at the Bob Evans Restaurant in Fenton, MI at the Owen Road Exit at 7:30 AM.

Bob Evans Restaurant

3600 Owen Road
Fenton, MI 48430-9192
(810) 714-270



Welcome to the world-famous Skylon Tower Niagara Falls.

Our Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Deck is a favorite Niagara Falls attraction. Glide smoothly to the top aboard our exterior glass-enclosed "Yellow Bug Elevators" in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.

Ride-To-The-Top - Adult (13+) $12.95

Standing at 160 meters (520 ft) from street level and 236 meters (775 ft) from the bottom of the falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and United States air transport authorities, due to its proximity to the international boundary. It was the second tower to be built using the slipform method, in which concrete is continually poured into a form moving slowly up the tower. It was built by Pigott Construction of Hamilton, Ontario. The same methods would soon be used to build the Inco Superstack in Sudbury, and the CN Tower in Toronto.

The tower features three outside mounted "Yellow Bug" elevators. At the time of their construction they were the first such elevators in Canada. They were designed, engineered and maintained by a division of the Otis Elevator Company from Hamilton, Ontario and can carry passengers to the top of the tower in 52 seconds. Unlike conventional elevators that are guided by side rails, the Skylon elevators operate with a guide rail on the backside only. Special equipment is employed to prevent the cables from becoming tangled in the wind or impeded by snow and ice in the winter. A curtain wall on the outside of the tower behind each elevator protects the counterweight and traveling cables from the elements.

The tower has two restaurants at its top, the lower Revolving Dining Room and the upper Summit Suite Buffet. The Revolving Dining Room seats 276 people and revolves once every hour by resting on a circular rail that is propelled by a 3 horsepower (2.2 kW) motor. An observation deck sits at the tower's summit. The base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade. A floor for conventions is also available, but has been seldom utilized in recent years.

The Skylon Tower is seen in Superman II. It is also used as a police lookout in the 1979 film Search and Destroy starring Perry King and George Kennedy.

American Falls : Niagara Falls Observation Tower


The most comprehensive and impressive views of the American Falls can be seen from the deck of the park’s Observation Tower. Extending out over the Niagara Gorge, the Tower allows you to look directly out into the cascading waters of the American Falls or down into the raging torrents below. Four elevators provide access to the base of the gorge and the boarding site of the Maid of the Mist boat ride. For a more intimate view of the American Falls, travel to the base of the gorge and climb a series of stairs to the Crow’s Nest and let the cool spray wash over you.

The Observation Tower is open year round, weather permitting.  Admission is FREE November 1 - April1.  For more information on the Observation Tower, call (716) 278-1796.

Observation Tower Admission Rates
Adults $1
Children 5 and Under Free
Elevator Fee is included with maid of the Mist Admission

Niagara Falls "Cave of the Winds" tour on Goat Island

Entrance to the Cave of the Winds

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The Cave of the Winds trip takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls than you thought possible. You ride an elevator 175 feet (53 meters) deep into the Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a bright yellow poncho and wearing the special footwear provided, you follow a tour guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous "Hurricane Deck". As you stand at the railing, you are a mere 20 feet (6 meters) from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a generous spray as you face the thundering Falls head-on. Rainbows are usually visible day and night. Everyone can experience the sights of Niagara Falls. A deck has been built 150 feet from the base of the Falls especially designed for handicapped and adults with children in arms.
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While there is no actual cave anymore, the original cave was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls 130 feet (40m) high, 100 feet (30m) wide and 30 feet (9m) in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus' Cave, after the Greek god of winds. Guided tours began officially in 1841, and continued until a rock fall in 1920 made it clear the passage was no longer safe. The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rock fall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang.

The tour officially reopened in 1924, now bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on a series of decks and walkways. Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls.

  • 2009 Pricing (2010 pricing has not been released) 
  • $11.00 US for adults
  • $8.00 US for children six to 12 (must be at least 42" tall)
  • Admission is free for children 5 and under at all attractions in Niagara Falls State Park.
  • Open 9:00 am - 7:30 pm seven days a week
  • Phone number: (716) 278-1730
  • Parking available on Goat Island for $8.00 per car.


New York State Power Authority in Niagara Falls NY

Located in Lewiston New York  

5 miles north of the Falls

Access via Lewiston Road.

New York State operates one of largest hydroelectric plants in the world.

 Excellent visitors center with hands on displays and more.


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October 24th 1901

Annie Taylor was the first person to conquer the falls in a barrel. After climbing inside her airtight wooden barrel, the air pressure was compressed to 30 p.s.i. with a bicycle pump.   Annie2.gif (39395 bytes)
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Though bruised and battered Annie made it, she expected fame and fortune.

Annie died in poverty

July 25th 1911
Bobby_Leach_July_25th_1911.jpg (117614 bytes) The infamous Bobby Leach plunged over the Falls in a steel barrel.   Bobby broke both kneecaps and his jaw during his daring event. Years later while touring in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel and died from complications due to gangrene !


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July 11th 1920
Englishman Charles G. Stephens equipped his wooden barrel with an anvil for ballast. Charles tied himself to the anvil for security. After the plunge,  Chucks right arm was the only item left in the barrel.
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July 4th 1928

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"Smiling Jean" Lussier survived the trip over the brink in a large rubber ball

July 5th 1930   
A Greek waiter named George L. Statakis suffocated to death after his barrel was trapped behind the falls for more than 14 hours.
June 30th 1961
Nathan Boya drops off the brink in a ball-like contraption.
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The first Canadian to conquer the Falls was Karel Soucek. Karel survived the plunge, but later that year Karel was killed while recreating the drop from a platform inside the Houston Astrodome. (Karel's barrel hit the edge of the water tank) 
August 18th 1985
Steve_Trotters_1st_Barrel.jpg (89696 bytes) A Rhode Island bartender named  Steven Trotter  made the trip in a barrel wrapped in inner tubes.
Steven was fined a total of $5,503.00
October 5th 1985
A Canadian mechanic John  "Super Dave" Munday made a successful trip in his barrel. Dave could not get enough!  He made a  second successful trip on September 26th 1993.
September 28th 1989

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Niagara Falls Ontario residents 
Peter De Bernardi and Jeffery  
James Petkovich accomplished
the first duo descent of the Falls.
October 1st 1995
Robert Overcracker rides a jetski over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls to help promote awareness for the homeless. His parachute did not open and Robert ended up promoting better parachutes. He plunged to his death and his body was never recovered. An Egyptian tourist captured this amazing image.

The ultimate  daredevil .... Robert Overacker, 39, fell to his death at Niagara Falls in  1995 when his parachute failed to open as he drove a jetski over the edge.

June 18th 1995  
Steve Trotter returns to the Falls again to  make his second  attempt. This time with a partner, Lori Martin a  caterer from Georgia. They were the first male and female to  make  the big drop together !
October 22nd 2003
Kirk Jones from Canton Michigan becomes first stunter in the history of Niagara Falls to survive the plunge wearing only the clothes on his back. Kirk's idea had been in the works for a number of years. While here on a visit with a friend, Kirk made the decision. They purchased a used video camera to record this historical  event and went to the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the river. Kirk entered the water about one hundred yards upstream and began swimming out into the swift current. Eight seconds later Kirk made the 175 foot drop and swam to shore while passing up a free ride with the "maid of the mist" tour boat. Kirk was treated for minor bumps and bruises at local a hospital and released only after promising to return for court. For his stunt Kirk was fined a total of $2,300.00 dollars and banned from entering Canada for life. Kirk is now wrapping up a stint with a US circus and plans on writing a book about his ordeal. Unfortunately Kirk and his friend had been imbibing in alcohol before the stunt and Kirks friend couldn't figure out how to work the camcorder and the entire stunt went unrecorded!


Be sure to visit:


See the actual barrels used by Steve Trotter

and Peter De Bernardi

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!!!!   ADMISSION IS FREE    !!!!

303 Rainbow Boulevard @ 3rd Street

Niagara Falls New York

(716) 282-4046

Also... Discount Souvenirs, Film, T-Shirts, Post Cards & More !!!! 


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Super 8 Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls, NY 14303 US
Phone: 716-284-9778

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