The New York Power Authority on Friday announced the full reopening on July 5 of its Power Vista visitors center in Lewiston. Most restrictions in place from the COVID-19 pandemic have been removed; however, those unvaccinated are required to wear masks and practice social distancing, as cited by the New York State Department of Health.
The admission-free visitors center, located at 5777 Lewiston Road, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is part of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project, the largest electricity producer in New York.
During the pandemic, the Power Authority added additional safety precautions to the complex, including state-of-the-art indoor air filtration systems and additional cleanings, which will remain in place.
The Power Vista, which was redesigned in 2016, offers an array of multimedia exhibits, including hands-on interactive technologies, large touch screens and a virtual roller-coaster ride relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history. The location also provides unique views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.
Throughout the year, the center also serves as the focal point for many free, special events. Check the visitors center website for event information.
Group tours are encouraged to use the online reservations system or call 716-286-6661 for further information. Walk-ins are welcome.
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70% of the electricity NYPA produces is clean, renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information, visit www.nypa.gov or follow on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.