The Niagara SkyWheel rises above it all. Oh man, that’s the cheesiest intro I’ve written yet. But seriously, the SkyWheel rises above the cheese that is Clifton Hill. Hop in a climate-controlled passenger cabin and get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent falls.
I was only in Niagara Falls for one night so I had to pick my attractions wisely. I planned to do the Maid of the Mist in the morning, but I needed something to do in the early evening.
I wandered up Clifton Hill away from the city’s namesake, and only paused briefly in front of various wax museums, Ripley’s Museum, Guinness Record Museum…you get the picture. I was in no mood for solo bowling or mini golf, but when I saw the massive ferris wheel, I knew I found my choice for a spot of fun. The SkyWheel rises 175 feet from the ground and has 42 passenger cabins. There was no line on this particular evening, and the ride was less than 20 minutes – beginning to end. It was a short adventure but the view was fantastic.
Clifton Hill is even uglier from the top, but you get a decent view of both the American Falls and the Canadian Falls. It’s not the up-close-and-personal kind of experience that you get on Maid of the Mist, but there’s something to be said about looking down on the world from a high place…
The wheel has been in operation for just over 5 years, and is open from early morning to the wee hours of the night.