Trip Planner:   USA  /  New York State  /  Niagara Falls  /  Schoellkopf Power Station

Schoellkopf Power Station, Niagara Falls

4.4
#28 of 53 in Things to do in Niagara Falls
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Create an itinerary including Schoellkopf Power Station
The Schoellkopf Power Station was built on land owned by Jacob F. Schoellkopf above the Niagara Gorge near the American Falls, 1,600 feet (490 m) downriver from Rainbow Bridge. Understanding the growing need for electricity and the role of harnessing the Falls, Schoellkopf purchased the land for the hydraulic canal on May 1, 1877 for $71,000. After Schoellkopf Sr.'s death in 1903, his sons took over the operation of the power business. In 1918, Schoellkopf's Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company merged with the Niagara Falls Power Company, which was owned by Edward Dean Adams. Much of the site is, as of 2014, occupied by the Maid of the Mist tour boat company as a maintenance area and off-season boat storage yard. The power station remains form a part of a fully accessible tourist attraction associated with Niagara Falls State Park and is connected with its Niagara Gorge hiking trail system.
Planning Niagara Falls trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Schoellkopf Power Station reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
63 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We were shocked when we nearly had the entire elevator and lower platform dock area to ourselves. There are some historical reference boards down below of the events and really good gorge views 
    We were shocked when we nearly had the entire elevator and lower platform dock area to ourselves. There are some historical reference boards down below of the events and really good gorge views  more »
  • One of my favoirte parts of Niagra US side. This doesn't look like much until you go in the elevator and stand where the amazing power plant once was. The walls and reminents are still there. The... 
    One of my favoirte parts of Niagra US side. This doesn't look like much until you go in the elevator and stand where the amazing power plant once was. The walls and reminents are still there. The...  more »
Google
  • Great side-trip down to the water's edge with historical timeline boards. PS - Parking tip. While parking at / in the Niagara Falls visitor center, state park lots cost upwards of $20, parking at the Schoellkopf Power Station / Niagara Gorge is FREE. Then take the FREE Discover Niagara Shuttle all over the place.
  • Takes you down to a wonderful area, it’s the bottom floor of the Niagara gorge and it takes you right to where the maid of the mist docks. Hike or take the elevator back up it’s very very nice for all ages.

Plan your trip to Niagara Falls

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip