Prospect Point Observation Tower

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Prospect Point Observation Tower
Niagara Falls observatory tower.JPG
The observation tower in 2013
General information
Architectural styleModernist
Town or cityNiagara Falls, New York
CountryUnited States of America
Coordinates43°05′11″N 79°04′06″W / 43.086442°N 79.068389°W / 43.086442; -79.068389Coordinates: 43°05′11″N 79°04′06″W / 43.086442°N 79.068389°W / 43.086442; -79.068389
Construction started1958
Height282 feet (86 m)
Technical details

The Prospect Point Observation Tower (also known as the Niagara Falls Observation Tower[2]) is a tower in Niagara Falls, New York, United States just east of the American Falls.


The area of the tower and Prospect Point was once known as the High Bank Industrial/Mill District, and hosted industrial use of the area from the 1870s to 1940s.[3]

The tower was originally built in 1961[1] and extensively refurbished between 2001 and 2003.[4] Improvements included a pre-cast concrete plank observation deck, an ornamental stainless steel deck railing system, improved high-speed elevators, new rest rooms, and a gift shop.[4]


The tower, constructed of aluminum, glass, and steel, stands at 282 feet (86 m)[2] with the base at the bottom of the gorge. Visitors enter the tower at the ground level from Niagara Falls State Park.[1] It sees eight million visitors annually.

The Maid of the Mist loads at the base of the tower.


  1. ^ a b c "History of Niagara Falls towers". Skylon Tower. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Prospect Point Observation Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ http://www.niagarafrontier.com/milldistrict.html
  4. ^ a b "Governor Announces Completion of Multi-Million Dollar Improvement at Scenic Niagara Falls State Park". NYS Office of the Governor. June 24, 2003. Archived from the original on October 3, 2006. Retrieved October 22, 2016.

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