Experiencing Tesla’s Legacy
How can you celebrate Tesla’s legacy today in Niagara Falls? Start with a ride on the Maid of the Mist’s all-electric, and emission-free boats — one is even named after Nikola Tesla! The iconic boat ride has been taking visitors to the Falls through the spray and the waters around the Falls since 1846, but the new fleet of electric boats was just introduced in 2020. Grab your poncho and prepare to get wet.
You can also make sure to pay homage to Tesla himself by visiting the monument of him on beautiful Goat Island at Stedman’s Bluff. Gifted to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in 1976, the statue depicts Tesla sitting and reading his notes in a sculpture by artist Frano Kršinić.
Next, visit the Niagara Power Vista to experience an exciting interactive adventure that the whole family will love. You’ll learn about Tesla and Edison as well as have the chance to design your own dam, learn how to operate a power grid and walk through a turbine. And you won’t want to miss the virtual reality ride that takes you shooting into the river and around a spinning turbine!
Afterward, head to Gratwick-Riverside Park in North Tonawanda and marvel at the giant Tesla Coil Monument. It's located just three miles from the original North Tonawanda Transformer Station — a building that played a critical role in moving electricity over a long distance using alternating current. Situated at the corner of Twin City Highway and Robinson Road, today, the building features impactful window vinyls with images of Westinghouse and Tesla, along with informational panels and QR codes. At night, efficient LED lighting illuminates the building in a myriad of colors.