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WINERIES| SHOPPING| GOLF| WEDDINGS| RECREATION| TICKETS| EVENTS  
  HOTELS| B&Bs| ATTRACTIONS| RESTAURANTS| WINERIES 
THEME PARKS| TOURS| CASINOS| GOLF| SHOPPING 
WEDDINGS| RECREATION| TICKETS| EVENTS  
  HOTELS| B&Bs| ATTRACTIONS| RESTAURANTS 
WINERIES| THEME PARKS| TOURS 
CASINOS| SHOPPING| GOLF| EVENTS  
WEDDINGS| RECREATION| TICKETS 

Niagara Region

Niagara Falls

Walk across Niagara Falls will be Free to the Public

NY State officials said on Tuesday that the tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be free to the public in the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. But it is to note that only 4,000 free tickets will be available on the American side, and you will have to be ready at your computer at 9 a.m. Friday to snatch one.

The wire walk will be taking place over the Horseshoe Falls and there is only limited suitable viewing area available on the U.S side of Niagara Falls, which are Terrapin Point on Goat Island and, to a lesser extent, Prospect Point. In order to accommodate the overflowing crowd, state officials said they will display big-screen televisions on Old Falls Street close to the State Park at Prospect Street and a 'sideshow' of daredevil will begin at 11 a.m.

The officials of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls previously stated that they would make the event free to the public. They have said the expected crowd in the Canada side on park land, which stretches along the upper rim of the Niagara Gorge, is between 60,000 and 100,000.

Free vouchers for public access on the American side will be available starting at 9 a.m. Friday. The vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the website www.walkthefalls.com and can be redeemed for a wristband June 15. Spectators will be limited to a maximum of five free vouchers per email address. People without computer access may request a voucher by calling 1 (877) 325-5787 ext. 337.

Beginning at 9 a.m. June 15, wristbands can be picked up at the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center and the Cave of the Winds information kiosk in the park. In addition, starting at 11 a.m., vouchers can be redeemed for wristbands at the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. visitor information tent, located temporarily on Old Falls Street between Rainbow Boulevard and Prospect Street in the city.

Wristbands are not required for access to other areas of the park, which will remain open on the day of the wire-walk. Access to the main park areas are free, while parking is $10. State officials expect parking to be limited in the park June 15, and spectators are encouraged to arrive early. Niagara Falls Coach Lines will be shuttling people from a parking lot to the downtown corridor from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $5 per person.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, RLewiston were the two chief supporters of the “Nik Wallenda high wire walk stunt”, who worked behind to make the event free to the public.

City officials also are looking for volunteers, age 18 or older, to help distribute tourism information on the day of the walk. For more information, contact Jane Schroeder at jane@niagara-usa.com or 282-8992, Ext. 312.