The multi-million dollar upgrade to the nation's oldest state park is complete, and it's sure to offer an amazing welcome to the biggest tourist spot in Western New York.

The newly completed Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Welcome Center at Niagara Falls State Park is a huge upgrade from the previous 35-year-old welcome center, which many felt was nowhere to the quality that you need to truly honor the majestic Niagara Falls.

The new center, which cost $46 million to build, benefited from an $8 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

The opening of this state-of-the-art Welcome Center continues the commitment of NYS to creating an exciting experience in the Nation’s oldest state park. The additional investments in the NACC and Oakwood help to support the mission of our administration to improve City assets for the use and enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. We appreciate Governor Hochul sharing in that vision and thank her for her continued partnership.
-Robert Restaino, Mayor of Niagara Falls, New York

The new 28,000-square-foot welcome center is multi-level and features glass walls to help maximize your view of the falls when you're inside it. The building, designed by GWWO Architects of Baltimore and built by R.P. Oakhill Building Company of Buffalo, has all sorts of amenities.

Darren McGee- Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Darren McGee- Office of Governor Kathy Hochul

This is the latest part of a multi-million dollar revitalization that has been happening at Niagara Falls State Park. In addition, the current administration building, which is right next door, will be reused and redeveloped into a community room, along with some other uses.

You can check out some of the photos below.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Welcome Center at Niagara Falls State Park

Check out some photos and renderings from the new $46 Million State-of-the-Art Welcome Center inside of America's oldest state park.

Gallery Credit: Ed Nice

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