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State Provides $2 Million for Niagara Explore Center

By Mark Scott

Niagara Falls, NY – The Niagara Explore Center, a multi-media entertainment venue planned for Niagara Falls, is receiving $2 million in state funding.

Governor Pataki says the state grant will hopefully leverage millions more from the private sector. He says Niagara Explore will complement the planned Seneca Nation of Indians casino due to open later this year.

"We're very confident that the casino is moving forward with great speed," Pataki said. "But we're not going to rely just on that. We need to continue attracting private sector investment to make sure Niagara Falls is a symbol of the resurgence and success of New York."

The Niagara Explore Center will feature two attractions. The "Time Elevator" will combine film, motion platforms and special effects, taking tourists on a ride through the history of the Falls. The "Oceanarium" will be a film providing viewers with an undersea voyage, beginning at the base of the Falls.

The center will open next Spring.