The Spanish Aero Car attraction recently celebrated its 97th birthday on August 8th. It is considered one of the Niagara Park’s oldest attractions.
The aerial car ride is a popular attractions soars over the Niagara Whirlpool just north of Niagara Falls. It was designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo and has been in operation since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a wonderful view of the Niagara Whirlpool and Gorge. The Whirlpool was formed at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly counter clockwise flowing toward Lake Ontario. Round trip is approximately one kilometer (3,600 feet) and takes about 10 minutes to complete, carrying a maximum capacity of 35 standing passengers. The Whirlpool Aero Car opened on August 8, 1916. Upgrades in design and function occurred in 1961, 1967 and 1984.