MASSENA – The New York Power Authority’s Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch has started operating on its summer schedule just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Starting today, the visitors center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The visitors center offers many hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, history and the environment. Visitors can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator. An audiovisual terrain map charts the course of the mighty St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena. A community room is also available for public use.
Last year NYPA welcomed more than 18,000 visitors to the Hawkins Point facility. Several special events will be held at the visitors center throughout the summer. On July 24, NYPA will be sponsoring a Classic Car and Antique Truck Cruise-In.
The visitors center will again host its “Beat the Heat” summer campaign with a full day of free movies every Tuesday from June 29 through August. 31. Family-friendly films will be shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the visitors center’s auditorium.
In addition, throughout the year, NYPA offers Friday matinees at 1:30 p.m. featuring contemporary and classic films. These events are free of charge and open to the public.
Movie schedules and information on other visitors center events can be found at www.nypa.gov/vc/stlaw.htm. For more information or to book a tour, please call 315-764-0226 ext 302.