Long a popular honeymoon and general vacation destination, did you know you can also get a side of adventure with your trip to Niagara Falls? Thanks to WildPlay Element Parks, there are now four zip lines across the falls.
The MistRider Zipline to the Falls debuted back in 2016, and is not an attraction for the faint of heart, as you’ll be cruising at about 40 miles per hour across 2,200 feet from 220 feet up in the air. This means you’ll make it to the other end in about 30 seconds.
If you think you can handle this thrill ride, the zip lines are open through October, and a ride will set you back about $50. Kids must be at least 7 years old to participate, and those 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Here’s a glimpse from the Wild Play Instagram account at what you’ll experience:
Although some argue that putting a zipline in a place like Niagara Falls is an affront to nature, the company behind the attraction says it’s a simply sign of the times.
“We can’t make these into museums,” Tom Benson, co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks, told the New York Post. “We have to keep the general public — the folks that these places have been set aside for — we have to keep them motivated to get out there.”
“How do you take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?” he asked.
Niagara Falls is far from the only natural wonder to incorporate ziplines. As the adventurous activity becomes more popular with tourists, ziplines have been added to locations throughout the United States and beyond, including at the Grand Canyon, where thrill-seekers can see this famous landmark from a whole new view.
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In addition to the zipline, WildPlay Element Parks also offers the Whirlpool Adventure Course, which includes obstacles such as climbing, jumping and swinging aerial games, as well as the What’s To Fear Jump, in which you climb up a rope ladder and onto a platform where you’re tethered to a jump line and are forced to go over the edge.