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Why Just Visit When You Can Zip Line Across Niagara Falls?

It's sure to be an adventure, but not for the faint of heart!

Long a popular honeymoon and vacation destination, Niagara Falls now offers opportunities for adventure (that don’t include going over the falls in the barrel, a daredevil move that is both illegal and deadly!). 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. The zip line takes all of 30 seconds from start to finish.

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 of what you’ll experience, shared on Instagram by WildPlay:

Although some argue that putting a zip line in a place like Niagara Falls is an affront to nature, the company behind the attraction says it’s simply a 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.

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Other Adventures For Thrill-Seekers

Niagara Falls is far from the only natural wonder to incorporate zip lines. As the adventurous activity becomes more popular with tourists, zip lines have been added to locations throughout the United States, including at the Grand Canyon, where thrill-seekers can see this famous landmark from a whole new view.

In addition to the zip line, WildPlay Element Parks also offers the Whirlpool Adventure Course right outside Vancouver, British Columbia, 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.

You can consider the What’s To Fear Jump practice for bungee-jumping off the world’s highest glass-bottom bridge, which is located in China. That’s right, in August 2018 a bungee-jump platform will be added to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. Brave souls will have the chance to take the plunge from 853 feet high.

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Take a look at this video, shared by Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon on YouTube, to see more views of the amazing glass bridge. It will either make your heart race with excitement or your palms sweat in fear!

When this new bungee-jump opens in August, it will replace the Macau Tower Bungy Jump, which comes in at 764 feet above ground, as the highest bungee jump in the world.

Here’s a look at the Macau Tower Bungy Jump, shared on YouTube by The World Wanderers podcast:

Joe Chen, deputy general manager of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management, told CNN Travel that the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bungee Jump will be unique because it will offer great views of the unusual landscape surrounding the bridge.

Here’s a glimpse of those spectacular views, shared by Instagrammer iren.wanderings:

“It’ll be different from the Macau Tower Bungy Jump because bungee-jumping off a bridge doesn’t require a guided cable so you’ll have the feeling of free-falling,” Chen said.

Who’s game?