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 year-round, and ticket prices start at $59.99 per person. Kids must be at least 7 years old to participate, and those 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. It looks like quite a thrill ride!
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.
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.
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 the Grand Canyon, where thrill-seekers can see this famous landmark from a whole new view.