The MistRider Zipline in Niagara Falls Will Leave You Astonished
Those who follow my travels know quite well that I do not shy away from adventure or adrenaline-pumping activities. I have skydived in Australia, base-flown in Berlin, para-glided in Austria, and came this close to bungee jumping in Queenstown. (I didn’t due to crap weather, not due to nerves.) When I heard about MistRider Zipline, the new zipline attraction beside Niagara Falls, the recently crowned 10th Wonder of the World, just 90 minutes from my home, I jumped at the opportunity to see what it was all about and harness up for the experience of a lifetime.
The MistRider Zipline experience is a fast zipline that brings riders up close and personal with the falls. You don’t zipline across the Falls, but you are right beside the world famous fury that all head to Niagara to witness. Attached to the most comfortable harness I have ever had doing this adventure activity, the crew at the MistRider Zipline are ready to assist all participants, ensuring a fun and enjoyable ride. I was so impressed with this team as they told me even steps are taken for patrons with disabilities and who use wheelchairs to enjoy the ride! That made my heart happy. I have a second cousin who travels via wheelchair and the fact that she could enjoy such an experience is truly strides in the right direction for tourism.
MistRider Zipline Logistics
If you are interested in participating in the incredible MistRider Zipline experience, see below the important information and the process:
- The MistRider Zipline is located right near the Hornblower ticket office between the American and Canadian falls.
- Purchase tickets online (your best bet to save time!) or right by the falls. Next, head to the Ticket Pick-up Office to fill out their disclaimer and to be weighed. Just like most physical experiences, it is important to keep you safe and there is a weight threshold. (I cringed at this knowing how many hot fudge sundaes I had consumed in the past while, but stood upon the step of shame anyway…) Next, proceed to sign the disclaimer on the provided iPad.
- The disclaimer is straightforward and will only take you a couple of minutes. Once you have completed this step, you will be given a helmet and escorted to the stairs to ascend to the platform.
- Once on the platform, the friendly crew will harness you up, hook you to the MistRider zipline and pack your personal belongings in the pouch behind you.
Once all hooked up, the crew will give you the important instructions on how to have your legs, how to sit properly, where to hold on, and how to handle the brake at the end. You are then lowered to the starting position ready to depart. With my heart slightly aflutter, I was ready to breeze along with the mist of the falls. I was ready to be dazzled by such natural beauty mixed with such a thrilling surge of adrenaline.
As you soar through the sky, take in the gorgeous views of the majestic Niagara Falls. These large and natural phenomena supply much of the natural energy for the surrounding escarpment, and do generate thousands of visitors seeking a glimpse of their natural power. While flying by, I marveled at the views. I took in the smell of the mist. I embraced the flying sensation and truly felt that this was a perfect addition to the many attractions available by Niagara Falls. And I am not alone. In July 2017 the 100,000th customer experienced the MistRider Zipline! Pretty impressive stat I must say.
Once at the bottom, disembark and check out the views that continue to surround you of both sides of Niagara Falls. You can then pick up your souvenir photos and head to the shuttle bus that will escort you safely back up the hill to where your adventure began.
Ziplining as a whole has become such a popular activity. You can pretty much anticipate this attraction at most parts of the world and in particular around scenic outlooks and significant landmarks. That being said, not all have such spectacular views, friendly and helpful staff, and can accommodate clients with disabilities. MistRider should be on your must-do list when in Niagara Falls for a piece of adventure unlike anywhere else.
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We were a guest of The MistRider Zipline while travelling through Niagara Falls. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way.