Care to zip over Niagara Falls?
Care to zip over Niagara Falls? In this July 19, 2016 photo provided by WildPlay Ltd., tourists suspended above the water from zip lines make their way at speeds of up to 40 mph toward the the mist of the Horseshoe Falls, on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. (Kien Tran/WildPlay Ltd. via AP)
Care to zip over Niagara Falls?
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Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph.
 
The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists in the 21st century to established destinations. It's a trend that's exposed a rift between those who approach nature like contemplative monks and others who require an extreme, Indiana Jones-style experience.
 
"We can't make these into museums," argued Tom Benson, co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks, which built the Niagara Falls zip line. "How do you take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?"
 
The booming popularity of commercial zip lines over the past five years - there are at least 200 in the United States alone - means more people are experiencing nature in a way that would make Thoreau dizzy.
 
They can ride above the tree line at New River Gorge in West Virginia, over California's Catalina Island, above lush Hawaiian landscapes and in view of Denali in Alaska.
 
A zip line ride in Mexico's Copper Canyon runs more than a mile and a half, one in Nepal has a drop of 2,000 feet, and another in Sun City, South Africa, boasts top speeds of 100 mph.
 
"You feel all this air rushing past you, it's this great almost roller coaster-esque feeling," Quillan Brady said after riding on the new Eagle Flyer zip line at Lake George in New York's Adirondacks. "But really, what I think makes it is looking around and seeing all this natural New York beauty."
 
Niagara Falls-area resident James Bannister doesn't quite see it that way. To him, the new zip line there amounts to a "circus midway-style attraction."
 
"Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, 'Boy, you could build another great attraction here!' As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction," Bannister said.
 
Zip line fans say it's still possible to marvel at nature while whizzing above it at highway speeds.
 
At Niagara Falls, WildPlay's Benson said his four lines angling 2,200 feet along the Canadian side of the gorge were designed to be sensitive to the local environment.
 
Catalina Island's zip line makes stops for presentations at designated "eco-stations." And riders of the Lake George zip line who were questioned after their rides said they had a new perspective on the natural wonder.
 
The owner of the Lake George line, Ralph Macchio Sr. (father of the "Karate Kid" actor with the same name), said he got the idea for his attraction by gazing out from atop the majestic Adirondack peaks.
 
"I thought, 'Gee, if you could look at it like you were flying like a bird and get that view, that would be an Adirondack experience,'" Macchio said. "And that's why I built the zip line."

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Why are there objections to the zip line?
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COMMENTS (116)
  • knutson,cloeviolet-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:30 a.m.

    There were objections to the zip line because the nearby residents felt that it took away from the falls natural beauty and that tourists should not need another attraction there to get them to see the amazing wonder that is Niagara Falls.

  • zuniga,nayelialejandra-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:33 a.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because Niagara Falls is already a big attraction, plus it is also very dangerous to be going at such high speeds and being high up in the air.

  • brady,airellynn-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:33 a.m.

    There are objections due to the fact that attractions bring many people, since Niagra is something that should be well preserved this could be a problem.
    "Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, 'Boy, you could build another great attraction here!' As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction."(Bannister)

  • hicks,rodneyr-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:34 a.m.

    To attract tourists around the environment and get them to imagine the beauty Niagara Falls has to offer.

  • martinez,monicaraquel-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:34 a.m.

    Since it's going so fast, there would not be sufficient time to look around your surroundings.

  • haley,brent-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:35 a.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because it messes with the current attractions and the reason people go to these places in the first place. A resident of Niagara Falls stated that "boy, you could build another attraction here! as if the falls itself wasn't enough"(Care to Zip Over Niagara Falls). This expresses his disagreement in making Niagara falls "a mid-way style circus" that is only there to take advantage of the area for a profit(Care to Zip Over Niagara Falls).

  • fowler,juliannalynn-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:36 a.m.

    Because some people like the natural wonders as natural wonders and not an amusement park. They just don't understand that there is another way to see natural wonders.

  • florial,kobe-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:37 a.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because it takes away from the view of The Niagara Falls and people are more involved with that instead of admiring the environment.

  • santiago,kiannyives-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:37 a.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because many people are simple who don't need to much to be happy so when they take a beauty such as Niagara Falls and put a zip line it upsets people because to most of them, nature by itself is already beautiful and attractive.

  • felixmadera,michaelanthony-mel
    9/27/2016 - 07:38 a.m.

    Some people think there is more that can be used to attract people. "Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, 'Boy, you could build another great attraction here!' As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction," Bannister said".

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