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. It offers honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist. And, to go at speeds that top 40 mph.
 
The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies. Now they're 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. He is co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks. It 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 commercial zip lines have boomed in popularity. This has occurred over the past five years. There are at least 200 in the United States alone. It 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. They can ride over California's Catalina Island. They can move 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. 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. Brady had just ridden 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 angle 2,200 feet along the Canadian side of the gorge. He said they 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 said they had a new perspective on the natural wonder.
 
The owner of the Lake George line is Ralph Macchio Sr. He is father of the "Karate Kid" actor with the same name. He 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 (242)
  • pilarj-cel
    9/09/2016 - 10:12 a.m.

    The zip line is being objected because people including the residents feel that there is no need for it. The Niagara Falls is already a huge main attraction to the US, therefore there is no point in creating more things to add on to its natural beauty. Along with that, many people feel that it might take away the importance of the "natural New York beauty". In some ways I agree because thereally are about 200 zip lines in the US and another one added just takes away the affect of the Niagara Falls.

  • marquieg1-hei
    9/09/2016 - 10:19 a.m.

    Some people think that the Niagara Falls is beautiful itself and that they are putting up some zip lines and that it is taking is beauty from it watching people zip line over some over in the Niagara Falls.


    1.James Bannister doesn't quite see it that way. To him, the new zip line there amounts to a "circus midway-style attraction."
    2.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.

    • devonm-hei
      9/09/2016 - 01:56 p.m.

      I disagree with you because people have different answers that Niagara Falls is beautiful some think that it's beautiful.

      • autumna-hei
        9/09/2016 - 03:36 p.m.

        I agree with you because I really think Niagara falls is beautiful also

    • ashleyb1-hei
      9/09/2016 - 03:44 p.m.

      I agree with you because what the passage says about James Bannister.

  • dylanc2-hei
    9/09/2016 - 10:20 a.m.

    zip lines would be bad because the zip lines take the prettiness of the falls.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."As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction," Bannister said.

    • nickr2-hei
      9/09/2016 - 01:25 p.m.

      I don't agree because the falls yes are really pretty but you could see it from a better angle and also if people are going to go complain about it than they can go somewhere else and see a water fall if they are going to be that picky about it be cause that would ruin the fun for everyone !

      • emmem1-hei
        9/09/2016 - 01:59 p.m.

        I understand your opinion, but have you ever thought about how people just want to enjoy the view.

      • coltong1-hei
        9/09/2016 - 02:59 p.m.

        I understand what you are saying, but I disagree when you go at a fast speed when you zip line to see places you cant see it is harder to take a pitcher to saver the moment. On the zip line you are going 40 miles a hour.

    • nickr2-hei
      9/09/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

      What if the zipline is out of control you need objectives in there so everything goes alright.

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