Niagara Falls is amazing enough without having to add any new experiences… but… why wouldn’t you want to make it extra amazing? I had been warned of all the tourist traps and kitschy attractions, but I didn’t care. I still wanted to see Niagara, and I wanted to see it the most fun way possible. So if you’re up for an adventure and the MOST exciting thing to do in Niagara Falls, well then… may I present to you, the Mistrider Zipline by Wildplay.
Zip-lining is thrilling anyway, but with the scenery of the Falls added, it’s incredible!!! I began my adventure by getting a helmet and getting all strapped in. Don’t worry, they help you through the whole process. I certainly wasn’t confident putting it on by myself lol. They have multiple bays with two lines per bay, so you’re able to zip with someone next to you if you want! You can even make it into a race! Oddly, I ended up beating my boyfriend, even though he’s (as pictured) much larger than me. Go figure!
The harness itself is very comfortable. It is pretty much like you’re sitting! There is also a backpack on your back to hold your belongings that aren’t specifically strapped to you. They have some strict restrictions about what you can keep in your hand, so keep reading.
When you’re ready, they release you, and you’re off! I was only scared for a second (do keep in mind that I’m #CowardlyCarly and how scared I am of heights), and then the rush of flying overcame me; it was pretty glorious! To my right were the jealous crowds watching my exhilaration, and to my left were the Falls that didn’t care one way or the other because they are waterfalls.
I picked up speed, but I was too excited to be scared. The workers said I’d get up to speeds of 40 mph, and I’m not sure, but it felt like it! Definitely the scariest part was near the end when the once far platform was racing toward me. I was going so fast, and I had no way of stopping myself. I’m not ashamed to admit that the thought, “I’m not going to stop!!” flashed through my mind, but my arrival triggered something, and I was safely brought to a stop. So don’t worry!
They don’t really let you take pictures at the beginning because they’re trying to get people moving through, so if you want a picture in your sweet get-up, you’ll have to wait for the end like we did. After you get off, there’s a little platform with a stunning view.
Things to be aware of:
- Fill out your waiver online before you go. It will save you a lot of time!
- In order to bring a camera, it must be a go pro on a selfie stick less than 6 inches. You can also have a locking wrist strap or chest harness. Basically, it has to be ~totally~ attached to you, or you’ll have to put it in the backpack. I was disappointed because I had brought several cameras, but only 1 of my selfie sticks was short enough, and it was a definite no-go on doing a Snap Chat story on my phone. Double check your stuff! Here are some things that should make it through:
- You can pay for parking nearby or walk from your hotel!
- This is on the Canadian side of the Falls (it’s the way better side though, tbh).
- You can prebook on their website here. It’s about $50 USD, and it is SO WORTH IT!
- Riders must be less than 275 lbs!