Updated May 2018
Getting healthy, nailing that promotion, sorting our your finances – they’re all respectable resolutions. But frankly, they’re boring af, which is why we here at Step Out Buffalo are challenging you to really step out of your comfort zone with the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge. We know it can be difficult to constantly come up with new and exciting ways to enjoy your time here on planet earth, and more specifically Western New York, so we’re doing the work for you. Every Wednesday this year we’ll publish a new Buffalo Bucket List Challenge post with a fun / interesting / exciting / unique “task” to try.
Week 33: Niagara Zipper
5 Gooding Street (near Main & Pine) in Lockport // (716) 438-0174 // niagarazipper.com
Price: A youth ticket (14 and under) is $18.99 + tax and an adult ticket is $23.95 + tax
Reservations are required: Book ahead of time online at lockportcave.zaui.net/data/portals/zip/
Details: The latest and greatest talk of the town is bringing Western New Yorkers to Lockport where The Niagara Zipper displays 4 lines (2 there and two back) crossing over the Erie Canal from 85 feet in the air at speeds of 40mph. This new, clever way, to observe the waters of the Erie Canal has been open since August 2017 and has attracted locals and tourists alike. Everything you’ll need to zip is provided for you, so there is no need to bring anything other than your signed waiver which you can fill out online. Keep in mind there are rules that are in place for your safety include no open-toed shoes, smoking, or drinking/drugs (of course). Riders must weigh between 80lbs-250lbs, and be between 4’8″ and 6’2″ in height. You should expect to go through a short orientation before starting the course and zipping across the Erie Canal.
Where to Eat: Yeah, you already know what I’m going to say. You’re going to have to get some ice cream from Lake Effect Ice Cream in Lockport, aka the OG. Grab a scoop of one of their odd, but tasty, flavors like London Fog or Black Sesame! Or go for something a bit more basic like Salty Caramel or Paula’s Glazed Donut. Don’t forget about their baller sundaes like Sweet Salt and Smoke made with vanilla ice cream and topped with house-made wet walnuts, sliced banana, whipped cream, and sprinkled with brown sugar candied bacon pieces.