Here at the Dewey Square Park near South Station, people is lining up waiting for their zipline ride. The three-day "Freezin' Gator Zipline" activity from February 18th to 20th, 11am to 5pm, is part of the promotion of Experience Kissimmee Florida. The tourism group aims at attracting people in New England to get away from the cold and visit Florida.
This is the first time zipline come to Boston. There was one in Chicago a year ago at Millennium Park. "We think the best way to promote Kissimmee tourism is to bring some activities to Boston.", said Megan Heron, the director of marketing and operation strategy for the Experience Kissimmee.
"We brought the experience to Chicago last year, and it was so popular.", said Megan. "We are expecting a little bit bigger of the number. It's a little too early to tell, but yesterday we surpassed the number of people we have at this time last year in Chicago."
Base on what we saw in the field, the waiting time for a ride is about 1 to 1.5 hours. Many people were still trying to join the activity at the time it closes.
In addition to the zipline, the tourist group also bring an alligator from the Gatorland. People can take a photo with it in the Gatorland tent. There is also a Crayola Experience tent for children who loves painting.
The tourist group also try to connect with and benefit local communities here in Boston. They encourage people to come here with their used coat, which they will donate to local charity groups after the end of this event.