Sint Maarten’s Rockland Estate eco-park featuring the world’s steepest zip line to open Summer 2017
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (May 16, 2017) — Rockland Estate, Sint Maarten’s newest attraction will open to the public Summer 2017. The eco-park is located on the historic Emilio Wilson Estate just a short ride from Port Sint Maarten and major hotels. This new attraction delivers a dynamic and unforgettable experience featuring the historic Emilio Wilson Museum, breathtaking 360-degree views from Sint Maarten’s highest mountain and four rides including the world’s steepest zip line, the “Flying Dutchman”.
The gateway for each adventure is the Emilio Wilson Museum located in the property’s restored plantation house. Guests will learn the powerful story of Trace Wilson, born into slavery on the estate in 1818 and her descendant Emilio Wilson who purchased the property to educate current and future generations about the conditions of plantation life as well as the customs, traditions and history of Sint Maarten, “The Friendly Island.”
The lineup of attractions continues with the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, a series of 58 four passenger chairs, taking guests soaring to the transfer station, an experience that is accessible for everyone. From there, visitors can traverse the ridge on a traditional four-span Zip Line ride for amazing views and high-flying excitement.
A second chairlift continues to the top of Sentry Hill, Sint Maarten’s highest elevation at 1,125 feet. A series of platforms encircle the mountaintop showcasing 360-degree views of the whole island including vistas of neighboring islands Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barts and Anguilla.
Rockland Estate’s main attraction — the Flying Dutchman — is the world’s steepest zip line. Its overall grade of 42 percent guarantees thrill seekers the ride of a lifetime while securely harnessed in a chair, shooting them from the top of Sentry Hill down the mountain over a 2,630-foot span at a high speed of 56 miles per hour.
The innovative Schooner Ride is located at the midway point of the Soualiga Sky Explorer. Here, guests hop in an inner tube to go careening down the mountain through curves and straightaways on a specially designed 750-foot track.
“In constructing the park, we have worked hard to ensure that Rainforest Adventures commitment to the environmental conservation is upheld. Less than five percent of the Emilio Wilson Estate will be impacted by the new Rockland Estate venue. Our goal is to educate visitors on the importance of ongoing conservation of this area, to celebrate local history and culture while providing them with a thrilling ride or relaxing activity,” says Rainforest Adventures President Josef Preschel.
Environmentally conscious construction techniques ensured minimal tree loss while the attractions were designed to have minimal impact on both the flora and fauna of the eco-park. The Rainforest Adventures Replanting Program will remove invasive species and replant the terrain with endemic ones as construction is completed.
Rates for tours at Rockland Estate start at US$59 per person including the Emilio Wilson Museum and Soualiga Sky Explorer. Save 20 percent using booking code SXM2017 for direct bookings through November 30, 2017 at www.rainforestadventure.com/st-maarten. For more information and bookings call toll-free from North America at +1.866.SKYTRAM (1.886.759.8726), email email@example.com or visit www.rainforestadventure.com/st-maarten.
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Each year over 400,000 visitors experience Rainforest Adventures eco-parks located in Costa Rica, St. Lucia, Panama, Jamaica and Sint Maarten. In addition to more than 22 years of experience, in construction and operations of eco-parks, Rainforest Adventures owns and conserves 2,700 acres of rainforest, home to more than 1,000 species of birds and 2,000 kinds of exotic plants. With over 450 employees, it also offers sustainability programs for visitors and local schoolchildren designed for the protection and conservation of the rainforest. For more information visit www.rainforestadventure.com.