Looking for an adrenaline rush during your Florida vacation? Here are some popular Florida zipline adventures.
Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, Milton
Vacationing near Pensacola or Navarre Beach? Head to Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton! The operator started off renting canoes during the 1970s and had expanded its services over the years.
Today, they offer four different zipline tours ranging from 12 platforms over about 5 hours to seven ziplines in about 3 hours. As the name implies, the Ultimate Double Dip Zip Adventure is the king of the park’s ziplines with the 12 platforms and amazing sky bridge. Have limited time? Choose the Taste of the Tours zipline. It has seven ziplines and ends with a 900? zip line over Coldwater Creek.
Fliers must be between 70-250 pounds and at least 4’6.? Costs range from $89 – $129. (8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton, Fla. 32570; Tel: (850) 623-6197; www.adventuresunlimited.com)
Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours, Ocala
Visiting Central Florida, Gainesville, Ocala, or the Villages? Then check out Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala. Zip from tree to tree and tree to canyon at Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala. Choose from one of four ziplining experiences. Options include the Big Cliff Canyon with nine ziplines, two rope bridges and a rappel and the Sky High Tour with three ziplines, the longest line being 155 feet off the ground and 1,100 feet long. A nighttime zipline is also offered.
Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh no less than 70 pounds and no more than 270 pounds. Cost ranges from$99.99 to $44.99. (8045 NW Gainesville Rd. (CR 25A), Ocala, Fla.; Tel: (352) 351-ZIPS (9477); www.zipthecanyons.com)
Forever Florida, St. Cloud
Spending time in Kissimmee, Orlando, St. Cloud, Tampa, or Central Florida? Zip on over to Forever Florida in St. Cloud. Set on 4,700 acres of wildlife conservation area in St. Cloud is Forever Florida, home to the state’s first zipline experience and the world’s only pole-based flat land zipline. The 7-Zip Adventure begins on a platform 78 feet above the forest floor then zip from platform to platform on three sky-bridges and high-tension cables.
Night owls will get a thrill out of the two-hour Night Flight Adventure, only available Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the same 7-Zip course but in the dark under the stars and by the moonlight. This experience requires a minimum of two people.
While at Forever Florida, check out the only zipline roller coaster in the country where you will reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour while twisting and zipping. The zipline and other aerial activities are for ages 10 and up with a minimum weight of 55 pounds and maximum of 265 pounds. The 7-Zip Adventure is $80 and Night Flight Adventure is $89.99. (4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, Fla. 34773; Tel: (407) 957-9794; www.foreverflorida.com)
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine
Vacationing in St. Augustine, Amelia Island, or Jacksonville, then check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for your adrenaline rush! Dangle your feet above alligators and crocodiles at Crocodile Crossing in the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on one of two courses. Zip across 7 acres at about 35 feet from the ground on either the Nile River Course with its 17 ziplines or the nine ziplines of the Sepik River Course. Receive complimentary zoo admission with a purchase of the Nile River Course and half-off admission with the Sepik River Course.
Participants must be at least 8 years old, over 52″ tall, weigh less than 250 pounds. The Nile River is $67and Sepik River is $37. (999 Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, Fla. 32080; Tel: (904) 824-3337; www.alligatorfarm.com)
TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Bradenton
From mild to wild experiences, TreeUmph! Adventure Course in Bradenton is more than a ziplining adventure, it’s a whole day playing in the treetops. Admission grants access to six activities ranging from easy and moderate to difficult and extremely exciting. Spend the day balancing on footbridges and cable walkways, swinging on a rope, climbing nets, and soaring on a zipline.
For climbers ages 12 to 64, admission is $54.95 and seniors 65 and older is $42.96. Must be able to reach with to a height of 5 feet and 11 inches. The Ape-Up Course is designed for children 7 – 11 and includes a climbing wall, suspended wooden tunnels, and zipline. Cost is $25.96. Participants must weigh less than 275 pounds. (21805 E. State Road 70, Bradenton, Fla. 34211; Tel: (941) 322-2130; www.treeumph.com)
Sometimes We Need a Push
Ziplining is an adrenaline rush. While strapping on the harness, it seems like a good idea, but once I reach the top then look down, I am petrified. I have been in situations where I was so scared that I could not take a step off. Rather than climbing down and giving up, I asked a guide to push me off the platform.
Making the initial ziplining run is a scary feeling, but once I get going, I am filled with euphoria and am confident I can conquer the world. Sometimes we need that push out of our comfort zone to realize we can fly on our own and accomplish greater things.
Are you ready to fly?
Tips for an Enjoyable Florida Ziplining Experience
- Familiarize yourself with the age, weight, and height requirements of each zipline operator as they vary.
- Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes, and clothing that fits comfortably. You don’t want anything too loose that it ends up getting caught in something.
- Pull long hair back in a ponytail.
- Secure your phone, whether this means leaving it behind or keeping it in a case around your neck.
- Participants should be in good physical shape.
- Keep hydrated.
- Look for discounts and deals on the outfitter’s website.
- Tip your zipline guide.
- Have fun and don’t forget to scream!