Many people associate zip lining with tropical rain forests in foreign lands like Costa Rica. However, you don’t need a passport to go zipping through the tree tops high above the ground. There are several places in Florida that offer adventure travelers and wanna-be adventurers a chance to strap themselves to a metal wire and jump off a platform over alligator infested waters. Lucky you!
New zip courses are opening all the time at existing Florida attractions all over the Sunshine State. These three were among the first to bring the sport to Florida.
ZOOMAIR Adventure Park at Central Florida Zoo – Sanford, Florida
Zip lining for beginners
If you’ve never gone zip lining before and are a little nervous about the prospect of being really, really high up off of the ground, the ZOOMAIR Adventure Park at the Central Florida Zoo is a great place to start. They offer child courses, and two rope/zip lining combo courses. Compared to zip lining you’ve seen on TV, these courses are incredibly tame. In fact, you aren’t even required to wear a helmet.
At just $22.95 for the beginner course, this is also a really inexpensive way to try out zip lining.
Forever Florida Zipline Safari – Kissimmee, Florida
Intermediate Zip Lining Near Disney World
This course includes 7 cables and 2 sky-bridges high above the Old Florida wilderness of the Forever Florida eco-ranch. Forever Florida’s Zipline Safari offers a little more adventure than the zoo course, but requires almost no skill or physical fitness (although you do need to be able to climb up a couple of platforms). Unlike other courses, this one requires no hand-braking – you simply slow down at the end of the line until a professional guide “catches” you and brings you safely onto the platform.
Forever Florida’s Zipline Safari is a good introduction to longer and higher zips, but the excessive safety standards may dampen the experience a little those seeking an adrenaline rush.
Florida Zip Line Adventures from Adventures Unlimited – Milton, FL
Thrilling Zip Lining in Florida’s Panhandle
The zips are longer, the platforms are higher, and you have more control over your zip experience. In other words – you better learn how to use that hand-braking system!
Make no mistake, safety is still a priority for the guides and operators of Florida Zip Adventures – but they freely admit that this is an adventure that may not be for everyone. If you can conquer your fears, you’ll be rewarded with an exhilarating trip across vast ravines and sand-bottom creeks. The views from beginning to end are tremendous!
New courses around the state mean visitors can appreciate even more variety among potential zip lining tours. You should be able to find a course that provides the perfect level of adventure for you!
Photo provided by Katrina Florence