13 Insane Zip Lines for Thrill-Seeking Families

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    Royal Caribbean Cruise: Dragon's Breath Flight Line

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    ••• Royal Caribbean

    Taking the family on a Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean? If your itinerary includes a stop at Labadee, the cruise line's private Haitian island, you can experience the world's longest overwater zip line. Starting high above the island's beaches on Dragon’s Breath Rock, this zip line takes you gliding a half a mile over the azure waters of Buccaneers’ Bay to the other side, where you touch down on soft white sand.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Labadee, Haiti
    • Duration: 1 1/4 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum height: 500 feet
    • Maximum speed: 50 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 2,600 feet 
    • Minimum height: 5 feet
    • Weight range: 75–275 pounds
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    Niagara Falls: WildPlay Mistrider Zipline

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    It may be over in a minute, but the WildPlay Mistrider lets you feel the spray of Niagara Falls as you zip toward the iconic American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, zooming along the edge of the vast Niagara River Gorge to the observation landing. Four side-by-side zips mean that a family of four can experience this together.

    Snapshot: 

    • Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    • Duration: Single zip lasts about one minute
    • Maximum height: 220 feet
    • Maximum speed: 40 mph
    • Length of zip: 2,200 feet
    • Minimum age: 7 years old
    • Weight range: 50-300 pounds
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    Alaska: Icy Strait Point ZipRider

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    ••• Icy Strait Point

    At over a mile long, Alaska's Icy Strait Point ZipRider owns the bragging rights as the world's longest zip line. It's also one of the fastest; thanks to a 1,300-foot vertical drop and speeds of up to 60 mph, you'll fly 300 feet above the treetops of the Tongass National Forest and be back on the ground in roughly 90 seconds. Up to six family members can launch at once, with each person safely sitting in a special harness seat.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Icy Strait Point, southeastern Alaska
    • Duration: 1 1/2 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum tower height: 300 feet
    • Maximum speed: 60 mph
    • Longest zip: 5,330 feet 
    • Weight range: 90–275 pounds
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    Central Florida: Forever Florida

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    ••• Forever Florida

    A 45-minute drive from Orlando, the crowning glory of Forever Florida's zip-line adventure is the Rattlesnake Zipline Roller Coaster, which launches from a 65-foot-high platform and then swings, swoops, and dips through the treetops at speeds up to 20 mph along a rigid zip-rail system. The site offers the biggest zip-line trail in Florida with seven zips and three sky bridges, and it also claims to be the safest, thanks to its double zip line and no-hand-braking system. Instead of riders having to slow themselves down—which can panic some kids—you’ll slow and brake automatically as you glide into the platforms.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: St. Cloud, Florida (30 miles south of Orlando)
    • Duration: 2 1/2 hours not including check-in and transport
    • Maximum tower height: 68 feet
    • Maximum speed: 30 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 682 feet
    • 10 observation platforms, offering views of up to 10 miles away
    • Minimum age: 8 years old
    • Weight range: 55–265 pounds
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    Utah Olympic Park

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    ••• Utah Olympic Park

    Built right next to the K120 ski jump hill at Utah's Olympic Park, the Xtreme ZipRider boasts an average grade of 34 percent, making it the steepest zip line in America. Four side-by-side zips mean families can enjoy the ride and the spectacular mountain views together.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Park City, Utah
    • Duration: 2 1/2 hours not including check-in and transport
    • Maximum tower height: 500 feet
    • Maximum speed: 60 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 1,500 feet
    • Weight range: 100–275 pounds
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    Mexico: Vista Paraiso

    Vista Paraiso Zipline in Punta Mita, Mexico
    ••• Vista Paraiso

    Beginning with a shuttle to a mountaintop in Higuera Blanca, this canopy tour at Vista Paraiso includes a series of 10 zips and a suspension bridge through the jungle. Along the way, you'll enjoy amazing views of the Punta Mita peninsula and perhaps glimpses of wild boars, deer, or even the beautiful Guacamaya parrots. 

    This outfitter also offers horseback riding (minimum age is 4) and ATV tours. 

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Punta Mita, Mexico
    • Duration: 2 hours not including check-in
    • Maximum tower height: 300 feet
    • Longest individual zip: 3,280 feet
    • Minimum age: 8
    • Minimum height: 4 feet
    • Maximum weight: 265 pounds
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    Puerto Rico: Toro Verde Adventure Park

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    ••• Toro Verde Adventure Park

    Boasting more zip lines than any other venue in the world, Puerto Rico's Toro Verde Adventure Park is a must for adrenaline junkies. At nine-tenths of a mile, the longest and most thrilling ride here is called La Bestia—"The Beast"—which uses a special harness to deliver the feeling of flying face down, like a bird.

    Beyond zip lines, this eco-adventure park also offers a challenging tour for families with older kids 12 and up that includes multiple suspension bridges and cliff rappels. 

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Orocovis, Puerto Rico (43 miles southwest of San Juan)
    • Maximum speed: 60 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 4,745 feet 
    • Minimum height: 40 inches
    • Weight range: 110-300 pounds
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    Hawaii: Skyline Ka'anapali

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    ••• Skyline Eco-Adventures

    Ranked the no. 1 zip-line tour in Hawaii by Hawaii Magazine readers, the scenic Skyline Ka'anapali tour includes eight zip lines and drop-dead-gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Hot day? Opt for the Zip 'n' Dip tour, which ends with a zip-line splashdown in a mountain pool.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: West Maui
    • Duration: 3 1/2 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum tower height: 150 feet
    • Maximum speed: 45 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 1,000 feet 
    • Minimum age: 10 years old
    • Weight range: 80-260 pounds
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    Ohio: Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

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    ••• Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

    Does your super hero dream of flying? Take the family zip lining in southeastern Ohio at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, where the SuperZip line's special harness lets you soar like a bird at speeds of up to 50 mph. 

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Rockbridge, Ohio (42 miles southeast of Columbus)
    • Duration: 45 minutes from start to finish
    • Maximum height: 85 feet
    • Maximum speed: 50 mph
    • Longest individual zip: over 1/4 mile
    • Minimum age: 8 years
    • Weight range: 70–250 pounds

    Got little zippers under age 8? The DragonFly Zipline Adventure features eight zips and keeps kids connected to the cable 100 percent of the time.

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    Kentucky: Louisville Mega Cavern

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    ••• Louisville Mega Cavern

    Who knew that more than 100 feet beneath the city of Louisville lurks a massive underground adventure park? Home of the world's only fully underground zip line course, Louisville Mega Cavern features 17 miles of tunnels, six zips, and two challenge bridges. There's also an underground ropes course and bike course.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
    • Duration: 2 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum speed: 40 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 900 feet 
    • Minimum age: 7 years
    • Weight range: 55-285 pounds
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    New York: SkyRider Zipline

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    ••• Hunter Mountain

    A chair lift ride takes you up scenic Hunter Mountain in New York's Catskills, but the SkyRider Zipline Tour is all about the descent. You’ll zoom over 4.6 miles of cables—the longest canopy tour in America—which includes five sets of side-by-side racing zip lines.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Hunter, New York (120 miles north of New York City)
    • Duration: 3 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum height: 600 feet
    • Maximum speed: 50 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 3,200 feet
    • Minimum age: 10 years
    • Weight range: 110-260 pounds
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    Costa Rica: Miss Sky Canopy Tour

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    ••• Miss Sky Canopy Tour

    Long before zip lining became popular in the United States, it was already an established activity in gorgeous Costa Rica, where courses can take you zipping through rainforests, over lush vallleys and beside cascading waterfalls. The big mama of them all is the seven-mile-long Miss Sky Canopy Tour, which is comprised of 21 exhilarating runs and includes a stopover at the waterfall and river pools. Miss Sky offers two daytime tours and one nighttime tour; the shorter afternoon tour is comprised of eight zips and delivers big thrills.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Nosaro, Costa Rica
    • Duration: 4 1/2 hours from start to finish for the afternoon tour
    • Maximum tower height: 200 feet
    • Maximum speed: 30 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 2,250 feet
    • Minimum age: No minimum age for zip lining in Costa Rica
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    New Hampshire: Attitash Mountain Resort ZipTour

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    ••• Attitash Mountain Resort

    Looking for the longest zipline in the East? Head to New Hampshire's White Mountains and Attitash Mountain Resort. Thrill seekers can zoom 4,969 feet on the Flying Bear Zip and get bragging rights to the longest single zip span in the contiguous United States. The second-longest zip is the Attitash Aerial Zip, no slouch at 2,196 feet long. Two parallel cable lines mean you and your child can zip side by side.

    Snapshot:

    • Location: Bartlett, New Hampshire
    • Duration: 2 hours from start to finish
    • Maximum tower height: 250 feet
    • Maximum speed: 65 mph
    • Longest individual zip: 4,969 feet
    • Minimum age: 10 years
    • Weight range: 50-260 pounds
    • Height range: 4 ft. to 6 ft. 8 in.