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5 Ziplines For Earning 'Fearless Parent' Cred This Summer

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | March 15, 2015

5 Ziplines For Earning 'Fearless Parent' Cred This Summer

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So maybe your kids are better at video games than you. Or you just got beat at bowling by your 8-year-old son.  You know they are way more proficient at the computer stuff than you will ever be.  But there is one way in which you can prove you are still a hero: Fly in the face of fear! 

You have been riding roller coasters, jumping out of airplanes and driving like a maniac well before they were even born. You can still do it!  Why not take them out and zipline them from half way up a mountain?  Here are five places where a little mommy/daddy street cred can be re-earned.

New York Zipline Canopy Tours

The Skyrider Tour at New York Zipline Adventure Tours is definitely not for the faint of heart. You will zip for 4.6 miles at points of over 600 feet above the ground, going as fast as 50 miles per hour. They also boast a “special 500' self-powered zap-line or a Burma bridge option.” You have to be ten years of age to get on this line, but they do offer other adventures that are for the younger crowd.

The allowable weights for this adventure are 110-260 and there is actually a height maximum of 6’5”.  If you really want to scare your family or friends then read this disclaimer: “This tour reaches extreme heights and speeds and is not suitable for everyone. Non-emergency evacuations may be subject to fees.”

Forever Florida

The first ever zip line “Roller Coaster,” the Rattlesnake Roller Coaster is just one of the many adventures that await you at Forever Florida. They have seven ziplines and three sky-bridges available as well as a horseback adventure and a wild coach adventure, too. A day here includes two and a half hours of zipping with a max speed of 30 miles per hour with a bonus of 10 observation towers along the route. They even do zips at night every Saturday. Don’t tell the kids, but these are the safest zip lines in the state with dual lines, one as your main and one as a backup.

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

This may not be the highest in the country, but the view here is amazing. At 5,330 feet long with a 1,300 foot vertical drop and a 60 mph maximum speed, you are towering over 300 feet from the ground and certainly getting your money’s worth on the view. The best part about this place is the accessibility to other activities while you are here. ATV riding, wildlife and whale tours, Kayaking, cooking, a tram ride, fishing, flight-seeing and more.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Ohio

If there is one thing often said about ziplining it is that it gives you the feeling of flying. What about actually zip lining in the Superman flying position? You can do it at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge, Ohio. Their SuperZip line is over a quarter mile long with speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour. Take three elevated walkways and two tree platforms up to your 85 foot tall “launching platform.” Minimum age is 8 years old and weight limits are from 70-250 pounds. It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s you!

Louisville Mega Cavern

You got that right, it is a zip line in a cavern under the city of Louisville; six zip lines in fact. Seventeen miles of underground tunnels are showcased in this two-and-a-half-hour underground adventure. Children have to be at least seven years of age and must be accompanied by an adult until 14. Weight restrictions are 55-285 pounds and participants should be of “average mobility and strength [and] who are in reasonably good health.”

A good laugh, a scream and a wild ride later, you are telling war stories over dinner about how you raced your son all the way down the mountain and lived to tell the tale.  You may still have to suffer the cruelty is being beaten eight-zip at air hockey by your 7-year-old daughter, but she knows that dad/mom is still pretty cool.  


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