Looking for something to do other than standing in lines at theme parks? You can take to the air and soar to new heights on a zip line during an adventure vacation in Florida.
Zip Lining in Florida
1. Gatorland—1405 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837
To get to Gatorland, guests have to enter through its world-famous gator jaws. Seems appropriate, considering this 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve is also known as the Alligator Capital of the World®. The park opened in 1949 as a roadside attraction and became the first major attraction in Central Florida. Today, Gatorland is home to the exhilarating Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, voted “Best Zip Line in the USA” by AOL Traveler. Clip on your harness and get ready to zip off multilevel launch pads from heights of up to seven stories tall. You’ll defy gravity and you soar above Cuban and Nile crocodiles—as well as well as an alligator breeding marsh with more than 130 humongous gators—at rates of 30 mph.
2. Zip Orlando—4509 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Zip your family away from the “big” attractions in Orlando for a high-flying adventure in Kissimmee. Zip Orlando is Florida’s No. 1 Zip line canopy tour—and it’s one of Orlando’s hidden treasures—“hidden” right out in a popular area of Orlando. The course features eight different zip lines. The longest line takes you on a 950-foot journey. The shortest covers just 225 fun-filled feet. You’ll be 65 feet off the ground and can choose from dual racing zips or double layered zips. These are Florida’s fastest, longest and highest zip lines—so be sure to let your spirit soar. Feeling romantic and adventuresome? The Sunday Sunset Tour departs when the sun sets and provides a beautiful backdrop for lovers of aerial thrills.
3. ZoomAir Adventure Park—1000 Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
There’s a Daytona Beach treetop adventure waiting at ZoomAir Adventure Park—and it’s calling those who love soaring to new heights. The park offers three adventures, starting with the Lagoon. This course allows you to get an all-new perspective of the ground below as you gradually get a feel for the zip line experience of a Zip Swing. Complete the Lagoon and you can move on to the Reef. This is the second course, so it takes you higher and challenges you to tackle the Tarzan Swing. Master the first two courses and you can ascend to Point Break. This trail gives you an opportunity to take part in 16 aerial games and choose from four zip lines—one measuring 500 feet in length. Think you have what it takes to break the point? Then let ’er zip …
4. Forever Florida—4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, FL 34773
Florida’s safest zip line course features seven zip line trails and three sky bridges. All cables are strung for a minimum load capacity of 26,600 pounds and feature an innovative no hand-braking system. Additionally, all guests are attached to one of two safety connections at all times. Plus, certified guides ensure your safety. Forever Florida is a great alternative to theme parks if you’re planning a vacation to Central Florida. The tallest launch tower stands 68 feet, and the longest zip line is 682 feet—that’s longer than two football fields. Be sure to take in the scenery from one of 10 Observation Platforms. On clear days, views can stretch up to 10 miles away. Plan to spend about three hours zipping, soaring and sailing across your adventure in the wild.
5. Crocodile Crossing—999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080
Sky surf across live crocodiles and alligators on a zip line adventure at Crocodile Crossing. This heart-pounding attraction at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park covers seven acres filled with more than 50 unique aerial hurdles. If your fear level peaks early, choose the Sepik River Course. This one provides mild thrills on a shorter, lower hanging zip line course. For those who like to go to the extreme during zip line experiences, the Nile River Course will get your adrenaline pumping. The lines are higher, longer and pass through more obstacles. No matter the thrill level, both courses zip you past tropical birds, red-ruffed lemurs and just above rough-scaled reptiles.