6 Mom-Tested & Approved Zip Line Tours

High Life Adventures Zip Line

Nothing brings a family together like an adrenaline pumping adventure—at least that’s what I’ve been told. With three kids (two who are teenage girls) my family needs more bonding time than ever. Zip line excursions are one of the few activities that everyone eagerly agrees to do without complaint, regardless of where we are. Sure enough, the support and encouragement we give one and other as we race through a tour results in a strengthened sense of connection and plenty to laugh and talk about for days.

If you are looking for a cool zip line experience, check out one of the following: 


Durango, Colorado

Soaring Tree Top Adventures
27 zip lines and 34-treetop platforms take daredevils on an eco-friendly adventure over the San Juan Mountains. The tour begin with a train ride on the historic Durango & Silverton “Narrow Gauge” Railroad, then your crew soars through aspen groves, dine in the branches of an old-growth forest, crisscross the white waters of the Animas River to the end.

Ages: 4-94
Weight: 50 lbs-265 lbs (If below or above, call to discuss)

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Warrenton, Oregon

Highlife Zip Line Adventures
This zip line course gives you a taste of the rugged beauty that defines the Pacific Northwest. Located just outside Astoria Oregon on David and Lancey Larson’s 30 acres of wooded property, you and your young adventurers can enjoy flying over ponds, a seven-acre. Each zip gets gradually faster and longer to ease the more timid along. And the zip guides are great with kids and make sure to keep the experience light, fun and extra exhilarating.

Weight: 60 lbs and up ride alone; 45 – 60lbs can ride tandem 

Vallarta Zip Line Adventures

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Vallarta Adventures
Get ready for a full day of pushing your limits as you repel from treetop platforms, climb a 50ft high net, go off-roading through the mud, and soar like Super Man through a tropical jungle. The day ends with a splash on a ride down a hillside waterslide.

Ages: 8 and up
Minimum Height: 4 ft.
Maximum Weight: 260 lbs

Labadee, Haiti (Royal Caribbean)

Dragon’s Breath Flight Line
This zip line accompanies your dream family vacation. Along with a zip line on the ship, you and your kids can take in the white sand beaches of Labadee from 500 feet in the air. Beginners first get their bearings on the baby dragon and then race side-by-side at up to 50 mph while enjoying the coast range from above.

Minimum Height: 4 ft
Maximum Weight: 275 lbs

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Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour

88 percent of Catalina Island is protected by the Catalina Island Conservancy. There are few ways to see the Descanso Canyon, but one of the best is by zip line. This tour takes you on five zips that that gives you a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the untouched landscape. Along the way, the guides offer mini-lessons on the wildlife and history of the area. Smaller children can ride tandem with a parent.

Ages: 5 and up.
Weight: Children under 80 lbs must ride tandem

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Mega Cavern
Entirely underground, this tour takes brave explorers on a journey through one of the largest caverns in the United States via six zip lines and two challenge bridges. Participants race through the dark while learning about the area’s geology and history.

Ages: 7 years and up
Minimum Weight: 55 lbs
Maximum Weight: 285 lbs

—Annette Benedetti (photos by Lisa Riley & Annette)

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