See New England’s scenery while soaring over the treetops and ravines with the wind in your face! Zip lining is a fun and exhilarating adventure that lets you ride through the air while attached to cable lines, in the safety of a harness. Originally made popular in Jamaica and South America, zip lining is the hottest new sports activity in New England and is now available at numerous locations. It's an unforgettable family experience. Some venues offer a single zip line ride for a brief, high-speed thrill, while “canopy tours” provide a 1-3 hour journey as you soar from platform to platform on a series of zip lines while learning about the natural setting around you. Learn more by watching these videos:
Monkey C Monkey Do
Location: Route 1 – Wiscasset, Maine (Mid-Coast Maine)
Maine's high-flying family adventure park and zip lines. Navigate through more than 20 obstacles from 12 to 40 feet in the air then zoom along one of the zip lines and do it all over again! Includes a course for little monkeys (ages 4 and up) complete with a chimp-sized zip line of their own.
Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure
Locations: Saco, Maine (two other locations in New Hampshire)
A high rope and zip line adventure park for the entire family! Ropes courses for all experience levels.
Schedule: Summer, Fall, Winter; 1.5-2 hours
Location: Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Enjoy a thrilling, high-speed cruise through the woods with Sugarloaf's zip line tour! You'll start at the top of the Skidway Lift and zip your way over the Rookie River and across the former path of the Sugarloaf Gondola, all while strapped in securely 20-30 feet above the ground. Features six different lines up to 240 feet in length, with riders reaching top speeds of nearly 25 miles per hour. Enjoy the ride and be sure to bring your camera!
Schedule: Summer, Fall, Winter; approximately 3 hours
Location: Newry, Maine
A series of six lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length to take you flying through the woods, and over a ravine at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. For a final run, walk over to the 750-foot Twin Zips to finish your tour. It’s an all-thrills, no-skills activity for all ages! (Twin Zips are also available without taking the full tour.)
Schedule: Spring, Summer, Fall; 2-2.5 hours
Location: Kittery, Maine
Take Flight is Maine’s largest aerial adventure course and the first seacoast adventure zip line tour in Maine! The adventure challenge course has over 60 activities and elements.Also check out their two different Adventure Zip Tours that will take you on a high flying adventure through the trees! Zip lines are 75’-400’ long, and in between some zip wires there will be bridges and cargo nets that you will use to traverse to your next zip ride.
Berkshire East Canopy Tour
Schedule: Winter weekends; April-November, daily
Location: Charlemont, Massachusetts
Featuring 4.14 miles of zip lines and chairlifts for a perfect family adventure with three tours to choose from. The Base Area Tour is a one-hour introduction with short zips. The popular Mountain Top Tour (3 hours) features long zips, gorgeous views, beautiful forests, and 45' high towers. The Valley Jump tour (3.5 hours) is an adrenaline-pumping experience from the summit of Mt. Institute with two of the longest zip lines in the country: X1 (2,300 ft) and X2 (2,600 ft) – both more than 180 feet in the air.
Schedule: Open April through November
Location: Canton, Massachusetts
TreeTop Adventures is the largest zip-line and climbing adventure park in Massachusetts with 15 zip-lines and more than 130 aerial challenges! Located just 30 minutes south of Boston in Canton Mass. TreeTop Adventures brings adventure close to home. The 10 color-coded "tree trails" have varying levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to expert. Adults, teens, kids (ages 7 and up) and groups will all have a blast zipping through the trees on this three-hour adventure!
Zoar Outdoor Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
Schedule: Year-round Location: Charlemont, Massachusetts
A three-hour-long tree-based zip line canopy tour in the northern Berkshires offers an intimate view of the forest canopy. Zoar Outdoor guides help you understand the environment you're zipping through. Named "Best Place to Soar" by Yankee Magazine in 2010. Zoar Outdoor also offers rafting trips and numerous other outdoor adventures. Watch a video.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort Aerial Adventure Park
Schedule: May through October
Location: Hancock, Massachusetts
Aerial Adventure Park is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of 5 individual, elevated courses for different ability levels with 70 elements that will challenge you to new heights! You must complete a lower level before moving onto the blue and black courses. Each course varies in terms of elevation and the strenuousness of the challenges. Elements include rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and more. All courses are self guided and every person is snapped into a guide line. Advance reservations are highly recommended as space is limited and can be made online.
Alpine Adventures Treetop Canopy Tour & Sky Rider
Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire
Offering two tours – a Treetop Canopy Tour (the oldest in New England) with six separate zip lines and a 75’ long suspension bridge; and the Sky Rider Zipline Tour with dual ziplines where you can race your friends and experience a 1500’ long zip. The grand finale, "White Knuckle Pine," has an 80' drop and zip speeds of up to 50 mph.
On Main Street in Lincoln is Thrillsville Aerial Park with bridges, cargo nets, rope ladders, zip lines, a giant swing, a cool treehouse, the Climbing Kayak and the first Powerfan© free-fall device in the United States. There's an observation deck to see all the action. This is a great introduction to zip lining and a quick adrenaline boost the whole family can do together, ages 5 and up. Alpine Adventures also offers snowmobile trips and other outdoor adventures.
Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
Location: Omni Mount Washington Hotel – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
The longest zip line canopy tour in New England and one of the longest canopy tours in the continental United States. High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area. Adventure guides describe the native flora and fauna, in addition to discussing the surrounding area, its natural history and White Mountain lore. See a video.
Schedule: Year-round (weekends only during winter)
Location: Gunstock Mountain Resort – Gilford, New Hampshire
Schedule: Daily from late June through August; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and holidays during the remainder of the year.
Location: White Mountains Region, New Hampshire
Riders soar more than 700 feet across the Pemigewasset River, and then zip on a separate line back across the river to the Adventure Center. Or try the bungee trampoline or climbing wall – all part of Loon’s Adventure Center. Those who want a more leisurely experience can board the four-passenger gondola skyride and enjoy extraordinary scenery from the top of the 3,050-foot Loon Mountain.
Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure
Locations: Chocorua (White Mountains), Weirs Beach (Lakes Region)
A high rope and zipline adventure park for the entire family! Ropes courses for all ages and experience levels.
Morningside Flight Park
Schedule: Daily, call ahead
Location: Charlestown, New Hampshire
Fly through the tree tops like a bird through the beautiful Connecticut River valley forest of maples, oaks, and pines. An ACCT certified course.
Wildcat Mountain ZipRider
Schedule: Open Memorial Day weekend for weekends only until mid-June; then open daily through foliage in mid-October
Location: White Mountains Region, New Hampshire
Soar close to a 1/2 mile over tree tops, ski trails, and a river on the ZipRider™ zip-line cable ride at speeds up to 45 miles per hour! Nearby, hop aboard a gondola to Wildcat Mountain's 4,000+ foot summit. Fresh lunch & ride packages are available for you to enjoy a unique picnic experience and lasting vacation memory.
Smugglers' Notch: ArborTrek Canopy Adventures
Location: Jeffersonville, Vermont
Get ready to soar through the forests and explore the wilds of the Green Mountains of Vermont as you ride up to 4,500 feet of zip lines, cross sky bridges high above the forest floor, and rappel from trees. Nestled in a scenic valley below Smugglers Notch, the zip line canopy tour is designed to provide access to reaches of the forest canopy and views of the area otherwise not available to hikers and explorers.
Schedule: Summer and fall, daily
Location: Warren, Vermont
Located at Lincoln Peak, the 800-foot zip line starts above the Valley House Lodge and takes riders through the air to the landing pad behind the Gate House.
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