Zip Lining, Canopy Tours For Kids

Zip Lining (ziplining)Zip Lining

Options for adult and child zip lining adventures abound.  Most ski resorts now have summer offerings of zip lining adventures, ropes courses, and other “packaged adventures” for those looking for a supervised adventure.

For those outdoor adventurers that follow this blog, many of these zip lining adventures are too organized for your tastes.  For others, these adventure tours are a great entree into something not quite traditional, without the risks, skills, and physicality needed for rock climbing, mountaineering, or other more rugged adventures.

In either case, these tours can be a great opportunity for kids to have an adventure independent of their parents, while still offering the safety and structure needed for the child.  Here are some tips for planning your zip lining adventure.

When planning a zip lining adventure

1.  Look for local groupons/living social/daily deals from your area ski resorts.  These offerings seem to abound throughout the season, and provide a less expensive option.

2.  Check age, height, and weight restrictions.  While at Massanutten this summer, there  was a kids zipline available.  The age limitation was 5 but weight was also a factor.  My niece was old enough for the adult trip, but did not weigh enough.  My daughter weighed enough to be on the kids zipline but did not meet the age requirement.

3.  Reserve your spot.  Reservations are often recommended but not required.  By reserving a spot, you insure that your entire group/party can travel together rather than be separated due to space limitations.

4. Determine physical limitations.  Some tours are more rigorous and physical than others.  What may be a walk in the park at one mountain could be a 4 hour trip that requires climbing, hiking, and rope work at another.  Make sure that you understand the physical requirements and bail out options, if you get in too deep.

5.  Make arrangements for kids that aren’t joining the adult adventures.  Kids will need something to do while the adults are on their zip tour, so be sure to bring an extra adult for supervision.

Ziplining is a great option for a family that has diverse adventure expectations.  Just watching my mom (at 65) and my non climbing sister (41) on the zipline tour was worth the trip.  While I’d generally rather be climbing, this is a great way to experience a group adventure with those friends and family members who aren’t up for the physicality of climbing.

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.