Looking for a place to zip-line with the kids? This thrilling — but safe! — activity can make for a great family outing, and you don’t even have to leave the city to do it! Whether you want to stay in the five boroughs, or zip with some gorgeous views, if your family’s got a need for speed, head to one of these spots. Read on to find your zip!
For the Zip at the Zoo: Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek at the Bronx Zoo
We wrote about its debut last year, but the Bronx Zoo's Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek is home to NYC's newest — and one of its most exciting — ziplines. (Actually, a pair of ziplines.) Spanning more than 400 feet in each direction, the ziplines travel 50 feet above the Bronx River, with the platform for the zip back even higher than the initial launch pad. (You zip across, then zip back.) The zipline is outfitted with dual, side-by-side lines for double the zipping fun. Additionally, each course of the Treetop Adventure does include a short zipline element in various forms, such as the boat zip, pictured above. Participants must be age seven or older, between 50 and 275 pounds, and able to reach 5’6″ from flat feet. Visitors can choose to do just the ropes course, just the zipline, or opt for a combo ticket to do it all.
Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek
Nature Trek included with Zoo Total Experience Ticket: $36.95/adult; $26.96/kids 3 -12; $31.95/senior; free/kids 2 and under
2300 Southern Blvd.
To Tag Team with a Friend: Camelback Resort
Just 90 minutes away from New York City in the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Mountain Adventures is home to the longest twin Zip-Flyers in North America, as well as 1000-foot dual zip lines, a TreeTops adventure course, and Pennsylvania's only Mountain Coaster. Kids younger than six will love the 13 slides and seven pools at Camelback's Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and tired parents will love Serenity Spa.
What: Camelback Mountain Adventures
When: Year round, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, Pa
Phone: 570-629-1663 Ext. 3
Ages: 8 and up, provided height and weight restrictions are met.
Cost: 1000’ dual zip lines are $15 for one ride, $19.99 for two rides (for one person), Twin Zip Flyer rides are $35.00 (packages available when bundling with other activities)
For a Zip With a View of Lady Liberty: Adventures at Governors Island
Adventures at Governors Island arrived at the warm-weather hot spot last year, and its suite of offerings includes the "Flywire Zip line," a 300-foot ride that starts from a 35-foot peak and reaches up to 21 miles per hour. Two adventurers fly side-by-side, and views on the way down include the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of lower Manhattan. Additional attractions in this fun zone include the 3,600-square-feet Amazen' Maze (that requires finding your way out and cracking a code while you're in there); a 3D climbing challenge, and, new this season, Mini Golf. check the park's Facebook account for breaking info on hours due to weather, etc.
What: Adventures at Governors Island Flywire Zip Line
Where: Governors Island, western shore, opposite Liggett Terrace
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends in October
Ages: riders must be at least 40 inches tall and weight between 45 and 250 lbs.
Cost: $12 per person, or $20 for two people
To Traipse Among the Trees: The Adventure Park at Long Island
The Adventure Park at Long Island's "Aerial Forest Adventure Park" is an elevated obstacle course of sorts made up of 15 ziplines and 140 challenge bridges. (Its newest one, "Grand Rapids", has nine ziplines.) Spread out over seven acres of woodland, the park features five different color-coded trails (similar to those found at ski resorts) so each member of the family can pick their own degree of difficulty. Reserve tickets online for three hours of fun, which also includes the park's safety orientation. Go at the end of the day for "Last Call" and climb for a reduced price. If you just can't get enough, join the Adventure Club and climb any time for $29. Note: They also do birthday parties!
What: Adventure Park at Long Island
Where: 75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights, NY
When: April 8 - June 26, Fri.-Sun; June 27-Sept. 15: seven days a week; Sept 6 - November 27: Fri. - Sun.
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: Ages 12 and over: $56; Ages 10 & 11: $49; ages 7 -9: $42; Last Call (last three hours): $39
Contact: (613) 983-3844
To Do 2 in 1: Boating and Zip-lining at Kittatinny Canoes
Despite the company's name, Kittatinny Canoes can also hook you up with a zip-line — dual racing zip-lines, as a matter of fact. After a welcome and orientation with your zip guides and detailed instruction in "Ground School" (where you'll learn body-position, steering and breaking) you'll head to the top of Kittatinny's private mountain and drop 36 stories before hitting land again. (The up to two-minute ride features views of the Delaware River, the trees below, and cars you can wave to.) Zip-liners must weigh at least 60 pounds, but children who are 40 pounds or more can canoe, kayak or raft even if they can't fly through the air.
What: Kittatinny Canoes
When: April –October, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 3854 State Route 97, Barryville, NY
Ages: 8 and up, provided weight requirement is met, between 60 – 250 lbs.
Cost: Weekdays – $37 per ride, per person. Weekends – $39 per ride, per person. Discounts are given if multiple rides are purchased per person and for bundling activities.
To Adventure Locally: Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park
If you're dreaming of an American Gladiator sort of zip-line experience for the family, get ready to pinch yourself, because that exact scenario exists in Queens. Created as a team-building exercise for groups, the Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park tests a participant's courage, strength, and endurance for free on Sundays — and it's within city limits! The free Sunday programs are held May 8-November 6 at 9:30am-1:00pm. Individuals are welcome, just make sure to get there early; participation is first come, first served.
What: Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park
When: Sundays, first-come, first-served, May-Oct 28., 9:30 a.m. and 1p.m. In July and August, you can pre-register each Monday via lottery.
Where: Alley Pond Main Path and Winchester Boulevard, off of Union Turnpike, Queens.
Ages: 8 and up
To Make the Most of a Day Trip: Treetop Adventure Course at the Turtle Back Zoo
Make a day out of your zip-lining adventure by heading to the Turtle Back Zoo. About an hour outside of NYC, visit the zoo with your family and then head across the street to jump on the zip-line. If you’re feeling up to it, the zip-line also has an attached junior and adult adventure courses featuring world class aerial obstacles. Get ready for an awesome day, and be prepared for your kids will sleep the whole way home!
What: Treetop Adventure Course at the Turtle Back Zoo
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, Nj
When: Weekends only through late fall
Ages: 6 and up; participants must be between 80-250 lbs for the zip line
Cost: $13 for zip-line; Junior Course $18; Adult Course $28
To Get Your Adrenaline Pumping: The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
Not for the faint of heart, Skytop's 3000-foot Treetop Adventure Course includes seven zip-lines, plus obstacles like elevated bridge-ways, logs hanging from ropes to walk across, ladders, and a cargo net. Reservations for the three-hour, year-round experience must be made in advance, and if one high-octane journey isn't enough, you can opt to stay the night at Skytop's historic mountain lodge and do it all again the next day. Paintball, rock climbing, and more await the adventurous.
What: The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
Where: 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, Poconos, Pa
When: Year-round, with groups departing every half-hour from 9 a.m.
Ages: 10 and up, participants must be able to reach a height of 5'11 with their hands while standing flat-footed on the ground and have a waist size less than 41".
Cost: $45 weekdays, $50 weekends
For an Indoor Starter Zipline: Kids 'N Shape in Queens or Staten Island
If you want to start off a little less extreme, check out either location of indoor playground and kids fitness center Kids 'N Shape, where in addition to lots of other diversions (bounce houses, slides, ball pits, tumbling mats, and oversized blocks and balls) there are indoor ziplines. Both locations (Staten Island or Howard Beach) hold Open Play sessions throughout the week, and the ziplines are opened periodically throughout these times. (A staffmember supervises.) Check the open play calendar for times, and note that there's a max of 50 kids per session, with admission on a first-come, first served basis.
What: Kids 'N Shape
162-26 Cross Bay Blvd.
153 Main St.
When: Year-round, seven days a week
Cost: $12 for two hours of open play
— Ilyssa Smith & Anna Knoebel