No one could blame you and the kids for wanting to get out of the house, feel the wind in your hair and maybe let out a primal scream or two. Ziplines are reopening for the 2021 season, with lots of COVID-19 safety measures in place. Here are places you can go ziplining with the kids in or near NYC on Long Island, in the Poconos, Connecticut and elsewhere. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and sign the waiver! (In many cases, you’ll find a ropes course, too!)
For a Fresh Place in Westchester: Boundless Adventures
The newest place to zipline in the area, Boundless Adventures is an aerial obstacle course that incorporates many ziplines of varying heights and lengths. You get to choose from four courses, with challenges ranging from easy to difficult. The six-acre park opened in late 2019 and is located on the campus of SUNY Purchase. You can get a discounted, two-hour ticket here if you go during off hours, they offer a night climb (complete with lasers), and host birthday parties as well. Covid-19 precautions are in place, with mandatory reservations, increased cleaning, waivers and more.
Mar. 27-June 12, Fri., 1-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; June 13-Sept. 6, Sun. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. - Sun., 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets: Ages 12 and up, $63; ages 7-11, $58; discounts for seniors, military & college students
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
For a Zip With a View of Lady Liberty: Adventures at Governors Island
Note: Adventures at Governors Island has not opened for the 2021 season.
Adventures at Governors Island offers a few ways to have fun on the island. Among them is 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. (Riders must be at least 40 inches tall and weight between 45 and 250 pounds. Cost is $14 per person, or $25 for two people. 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 Mini Golf. check the park's Facebook account for breaking info on hours due to weather, etc.
Governors Island, western shore, opposite Liggett Terrace
To Zip in the Catskills: New York Zipline Canopy Tours
Zip above it all at New York Zipline Canopy Tours. The company recommends its mid-mountain tour for families and beginners, which has six ziplines and four elevated bridges; the longest zipline on the tour measures 650-feet and is 60 feet above the ground. (You can come back for the Sky Rider Tour and the Night Zip!) Remember this spot in the fall, when the foliage provides a stunning backdrop for your thrills! You must weight at least 50 pounds and no more than 250 to do the tour; height limit is 6'5".
Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through May 31; seven days a week, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. starting June 1
7740 Main St.
Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl
For the Zip at the Zoo: Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek at the Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo's Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek is home to a couple of ziplines. There are some new rules, of course. Tickets must be reserved and purchased online in advance, masks are required at all times, and you must practice social distancing.
Spanning more than 400 feet in each direction, the pair of 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 ropes course 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. Read our full review here!
Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek
Tickets: $59.95/combo Treetop Adventure and Zipline; $24.95/zipline only, $129.95/unlimited annual pass
2300 Southern Blvd.
To Zip Along the Beach & Lots of Options
You can zip, climb and jump at Wild Play Element Park in Jones Beach. Opening day for 2021 was April 16. You can see the COVID-19 safety measures Wild Play is instituting here.
This extreme fun spot features a 700-foot zipline along the beach, and there are four ziplines side-by-side, so you can zip as a family if you like. (Kids must be seven or older and minimum height is 4' 8".) There's also adventure courses (rope ladders, platforms, ziplines, etc.) for all levels—classic, extreme, and a kids course, that's just 15 feet in the air. In search of even more thrills? Try the WTF Jump (What's To Fear? Jump), a quick, but safe descent from 40 feet off the ground. Regular zipline is $19.99; kid's zipline is $24.99, and adults can come along to help.
Fri.-Sun., April 16-May 21; Daily, May22-Sept. 6
Wild Play Jones Beach
2600 Ocean Pkwy.
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. For really little ones ages three to six, there's an Adventure Playground that's just 24 inches off the ground. Reserve tickets online for three hours of fun, which also includes the park's safety orientation. Ziplining is for those ages seven and up.
The Adventure Park at Long Island does lots of special sessions, like "Glow in the Park" (evenings with lights and music, $54), "Firepit Friday" (a session that ends with s'mores around the fire, $48) and "Last Call" at the end of the day when you can climb for a reduced price of $48. Book online for a reduced rate. They also do birthday parties!
Tickets: $64/14 and up, $54/seven to 13
Fri.-Sun, April 5-June 16; Daily, June 17-Sept. 6
Adventure Park at Long Island
75 Colonial Springs Rd.
Wheatley Heights, NY
To Tag Team with a Friend: Camelback Resort
Just 90 minutes away from New York City in the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Mountain Adventures at Camelback Resort is home to the longest twin Zip-Flyers in North America (that's 4000 feet!), as well as 1000-foot dual zip lines, a TreeTops adventure course, and Pennsylvania's only Mountain Coaster. Riders must be at least six years of age and 60 pounds for ziplines, and drivers on the coaster must be at least nine years old. Other height and weight restrictions may apply. Tickets sales for TreeTop Adventure and 4000-foot zipline coming soon.
Opens April 2, 2021
Tickets: $22/1000-foot zipline; $17/mountain coaster
301 Resort Dr.
570-629-1663 Ext. 3
To Get Your Adrenaline Pumping: The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
[Editor's note: Skytop's Treetop Adventure Course is currently closed.]
Not for the faint of heart, Skytop's 3000-foot Treetop Adventure Course includes 16 zip-lines, plus obstacles like elevated bridge-ways, logs hanging from ropes to walk across, ladders, and a cargo net. Reservations for the four-hour 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. Riders be over 10 years old, be able to reach 5’11, weigh less than 275 pounds, have a waist size smaller that 42 inches and thigh size smaller than 26 inches.
Tickets: $60/person for non-guests; $50/person for guests
The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
1 Skytop Lodge Rd.
To Make the Most of a Day Trip: Essex County Treetop Adventure Course at the Turtle Back Zoo
Here's another place to combine your zipline with a zoo—although you can do the zipline, and the Treetop Adventure course, a "world-class aerial obstacle course", without even entering the zoo. There are two adventure courses here, Junior and Adult, 10-feet and 35-feet high, respectively. You must be at least 6 years old and weigh 60 pounds to do the Junior adventure and the zipline here. To get a guaranteed spot, make a reservation online. Temperature checks and face masks are required.
Weekends only, starting April 17
Tickets: $15/zip-line; Junior Course/$20; Adult Course/$30; Combo ticket Junior/$27, Combo ticket adult/$35
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ
To Do 2 in 1: Boating and Ziplining at Kittatinny Canoes
Despite the company's name, Kittatinny Canoes can also hook you up with a zipline — dual racing ziplines, as a matter of fact, and the only one on the Delaware River. Zip from Kittatinny's private mountain and drop 36 stories at speeds up to 60 miles per hour 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.) Zipliners must weigh at least 60 pounds and be eight or older, but children who are 40 pounds or more can canoe, kayak or raft even if they can't fly through the air.
April –October, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: $30/Weekdays; $40 Weekend & holidays. Discounts are given if multiple rides are purchased per person and for bundling activities.
3854 State Route 97
To Adventure Locally: Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park
[Editor's note: Info on the 2021 season has not been released as of early June]
If you're dreaming of an American Gladiator sort of zipline 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 - November at 9:30am-1:00pm. Individuals are welcome, just make sure to get there early; participation is first come, first served. In July and August, you can pre-register each Monday via lottery.
Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park
Alley Pond Main Path and Winchester Boulevard, off of Union Turnpike, Queens.
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. You must make a reservation in advance. Cost is $15 for two hours of open play.
162-26 Cross Bay Blvd.
153 Main St.
— Mimi O’Connor