Is your family daring to be a little more adventurous? Somewhere between the thrill of a roller coaster and the pee-your-pants terror of skydiving is zip lining. And let us tell you, there’s nothing quite like flying above the ground and through the woods or city to give you and the kids the rush that any novice adrenaline junkie is seeking – with some great scenery to soak up, too.
If it sounds like the right amount of fun for your family, check out this list of the top places to go zip lining in Michigan. Some are local and others are a better for weekend trips, but all promise treetop thrills for families in and around Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Note: For the safety of their guests, some parks enforce age, height, weight and other physical restrictions. Check with your chosen park for more information – and also to find out if reservations are suggested.
- Address: 439 River St., Allegan
- Phone: 269-420-3961
- Hours: noon-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
- Cost: $20/person with $15/indoor attraction purchase
Offers two 600-foot zip lines that take riders over the river and back again for a 20-minute experience. This spot also has an indoor aerial course and an outdoor free-fall simulation for the super daring. Add $7 for both the zip line and the jump.
- Address: 1700 General Motors Road, Milford
- Phone: 248-684-6000
- Hours: call for details
- Cost: overnight campers: $13/ride, $30/three rides; day visitors: $15/ride, $40/three rides
This line takes thrill-seekers on a 1,400-foot ride from the six-story tower on Elm Circle over the lake down to the Main Beach. A signed waiver is required to ride.
- Address: 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-469-2800
- Hours: call for details
- Cost: $8/ride
The Soaring Eagle Zipline at this family hotspot takes riders up 120 feet and then along a 650-foot line across the park. Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride alone or 42 inches tall to ride with an adult. While you’re here, try the other attractions, too, which include a rock climbing tower and a roller coaster.
- Address: 1375 Weiss St., Frankenmuth
- Phone: 989-284-0201
- Hours: spring: 3-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (April 27-June 10, 2018); summer: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; fall: 3-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
- Cost: $25/ages 7-9, $30/ages 10-11, $35/ages 12-plus, $32-$39/holidays, $25/twilight
This park in Michigan’s Little Bavaria offers six courses full of bridges, ladders, zip lines and other climbing elements for every skill level. Try the newest course, the FrankenZip, for seven zip lines ranging from 15 to 35 feet high.
- Address: Stony Creek Metropark, 3737 Southdale Drive, Washington Township
- Phone: 800-971-8271
- Hours: call for details and to book a climb
- Cost: $39/ages 10-15, $49/adults, $10/parking
This local adventure course offers 2,970 feet of treetop obstacles including rope bridges, a “Tarzan” swing and zip lines. Platforms top out at 50 feet and the longest zip line is 609 feet. Guests must take a 30-minute safety briefing before hitting the course. Kids ages 10-15 must be supervised by a participating adult. Course takes two to three hours to complete.
- Address: 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell
- Phone: 517-546-0249
- Hours: vary monthly
- Cost: $45/person, $80/two people, $10/spectator
On select days, this nature education hub offers a seven-line zip tour above different animal habitats. Includes a half-mile of zip lining, a half- mile nature hike and encounters with live animals. All guests 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Address: 3407 E. Mannsiding Road, Harrison
- Phone: 989-539-6583
- Hours: call to make a reservation
- Cost: $55/person
Soar along 10 different routes through the trees of central Michigan. The longest zip line offered is 820 feet and the tallest is 75 feet. Participants must be at least 7 years old, and kids ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Address: 2121 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids
- Phone: 616-226-3993
- Hours: spring: 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (April 27-June 10; 2018); summer: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (June 10-Aug. 26 2018); fall: 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 4-Nov. 20, 2018)
- Cost: $35/13 and under, $29/14-plus, $20/Junior Park, $30/night tickets, $25/last call tickets
The west-side TreeRunner Park offers 2.5 acres of aerial obstacles, including the 365-foot zip line. Check out the Junior Park for lower-to-the-ground zip lines, rope bridges and other aerial obstacles for kids ages 3-7. Kids must be at least 7 years old to climb the adult course and must be accompanied by an adult.
- Address: 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
- Phone: 248-419-1550
- Hours: summer: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday (June 14-Sept. 3, 2018); fall: 3-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 4-Nov. 4, 2018)
- Cost: $1/ages 5-6, $38/ages 7-9, $43/ages 10-11, $48/ages 12-plus; $21/Junior Park, $32/last call
Guests at the TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park start on the main platform and choose from 10 routes, which includes six beginner, two intermediate and two expert courses. Most courses include a zip line and all offer different obstacles of varying levels of difficulty, including tunnels, rope swings, trapeze elements and more. Also offers a Junior Course for kids ages 3-7 a bit closer to the ground.
- Address: 2575 Boyne City Road, Boyne City
- Phone: 855-ZIP-INFO
- Hours: call to make a reservation
- Cost: $20/single ride, $70/unlimited rides, $75/full canopy tour, $20-$35/triple-zip racing line
This one is a little far for metro Detroiters – but it’s so worth the trip. Choose from a full canopy tour, which features a series of nine different zip lines, six platforms and sky bridges; the triple-zip racing line, which offers three lines running parallel and a chance to race against your friends; single rides on the 1,200-foot lines; plus a free-fall jump and a climbing tower.
Are you a fan of other spots that offer zip lining in Michigan? Let us know in the comments.