Top Places to Go Zip Lining in Michigan With Kids

Fly over the trees and through the woods with your family?

Is your family daring to be a little more adventurous? Somewhere between the thrill of a roller coaster at an amusement park 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.

Allegan Event

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.

Boyne Highlands

The guided 2 ½-hour Zipline Adventure Tour features eight lines that take you up 1,325 feet with a descent of more than 50 stories.

Camp Dearborn

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. COVID has forced some closures due to staff shortages at least temporarily, including the zip line, so call in advance.

Cannonsburg Ski Area

Start at the top of the ski hill (a driver will take you up!) It offers five stations that take you under trees and over varied terrain. Plan for a 1.5-hour adventure.

C.J. Barrymore’s Family Entertainment Center

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 drop tower and two roller coasters.

Crystal Mountain

The zip line and elevated rope course is 20 feet about the outdoor pool with four challenges, including a rickety bridge. Each ticket allows two laps.

Frankenmuth Aerial Park

  • Address: 1375 Weiss St., Frankenmuth
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 11-Sept. 6: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 11-Oct. 24

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.

Howell Nature Center

On select Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., this nature education hub offers zip tour over the glacier-formed pond. Plus, it also features a half-mile nature hike and encounters with live animals regularly. All guests 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

John Ball Zoo

This four-story, 600-foot zip line takes riders over a waterfall. It also offers a ropes course. Kids must be at least 60 pounds and 48 inches tall.

Mt. Holiday

Experience eight unique zip lines that take you through the trees and across the hills of Mt. Holiday. All participants must be between 60-260 pounds.

Snow Snake

Soar along 10 different routes through the trees of central Michigan. The longest zip line offered is more than 800 feet and the tallest is more than 70 feet. Participants must be at least 7 years old, and kids ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.

TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park

The 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 4-7. Kids must be at least 7 years old to climb the adult course and must be accompanied by an adult.

TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park

Guests 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.

TreeRunner Rochester Adventure Park

This zip line on the campus of Oakland University offers more than 60 obstacles and zip lines, four difficulty levels and seven trails.

Are you a fan of other spots that offer zip lining in Michigan? Let us know in the comments.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly.


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