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Zip It! December 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Travel & Leisure.

Want to see the sights . . . at speeds of up to 20 mph?

Visit Florida Eco Safaris in Orlando and zip through the tree tops on seven different zip lines and two sky bridges.

Before you can say “Bob’s Your Uncle,” you’ll cross through three eco-systems and soar over George . . . a 14 foot alligator.

Want to face an even bigger challenge?

Do it in the dark!

“Look, mom!  No hands!”

The Zipline Safari is a fully-guided two and a half hour experience.

For more information (and inspiration): 

Florida Zipline Safari


1. Life in the Boomer Lane - December 29, 2011

Yikes. Fabulous idea, the thought of which gives me major anxiety attacks. I have a morbid fear of heights. Is there a zip line that stays about one foot off the ground?

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

C’mon, Renee . . . let’s do it next month while you’re down here for the book signing on AMI. 😉

2. suzicate - December 29, 2011

Have you done this, Nancy? Is this where the brave venture? Don’t think this is one I could do! I like the idea of the commenter above, a zip line a foot off the ground…well, maybe three or so, you know just high enough to be clear of gator teeth!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I have done something similar . . . a ropes challenge course in MD where you don a harness, get pulled up~up~up~up~up into the tree canopy and then pull the rip cord to ZIP through the trees at high rates of speed . . .


I just learned about this place in Orlando and am pondering it for this year.

suzicate - December 29, 2011

OMG…that sounds as frightening as jumping from a plane to me! I wish I could enjoy the thrill of such things! I can only hope to get past my fear of heights…I guess hiking out West was step one; not sure if I’m ready for step two though!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Being in a safety harness while “playing Tarzan” gave me a measure of security lacking when jumping out of a moving aircraft with a parachute folded in a pack on your back. 😉

But these are not things I would be interested in doing if I had a fear of heights. I just love the feeling of “flying” through the air with “the greatest of ease” . . . and don’t have the necessary hand/eye coordination, strength, or grace to be a trapeze artist.

3. SammyDee - December 29, 2011

Fantastic! I did something similar in Jamaica but only in daylight. I’d give it a go in the dark! I’ll look out for it next time I’m there on holiday.

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Excellent! They also have horseback safaris and buggy safaris.

For the uninitiated . . . a buggy safari means that you ride in a slow moving vehicle while being eaten alive by bugs. 😉

4. ceceliafutch - December 29, 2011

FANTASTIC! I would love to do something like this. Next time I’m in Florida . . . I’ll have to look for something like this closer by. 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Awesome. I believe this would be a FUN few hours . . . and would definitely help participants to WAKE UP to the moment at hand.

Look for “ropes challenge course” or “zip line” and you might find something closer to home.

5. Carl D'Agostino - December 29, 2011

I think I would enjoy this but is it like Disney stuff where you certainly do “zip” always making the experience seem incomplete?

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

This tour lasts 2 1/2 hours . . . after which you’ve probably had ENOUGH.

Then, it’s time to head to the lodge for a drink on the patio while comparing notes about who screamed the LOUDEST, the LONGEST, and the SHRILLEST.

6. jeanne - December 29, 2011

Zip lining at night…I would feel like Jane in the Jungle!!! Really cool idea!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Zipping through the night sky would add a different dimension to the experience, for sure. I really like the looks of this place and plan to visit sometime in 2012.

pix & kardz - December 29, 2011

looking forward to that post!! 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

If I want legible photos . . . I’ll have to be “snappy” about it, eh? 😉

7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 29, 2011

Eeek, in the dark. I don’t know….

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I’d rather do it during the day so that I can see the sights I’m sailing past.

8. Andra Watkins - December 29, 2011

Nancy, I have always wanted to zip line. It scares me to the core thinking about it.

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Unless the zip line breaks (which is highly unlikely), it’s probably as safe (and as exhilarating) as a roller coaster.

Maybe you can include a zip line safari in your upcoming FL trip. 😀

9. l0ve0utl0ud - December 29, 2011

That sounds amazing! Wish there was something like it on my side of the world 😉

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Keep your eyes open . . . there may be a challenge course near you that using zip lines. WHEEEEEE!!!!!

10. Naomi - December 29, 2011

OMG that sounds exciting, Nancy…count me in!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Excellent! The more the merrier. 😀

11. bluebee - December 29, 2011

That’s something I’d definitely liked to try (unlike bungee jumping – uh uh )

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I agree. Bungee jumping . . . a rapid descent from up high to down low. Zip lining . . . sailing through the air . . . soaring from Point A to Point B with ease . . . getting a bird’s eye view.

12. beyondinspirationnow - December 29, 2011

That should be an interesting experience! What would scare me is George, the 14 foot alligator. Yikes!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I’d rather Zip Line over his head . . . than YOLO Board through his swimming hole. 😉

13. beyondinspirationnow - December 29, 2011

It’s me Marie (Sufilight) who made the above comment on George. I posted the comment while signed under my latest WP new project. 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Ooh . . . a new project. I’ll have to check it out.

14. kateshrewsday - December 29, 2011

Now there’s an original way to spend the Christmas season…..

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Yup! Nothing like a special “Christmas Lights at Night” Zipline tour to get you in the mood for Santa’s arrival.


15. pix & kardz - December 29, 2011

something i have never contemplated doing, although an 80-year old friend of mine did at a similar venue closer to my neck of the woods – and had a blast! something to think about for future reference. a far, far, far away future reference 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

There ya go, Kris . . . if we wait until we’re 80 and something goes wrong, we won’t lose as many “good years.” 😉

16. viviankirkfield - December 29, 2011

WOW! Sounds exciting…I’ve already been skydiving…maybe this is the next off-the-wall adventure I should attempt. 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Oh, skydiving! You brave gal. Did you take a tandem jump?

There are lots of aerial things that interest me ~ parasailing, skydiving, hang-gliding, learning to fly . . . like a bird.

Closest I’ve come to “being a bird” is hot air ballooning over Palm Springs, riding in a helicopter over the Badlands, and flying in a two seater plane from Winston-Salem to Raleigh.

17. jannatwrites - December 29, 2011

I’ve always thought zip lining would be fun. The only problem is, I’m afraid of heights. We might be going to Hawaii for our 15th anniversary in April, so I’m afraid I might find out if I have the guts to do it when we’re there 🙂

Oddly, the nighttime version sounds intriguing, too (especially since I’m afraid of the dark ;))

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

How exciting! I hope that you have a stellar celebration for your 15th Anniversary!

If you went zip-lining in the dark, your height perception would be minimized ~ so you could pretend to be mere inches from terra firma. 😉

18. Barb - December 29, 2011

I’ve always wanted to zip line. I think I’d like to do it during the day so I can see that I’m truly close to death and what a fool I am for trusting my future to a 200 pound cable.which gators with screwdrivers have sabotaged. Thanks for the smiles.

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Oh, that sounds like a Cartoon for Carl to tackle . . . screwdriver wielding gators sabotaging the safety lines.

Thanks for the grins and giggles! 😆

19. Nancy Curteman - December 30, 2011

My husband would love to zip it. I might be a bit hesitant. I’d have to work up the courage.

nrhatch - December 30, 2011

If you enjoy roller coasters, you’d probably enjoy ziplining. If roller coasters hold little appeal, a zipline is apt to be still less enjoyable.

Whether you do, or you don’t, you’ve certainly packed a lot of living into your life. 😀

20. adeeyoyo - December 30, 2011

Sounds wonderful, Nancy. Wish I could do it, but I’m not brave enough – I’m petrified of heights!

nrhatch - December 30, 2011

Maybe they need a “bunny slope” for newbies . . . like they have at ski resorts. More of a w~h~e~e~e than a full blown WHEEEEE!!!!! 😉

21. thirdhandart - December 30, 2011

Now this is something that I have to add to my ‘Bucket List’! Thank you Nancy.

nrhatch - December 30, 2011

My sister and brother-in-law went today with my two nieces for HIS birthday! Can’t wait to hear what they thought about the experience.

22. Team Oyeniyi - January 2, 2012

A little far away for me at this time!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Maybe you’ll find a zipline closer to Melbourne than Orlando. 🙂

23. ElizOF - January 3, 2012

Sounds like a brilliant idea to me! 😎

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Wheeeeeeee!!!!! 😎

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