Flying into fall

Your guide to zip lining in Grand Rapids.
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TreeRunner Adventure Park offers Glow Nights, which incorporate a new theme each week as climbers enjoy music and a neon-lit forest. Courtesy TreeRunner Adventure Park

With fall here, enjoy the thrill of zip lining at one of Grand Rapids’ best zip line destinations. Located in a variety of the city’s most beautiful spots, these adventure zones are great for getting outside and seeing Grand Rapids from new heights.

TreeRunner Adventure Park specializes in heights with its wide variety of obstacle courses for every level of tree-climbing expertise. Two separate parks ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a little fun. Ariel Park includes over 60 obstacle courses and zip lines, and the Junior Park offers two courses and 10 obstacles. If you stay tuned to TreeRunner’s social media pages, you’ll be able to catch a Glow Night, which incorporates a new theme each week as climbers enjoy music and a neon-lit forest. The park is open on the weekends and reservations are required, so make sure to secure your spot in the trees. 2121 Celebration Drive NE

John Ball Zoo offers a wild ride — measuring in at 600 feet — that includes passing over a waterfall from four stories up in the air. This impressive zip line is more suited for older kids and adults. For an added bonus, experience the Sky Trail Ropes Course located near the zip line with two levels of climbing difficulty and more than 15 obstacles. Open on the weekends through September, tickets can be purchased throughout your visit to the zoo this fall. Tickets are $10. 1300 W. Fulton St.

Allegan Event’s Sky Rail and Sky Trail challenge visitors at every turn. Courtesy Allegan Event

Allegan Event, located half an hour south of Grand Rapids, features an indoor Sky Rail and Michigan’s largest indoor Sky Trail ropes course. While its outdoor zip line across the Kalamazoo River closes Labor Day weekend, the indoor park stays open year-round with several other adventurous attractions. Perfect for younger kids is the Sky Tykes zip line, as well as Clip n’ Climb walls, a Vertical Drop Simulation, QUICKjump Exit and an arcade. For those colder fall days, head to Allegan for a more comfortable experience at this fun-filled indoor park, making sure to book reservations in advance. 439 River St., Allegan

Cannonsburg Ski Area isn’t only a winter sports destination — its zip line tours provide up to an hour and a half of flying underneath a canopy of trees and varying terrain for groups of up to eight people. These tours will take you through the slopes of Cannonsburg from a whole new perspective, stopping at five zip lines between ski hills ranging from 300-600 feet in length. This location is great for an adrenaline rush with some riders clocking in at speeds as fast as 40 mph. Reservations are required during the fall season with hours varying once school is back in session, so make sure to book your tickets online. 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE, Belmont

This story can be found in the September/October 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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