Is Zip Lining Fun? How to Make It Better

We’ve all heard it at least once: the tales of someone who goes ziplining and then says it was boring. You were thinking of planning a zipline ride soon, but you can’t help but wonder, could it be boring or is zip lining actually fun?

Ziplining is lots of fun! It’s a great chance to spend more time outdoors, bond with friends and family, and make unforgettable memories. If you want to make your zip lining experience even more exciting, we recommend trying new zip-lining courses, especially steep ones with higher speeds. 

In this article, we’ll prove to you why zip lining is anything but boring. First, we’ll talk about the many ways that zip lining is such an exciting experience, then we’ll delve into some ways to make it even better. You won’t want to miss it!

6 Reasons Why Zip Lining Is Lots of Fun

Zip Lining Gets You Outdoors

Did you know that, according to a study from Outdoor Foundation published in 2019, people spend more time indoors than ever? That’s what this Outside article reports. In 2018, the average person would go outside once weekly at a rate of 17.9 percent.  

It’s not just adults, either. The Outside article says that, in 2018, kids engaged in outdoor activities 15 percent less than in 2012. If you grew up spending time outside all the time, then this news can be especially disheartening.

Spending time outdoors is highly beneficial. You might be able to focus better after being outside. This 2012 study from the journal Biomedical Environmental Science says that you can lessen inflammation by getting to know Mother Nature.

Lots of data support that you can lower cortisol levels through outdoor time, including this 2010 publication of Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine. You could even feel happier, as the sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which affects your mood. 

When you spend all your time behind closed doors, you miss out on these perks. Ziplining is a chance to get outside and have fun, something that all of us are probably lacking in our lives! 

You Can Bond Through Zip Lining

Sharing experiences is a proven way to increase your bond with someone. While experiences of all kinds are fine for bonding, we’d think that the more memorable the shared experience is, the closer the bond can be. When doing a unique activity with someone such a zip-lining, that is certainly quite the shared experience.

Whether it’s with friends, family, or both, you might feel closer to your favorite people after you complete your zip lining ride. Enjoy this new level of your relationship!

The Speed Is Great

Do you enjoy speed? Then zip lining is just the activity for you.  One of the most fun facets of zip lining by far is your potential for high speeds. Although it very much depends on the layout of the zip-lining course, at your fastest, you could travel down the cable at speeds of 41 to 50 miles per hour. 

This might not seem fast, but trust us, there’s a difference between driving a car at 50 MPH versus you being attached to a cable system with nothing but open air surrounding you. You personally feel the speed, and the sensation of flight is one you only get when zip lining!

Zip Lining Is Fun for the Whole Family

Finding activities that the whole family can engage in is not always easy. You don’t want the older kids to be bored, but you also want to hold the attention of your younger tikes. Ziplining checks all those boxes. A lower-speed zip line ride will entertain younger and older kids alike, not to mention mom and dad will be happy too. 

The Memories Last a Lifetime

If you want to take an ordinary vacation or day trip and make it extraordinary, then add zip lining to the itinerary. Between the beauty of nature, your incredible height, and the feeling of flight, the whole ride adds up to one unforgettable experience.  

You Can Brag about It Later to All Your Friends

What did you do this weekend? When that question inevitably comes up, you’ll have a great story to tell your buddies. You can describe in detail how high up you were when you started zip-lining, how fast you went, and how much of an exciting rush the ride was. Your friends will certainly be jealous. You could even inspire a few of them to try zip lining themselves.

Why stop there? You can also tell your classmates or work colleagues about your experience. They’ll be in awe as you show them pictures and videos from your awesome zip-lining trip. 

How to Make Zip Lining Even Better

Ziplining is a blast on its own, but if you’re one of those few people who are still on the fence about whether to schedule a ride, then we recommend you check out this section. We have lots of suggestions on how to make a great zip lining ride even more unforgettable.  

Record Yourself on a GoPro

While many zip lining companies will offer to take photos and videos of your ride (often for an extra fee), they won’t capture footage in the same first-person view as you will when wearing a GoPro on your head or body. We do recommend contacting the zip lining company and asking if GoPros are allowed before you bring yours.

Should you be permitted to record, you’ll have hours of fun after the ride reviewing your footage. You might post a clip on social media or even add it to your website. Perhaps you just keep the video for your own personal viewing. Either way, you can relive your zip line ride anytime you want, which will have you itching to go zip lining again sooner than later.  

Zipline with a Friend

You’ve zip-lined solo, now try it with a friend, family member, or loved one. Tandem zip-lining is always super enjoyable. Whether you two share a trolley or you ride on parallel cables so you have the same experience, you can share in the amazingness of zip lining with one of your favorite people. What’s not to love?   

Ride a Steeper Zip Line

Those who say zip lining is boring probably chose a course with a rather straight-ahead cable. The slope of the cable can influence your max speed, as can the length of the line. Keeping that in mind, research zip lining companies with more exhilarating courses. Once you ride a steeper course, we think you’ll change your mind about what zip lining is like.

Choose a Picturesque Ziplining Location


Our last tip for making zip-lining even better is to book a ride in an Instagram-worthy area. For example, at the Adventure Park at Long Island in New York, you can select from more than a dozen zip lining courses at various difficulty levels. At night, the park comes alive with illuminated zip-lining cables and ropes that make your ride unlike any other.

At Perfect Day at CocoCay as part of the Royal Caribbean in the Bahamas, you’ll see one-of-a-kind views of the island as you ride a zip line that’s 1,600 feet. In Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada, you can zip line at Reversing Rapids, where you’re surrounded by tidal coves, multiple towers, and rolling hills.

As you can tell, there is a multitude of zip-lining courses to explore, of which we just scratched the surface. Whether you want to schedule a zip-lining ride in your neck of the woods or thousands of miles away at a destination resort, location is everything! The prettier your surroundings, the more you’ll enjoy your zip lining experience. 

Final Thoughts

Ziplining is your unique opportunity to make lasting memories with friends and family. The activity is high-speed enough that it’s never boring yet not so fast that younger kids couldn’t enjoy it. The only way to experience the thrills of zip lining is to do it first-hand, so we hope this post has inspired you to schedule a zip line ride soon! 

Geoff Southworth

I am a California native and I enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. My latest adventures have been taking the family camping, hiking and surfing.

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