Are you ready to take your Michigan travels to unforgettable new heights? Then a zipline tour could be the right adventure for you.
Ziplining is a fun and unique way to experience Michigan’s great outdoors by sailing over hills and through forests while enjoying exhilarating panoramic views. No prior experience is required, either, and if you’re new to it, Michigan’s many zipline tour locations will be happy to show you the proverbial ropes.
To help you in your quest for a fun new experience, we’ve rounded up 10 places in Michigan that offer zipline tours — and many also offer aerial obstacle courses. Be sure to check websites in advance for all rules, restrictions, and reservation information, as many require tickets to be purchased in advance.
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Boyne Falls: Boyne Mountain. The Boyne Mountain zipline adventure starts at the top of the ski hill and lets you fly over the slopes, reaching speeds of 20 to 40 km/h on lines up to 50 feet in the air and 780 feet long. Tours run daily throughout the summer (but come back for the zipline tours in the winter, too). Visit boynemountain.com for full details.
Harbor Springs: The Highlands. The 2.5-hour Highlands Adventure Tour features a series of eight zip lines, up to 50 feet long, that offer panoramic views at an elevation of 1,325 feet. The route begins at the top of the mountain and then descends 50 stories through trees and over slopes for an exhilarating ride. Full details at highlandsharborsprings.com/zip
Muskegon: Muskegon Luge Adventure Park. Newly opened in 2021, this park’s quarter-mile double zip line lets you soar through white pine and oak forests from the top of a sand dune on Lake Michigan. Ride the park’s winter and summer toboggan runs with a friend at up to 40 km/h before descending into the forest to the landing platform. More details at msports.org/zip-line/
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West Bloomfield, Grand Rapids, Rochester: Treecreeper Adventure Parks. You can enjoy a full day of adventure at one of three Tree Runner Adventure Park locations located throughout Michigan. Each park offers several air courses with zip lines, obstacles and different levels of difficulty. Weekly themed Glow Nights are an unforgettable way to spend a summer evening. Information about all locations on treerunnerparks.com
Mackinaw City: Mill Creek Historical Discovery Park. Originally established in 1790 to supply timber for nearby Mackinac Island, Mill Creek is now a historic site and park in a beautiful natural setting. The park’s newer Adventure Tours blend nature with history, from the Forest Canopy Bridge, which sits 50 feet above Mill Creek, to the 425′ Eagle’s Flight Zip Line and the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower climbing wall. For admission information, specific restrictions, and more details, visit mackinacparks.com/historic-mill-creek-discovery-park-adventure-tour
Frankenmuth: Flugpark Frankenmuth. This family-friendly combination of high ropes course and zipline includes six courses with different levels of difficulty from beginner to expert. first time visitor? The park says its staff specializes in working with first-time climbers, offering two ziplines, easier obstacle elements, and a pre-climb training session. zipandclimb.com/index.html
St. Ignace: Mysterious Place. Perhaps UP’s most well-known roadside attraction, the self-proclaimed world-famous Mystery Spot has been expanded to include two ziplines totaling 1,000 feet in length and capable of speeds in excess of 40 km/h. The zipline rides can be combined with a Mystery Spot Guided Tour, 18-hole miniature golf, and the Walk in the Maze in the Woods landmark. mysteriousspotstignace.com
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Traverse City: Mountain Vacation. This non-profit community recreation area on the east side of TC offers 1-1.5 hour scenic zipline tours at speeds of 40-30 km/h through the area’s beautiful rolling forests. Reservations are strongly recommended; Walk-in customers are only welcome if there is space available. Booking details and more information at mt-holiday.com/zip-line-tours.
Allegan: Allegan event. rainy day? Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor high ropes course, which includes a “Sky Tykes” area that even young children can participate in. Weather permitting, don’t miss the Riverfront Zipline, which lets you soar over the Kalamazoo River on a 600-foot outdoor zip line. alleganevent.com
Grand Rapids: John Ball Zoo. The John Ball Zoo has added a four-story zip line and high ropes course to its many family-friendly offerings. The 600-foot zipline flies you over a waterfall, and the high ropes course features two levels of climbing and more than 15 obstacles of varying difficulty. Learn more at jbzoo.org/experiences.
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