Flying through the air while taking in a bird’s-eye view of forest canopies, park flora and fauna is an experience not to be missed. While kids under the age of 8 aren’t usually allowed on zip lines, older kids will get a kick out of the experience along with their favorite adults. Seattle is home to some seriously fun zip lines and are sure to be a thrilling family adventure!
Just about an hour north of Seattle is Canopy Tours Northwest at Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island. The farm hosts six zip lines that fly over a lush, green forest. The longest line is 660 feet with a 47-foot final rappel which makes it longer than the height of the Space Needle. Check out the Night Owl zip line September 22 through October 28. Tours begin at dusk and you’ll fly through the forest under dim lights for a totally unique experience. We should note that Kristoferson Farm is also home to Terra Teams, a new challenge course. The farm will also host its first ever ‘Camano Pumpkin Project’ fall festival Oct. 6 and 7.
Bring It Home
Bring the thrill of zip lining right to your doorstep with Zipline Seattle. Their 220 feet of zip line provides the ultimate in fun. They handle everything from set-up to tear-down along trained, professional staff.
The Bellevue Zip Tour at Eastgate Park runs daytime zip tours into October for people aged 9 and up. On Oct. 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27, the tours are open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm. for scary night time tours. Prices for nighttime tours are $30 for kids aged nine and older, $45 for adults.
Several Seattle parks offer zip lines for the smaller set – low enough for parents to dash alongside. Start flying at Salmon Bay in Ballard, Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill, Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island, Lincoln Park in West Seattle and Discovery Park in Magnolia for some zip lining adventures.
San Juan Island Soar
San Juan Island Zip Tour is the only zip line tour on the islands with two locations – Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. Fly through the air on 8 zip lines and over a suspension bridge above the San Juan’s forest canopy. You’ll spot protected wetlands and get bird’s eye views of Douglas Firs and West Red Cedars. Prices start at $76 for youth, 8 and above.