Zipline The Canyons in Ocala Florida

We arrived at The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours in Ocala, Florida at our scheduled time to zipline and I for one wasn’t prepared for what I saw. The zipline course is built over an abandoned limestone quarry. In a flat state like Florida I didn’t expect to see wide canyons with steep rocky cliffs towering over huge lakes below, but that’s exactly what I saw!

 

The Canyons Zip Line Canopy Tours Ocala Florida

The Canyons Zip Line Canopy Tours Ocala Florida

OK, I admit it…I was terrified! But I didn’t tell anyone. I just said I was a “little nervous.” Ha! You must have nerves of steel and not even slightly afraid of heights to NOT be a little terrified of this venture called ziplining! I’ve wanted to try ziplining ever since I first viewed an exciting video a few years ago. So this was my chance. Six members of our family went for a Mother’s Day outing and I can tell you now…IT WAS A BLAST!

 

What is Ziplining?

 

Ziplining is a high-adventure sport quickly becoming one of the fastest growing thrill activities. It consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. The zipline is designed to allow the user, propelled by gravity, to travel from the top to the bottom of the incline. A cable attached to a free moving pulley and harness is attached for a rider. Thrill seekers and nature lovers alike love this experience.

 

Harnesses and Safety Equipment for Ziplining

Harnesses and Safety Equipment for Ziplining

After being introduced to our guides, and signing out consent forms we were outfitted with our harnesses and safety equipment. Our guides made the day even more enjoyable by joking around, which made us feel more at ease. At the same time they never let us go without complete safety checks along the entire course. They were friendly and knowledgeable but safety was their first priority.

 

Where is Canyons Zipline and Canopy Tours?

 

Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours is located at 8045 NW Gainesville Rd. near the CR326 intersection in Ocala, Florida, approximately 1 mile from I-75 exit 358.

Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours is located at 8045 NW Gainesville Rd. near the CR326 intersection in Ocala, Florida, approximately 1 mile from I-75 exit 358. Two other nearby points of interest we have reviewed are Downtown Disney Marketplace located approximately 1-1/2 hours southeast and the Historic City of St. Augustine which is located less than 2 hrs northeast of Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours.

 

Ready to Go Ziplining in Ocala Florida

Ready to Go Ziplining in Ocala Florida

After a short hands-on ground school session on how to slow down and stop we were ready to go ziplining. We were instructed on the different hand signals to watch for and how to use our gloved hand as a brake on the overhead cable. Before going to the main ziplining course we felt well prepared to zip the canyons!

 

Ziplining Canyons Zip Line Canopy Tours Florida

Ziplining Canyons Zip Line Canopy Tours Florida

The scenery while ziplining at The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours is incredible. You won’t see this kind of scene anywhere else in Florida! After a couple of short lines we were all zipping like pros. My knees were still shaking but there was no fear involved, I guess it was just the excitement of it all. The entire zipline experience was more thrilling than frightening.

 

Canyons Zip Line Longest Highest Fastest Florida

Canyons Zip Line Longest Highest Fastest Florida

The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours has over a mile of the longest, highest and fastest zip lines in Florida. Along the one mile course there are 9 breathtaking ziplines, 2 gripping bridges and a surprise waiting for us at the end.

 

Ziplining Over 1000 Feet Across Canyon Florida

Ziplining Over 1000 Feet Across Canyon Florida

Ziplining over 1,000 feet across the canyon and hundreds of feet high, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles an hour is an exhilarating way to get your adrenaline pumping!

 

Suspension Bridge at The Canyons Ocala Florida

Suspension Bridge at The Canyons Ocala Florida

The suspension bridge towards the end of the course is very long and very cool to walk across. I’m not a big fan of swaying suspension bridges so I was a little uneasy but everyone else in our party seemed to enjoy crossing the bridge. You’re tethered the entire length of the bridge so there’s really no need to be scared. The scenery while crossing the bridge is beautiful too.

 

30 Foot Rappel at the End of the Course

30 Foot Rappel at the End of the Course

This is the end of the line…surprise! A 30 foot rappel that strangely enough had all of us more concerned than zipping hundreds of feet above a rock quarry.

 

30 Foot Rappel Completes the Course

30 Foot Rappel Completes the Course

With a bit of instructions on repelling techniques and just as much persuasion, we each took the challenge…

 

Unhooking safety harness after rappel zip line tour Florida

Unhooking safety harness after rappel zip line tour Florida

And when we were all done, rappelling was one of the easiest things we did that day! Our group ranged in ages from 10 to 65 and we all had a fabulous time. And a special congrats to the youngest in our group, she was amazing!

After completing the entire course, we made our way back to the welcome center. We were rewarded with a “Certificate of Completion” and the knowledge that we had all conquered our fears…at least for today!

You can visit The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours website for more information and reservations.

We’d love to go back and we’ve heard that they’re still upgrading. Hard to image anything being able to top this! We had a blast and we hope anyone planning a future trip does the same.

 

Have you been to The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours or experienced another zipline tour? We’d like to hear about your experiences too.

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10 Comments

  1. That looks like a lot of fun!

  2. I love to think I’d be able to do this but being a little scared of heights I’m not so sure! Great photos!
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    • Thanks, Becky! I know what you mean about being a little scared of heights and that’s ok. I’m also a little afraid of heights and I did just fine. If you have a chance to try ziplining please do, I bet you’ll love it!!

  3. That looks like fun, though I don’t know if I’d have the courage to attempt it!
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    • Oh Val, it was fun and I felt the same way as you until I actually did it. If you have the opportunity to go ziplining please consider it, with your spirit I’m sure you’d love it just like I did!!

  4. Taylor

    This truly was an amazing experience!! The scenery was beautiful. The staff was wonderful! They made us all feel very comfortable and safe, which was good or I may not have repelled down and would still be up there!! The photographers took many pictures that did a great job of capturing our experience for us!!

    • Hi Taylor! It sure was an amazing experience and I’m so glad we were all able to enjoy it together. I agree about the repelling because I think I would still be up there with you!! LOL!

  5. Deborah

    This is definitely a “Bucket List” item! What a great way for friends and family to spend the day. Good for you embracing such an adventure!

    • It really is Deborah, one I think everyone should have on their “Bucket List” for sure! Thanks for the encouragement, I’m really looking forward to going again!

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