Right on the border with Indiana, Louisville is one of Kentucky's biggest and most beautiful cities. Boasting a rich history of music, sport, art, and business, the city is a popular tourist spot and is actually one of the most exciting places in all of America to go ziplining. Why? Well, Louisville is the proud home of the world's only fully-underground zip line tour.
The Mega Zips zip lines in Louisville's Mega Cavern are legendary among outdoor enthusiasts and zip line lovers, and there's also the Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures just a little way out of the city for people preferring to do their ziplining above ground in the open air. Either way, there's some great zip line opportunities in Louisville and the surrounding area, so let's take a look in closer detail.
· Mega Cavern Mega Zips 1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, KY 40213 (877 614-6342)
Zip line tours in the Mega Cavern are like nothing else you’ve ever experienced or will ever experience again! For the uninitiated, the Mega Cavern is a gigantic underground structure located centrally in the city of Louisville. The cave measures up at an astonishing 4,000,000 square feet in total and has been used for various purposes over the years. Now, it’s home to the Mega Zips zip line tour.
Experienced, friendly tour guides lead the way as you and your friends or family set off for up to two and a half hours of zip line action. As previously mentioned, this is the only underground zip line tour on the planet, so it’s a completely unique experience, providing incredible views and experiences that no guest will ever forget.
The tour features six thrilling zip lines overall, as well as two challenge bridges and a few stops along the way as the guides take the time to answer any questions you might have and share fascinating information about the cave and its history. Colored lights illuminate your journey along the way and the various unique rock formations and tunnels of the cave provide a mesmerizing setting for your ziplining fun.
The minimum age requirement for all riders is 7, and there are weight limits to bear in mind as well, with all guests needing to weigh a minimum of 55 pounds and a maximum of 285 pounds. Each and every zip line rider will be weighed before taking the tour to ensure that they meet the requirements. Any riders under the age of 15 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, but riders aged between 16 and 17 can enjoy the zip lines by themselves. As usual with any zip line tour or experience close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended.
· Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures - 100 Squire Boone Rd Mauckport, IN 47142 (812 732-1200)
Over the border into Indiana, the Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures are just a short drive outside of Louisville and offer a completely different but equally exciting zip line experience to the Mega Cavern’s Mega Zips.
There are two fun zip line options with this company. The Treetop Canopy Tour is a super canopy zip line course featuring a total of six zip lines, as well as a swinging suspension bridge to make your adventure even more exciting. Visitors will be able to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding caverns, forests, and valleys and maybe even catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. The Long Course Canopy Tour is for more advanced zipliners looking for bigger thrills and challenges. This second course features eight zip lines and two bridges overall.
The first tour lasts around one and a half hours and is suitable for ages 7 and up while the second lasts for three hours and is recommended for participants of at least 13. The minimum weight limit for the first course is 65 pounds, while participants of the second course must weigh at least 110 pounds. The maximum weight limit for male participants is 270 pounds, while women cannot weigh any heavier than 250 pounds to take part.
As with any zip line tour or experience, guests will be required to sign a waiver before taking part and legal guardians or parents will need to sign waivers for younger guests. All participants are encouraged to dress adequately, with close-toed shoes a must. Shorts and skirts are not recommended and long hair will need to be tied up for safety reasons.
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