The beautiful state of Wisconsin brings together everything that people love about the American Midwest: gorgeous forests, rich wildlife, friendly people, and charming towns. Nowhere is this more evident than in Lake Geneva, one of the state's true gems. A popular resort town, Lake Geneva boasts beautiful scenery in every direction, and one of the most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike is the Lake Geneva zip line.

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In fact, the Lake Geneva zip lines and canopy tours are rated as the very best thing to do in the entire area by Trip Advisor users, with countless positive reviews and an ever-growing number of satisfied guests. Just five minutes away from downtown Lake Geneva, these zip lines run all year long and give visitors some unbeatable views of the stunning local surroundings.

Open since March in 2011, the Lake Geneva canopy tours and zip lines have rapidly grown into one of the very best experiences in the area. As well as the zip lines, guests also have the option to enjoy a High Ropes course and plenty of hiking and cycling trails in the local area, so you can really enjoy a full day out if you choose to enjoy these super zip lines at Lake Geneva.

What to Expect

The Lake Geneva zip line experience starts off in the welcome lodge, where guides introduce participants to the equipment they'll be using and escorts the group over to the 'Ground School' to go over the basics and ensure that everyone understands how to zip line. After that, the adventure really begins and the group sets off for an approximately two and a half hour expedition for the Wisconsin woods.

The full tour features nine unique zip lines in total, with one of the big highlights being the 1,200 foot long racing zip line that can be ridden by two people at a time, giving you a chance to race alongside a friend or family member. The lines reach heights of 65 feet above the ground, allowing guests to glide through the canopy, taking in the wonderful wildlife and rich vegetation all around. In addition, the tour also includes a trio of spiral staircases and five separate sky bridges, letting visitors walk from tree to tree.

The Lake Geneva zip lines are particularly well-suited for families and groups of friends, offering a fun-filled adventure through attractive natural surroundings, as well as giving people of all ages a chance to get in touch with nature and learn a little about the native flora and fauna of Wisconsin. Despite being thrilling experiences, these zip lines are well-suited to almost everyone, with well-trained guides accompanying guests every step of the way. Even people who have fears of heights have been able to adore and enjoy every second of these fantastic zip lines.

Preparations and Requirements

Like with any zip line experience, the Lake Geneva zip lines are fully regulated and run by trained professionals to provide the top levels of safety for every single visitor, but there are some rules and regulations to be aware of. Due to the nature of the tours and the equipment being used, there's a minimum weight limit of 70lbs for anyone riding the zip lines. The maximum weight of any participant is 250lbs. In general, children should be at least seven years old to safely ride the zip lines, and any minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their visit.

All guests need to arrive at least half an hour before their tour is scheduled to start to ensure a prompt departure. The beginning of the tour is especially important as this is when the guides will show you how to use the equipment and stay safe on the zip lines. Guests will also all be asked to sign a waiver before departing. Naturally, due to the nature of zip lining in general, guests with heart issues or mobility problems are discouraged from taking part. The experience does involve some walking across bridges and climbing up staircases, so it's important to be in decent physical shape.

Regardless of whether this is your first zip line or your fiftieth, it's important to remember the key rules regarding attire as well. Visitors should avoid wearing loose footwear or hanging jewelry, or carrying any items that could be dropped or lost along the way. Closed toed shoes are compulsory, long hair needs to be tied up, and the Lake Geneva zip line team recommends wearing comfortable clothes, with women encouraged to wear pants rather than skirts.