New Zipline Ride at Gatorland Lets Guests Glide Above Gators

Kid Friendly, Things to Do, What's New — By Sarah Sekula on May 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Photo courtesy of Gatorland.

For those who relish something a bit out of the ordinary, try ziplining over alligator feeding areas at Gatorland, a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve known as the alligator capital of the world.

The park’s latest attraction, the Screamin’ Gator Zipline, will have guests racing at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour and at heights of up to 75 feet over American alligators and the famous jumping Cuban crocodiles.

The high-flying fun starts on June 16, but my boyfriend and I tested out the new ride on Friday. Take it from me, it’s the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Here’s the low down:
As I climbed the tower to the first “zip,” the guide explained that we were about to propel along five ziplines and, perch atop several aerial observation platforms and clamor across a 162-foot swinging bridge. All the while we’d be passing through Gatorland’s most popular sights.

I gleefully hurled myself off the launch pad for an introductory zip with a speed of 15-mph or so. Between the “whees” and “wahooies,” I took in the strange scenery: Gatorland’s star reptiles, a tropical waterfall and the surrounding lush and rugged landscape.

To my delight, as we continued on, the zips became longer and faster. And the sights kept getting better and better. In fact, I sailed right past “Dundee” the saltwater crocodile and glanced cautiously at “Pops,” one of the park’s oldest and largest alligators.

Not to mention, at one point I was flying over 100 of Gatorland‟s largest alligators in the world famous Alligator Breeding Marsh. This is a 10-acre natural habitat where most alligators range between 10 and 12 feet long. Uh, it’s also their feeding area.

With that said, this action-packed excursion not for the faint of heart. For those who are seeking a change of pace, though, mark your calendars for June 16. Zip, zip, hooray!

If you go:
Flight times are available daily; reservations are required. Booking your adventure by logging onto www.Gatorland.com, or calling 800-393-JAWS to view zip-line requirements and purchase tickets.

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