Soar over Gulf Shores with Hummingbird Ziplines
Part of the fun of taking a vacation derives from participating in activities that are outside of your day-to-day life, such as zip lining. This high-flying pastime brings individuals high above the ground on an unforgettable adventure and can be the perfect addition to any trip, especially those in Gulf Shores. One local facility offering this experience is Hummingbird Ziplines, which is nestled in Gulf State Park.
About the zip line
Located at the Gulf Adventure Center in Gulf State Park, Hummingbird Ziplines offers a spot where locals and visitors can participate in a fun experience. Comprised of six individual lines across seven towers, the course includes more than a mile of zip lines and reaches heights of up to 90 feet off the ground. Each soar brings guests above sand dunes, waterways, woods and more.
Another adventure that many travelers may want to consider is the Zipping After Dark tour. After the sun sets, each of the facility's seven towers is lit up with LED lights, allowing visitors to fly across the course between these glowing high-rises. A nighttime trek provides you with stunning views of the moon over the Gulf of Mexico and nearby Lake Shelby, and those travelers who want a little something extra in their zip lining experience may want to add this unique outing to their itineraries.
Hummingbird Ziplines' equipment and course is inspected daily by the experts on its staff, who are trained in everything from rescue techniques to first aid. The facility is also a member of the Association of Challenge Course Technology.
What to expect
Visitors who are ready to take part in the zip lining experience will need to set aside two and a half hours for this adventure. Each group that heads out on the course consists of 12 people or fewer and has two trained guides leading the way. The adventure starts with ground school, which fills the group in on the basic safety rules and operations they will encounter along the course. Then the real fun gets underway, with all participants taking solo rides on the wires running from tower to tower. The sixth and final section stretches for a quarter-mile and brings thrill-seekers to a deck nestled in the waters of Lake Shelby, ensuring that the last ride is one you will remember for some time.
Tours are not canceled for inclement weather, so be sure to dress appropriately for the situation. Participants typically wear athletic clothing and sturdy footwear. Flip flops are not allowed on the course, and closed-toed shoes are recommended. Savvy visitors will also make it a point to leave all personal items behind, as having gear stored in pockets or dangling pieces of jewelry can be dangerous, not to mention you run the risk of losing them as you soar through the air.
There are some restrictions for the zip line. All participants must be over the age of 8, and the accepted weight range is between 65 and 260 pounds. Because zip lining is an extreme sport that requires certain capabilities, adults are encouraged to survey the maturity level of their children before signing them up. Although they may meet the minimum requirements, these younger adventurers need to be able to understand all safety instructions and follow directions precisely. Additionally, pregnant women are not allowed on the zip line for safety reasons.
You can save time by printing out and signing the facility's waiver, which is necessary for anybody who wants to take part in the fun. Visitors under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver as well.
What renters need to know
The going rate for Hummingbird Ziplines is $79 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children ages 12 and under. Seniors and military members are eligible for a discounted rate of $69 per person.
Guests who stay at Meyer Vacation Rentals have an opportunity to save during their trips to Hummingbird Ziplines. Visitors can take advantage of a $10 discount per person when they choose one of Meyer's many Gulf Shores rentals. The coupon code is available at check-in.
Reservations are recommended, so don't wait too long to book your space in one of the zip line tours. The operator advises visitors to make reservations at least one week in advance and show up at least 15 minutes prior to the booked time to ensure their space is not forfeited. These bookings can be completed online at the Gulf Adventure Center website or by phone at 1-877-947-8434 or 251-948-9494.
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