Today’s Groupon for an Eco-Adventure Canopy Zip Tour from Adventureworks turns you and a friend into 21st-century Tarzans skimming the treetops for $45, which means that two people get to zip-line for less than the normal single-person price of $48.
Don't be surprised if you can't return to civilization after the wild adventure of the zip-line and not just because of some terrible crime you may have committed. Stepping off into the air and flying down a mountain is unforgettable. Traveling by zip, you'd leave that vine-grappler Tarzan in the dust faster than the Viscount Greystroke would beat you in a tea-party competition. A zip-line is a pulley suspended on a steel cable mounted on an incline attached to the earth’s surface. Safely seated in your elegant safety harness, you’ll fly through a 40-acre old-growth forest on a series of zip-lines as long as 400 feet and as high as 75 feet above ground. You've never seen a forest this way before. But if your keen intellect and quick wit need more stimulation than leaves and branches, you'll find it in the sage wisdom of an Adventureworks guide pointing out the native flora and fauna you're zipping through. Fall is the perfect time to zip through trees, with the colorful leaves falling in celebratory confetti as you speed by.
The zip-line was invented to transport people and supplies across canyons, and became a popular way to tour the jungles of Central and South America. Zipping took off in the past 10 years in the United States and became a hit for summers at ski resorts in the West. Each of Adventureworks’ hour-long tours can accommodate 10 people, so fill out a whole tour with your buds. Adventureworks is a 30-minute drive from downtown Nashville, so be sure to invite your friend with the sweet panel van.
Check out this video of exhilarating zips through the forest. After communing with the forest, adventurers find it difficult to return to the dreary online user reviews of civilization, but two Metromix users give it five stars, and TNVacation.com says Adventureworks’ zip-line tours are a must:
- Zipline tours are a special and exciting way to have family fun, celebrate a birthday or a job well done, reconnect with friends, or enjoy some outdoor adventure. – TNVacation.com
Real American Zeroes
G.I. Joe fans will of course remember that Zip Line is also the name of one of the least popular characters in the Hasbro’s series of collectible toy commandoes. Although the online petition to get Zip Line into the next blockbuster film has already garnered 12 digital signatures, the outlook is grim that he, or any of the following less popular G.I. Joes, will get a second chance at adventure:
- Soup Skin: Army Chef
- Brain Freeze: Treats Specialist
- Crew Cut: Barber Trooper
- Pant Leg: Field Tailor
- Dogwalker: Freelance (summers only)
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Staffers at Adventureworks understand that the best adventures are the ones that take you out of your element. That's why they've outfitted their locations in Arkansas and Tennessee with activities that pair visitors with the wonders of their surrounding environments. In Sevierville, that means swinging through the canopy in a two-level treetop adventure course that also boasts ropes courses, cargo nets, and broken bridges straight out of a Hollywood action flick. The high-altitude feat ensures guests will challenge nature and confront their fears in an environment that is both safe and entertaining.