Ziplining is an exhilarating way to enjoy aerial views of nature without sucking on a helium tank until you get really big and drift away. Float above treetops with this Groupon.
$89 for Treetop Canopy Zipline Tour for Two ($178 Value)
Before each guided tour, staffers brief visitors on equipment and safety procedures, and then fit each with a harness and helmet. Then participants scale the steps of one of three 40-foot wooden towers to launch down more than 6,000 feet of ziplines, much like Tom Cruise visiting his neighbors. They soar through sun-dappled treetops, over ponds and wooded clearings, and touch down to cross three bridges spanning the history-rich Battle Creek at heights of up to 100 feet. Guides then escort their groups through the woods on a brief nature hike, pointing out interesting plants and the house of the most popular deer in the forest before strapping them in once again to zip back to the starting point.
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.