Zip-lining lets people glide safely over terra firma dangers such as grizzly bears, electric fences, and hitchhikers with hooks for teeth. Glide above the bothersome ground with today's deal: for $20, you get four zip-line rides at Mark's Tree Farm (a $46 value) in Colchester.
An arbor emporium during the week, Mark's Tree Farm ushers in weekend adventurers for rides on its 600-foot-long zip line. Top speeds approach 30 mph as people and birds-in-training soar through two football fields worth of magnificent oaks and pointy-topped evergreens. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on group size, leaving plenty of time for post-ride high fives and midair lectures about pickleball ethics. People who aren't ready to leave once the ride is over can climb a spiral staircase to have lunch in a tree on the grounds.
Affiliated with the Association for Challenge Course Technology, Mark's Tree Farm maintains recommended industry safety standards and guidelines.
Mark's Tree Farm
Although its name does hint at the long, sharp-scented ranks of Christmas trees, Mark's Tree Farm acts as a gateway to many more of nature's marvels. In tribute to the powers of Mother Earth, Mark grows the trees without the use of any chemicals. The expert stargazer also invites groups to follow his laser pointer and the aim of his telescope during astronomy tours on the farm's enclosed viewing space.
Among the whispering leaves, the sharp tang of evergreen boughs mixes with the aromas of hickory and apple wood in the cooling air. Mark lubricates all of his cutting tools, which slice chips and chunks for smoking meats with canola oil, rather than petroleum-based lubricants that can carry carcinogens. He also packages firewood in custom lengths to fit in different stoves and underwhelming time capsules.
79 Sashel Ln.
Colchester, Connecticut 06415Get Directions