Zip The Canyons is now offically approved as a safe and fun environment for all girl scouts! We had a blast, thank you all for coming out! We look forward to having many more girl scouts zipline with us in the near future.
In this episode of Conquering Florida, motocross champion Ricky Carmichael and his manager, J.H. Leale, conquer the canyons of Ocala. Over bridges and though the trees, they climb higher and higher to take in the beautiful bird’s-eye-views. To make things interesting, each takes a turn trying to hit a target -- from 160 feet above and soaring at 60 mph.
The Canyons park is home to the longest, highest and fastest zip-wires in Florida, offering canopy eco-adventures with (literally) breathtaking views. And, despite the initial feeling of terror, after soaring bird-stylee over the incredible landscape, I’m hooked.
Looking for adventure or a wild ride? Then you need to get out to The Canyons Zip Line, Ocala's Best of the Best winner for the best way to spend a Saturday. Get your Heart pumping or take a easy going tour.
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When the sun sets just south of Gainesville's "Swamp," the Canyons in Ocala comes to life.
"It used to be a mine 100 years ago,” said Traci Walker in a grassy field just off of Interstate 75.
Now the mine is home to the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours offers full moon tours once in... well... a full moon.
School is out, the sun's rays are burning brightly, and the road is calling your name. Where to first? Well, it depends on your threshold for trying new things. Are you ready to soar to new heights (tandem hang-gliding?) or do you want to splash around with some new friends (snorkel with manatees?) or perhaps all you need is a lazy weekend cruising down the St. Johns River (in your very own houseboat). It's time to pack up your car and your sense of adventure!
In a time when small businesses may be struggling, the Walker family took a leap, and now they're helping Ocala tourists take a different kind of leap...from a zip line. I had a chance to visit the Walkers at Zip Line and Canopy Tours to get a new perspective on the treetops and the economy of Ocala.
Course Manager Bobby Walker says the goals are simple:
"Really create some new jobs. We've already hired about 30 people here and they're all locals from around the area, and we're hoping to hire 25 more in late January, early February."
It's a bold move, calling your attraction "the Canyons" in a flat state like Florida. But this strange find, a 94-acre abandoned limestone quarry off an Interstate 75 exit in Ocala, is indeed like a cluster of deep canyons. Rocky cliffs, wide blue lakes and towering trees look untouched since the limestone miners walked away in the 1930s.
Take It Outside Planner: Zip 'The Canyons,' surf without a board and float on the Blue Run
Florida flatlanders don't get many opportunities to enjoy a little elevation. Living at sea level, even driving over a little hill can give you a thrill. But head two hours north to "The Canyons" in Ocala, and you'll get all the height you can stand and more. The zip line complex, built atop a 94-acre limestone quarry, has the highest and longest wires in the state. It takes about 2 ½ to three hours to get through all nine zips, and unlike many complexes where you have to climb towers, most of the runs are cliff to cliff. The longest zip is "Speed Trap." It's 1,100 feet long, and at the peak, you are 135 feet off the ground. Canyons also has a special "Super Zip," where the rider lays prone, that measures 1,600 feet long and carries you 165 feet in the air. Be prepared for a workout. The entire course is about a mile long. There's a special, surprise rappel at the end that will test your nerves. As expected, with the longest, highest and fastest zips in the state, demand is high, so reservations are recommended
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Head Rush Technologies - Customer of the Month - Sept 2014
Head Rush Technologies would like to congratulate our September Customer of the Month: The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala, Florida.
“Traci and crew were gracious hosts. They put the whole Head Rush Tech crew through their zip line eco-tour, which is totally unlike what I expected. Their course is unique since it’s an old limestone quarry. With emerald green water, majestic limestone cliffs, huge oak trees and a lush, safari-like setting, Canyons is a hidden gem. Even neighbors, who lived in the area their whole lives, had no idea the property was so unique and beautiful. The scenery looks more like Thailand than Florida, but what makes it characteristically Florida is the opportunity to zip line over a lake with alligators. That’s a pretty rare experience. I recommend anyone who lives or vacations in Florida check out The Canyons.”
The Canyons Zip Line Ocala Florida Promo!! (Official)
This is a video of The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours in Ocala, Florida.
We have two certified and experienced guides to lead you on your 3 hour adventure through approximately one mile of course which includes:
NINE (9) different zip lines, 2 rope bridges, one rappel, nature walks, and fabulous views you won't find anywhere else.
We are also have the LONGEST, HIGHEST, FASTEST zips in Florida!