Ziplines & Adventure Blog

Canopy Tour vs. Zip Line Adventures

Say “Zip Line” and visions of soaring through the air on a cable tends to be the first thought – accompanied with a grin.  This is just what a Zip Line is.  Merriam-Webster defines it as, “a cable suspended above an incline to which a pulley and harness are attached for a rider.”  A basic Zip Line Adventure offers just that; guests typically ride a Zip Line from one platform to the next and it is generally described or marketed by the distance of each Zip.  Rates vary by the number of “rides”.  Zip Line Adventures are an excellent introduction to Zip Lining offering a fast, thrilling experience.

An example of a Zip Line Adventure would be our Dual Racing Zip Line (DRZ).  The DRZ is 1,200 feet long and takes you from one tower platform to the next.  This is a popular choice for guests who are limited on time or just want to try Zipping for the first time.  The DRZ offers the chance to Zip just once or up to three times per person.

Dual Racing Zip Line

A Canopy Tour takes the Zip Line Adventure to a completely different level.  Just like anything, breaking down the definition helps to better understand the overall concept.  We visit Merriam-Webster once again and see that “Canopy” can be defined as, “a protective covering: as the uppermost spreading branchy layer of a forest.”  “Tour” is pretty self-explanatory, but just to be official, “an activity in which you go through a place in order to see and learn about the different parts of it.” (Merriam-Webster)  Put it all together and you have Zip Lining through the trees!

Canopy Tours commonly are described by the number of hours it takes to travel the entire course and include multiple Zip Lines, Platforms, Sky Bridges and Spiral Staircases.  A true Canopy Tour will always be an adventure throughout a heavily wooded area where the trees become part of the course.  You are literally Zipping from tree to tree.  This offers an unparalleled experience, especially if the Canopy Tour operates in all four seasons like we do at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours (LGCT).

Spring – The trees begin to bud as the fresh spring scents fill the air.

40 Foot High One-of-a-kind “floating” Double Helix Stairway

Summer – The lush green leaves offer shade from the hot sun creating a cozy, peaceful serenity.


Fall – The vibrant colors surround you creating a feeling of being inside a Monet painting.

240 Foot Skybridge

Winter – The trees are bare allowing views of the blue sky while undisturbed snow creates a breathtaking winter wonderland.


LGCT’s Canopy Tour is approximately 2.5 hours long and includes 8 Zip Lines, 5 Sky Bridges, 3 Spiral Staircases PLUS a one-of-a-kind “floating” Double Helix Stairway wrapping around an ash tree.  The DRZ is also included as the grand finale to the full Canopy Tour.

While traveling across the country or internationally, you will see various Zip Line Adventures and Canopy Tours being advertised.  Now you will be able to choose the right experience for you.  Will you want a quick, energizing thrill ride or will you be looking for a longer excursion elevating you to new heights?

Whatever you choose – ADVENTURE AWAITS!