Frequently Asked Questions About Zip Line Adventures
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A ZIP LINE ADVENTURE CANOPY TOUR ADVENTURE? CANOPY PLUS ADVENTURE?
Plan to spend 2 hours with us. The zip line adventure canopy tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length plus additional time for check-in, orientation, training, etc. The Canopy Plus programs both take about 4 hours to complete.
WHAT IF I AM AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?
It is not uncommon to have a fear of heights. Many people who have a fear of heights are still able to enjoy our zip line adventure tour. You will be safely secured to our steel cable at all times when you are off the ground. Our professional guides are thoroughly trained in course procedures for zip lines in Connecticut, and will be with you throughout the entire course to answer all your questions and provide support.
HOW HIGH WILL I BE OFF THE GROUND?
During the tour in our adventure park, you will be anywhere from 10 to 75 feet off the ground.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You will need to wear closed-toed shoes (such as tennis shoes). Wear comfortable clothing, but please avoid loose clothing (no scarves, etc.). Long hair needs to be tied back. Women should not wear skirts. Dress for the weather forecasted. We do operate in the rain, so please be prepared. Please do not wear any dangling jewelry. Also, please remove all things from your pockets, such as cell phones and wallets. You don’t want them falling out during any of our adventure park tours. We do not have a secure place to store your valuables, so please leave valuables at home or locked in your car. EMPOWER Leadership & Adventure Center is not responsible for property lost, damaged, or stolen during your tour.
DO YOU OPERATE IN THE RAIN?
Yes, we operate in the rain. However, the course will be closed if there is lightning activity in the area. We will also close for high winds. If we know in advance that we will be closed, we will try to contact you at the contact number you provide us when you book your tour. If your zip line adventure tour is canceled due to weather, you can either rebook for another time, or we will refund your tour cost.
HOW SAFE IS IT?
All adventure activities done above the ground carry certain inherent risks. We have taken numerous steps to mitigate these risks. Our course was built to exceed ACCT professional building standards. Our guides are professionally trained for zip lines in Connecticut, and our equipment is very high quality. The course and equipment are inspected daily.
HOW LONG IS THE ZIP LINE COURSE?
The zip line course is nearly a 1/2 mile long, consisting of 5 Empower zip lines ranging from 200 to 650 feet in length, 2 adventure sky bridges, a multi-vine traverse and a cargo net obstacle.
WHO CAN AND CANNOT ZIP?
The zip line adventure canopy tour is designed for use by participants of average mobility and strength, and who are in reasonably good health. No children weighing less than 58 pounds will be allowed to participate in our zip line tour. Children between the ages of 8 to 15 must be accompanied to the facility by an adult. For safety’s sake, participants for the zip line canopy tour must weigh between 60 and 265 pounds. Please call if you have any questions regarding weight limits. There is a 200-foot nature walk in the tour on an unpaved trail at an incline of about 12%. Each participant must be able to complete this walk. It is approximately as challenging as climbing four flights of stairs. For additional information see Qualifications for Participation.
HOW CAN I PAY? WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD?
You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. For reservations of up to 6 individuals, payment in full is required at the time of reservation. For reservations of 7 or more, a 50% deposit must be made at the time of the reservation in order for us to hold your spots. The balance is due prior to the start of your canopy adventure park tour.
WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE FOR MY TOUR?
You must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. This will give you enough time to check-in and prepare for your tour.
ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED?
Reservations are required. Each one of our tour groups is limited to 12 participants and requires two guides. To enable us to provide you with the best experience, we require a reservation for all participants. If you do not have a reservation, we will do our best to accommodate you on a space available basis. If you do not show up with the total number of people you have reserved spots for, you are still responsible for paying for those spots.
IS THE PHOTO PACKAGE FREE?
Recently, we changed over our photo system so our photos are no longer complementary. This is an effort to keep our adventure park prices from increasing. We now offer a photo package for $6/person + tax if purchased before your tour or $12/person + tax if purchased after your tour. However, the photos are sold as a group package.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Our guides are professionally trained on zip lines in Connecticut to ensure that you have an educational, enjoyable, and memorable experience. The tipping guideline is the industry standard of 15-20% per person.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS?
For Friends and Families Programs Only:
Groups that book 10-14 people we offer 5% off and for groups that book 15 or more people we offer 10% off. We ask that you contact us directly so that we can reserve space for your group.
For Corporate Outings/Team Development, Youth Development, Sports Leadership, or other group programming needs please call Dan at (860-652-5690) or complete an online “request pricing” form.
DO YOU OFFER MILITARY OR SENIOR DISCOUNTS?
Yes, We offer a 5% discount for Military members and Seniors (65 years or older). Reservations must be made over the phone and proper ID is required when you check in for your tour or the discount will no longer apply.
IS THERE A CONCESSION STAND FOR DRINKS, FOOD, ETC?
There is a small concession stand located in the gift shop. Coke products such as bottled water, soda, powerade and vitamin water are always available for purchase. During the peak season and on weekends, there may be food items available such as chips, candy, etc.