Zip Lining with Minnesota Zipline Adventures

The Brainerd Zipline | Crossing It Off The Bucket List

Last updated on March 16th, 2018

We put things on our bucket list for all kinds of reasons. To face fears, to challenge ourselves, for the adrenaline rush, to recapture our youth and even because it looks fun. I had going Zip Lining on my list for all of those reasons. The nice folks at Minnesota Zipline Adventures could help with their Brainerd Zip Line Course.

*Minnesota Zipline Adventures sponsored this adventure, but as always my opinions are all my own. 

My first mission was to find a partner in crime. My sister was the first person I thought of since we had done similar adventures growing up. This was a little out of her comfort zone, but I managed to convince her we’d be just fine. I started to get concerned that she was getting cold feet when I texted her the day of with our departure time and she didn’t respond. Thankfully she showed up on time and we were off for our adventure.

Ground School

Next up, ground school. They provide this training before all their trips. This was the most comprehensive ground school training I have ever completed. They have a practice line setup a few feet off the ground to try. The guides go over all maneuvers and hand signals used on our adventure. Then you get to try it all out. Once you are comfortable, you move on to your first zip line.

Harnessing Up

The Brainerd Ziplines

The first one is always the worst. You have no idea what to expect. Once up there, I got dizzy. It took me a minute to realize that it was the tower swaying in the wind and not me. I was afraid I was having vertigo from the nerves. After watching the people in front go, the fears fell away. The only fear that was left, was if I would remember how to break when I got to the end of the line. I stood up to edge, the guide did a quick hand position check to confirm I remembered how to break and I was off. There is nothing more freeing than that feeling!

My sister, on the other hand, did not have the same freeing experience. She was the last person left to go. As she got in position, after 10 seconds, she would say, “Um, no, I can’t do this”. The guide just waited patiently and told her she could do it. After about 3 or 4 attempts, and some cheering from the rest of the group, she did it. I was so proud of her. I knew it was something she wanted to do but was terrified. She made it to the platform with no troubles. After that, she was hooked.

Zip Lining in Brainerd


First Jump

Read Set Zipline! Enjoying the Brainerd Zip Line


At no point did I ever feel unsecured.  You are connected to cables on every single tower or tree stand through 2 connection points. The guides will never force you to do something you are uncomfortable with and there wasn’t peer pressure to do anything. The group was incredibly supportive. Even if asked, the guides will not push you off a platform. It’s all at your own pace. The only pressure my sister felt was that she told her friends before she left she was going zip lining. She didn’t want to tell them she chickened out.

Saftey Frist while Ziplining in Brainerd

The Free Fall Experiance

The Brainerd Zipline course has 15 miles of zip lines, broken into 7 runs. A 65 foot Indiana Jones style bridge. And a 50 Foot Free Fall Tower jump. I may have mastered the zip lines but when it comes to stepping off a ledge into a free fall, that is another story. After watching the demonstration, my sister sat this one out.  I felt I needed to face this fear myself. They call it a controlled fall. Using a fan and magnet system, the harness gives you the sensation of a free fall for 3-5 seconds before slowing your descent to the ground. After about 3 failed attempts to make myself step off an edge, I finally did it. It was the most terrifying, but exhilarating thing I have ever done.

Jumping from the Tower in Brainerd

Free Fall at Minnesota Zipline Adventures

Other Notes


No handheld cameras are allowed. This includes cell phones. They make you empty your pockets before you leave just to make sure. You will need your hands the whole time. Go Pro’s or Action Camera’s are the only option. They are available to rent for $20 or you can bring your own. The only attachment you can use is the head straps. They provide the straps for their guest.


Must be 10 years old




Closed toe and covered heel shoes. Dress for the weather. Make sure your clothing covers skin where the harness will touch. Otherwise, you may be left with marks.

Bug Spray

Bring something with Deet. They have mosquitos and ticks in the county and you are spending 2.5 hours in the woods.

I am already looking through my calendar to see when I can go again. This was one of my favorite trips of the Summer and definitely the Best Zipline tour in MN. They are offering a Fall Colors tours were you zipline over the canopy of fall colors and will be adding a Moonlight runs soon, so watch the Brainerd Zipline booking site to find out more. They also have a location in Henderson Minnesota that is a little closer to the cities. If you want to do an extreme adventure in MN, I would recommend trying out one of their tours.

Ready Set Zip at Minnesota Zipline Adventures in Brainerd

View from Zip Lining in Brainerd

Bridge Challenge

Zip Lining in Brainerd

More Info: Zipline MN
Directions: Nisswa MN
When To Visit: Summer and Fall in Brainerd or even try out winter zip lining in Henderson MN
Recommended Guide: Saying Hi to the Legend in Brainerd at Paul Bunyan Land
Other Recommends: Bring your GoPro or rent one of theirs. Trust me!


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Conquer your fear of highest and go zip lining in MN. Minnesota Zipling Adventures has a location close to the Twin Cities and in Brainerd.

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  • Reply Jenny Anderson July 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Very cool! What an adventure. That’s so neat you got to do this! My husband and I will have to check it out the next time we are in the area.

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Have fun!

  • Reply Neil July 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    So much fun! We took a trip to Jordan, MN to do their zipline tour. I think these look a bit bigger!

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      I haven’t check out the Jordan tour to compare but it looks fun too.

  • Reply Kendall July 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Fun! I’ll have to check this out. I am all about exploring/adventuring in Minnesota this summer since we’re not traveling anywhere “big.”

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Have a great time exploring more of MN!

  • Reply Holly | Legally Crafty Blog July 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Looks so fun! Glad you had a great time!

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Michelle July 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Cool review! I’ve been curious about this place and we spend a lot of time in that area. I hope to do it next summer when my son is ten!

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Your son is going to love it!

  • Reply Greta Pickles Travel blog July 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I was so excited to see that you went and have been eagerly waiting to read your post! Love it- I’m afraid of heights too, so it’s always fun to do stuff like this that pushes the boundaries! And your pinnable image title ROCKS! ;c)

    • Reply Jenn July 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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