Boyne Mountain is located in Boyne Falls, Michigan and offers several family fun activities year round. During our fall color trip, we decided to try something new and signed up for the ziplining at Boyne Mountain Resort. This is our story.
There is something breathtakingly beautiful about Northern Michigan.
The way the air smells, the big open skies, it’s all together quite magical. And, if you’ve been lucky enough to visit when the leaves change their colors, you may understand why people return to this location year after year.
Like many others, Northern Michigan has been our go-to fall destination for several years. This year, however, we decided to shake things up by finding out what it’s like to see the vibrant fall colors not only from the ground, but while traveling aboard 10 different zip lines situated down the side of Boyne Mountain. Hey, why not?
After signing all of the required paperwork…
I stood among a group of excited people and reluctantly strapped myself in to the seat-belt-like harness that would soon become by lifeline (yes, I’m a bit dramatic at times). We then ascended up the mountain by way of a chairlift. Which, surprisingly, turned out to be another great way to see the fall colors from a new perspective! So, quick tip, if you want to get a birds-eye view of the landscape without strapping into a harness and flying 20-25 mph through the trees, we found that tickets to the chairlift were free to resort lodging guests during our visit. Chairlift tickets could also be purchased for non-guests for a small fee. Win-Win.
Upon reaching the top of Boyne Mountain, we were greeted to one of the my favorite views of the resort. It certainly feels as though you can see for miles and miles. And, this time of year, the fall colors only add to the overall charming beauty of the grounds.
At the top of the mountain also sits the Eagles Nest; a great place to grab a bite to eat, drinks, or roast smores on an indoor fire pit. It COULD also provide a place to slip away to if you’re changing your mind about the whole ziplining thing. Just sayin’…
We began the 2.5-3 hour zipline course down the side of Boyne Mountain.
The first zip was a bit intense for me, but some of the younger riders were taking off as if they’d been doing this for years; flipping upside down and whatnot! For the rest of us, the awesome guides were showing us new ways to add fun and excitement to the experience. We had singing competitions, showed off our best dance moves, and were challenged to try a few new moves while riding through the zipline course.
SOME of us, however, made strides by simply loosening our grip while riding the lines…
But as we neared the end our the course, I realized that somewhere in the mix of wind, adrenaline, and camaraderie, I had started letting go of the tension that I was harboring. I noticed that my eyes were finally open and I was enjoying the blur of colors as they flew past me in a kaleidoscopic way! It truly was a cool experience!
At the end of the course, we found ourselves in the quaint resort village of Boyne Mountain Resort. As we took off our gear, we were standing within walking distance of a candy store, coffee place, and restaurant. This was definitely a good place to unwind from the fun and refuel our depleting energy.
Well, my depleted energy. The kids seemed unfazed and ready to continue on to another activity at the resort… like the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark.
Have you ever considered ziplining at Boyne Mountain Resort?
Boyne Mountain Resort proved to us to be an excellent place to experience this adventure! And it can also be a family friendly outing as long as everyone meets the weight limits. Not ready to make the 2.5-3 hour commitment? They also offered a one zipline option.
What is your favorite fall family experience? Do you often travel to experience fall colors or prefer to have family fun at home? Tell us about it in the comments.
Learn more about visiting Boyne Mountain Resort at www.boynemountain.com.