With summer swiftly approaching, families can look forward to a new outdoor attraction that keeps in mind COVID-19 safety. Zip NOLA, the region’s first swamp zip line course, is set to open this month at 301 Peavine Road in LaPlace.
Featuring five ziplines constructed 60 feet above the Maurepas Swamp, Zip NOLA offers thrill-seeking visitors and nature lovers of all ages the chance to traverse the canopies of New Orleans’ iconic cypress trees and swamplands while learning about its history and wildlife.
Co-founded by New Orleans locals and lifelong outdoor enthusiasts, Tyler Richardson and Barry Gros Jr., Zip NOLA aims to deliver an immersive swamp adventure that doubles as an educational experience. Knowledgeable local guides will inform guests on the swamp’s unique environment and inhabitants.
“Nature can be our greatest classroom, and it was the love of the swamp and the need for innovative ways to explore it that ultimately led to Zip NOLA becoming a reality,” Richardson said in a release. “Our vision is to merge the thrill of zipline with the beauty of the swamp in an educational environment.”
The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with two suspension bridges, a spiral tree staircase and more than 20,000 linear feet of advanced zipline technology, including magnetic braking devices and redundancies to provide the safest ride possible.
Zip NOLA’s course is roughly one-half mile long, taking guests an hour and a half to complete. Riders begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform, with complete views of the Maurepas Swamp, Lake Pontchartrain, Frenier and even the New Orleans skyline.
“We’re thrilled to bring this unique activity to New Orleans,” Gros said in a release. “Until now, we’ve only been able to view our incredible swamplands by boat or plane. Visitors will now be able to see our state’s iconic scenery and wildlife from a stunning bird’s eye point of view.”
Each tour has two local guides to supervise the course, adhere to safety protocols and educate guests. The facility also features a gift shop with a spacious elevated deck overlooking the
Maurepas Swamp, which offers merchandise, souvenirs, snacks and two critter enclosures for baby alligators, turtles and fish.
For visitors looking for Covid-19-safe activities, Zip NOLA’s seating area is all open air, as is the activity itself. Tours have a maximum capacity of 12 and all PPE and public spaces are thoroughly sanitized between uses.
Tickets for the attraction are $89 per person and will be available for purchase online soon at www.zipnola.com.
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