Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines

UPDATE as of January 2018: The Hummingbird Zipline has moved to the Wharf in Orange Beach. Please check their website for updated information.

I’ve ziplined through forests in Costa Rica and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, but until my recent trip to Alabama, I’d never ziplined with views of the ocean. While in Alabama, I had my chance to go ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines. Even though flyboarding with Flyboard Bama won the fan’s votes in our fan guided tour of the Gulf Coast, Hummingbird was kind enough to invite me to experience their ziplines on my free morning.

Conveniently located at the Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park, just off the main road, Hummingbird offers stunning views of the Gulf on one side and freshwater Lake Shelby on the other. Spread over 14 acres, Hummingbird Ziplines offers a mile-long, tower-to-tower loop with seven towers and six ziplines. I had a chance to zip over water many times throughout the two-hour tour, and even spied a gator lurking in the lake below.

Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines at Gulf Adventure Center

Photo courtesy of Gulf Adventure Center

My day started off with a quick intro to ziplining from our two guides, C.O. and Frito (nicknames of course), during ground school. This is an important part of getting comfortable on the course because it is very important to learn to brake, how to watch for hand signals, and how to self-assist using hand-over-hand on the cable if you stop before you reach the platform.

Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines at Gulf Adventure Center

Photo courtesy of Gulf Adventure Center

We then climbed to our first platform to start the course. While the towers are high, the tallest reaching 90 feet, you feel quite safe climbing up the stairs of each tower. And, while the stairs might get tiring if you are out of shape, they are solid and protected by the walls of the tower and the platforms are quite large. There was a gentleman on our tour who was afraid of heights but he made it through okay at the encouragement of his kids.

Zipping from tower to tower loses some of the romance and excitement of ziplining through the trees, but if you take the time to look around on each section of the course, you can’t help but enjoy the views. The course ends with a dual, side-by-side zipline from a 90 foot tower to a dock in the lake, allowing people to “race” each other down. (Hint: the heaviest one is always going to arrive first.)

Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines at Gulf Adventure Center

Photo courtesy of Gulf Adventure Center

Once you are done ziplining, you can stay and enjoy some of the other water sports available at the Gulf Adventure Center like kayaking, paddle boarding or even swimming. I’ve decided that ziplining is a lot more fun when you do it with a group so I’d highly recommend getting the whole family involved.

Want a closer look at what it is like to zipline with Hummingbird? I’ve got you covered…

Tips for Ziplining with Hummingbird Ziplines

  • Apply sunscreen in advance.
  • Don’t worry about bringing water along, many of the towers are equipped with water fountains.
  • You need to pre-book your tour in advance, rather than just pop in to see what is available.
  • I’d recommend booking a morning tour, before the sun heats up.
  • Leave your valuables at home or locked away in your car. This includes your jewelry, phone, wallet, camera, etc. They will provide you with a small lockbox (the size of a post office box or smaller) to place your car keys and you can then hook that key onto your harness so it doesn’t get lost.
  • You can use a strapped on GoPro to record your experience but as you can tell from my video, the harness gets in the way of the chest mount. I did notice that some of their helmets has helmet  mounts so you could call ahead and see if you can request one. But don’t worry too much about capturing the moment because their photographers will happily sell you a package of photos from your tour.

Where is your favorite place to zipline?


Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines at Gulf Adventure Center

Photo courtesy of Gulf Adventure Center

Note: My tour was hosted by Hummingbird Ziplines but all opinions are my own.



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5 Comments on “Ziplining in Gulf Shores Alabama with Hummingbird Ziplines

  1. Nice. I love ziplines, always ready for a bit of flying action!

    Fun! I love zip-lining. (And “Hummingbird Ziplines is such a great name!)

    You had some great adventures on Alabama’s Gulf Shores! I’m eyeing the zipline at Utah Olympic Park for an upcoming trip. It’s a steep zip line that mimics the experience of ski jumping!

      Wow, I wonder how fast it goes? That would give me butterflies.

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