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Flying High On Life: Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour

Written and Photographed by Lynn Dark

If zip lining is on your bucket list, you should definitely check out Adrenaline Rush Zip Tour. Located about six miles south of Jacksonville, Adrenaline Rush boasts eight zips that are spread out over 52 scenic acres. Most of the zips take you across beautiful lakes. The 8th and final zip is one of the longest in Texas at 1700 feet.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler txWhen I visited the property to meet with company owner Annette Kimbrell for an interview, she graciously invited me to return the next day for a zip tour. Unfortunately, I have a condition known as acrophobia, more commonly known as fear of heights. Kimbrell explained that some people come out specifically to conquer that fear. Sadly, I will not be one of those people. However, I strongly encourage others to do that very thing.

If you are interested in zip lining, you couldn’t find a better place to do it. For people who are willing to leave the ground, it seems like it would be very exciting. You can travel from one station to another at up to 40 miles per hour – even faster if the conditions are right, and you know what you’re doing.

For those who have never been, or only have a vague idea about what zip lining entails, here are some of the basics: First of all, you wear a harness which is then attached to not one but two galvanized steel cables. You also wear a helmet. You climb onto a stand for each zip. Once there, a staff member attaches you to the cables with carabiners and sends you on your way. Another staff member is waiting at the other end to catch and unhook you.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler tx 3Closed toed shoes are required (no flip flops), and long hair should be placed in a ponytail. Weather appropriate attire should be worn, and gloves will be provided.

To zip the longest line takes anywhere from 30 to 50 seconds, depending on certain factors. Wind, weight, and technique are among the things that determine your speed. There are tours of five, seven, and eight zips available. It takes about an hour to complete five zips, and about an hour and a half to do all eight. Times vary depending on the number of people on the tour, as well as whether people stop to visit, etc. You should arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour time.

You don’t have to be in great shape to zip line, but you do have to weigh less than 275 pounds. Children should be at least seven years old. Adrenaline Rush strives to accommodate the elderly, having had guests as old as 90. They have had participants with a wide range of disabilities including missing upper limbs, and blindness. People diagnosed with cancer who choose to live life to the fullest come out for tours. Visitors must be able to get up the steps of the stands on their own. Zip lining while pregnant is strongly discouraged.

The company has an impeccable safety record. There have been no equipment malfunctions or accidents, and the only minor injuries (bumps and bruises) have occurred when people have failed to follow instructions. For example, you are told specifically not to try to stop yourself by putting your legs down, but to keep them up and be caught at the end. Those who disregard that directive place themselves in a position to receive minor injuries. All tour participants are required to sign a waiver prior to their tour.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler tx 2I assumed that the purpose of two lines was that if one line breaks, the other is there to catch you. While that presumption is technically true, that isn’t the reason, rather there is actually less wear and tear on the lines if two are used instead of one. The lines are inspected monthly by the company and annually by an outside inspector. Using two lines means that they won’t have to be replaced as often.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour, LLC opened in 2011, and is open all year. It is busier when the weather is nice, but they will do tours all year for those who are willing to brave the elements. Summer is
usually the busiest time, and the company has averaged about 2500 visitors per year. People from as far away as England, Africa, China, and Greenland have found their way to the property.

When a photographer is available, you can purchase photos of your zip tour for $5. The pictures are placed on a CD, which you can take with you when you leave that day. Adrenaline Rush does not advertise this, as they are not always able to have a photographer present.

Gift certificates are available for birthday or Christmas gifting. The company currently sells t-shirts in the gift shop, and is considering offering other souvenirs in the future.

The company operates by reservation only, and 24-48 hour notice is required. You might want to consider more notice during busier periods, as a tour could fill up during your preferred time. The facility will sometimes close for a day or two to give the staff a short break.

Once you’ve made your reservation, a staff member will text you directions based on where you are coming from. Groups of up to 37 people can be accommodated at one time.

For more info including current pricing, please visit their website at To make a reservation call (903)683-6855. A credit card is required, and there is a no-show/late cancellation fee.


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March 24th: Save the Mayfair Fundraiser, Dinner & Live Music

Join the fun at the Historic Mayfair Building for an evening of Music, BBQ, & Dancing.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6 pm
411 Fair Park Dr. Tyler, TX 75702

Sponsored by Friends of the Mayfair Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ

Entertainment provided by The Magills & Co. & Tyler All Star Band

Tickets available 

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The historic Mayfair Building in Tyler, Tx was built in the late 1920s by the local Sam R. Hill Construction Company. The Mayfair has been home to many national musical acts such as Elvis, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams & so many more.

With the threat of destruction to make way for new buildings at the Tyler Fair Grounds, a group of friends banded together determined to preserve the iconic venue & bring live music back to Tyler.

The Friends of the Mayfair (501c3), along with support from the community, can bring life back into this beautiful piece of history for all of East Texas to enjoy!

This will be no small feat however, the Friends need to raise approximately $1,300,000 to complete the project. Will you join our efforts to Save The Mayfair?

“My mother saw Elvis at The Mayfair when she was in her late 20s. As far back as I can remember, I remember going to see concerts & shows at The Mayfair. The building is unique in design, there is not another like it in the world. The Mayfair is worth preserving for it’s unique acoustics & interior layout.”   — MARK THACKER, HISTORICAL ARCHITECT

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“Playhouses on the Plaza” Downtown Tyler Through March 22nd

March 16th-22nd (7am-11pm daily) – Preview of the Playhouses — Thursday,

March 22nd (6pm) – Dinner and Live Auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse

T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza will become a magical mini-community with up to eight life-sized custom playhouses – promising hours of imaginative playing –  displayed on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in Downtown Tyler and features an online auction.

The display is open to public viewing at no charge.

The event will culminate in a ticketed dinner and live auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse, 102 N. College Ave., Downtown Tyler March 22nd.

All proceeds benefit Smith County Habitat for Humanity. This is sponsored by Invest In Tyler & Strada Caffe.

Smith County Habitat’s mission is to build and repair houses for people in need of decent, affordable housing. For more info call Habitat for Humanity of Smith County at (903)595-6630 or go to

ONLINE auction begins March 31st! 
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DATE CHANGES!! April 2nd: Glass Rec. Center, Summer Camp Registration Open

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Glass Recreation Center Summer Camp Registration to Open April 2nd 

Summer time is almost here and some may need a place for their children to spend the day. Those should look no further!! The Glass Recreation Center (GRC) Summer Camp is the ideal day camp for children looking for a variety of things to do on any given summer day. GRC fun-filled summer events will include sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, education enrichment program, special events, field trips and much more for children ages 6 to 10.

Registration opens on April 2 and camp will start Tuesday, June 5th through August 3rd; Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 3pm.

A mandatory meet and greet for parents will be held Monday, June 4th at 6pm at Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St. This meeting will outline behavior guidelines, introduce camp leaders and pass out the camp activity calendar. Parents will be able to pay the remaining balance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the East Texas Food Bank Summer Food Program.

The cost to participate is $100 per child for the entire summer. Field trip fees are additional if child attends. A partial payment is due to register child. (There will be no refunds after payment has been made and all fees must be paid before June 6.) Space limited to 100 kids.

For more information, please contact the Glass Recreation Center at (903)595–7271.

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