Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau Announces New Zip Line Tour of Gators and Friends

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Group tours looking for adventure can gain the ultimate experience in this seven segment zip line that culminates in a final side-by-side run over the alligators.

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“The zip line is something that could be for the whole family and provides a whole new experience for visitors that they can’t get anywhere else,” said Jim Willet, owner of Gators and Friends.

Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo, located 10 minutes outside of Shreveport in Greenwood, Louisiana, opened up a zip line tour of the park on May 9.

On a recent family cruise, Jim Willet, owner of Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo, took a zip line tour as part of the cruise package. “That cruise sparked the idea for me. I thought, ‘Why not put a zip line in Gators and Friends?’ I thought that was something that people would really be interested in,” said Willet.

In its first weekend, more than 30 visitors took the zip line tour. Since then, it has been an ever-popular addition to the park, piquing the interest of visitors, young and old. “The zip line is something that could be for the whole family and provides a whole new experience for visitors that they can’t get anywhere else,” said Willet.

The full-length zip line tour consists of seven segments that last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour that takes you through the woods, over the exotic animals and culminates in a final 720 feet side-by-side run over the alligators.

Half-length zip line tours are available and consist of four segments that last approximately 25 minutes. Not to worry though – it still takes you right over the alligators.

Closed-toe shoes are a requirement. Weight requirements are a minimum of 50 pounds and a maximum of 250 pounds. Group rates and birthday specials are offered.

Operating hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily May through August. The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during the other times of the year. To learn more about the park visit http://www.gatorsandfriends.com or call (318) 938-1199.

For more information about including the zip line tour in your upcoming group tour, contact Erica Howard, tourism sales manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, at ehoward(at)sbctb(dot)org or 800-551-8682 ext. 104.

For media inquiries and high resolution images contact Deann Jewell, communications coordinator, at djewell(at)sbctb(dot)org or (318) 429-0645.

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