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A zoo in Florida is attracting thousands.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw
March 11, 2016

It may not be the highest, longest or fastest, but a zipline in Florida is a mildly terrifying ride nonetheless. Here’s why: over at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, visitors can zipline over a pit of alligators and crocodiles.

Crocodile Crossing opened five years ago and draws in some 200,000 people to the zoo a year. Those willing to give it a try get the opportunity to zip across seven acres on two challenging courses.

“It’s something you can't do anywhere else,” park director John Brueggen tells Travel + Leisure, adding, “This is for people that are looking for a thrill, not for the faint-of heart.”

Of course there are a number of safety procedures in place to keep riders from being croc dinner. “Everyone is connected by either two or three points of contact with lanyards and steel cables that can carry thousands of pounds,” Brueggen says, adding, “The course is checked daily before we open by our certified staff.”

The park was founded in 1893 as an alligator farm focusing on research and conservation. Over a century later, the park became the only place in the world to house all 24 species of crocodilians.

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