Off the Ground – and Off the Hook

Action City’s new zipline, go-kart track opening in May

Haley Wright

FUN CONSTRUCTION. In May, Eau Claire’s Action City will open a bunch of new attractions, including a 730 foot long motorized zip-line, which can send two people flying through the air at 35 miles per hour from a height of 130 feet.
FUN CONSTRUCTION. In May, Eau Claire’s Action City will open a bunch of new attractions, including a 730 foot long motorized zip-line, which can send two people flying through the air at 35 miles per hour from a height of 130 feet.

Eau Claire’s Action City is about to get even more exciting with the addition of a motorized zipline and a larger go-kart track with brand-new, gas-powered go-karts opening in early May. Benny Anderson, general manager of Action City, said they have been looking to add the zipline for the past three years, and the larger go-kart track since they opened their original go-kart track 10 years ago. “We continue to look to the future how to grow the resort. Our guests have been awesome to us and we hope to continue to entertain them with the next big things,” Anderson says. “We’re planning some projects in almost every area of the resort. Some small, some big, and some just fun.”

“(The zipline) will give riders an awesome view of our city, our property, and Lowes Creek and provide a thrilling and safe ride.” – Benny Anderson, Action City

The zipline – which will span 730 feet and go as high as 135 feet in the air – and the larger go-kart track will stand out among the other fun attractions Action City has to offer, such as arcade games, laser tag, mini bowling, and the trampoline park, which opened late last year. “The motorized zipline is a ride that provides the thrill and adventure of heights and speed to a wider range of guests than your traditional zipline. It will give riders an awesome view of our city, our property, and Lowes Creek and provide a thrilling and safe ride,” he says.

“As for go-karts, what isn’t exciting about outdoor go-karts? It’s where the industry was built, and go-karts are how our location was started. It’s like going back to the basics of Action City and Metropolis Resort’s roots and starting over in a new and exciting way without forgetting what makes us fun,” says Anderson. “This is a legal, safe and fun way for you to be the equivalent of four electrical poles in the air or to drive a kart at high speeds without having to go inside and lose your suntan. Add minigolf to that and it’s a no-brainer.”

The new additions and overall expansion at Action City has been good for the community as well, he adds. “The Valley needs things like this to continue to grow. When you can entertain kids, you can keep parents. We have college students who work for us who said they found out about (UW-Eau Claire) by coming to us as a kid. That’s not just tourism anymore. That’s fostering the community,” Anderson says. In addition, “We’ve grown our workforce by 150 people in the last six months. We’ve grown our visits tremendously. We’ve been able to do even more incredible work with our charities and more fun events. And we’re just getting warmed up.”

To learn more about the new offerings at Action City, check out actioncityfun.com.

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