Climbing High – Go For Adventure At These Ropes Courses and Zip Lines

Are you looking for some sky-high adventure the whole family can enjoy? Aerial ropes course and zip lines might be just the thing! Whether you’d like to head down the shore, out west to Pennsylvania, or into New York, or you’d just like to stay close to home, we’ve got you covered! Check out these exciting and action-packed ways to spend the day with the family.

Treetop Adventure Course at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange)

Treetop Adventure Course features both Junior and Adult Courses. The Junior Courses are approximately 10 feet off the ground with 15 challenging elements. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Adults may join their children on the Junior Course. Children must be at least 48” tall and six years old. The zip line is approximately 4o feet high and is over a football field in length. Reservations are strongly encouraged. An Adult Course is also available for those over 54” tall, and that course is approximately 35 feet in the air. Admission to the Treetop Adventure Course does not include Zoo admission.

Diggerland USA (100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin)

Diggerland USA is home to a water park and an adventure park, both with a construction theme. The Ropes Course is within the adventure park. Children must be 42” tall when accompanied by a parent or guardian, or 48” tall to go through the course alone. The course stands four stories tall and is included in park admission. The Soaring Eagle Zipline is 700 feet long and has the same height requirements as the ropes course. The Zipline is not included in the price of admission and requires a separate fee.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Adventure Lookout Ropes Course (300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach)

If you’re looking for something a little different to do when you’re down the shore, this might be the perfect fit. The larger course is for those over 48”, or over 42” if accompanied by an adult. It has two levels with 25 thrill elements, including a chance to “walk the plank” and a zipline. For children under 48”, there is Junior Sky Tykes course available.

Mountain Creek TreEscape at Great Gorge and Zip Tours (200 Route 94, Vernon)

Treescape Aerial Adventure Park includes ten obstacle courses with courses available for children as young as four years old. There are six categories based on age and height. Ziplining is available for participants who are at least 60 pounds and 48” tall.

FLG X (59 Mt. Arlington Road, Ledgewood)

This aerial course features suspended bridges, swings, slides, nets, ziplines, and an aerial surfboard, all suspended between trees at 15 to 50 feet off the ground. Children aged 9-11 can access the first three courses if they have a reach of 5’9”. Children aged 12 and up can access all courses if they have a reach of 5’11”. The Zip Line Adventure includes more than 30 zip lines, making it the largest zip line course in the United States. Children ages 12 and up can participate, so long as they have a reach of 5’11”.

The Mainland Adventure Park (151 NJ-72, Manahawkin)

This is one of New Jersey’s newest attractions. The Play Fort is designed for kids aged 4-10 years old with a maximum height of 54”. The Aerial Adventure Trails and Zip Lines are suitable for children ages 7 and up with a minimum 60” reach. The Aerial Adventure features more than 50 obstacles that get more challenging the higher they go.

Pocono Tree Ventures (1575 Fairway Villas Blvd, East Stroudsburg, PA)

Tree Ventures has multiple courses available for children ages 7 and up with varying levels of supervision required. For children 4 to 7 years old, there is KidVentures, which features two kid-friendly courses that are closer to the ground, scaled-down versions of the larger courses. Zip Quest, comprised of 9 zip lines, 5 bridges, and 2 ladders, is for children ages and up who are at least 42” tall. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure (Bronx River Parkway at Boston Road, Bronx, NY)

There are six courses available to children ages 7-14, with two each at the beginner, intermediate, and advance skill levels. The courses all have 12-13 obstacles to challenge the whole family. For kids ages 14 and up who are able to complete an intermediate or advanced course, an expert level course is available. Admission to Treetop Adventure is not included in Bronx Zoo admission. Children as young as 7 can also ride the 400-foot-long zipline that goes over the Bronx River and back.

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  1. Remember Mike Arace and the wonderful ropes course in the tree grove at MHS? It got wiped out in a storm, would it take that much to rebuild it?

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