We went to Adventure Park at Discovery Museum after seeing a Groupon offer. I never knew this existed. What a great find! I was about 1.5 hrs drive away from NYC. We went on a fall Saturday. It's open in Spring and until mid November. I downloaded the registration and waiver off their website to save time. They give you approx 3 hrs for doing the trails. The place looks very clean, new and well taken care of. The staff was very informative and helpful. There are always orange T-shirted STAFF people walking around and you can ask them anything. They are encouraging and give you tips on how to go on the obstacles. There were a few birthday parties there along with quite a few families and friends. This is definitely not for the scardy-cats.
The first stop was getting the harness on. Again, very helpful bunch of staff. After that, there was the information session on how to work the cable clips and zip line rollers. Lots of attention paid to what to do and what not to do. At first I thought this was quite drawn out and long as we were chomping at the bit to go on the trails but it's all necessary.
There are yellow (easy) trails, green, blue, black and double black. Since this was our first time, we decided to do an easy yellow one to get our feet wet. One look at the double black and we knew it wasn't for us. Maybe for the more adventurous folks!
The yellow one was easy enough for us to get used to. Lots of balancing, swinging, and zip lining. On to the green Forest Walk (?) one and then to the blue Waterfall one. Seeing that we went as a family, there was a lot of encouraging, tips giving as well as good-natured heckling. More encouraging than heckling of course!
There was enough trails and not enough people so that no one trail was jammed. Only 3 max people on a pedestal and only 1 person on a line at a time.
The cable system is excellent. I didn't feel like there was a dangerous situation at any point. By the time we got to the blue trail, there were muscles aching that I didn't know existed! Good thing?
There are picnic tables under the trees that non-climbers can hang out and snap photos of their friends and family. There is also FREE WATER available on the ground! A definite PLUS! Some of the trails and courses were quite challenging but with the mantra of "Mind over matter" and "If I can do this, then Fear Factor, here I come!" I went through it just fine.
I highly recommend this for families, birthday parties, friends adventures, etc... Driving back, we reminisced on which was our favorite course, which was the most difficult cable and how much fun we had. What a fun day for all!
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