Monkey C Monkey Do

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Monkey C Monkey Do is Maine's Premier Aerial Adventure Park which features over 50 climbing elements, 6 Zip Lines and a 35 ft Giant Swing. It's unique design makes it suitable for children as young as four with higher elements challenging enough for the most adventurous teen or college student. Group rates and team building packages are available, and reservations are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Operating season is from early to mid-May through Mid-October.
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Jennifer H
Lewiston, ME20 contributions
We took my son's 6th-grade class to Monkey C/Monkey Do today. The whole class had a great time. They did an excellent job communicating the safety rules and guidelines. After the kids were fitted and trained they had a lot of freedom on the course. The staff were well positioned and there to help and connect kids to the ziplines. It was great to see the kids become more independent and gain confidence as the course got more difficult. Some kids went all the way to the top and others were happy to just do the first level, swing, and zip line. Wonderful staff. I highly recommend for both groups and families.
Written June 3, 2021
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Trekandmore
Hanover, NH327 contributions
Despite traffic to get there, a fun morning with young family members. We stayed in the 4-10 yr old area and the kids had challenges they loved. A bit soggy due to rain — where shoes that can get wet!
Written July 25, 2021
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schiavis
Seymour, CT32 contributions
Family
Me and my grands loved our first trip to Monkey C Monkey Do! A little apprehensive at first, but staff was reassuring and supportive. We enjoyed every minute of our 2 1/2 hours; no long lines. We certainly return and conquer more challenges next year!
Written July 16, 2022
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Anonymous
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Family
Disappointed in how it was run. Not much instructions and not enough care for safety. Felt like they do not have a plan if somebody is stuck. We did not have helmets which was a surprise. The first level was not exactly the easiest difficulty. It was not our first adventure park. It compared poorly to the others we did before. Fun park, we just had a poor experience.
Written September 5, 2021
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MaineacFamilyof4
Brunswick, Maine35 contributions
Family
We did this with 2 kids, ages 11 and 14. Overall we had fun.

However, we had done a similar course in the San Diego area, which seemed to have harness and rope/cable equipment that were newer and structures that did not shake and seemed overall much more stable.

At Monkey C Monkey Do, while on the platforms waiting for the next element, we could feel the entire structure shake as people on other elements swung or moved quickly around. It was a bit unnerving to feel and see the entire structure shake, even though we were assured the poles and ropes were held together well by cables and the poles were drilled several feet into the ground. The elements are stacked on top of each other, and some are so close that the person above you can walk across the cable that is the one you're hanging onto, and if they lose their grip, they will hit you on the head.

Some of the elements were very difficult. Also, there is only one zip line you can use if you don't make it through the entire course. It would be great if they provided the ability for photos to be taken while one is on the structure.

With all of this said, most people we saw seemed to be having a great time, and it's wonderful that there is a place like this in the Midcoast.
Written August 21, 2013
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for this opportunity to explain the way our course is structured. First, there are only a handful of certified course builders in the U.S. Each course is unique and designed for a specific demographic. Although our course is open to the public, it was designed primarily as a team building experience for groups such as scouts, college sports and outing clubs and climbing enthusiasts. Our course is intentionally "wobbly" to both challenge the climber and increase the "perception of danger".( Unlike courses that are more rigid and designed more for recreational use ) Likewise, the equipment, although new, is intentionally "old fashioned" and "Low Tech" to keep the climber engaged and give the climber an experience that closely simulates real rock climbing. The platforms are a mandatory 12 ft apart in elevation. So although it might "feel" like someone from above could "hit you in the head", it would be unlikely unless a person was over 7 ft tall. ( These specs and tolerances are verified several times a year by third party inspections )The proximity of the decks and the "congestion" created are beneficial to large groups as they work together to get through the course. Some of the sections are very difficult and are designed to challenge experienced guests. Although many do, not all visitors are expected to complete the course on their first visit. Finally, it is true that a person must complete the course prior to going on the uppermost zip lines. This is intentional once again. Since the zip lines in the wooded area are self guided, it gives our staff an opportunity to observe the climbers for a time on the course to insure that they are following safety protocols before they zip "out of site", and prevents easy access from younger guests that may be drawn to the higher lines without the necessary experience to safely do so. Once again we appreciate the time taken to write the review and hope that this response is helpful to those that may wish to visit in the future.
Written October 17, 2013
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Chitownbigcityfan
5,314 contributions
Got clued into Monkey C Monkey Do from another TA post. On the way back from Bar Harbor to Boston it was top on the list for our little Peep to spend her 10th B-day. Zip lining, bridges, and other activites all in a big square. You pay for 2 hours and then get to do it over and over and over again. The owner even offered to have me go for free to try it out and if I did not like it I would not have to pay. I preferred to stay on firm ground but the teen and other adult peep had a great time. One down side. We went without reservations. Right before us was a very large group. This took a long time for them to get set up and showed literally "the ropes" We were in a hurry to catch a flight or I would have gone back when it was not crowded. I would make sure there are no large groups in front of you or you will spend some time waiting for them. Otherwise it was a fun way to spend a few hours and a B-day.
Written June 26, 2011
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Imajerseygirlhere
Summit, NJ39 contributions
Family
What a simple but neat idea....and a great way to kill 2-3 hours of time. You almost wouldn't think to stop because it is located literally on Route 1 but we did and my kids had a blast. The staff was so helpful. The only drawback I would say is that my kids started behind a camp trip full of kids (one of whom was very scared and it took him forever to get across just the few two things....with many more to go). The bonus for getting to the top was the zipline....and for those who are more afraid it appeared they had lower climbing things. All in all $ well spent. I think it was $40 for anyone over 12, can't remember what is was for those younger.
Written July 23, 2014
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Sally H
Augusta, ME63 contributions
Family
This was our 5th or 6th time here. We do the ropes course, all levels, and the zip lines. Usually it is really fun and challenging, that is why we keep returning. On this day when we were there it was very frustrating. Several things were happening. One, there is a minimum height limit for participants of the ropes course. On this trip there were several groups of kids that were so short they could not reach up to click in their rope harness. The adult in their party would do that. That part is ok. But when they were on the elements they were so short they could not get through the element on their own. They would get stuck part way across, either because they were scared, or because they could not slide their harness. Some were screaming & crying that they wanted to get off. This kept happening through the whole course. Everybody kept piling up behind them. Parents & Grandparents were standing on the ground shouting encouragement. I think I knew every young kids name there by the end. It is good to call encouragement, and for the kids to challenge themselves, but if your kid is terrified let them come off the course.

Another group of kids thought it was fun to do one element, then immediately turn around and do the same element again, then turn and complete it a third time. Again, this caused everyone behind them to pile up. The attendants did not speak to them and ask them to keep moving even though several parents pointed this out.

A third thing that happened, and this was not a frustration, but a safety concern. When we were on the highest level my sons harness became caught in the net that is hanging over the course. The net had sagged down over the wires, causing the harness to be caught. He could not go forward or backwards to get it unstuck. He is really tall and was trying to use his hand to unstick the net. When he let the attendants know and asked for suggestions about how to get unstuck they looked at each other and shrugged. They really did not know what to tell him to do. One finally called up to him & told him to rip the net. He did not want to do that so kept working at it with his hand. He finally got it unstuck and cleared it off the line for the next person. I was not thrilled that he was stuck up there and the attendants did not know what to do.

Usually this is a fun outing. This time though due to the other participants at the time we were there it was very frustrating. So before you pay your fee, check out the course and see who is on it, their size, and if everyone is moving smoothly.

We will return because this is the first time we have run into any problems and usually it is fun. If anyone in the office is reading this they should mention to the course attendants they should be watching out for these things. Also, an idea would be to implement the same rule the golf courses use - if you have a slow moving party and someone comes up behind you step aside for a moment and let them pass.
Written September 2, 2015
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Hello , and thanks for taking the time to post your comments and suggestions. We try to provide each guest with the best possible experience, and value each customer's comment and /or suggestion. I'd like to respond to each one individually, if I may. First, we understand your frustration, and agree with you that some children can be the cause of an occasional backup and for the most part should not be allowed on the course given their initial ability. But the other side of that coin is that many kids start off screaming and crying, and after working with our staff, end up accomplishing much more than anyone would have thought. They leave with a new found sense of pride and accomplishment. To THOSE parents, the growth they witness in their children is well worth the price of admission. However, it IS very frustrating to our staff as well, when parents just stand there on the ground and try to push their kids along by yelling and screaming at them.... As far as the kids that were doing the same element over and over, we DO allow people to repeat areas on the course. But they are asked to exit the course via the deck and re-enter so that guests that were behind them can continue to move forward. We don't advocate abuse of this policy, but having it can help guests become more proficient and can provide a better overall experience on the more difficult areas of the course. The course does have several "detour" areas to allow guest to bypass congested areas, but my guess is that you were not near any of these at the time. Our staff will be made aware of this issue, ( kids going back and forth ) and we will determine the best and safest way to deal with it in the future....... The net you referred to was put in place to provide shade on hot sunny days. It seems that high winds the previous evening shifted the position of the net causing a sag in the center which allowed it to touch the safety ( belay ) cable. Being the first time that this had occurred, you're right that the staff member at that location was at a loss as to the best way to correct the situation at that very moment. However it is important to note that your son was never in any danger since his safety lanyards were always attached to the belay cable. And it was never suggested that he detach in order to clear the snag. It is also to my understanding that a senior staff member was already on his way to assist when your son was able to free the snag on his own. The incident was brought up at our daily safety meeting, and the net was re-positioned and fixed to avoid this in the future. Were we able to go back in time, bringing this matter to the attention of management at the time of your visit may have helped us remedy the situation on the spot, and make the remainder of your visit more enjoyable. In closing, we do appreciate your taking the time to bring these matters to our attention, and especially your suggestion of incorporating "golf course" etiquette on busy days. With over 1000 people of all ages and abilities visiting on a weekly basis, it is something that we will certainly consider to help improve traffic flow. We also appreciate your statement that you have visited several times in the past , that this experience was not the "norm", and that you would plan on visiting again. Thanks again for your time, and we hope to see you again, perhaps on a day that is less busy.
Written September 6, 2015
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Rooskidu
Germany102 contributions
Family
My family visited this place for an afternoon of fun. I have 3 children ages 8 to 11. What a terrific place! I have to admit I have a fear of heights but felt very safe. My youngest was frightened and did not want to complete the course and was crying. The staff was very nice and helped her with the zip line and portions of the course. Lauren, a member of the staff, was so nice and accompanied my daughter so she could complete the entire first course and feel proud of herself. My daughter insisted on buying a shirt and wanted to go back the next day.

This place is highly recommended for an afternoon of fun. We drove 11/2 hours from Oguinquit and was definitely worth the drive.
Written June 24, 2012
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Barbara D
Falmouth, ME8 contributions
Family
My 3 grandkids (10, 8, 5) and I went twice in 2011 and can't wait for school to end to go again this year. It was the most fun, adventuresome and confidence building experience we have ever had together. The 10 and 8 year old were a team and my 5 year old grand daughter paired up to spend every moment climbing, zipping and swinging without anyone being left out due to height or age. In the words of the 8 year old, "it was the best day ever and I felt so free, like I could do anything, handle any challenge!" Great to hear considering how safety concious everyone at Monkey C is and that you are attached via harness every minute while on the ropes. I have balance issues from a previous injury and being able to do the ropes course gave me more confidence and courage to challenge myself than any other mode of therapy could have. GO - you won't regret it for a minute and remember it forever.
Written June 9, 2012
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