My husband and I came upon TreeUmph's web site as we were looking for things to do in the Bradenton area. We had never done anything like this before, so we were intrigued. I have to admit, we had a little anxiety leading up to the experience, but the staff were incredibly kind and helpful, and they made our day all the more enjoyable. After a short safety video and a run through a small practice course, the guides pretty much let you do as you please, as long as you are staying safe. They are there, though, if you are having trouble getting through a portion of the course or if you need some encouragement. I was coached through a couple of rough spots and found it incredibly helpful.
The courses themselves are tons of fun, with lots of different types of obstacles, and plenty of zip lines to give yourself a break from climbing! If you buy the adult ticket, you have access to all five of the courses, and the level of challenge increases as you go. The first two courses were pretty easy and fairly low to the ground. The third course began to really test both my physical and mental strength! I consider myself to be in relatively good shape, but I struggled on some portions of the third course. I felt it was a true accomplishment to finish it. After a rest, my husband and I went onto the fourth course. Unfortunately, we could not quite finish it; our bodies were just at the point of giving out! This is completely ok, though. The guides make it very clear from the beginning that it's important to know your body's limits and to listen to it if it's telling you not to go any farther! In fact, only the most capable and experienced people even attempt the fifth course. My husband and I did not. Still, even with only doing three and a half courses, we were there for a solid four hours and felt we definitely got our money's worth out of the day. The experience ends with a huge zip line, which is a little scary but mostly just exhilarating!
For the $50 adult ticket, I would say the experience was well worth it. It was a fun challenge, and I am so glad we did it. I will probably be back again; I'm determined to finish that fourth course. But I've got to give myself a good rest first. My arms are still pretty sore!