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“Great value Extreme family geared fun!”

Gunstock Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Gilford
Certificate of Excellence
northern new england
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great value Extreme family geared fun!”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We took a family trip to celebrate our daughter's and her best friends' 12th birthdays. They wanted to do a ropes course as their special treat on our trip. My daughter was set on Monkey Trunks, but my husband and I saw the price $49/pp and were NOT convinced without seeing it first. So we told her we'd go check out a couple places then she could pick which one for the next day. Turned out that was the best decision we made. Monkey Trunks is a roadside attraction basic ropes course and our daughter had done one nearly identical near our home for a fraction of the price.
Moving on there was one near weirs beach, not what she was looking for but I thought it was an improvement. We kept seeing these signs for Gunstock Recreational center on the road and our youngest had picked up a brouchure, so we decided to venture up to see what it was all about. We are so glad we did! Our time here made our trip really special.
The treetop adventure is an incedible experience. The 12 year olds had to be accompanied by an adult, so my husband went with them, our youngest and I were able to watch from the ground through most of the course. The course is made up of several sections; each one gets harder, longer and higher and are attached to pine trees in the forest in a natural setting. The surroundings are incredible and make it feel like a once in a lifetime experience (and I just watched!).
Very cool and unique obsticals and several ziplines on the different courses. You start at 15-20 ft. off the ground and end up over 100ft. off the ground at the hardest longest, black course.
The price was a great value 49$/pp. They had a buy 1 get 1 free special while we were there.
I would say even at full price and if you only completed half the course it would still far exceed it's local competitors as far as value for the experience.
There is a great playground, snack hut, plus tons of other cool stuff to do and look at while you wait.
The only con and its a pretty big one, is there were several guides during the first part of the course, (on the ground) and only one through the 2nd part of the course and he was at a platform on the course, our guide did not stay with us. Considering the risks involved this was a bit concerning and it was not promoted as a self guided tour, but you really were on your own.

My aunt and Uncle went on our recommendation later during the week and did the zipline tour. They said they had a blast and their highlight was two 3/4 mile long ziplines! It was a lot of down time waiting for the others in their group to get through each stage of the tour though.
I would love to go back with my husband to do the segway tours!

Visited September 2012
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Navarre, Florida
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130 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Miles of Views!”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Outstanding views! Helpful staff for lifts. We only went on the chairlift but heard people using the zip line as they squealed with fun, zipping over very high over tall trees. The zip line appears not for the faint of heart! The mountain top restaurant was closed.

Visited August 2012
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park city, ut
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Nice little resort”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

The resort didn't have much snow during my stay, though I'd blame that more on unseasonably warm temps and not the resort. The staff was very helpful with all of our needs and helping to put on US Telemark National Championships.

Visited March 2012
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Awesome in the summer”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Zip line great, Segway ride fun. Bring money and have a good time. Zip line great, Segway ride fun. Bring money and have a good time.

Visited July 2012
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Chichester, New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Must do - the Adventure Park ZIPLINE!”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Not for anyone with fear of heights or significant mobility problems, but a fantastic experience otherwise! Wonderful views of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains from the chair lift and the zipline towers. Temperatures at the top may make a jacket advisable. Also open in the Winter for the truly brave and cold tolerant.

Mandatory training is conscientiously managed by congenial guides - one tiny and one "Bunny Slope" training run before braving the mountain get you comfortable with the equipment and concept. It's only on the way up the lift that you realize how darned HIGH the actual ziplines are, but don't turn back - it's safe and well worth it!

You do carry a bit of extra equipment weight, and need to climb two tall circular stairways, so be prepared. While you do control your speed, the equipment is somewhat counterintuitive (pull to go faster, relax to brake) - 3 out of 4 in our party smacked the springs at the first platform quite hard before we really got that concept... You can go up to around 55mph, reportedly.

I LOVED this whole adventure! Different from Central American mountain runs and certainly crazier than anything at treetops level. The equipment is top notch and the staff are just excellent. Do make a reservation if you can, especially during peak periods.



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