If you’re looking for a fun outdoor adventure, I’ve got the place for you! My friend Karlin (the photographer for the trip) and I decided that swinging in the trees with our boys would be a great way to spend a summer day, and we were right! Go Ape is a ropes course/zipline company that started in the U.K., but now has 3 locations in the U.S. (in MD, VA, and IN). The experience starts with a 30 minute safety briefing and practice run, so that everyone can learn to “clip in” throughout the course. Adults can only supervise two children at a time and the minimum age is 10 years. After the fitting of your ropes belt (it’s tight) and the safety briefing, you’re off to enjoy the course! Each course includes a series of challenges high in the air (I mean high-pucker-factor high in the air – 40 feet high) that each end in a nice, long zip line. Courses include twisted ladders, net bridges, and tarzan swings. I enjoyed playing the little piggy and yelling “wee, wee, weeeee!” on each zip line – not at all embarrassing for my 13 and 12 year old boys. The course also includes signage telling you about endangered treetop animals like chimpanzees and orangutans, as well as the local trees, but I think I’m the only one who read the signs between courses. Nice to know they’re there, though!
The website estimates that your visit to Go Ape will last 2-3 hours, but we were there for over 4 hours – we took advantage of having no groups behind us, did the tarzan swing a few extra times, and perfected our tarzan yells!