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Guide to Aerial Challenge Adventures

So much more fun than being stuck inside, experiencing a challenge course delivers adrenalin and exhilaration that will leave you asking when you can do it all over again! Fortunately for you, we have compiled a list of challenge courses that can help you do just that – again and again!

40 Southlawn Ct. in Rockville, MD 20850
Connect: Online | Facebook | Instagram | (301) 230-0901.

ZavaZone brings a new way to play to the DMV! This indoor park is a high-adventure, high-energy play space designed for kids 5 and up. Young and young-at-heart will have full access to the multiple zones, spending as much or as little time in each as they desire. The unique zones include a high-ropes challenge course, as well as a ground-level low ropes course, a Ninja Course (a timed obstacle course), a Parkour Course, a trampoline arena with a giant foam pit, dodgeball courses, and basketball hoops, rock climbing walls, and much, much more! Many additional special features will be coming soon too — including a verticle drop slide where a winch pulls you 2-stories up!

Evergreen Adventure Park
19623 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 777-7800

The new outdoor adventure course includes rock-climbing, four zip lines, and a 3-story elevated ropes adventure course. Participants can do one element or choose a combination of 2 or all 3! The rock-climbing wall consists of an advanced and a beginner’s wall, as well as a cargo net and centipede ladder climb. The 3-story elevated challenge course consists of more than a dozen elements designed to test your skills and balance and meant to thrill!

4-feet, 8-inches and at least 75 lbs.

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
37410 Adventure Center Ln., Purcellville, VA 20132
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (800) 836-9911

The Harpers Ferry Adventure Center offers amazing experiences such as a Zip Line Canopy Tour in addition to a brand new Aerial Adventure Park with fun and excitement for the entire family! Complete seven zip line adventures, cross the Sky Bridge, and cruise through the trees at heights of up to 40-feet with the 1.5- to 2-hour Zip Line Canopy Tour! If the canopy tour isn’t enough of an adventure, plan to conquer the Aerial Adventure Park, which includes more than 50 cable and rope bridges and other exciting elements such as zip lines! This park offers seven levels of difficulty for thrill seekers at all ability levels.

The Zip Line Canopy Tour is recommended for participants in good physical condition weighing between 70 and 250 lbs. Delayed construction on the Aerial Adventure Park currently only allows for children 8+ and 42-inches tall to participate in adventures at this time. Please visit here for current requirements or call ahead to book your visit!

Related: Climb Zone Photo Review

Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower
500 North Pendlelton St., Middleburg, VA 20117
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (540) 692-9471

Located on the grounds of the Salamander Resort & Spa, the Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower begins and ends on the resort lawn. This course spans over 20-acres and features a unique view on the historic Virginia country side. Guided by professional staff, visitors will be tethered to an advance pulley system to glide varying lengths between tree top platforms. With five different zip lines, ranging from 90- to 670-feet in length, and two sky suspension bridges, this adventure is a must-do for beginner zip liners and experts alike. For kids that do not meet the minimum requirements (see below) Tree Top Zip Tour has developed the Kiddo Zip Line! This 200-foot zip line zips kids from ground level for up to 3 rides, with professional staff supervision. To participate in the Kiddo Zip Line kids must be 4-years old and at least 40 lbs.

8-years old and at least 70- pounds for the main tour and 4-years old and 40 pounds for the Kiddo Zip Line tour. 

Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure
6129 Needwood Lake Dr., Rockville, MD 20855
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (202) 272-2448

The Go Ape treetop adventure course is made up of 6 zip lines (the longest being 400-feet), 44 crossings (the longest being 52-feet and includes the Tarzan Swing), and six individual sections within the course. Each section takes you higher into the forest canopy, as high as 50-feet. Go Ape’s first US course is centered around Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park, a 75-acre lake in Rockville, MD.

10-years old and at least 4-foot, 7-inches tall. Adult supervision required for ages 10-15 and legal guardian’s permission required for ages 16-17. See all park rules, including supervision requirements for all ages here.

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School
16701 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Connect: Online | FacebookTwitter | (240) 389-4386
See a photo review here

The Adventure Park’s prime feature is The Adventure Forest – an amazing aerial forest challenge course with 13 trails, 29 zip lines, six difficulty levels, and almost 200 challenge bridges. The Adventure Forest is the largest forest climbing park in the nation! Additionally, The Adventure Parks offers The Monkey Grove — 10 trees that children and adults can climb (much like a rock wall) and the Labyrinth – an incredible structure that offers climbers 40+ elements of mixed difficulty levels to challenge everyone (the Labyrinth is typically available by private reservation including birthday parties, scouts, or any group event for climbers of mixed ages/experience).

Minimums vary from opportunity to opportunity, but The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School has opportunities for children as young as 5-years old and weigh at least 30 lbs. See all park rules and participant requirement, including supervision requirements for all ages here.

Related: Get Vertical! Guide to Indoor Rock Climbing

Terrapin Adventures
8600 Foundry St., Savage, MD 20763
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (301) 725-1313

Terrapin Adventures offers a wide variety of outdoor fun for all ages. They offer a 40-foot tall High Ropes Challenge Course with 19 traverses; a 43-foot high climbing tower with 12 routes up and down; a giant swing 40-feet in the air that allows you to experience 2 G’s of force as you swing back and forth; and their new Terrapin Explorer Kids Course offering 22 elements of fun for ages 5-9.

Minimums vary from opportunity to opportunity, but Terrapin Adventures has opportunities for children as young as 5-years old.

Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour
408 Alstadts Hill Rd., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (304) 535-2663

The Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour, only about an hour away from the greater Dulles area, delivers the original and only licensed Zip Line Canopy Tour experience in the region on the Potomac River where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia come together! During the 2- to 3-hour guided canopy tour thrill ride, you’ll fly high above the ground and next to the river along eight zip lines from 200- to almost 800-feet in length. The tour also includes several belayed ladder climbs, two suspension bridges, and a final free fall on the automatic hands-free safety belay. Also, check out their newest extra feature — the Mega Zip Line. This zip line is the fastest and first all steel, high-speed line that you enjoy laying down “Superman” style! You’ll reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour on this 1,200-foot zip line!

Approximately 5-years old and older and at least 40 lbs. Guests under 120 lbs. will tandem on several zips during the tour and will solo on the rest. Mega Zip Line weight requirements are 70 lbs. minimum. See all park rules, including supervision requirements for all ages here.

Bear Mountain Zip Lines
2354 US Hwy. 211 East, Luray, VA 22835
Connect: Online | Facebook | (540) 743-1733 

Located in scenic Luray, VA, Bear Mountain Zip Lines offers over 50-acres of a scenic forested area, zip lines, and climbing fun for all levels of experience. The Mama Bear Zip Line includes seven zip lines, for a total of 2,700-feet of line racing through the forest canopy at up to 35 miles an hour. The last 1,000-foot stretch brings you out over a meadow to land on the tower above their 3-story Bear Scramble rock-climbing wall! The Baby Bear High Ropes Course is designed for ages 5+ who are at least 36″ tall and 40 lbs. and includes fun and challenging obstacles including the zig-zag bridge, heebie-jeebie, and Baby Bear zip line to name a few.

Minimums vary from opportunity to opportunity, but Bear Mountain Zip lines has opportunities for children as young as 5-years old and at least 40 lbs.

Rope Adventure Park
970 US Hwy. 211, West Luray, VA 22835
Connect: Online | (540) 843-0319

The Rope Adventure Park is located at Luray Caverns and features two levels. Each level allows participants to advance at their own pace as individual or team levels. The Low Ropes Course allows participants to explore risk, self-discovery, communication skills, problem-solving, and coaching. The High Ropes Course features everything the Low Ropes Course offers plus a chance to expand comfort zones. Both courses feature poles that are connected by different acrobatic elements and contain sophisticated safety systems using ropes, belay devices, and harnesses with trained personnel supervising every participant.

Minimums: Participants must be at least 48-inches tall.

Wilderness Presidential Resort
9220 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Connect: Online | Facebook | (540) 972-7433

If lying on your back gazing up at the stars with a frame of towering trees encircling your view or feeling the cool breeze on a warm night whistling through the leaves sounds to you like a night made in heaven, then camping at the Wilderness Presidential Resort is just your place! Every member of your family will feel right at home on a vacation at Wilderness Presidential Resort, whether you prefer to rough it and camp outdoors each night or fancy the convenience and shelter of one of their log cabins. Once the sun rises and your day begins, you will find something to do to fill every minute. If you’re the venturesome type, spend your day in the trees scaling the Adventure Course. If you more desire a lazy day on the water, either of the two pools or two lakes will be sure to satisfy your H20 cravings. Once your day is winding down, settle in with some miniature golf or hang out at either the Teen Center or Adult Clubhouse. Enjoy all these amenities and more by staying as an exclusive guest of Wilderness Presidential Resort!

Minimums: Adventure Course is permitted for those guests weighing between 40-250 lbs. Pregnant women or those with certain health restrictions should not participate. Pool depths range from 3-12 ft. Pets are not permitted in resort buildings, cabins, pools, or beaches. Amenities are not open to the public.

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