what are forest and tree top adventure all about?
Ziplining and Tarzan Swing in the forest are some thrilling activities that everyone will experience at a tree top adventure park, with professional guides assisting you along the course to guarantee a secure glide.
It’s no surprise that outdoor enthusiasts are seeking a divergent of adventures to step off the beaten path rather than visiting (the norm) travel places and sightseeing.
If you are dreaming of having a swinging good time or just hanging around at the tree top of breathtaking cloud forests, zipline park is one of best places to go with friends, couples getaways and family adventure vacations.
Tree Top Adventure Age Limit
- Individuals must be at least seven years old to participate (no minimum height)
- Must be between the weights of 35-265 pounds
- Different levels for children
- Always wear closed-toed sneakers or shoes
- Wearing shorts may cause abrasion on your skin (by Harness Belt). Jeans and T-shirts are most appropriate
- Bring your own full-fingered gloves
- Ensure your jeans or cargo pants have zip pockets for handphones and valuables
Above are just the standard practices for most of the tree top adventure parks. So yeah, they will provide guidelines for different courses. Check with the local operator’s “Attire Policy” before confirming your booking.
Whether you like to immerse yourself with fantastic views from above the forest floor or ziplining across rivers and valleys, there’re something for everyone.
You can enjoy a plethora of tree top adventure to do for the whole day, worthy of as much or as little of an adrenaline-crave as you desire.
Here’re some of my favorite forested tree adventures to visit in popular tourist places.
The Original Canopy Tour
Monteverde, Costa Rica
If you like zip lining as an adventure, Original Canopy Tour located in Costa Rica is a great option for you. The location is host to Costa Rica’s native cloud forest and offer visitors the chance to get up and personal with them.
The firm meets the strictest safety standards, so you can be pretty much assured (safety) while being strapped into your harnesses and zipping along from tree to tree.
It’s labeled a tour (approx 2hrs 30mins) because it feels like you’re going over stages as you fly through the forest canopy and valley. Keep a lookout for monkeys, sloths and local birds as you go.
The stages (tour) consist of a succession of platforms set among the cloud forest’s towering trees. There are 12 platforms, 14 horizontal traverses (ziplines), one vertical fall (repel), and one Tarzan Swing on this course.
The Superman swing (my favorite stunt) gives you that plunging sensation before you jump off the edge and glide like an Eagle with your back harness securely hooked to the cable.
When you reach the platform, hop on a rope ladder and repel down to the ground, followed by climbing up inside a giant hollow fig tree toward another platform.
This is the part where you start your zip lining tour connecting 7 lines, each becoming longer as you breeze past tons of trees. The final cable is pretty long, extending half a mile back to where the starting point.
As you glide across the terrain, you feel as if all your worries, anxieties and fears have vanished into the treetop adventure park’s cloud forest and its ecosystem.
Bottom line: The Original Canopy Tree Tour is set up in dense cloud forest and you’ll get the jungle feel while zip lining through it. The firm also provide free hotel pick-up around Monteverde.
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Go ape treetop adventure can be found in 34 beautiful urban forests and woodlands in the UK and Scotland including rugged moors and Robin Hood’s iconic Major Oak stronghold in Sherwood Forest.
If you’re on the lookout for exhilarating outdoor adventure and bucket loads of children activities, Go Ape is the ideal choice for family fun. Its Tree Top Adventure Plus is specially catered for kids over 6 years old.
The thing is that this adrenalin park operator is becoming a magnet for teens and parents with kids eager for an amazing experience near urban locale to National Parks.
There must be a ton of outdoor things to do such as Forest Segways, Nets Adventure and The Plummet, in addition to ziplining. Most of the locations are easily accessible by road.
The exhilarating tree trek Treetop Challenge is actually pretty cool, offering adults and teens a tree adventure consisting of wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings and speedy zip lining.
This tour is pretty higher up (ground level) with more wobbling and difficult crossings before zip lining. It’s one of those moments that makes you wanting for more tree top adventures in a tranquil forest setting.
Maui Zipline Company
The Tropical Plantation’s stunning scenery located in Wailuku is home to Maui Zipline Company, Hawaii newest adventure course that is super family-oriented and short distance from some eco-retreat cabin rentals in Maui.
This unique 5 parallel lines (300 to 900 feet long) zipline adventure features a full guided tour starting with a short trek in the tropical plantation overlooking Haleakala volcano and the West Maui mountains.
The cool thing about Maui zipline tours is that on each zipline, you’ll be accompanied by expert guides who will provide knowledge about Maui’s distinctive flora, biodiversity and customs of Hawaii.
Bottom line: Maui Zipline Company is more like Disneyland adventure park, where you can glide over beautiful landscape tropical gardens, lagoon with spectacular mountain and volcano views.
The zipline tour is pretty safe and appropriate for the entire family, with kids as young as five years old can participate. The garden also provides a relaxing retreat if you’re not keen on zip lining.