This past weekend, my family and I headed over to Stanley Park in New Britain to try out the Go Ape Adventure course and all I can say is that we had a blast!!
At first, I was a bit upset because the website said to arrive 15 minutes before your tour schedule started and some people who were part of our group did not listen and held the rest of us up. I was also a bit worried when we were told we were in group of 14. I thought it was going to take forever and I was going to have to wait around until everyone was finished.
Totally not the case! Once we finally headed down the trail to the starter course so we could learn how to put on our harnesses and how to hook up to the trees, it was smooth sailing with the great instructors. One of the very first things we got to do was a small zip line followed by a small Tarzan Swing. At first, my daughter was scared and once she finally let go for the first zip line over the water, she was hooked! Letting go is really the hardest part. I was scared too but had to put on a brave face for her! That’s what moms do right?! 🙂 Geez, the things I get myself into to make sure my daughter has a good child hood.
Ok, moms, I know what you are thinking but Go Ape prides themselves on safety. Not only do they go over exactly how to hook and unhook with you (as well as watch you do it so they know you understood) but they have instructions on each tree of each course with exactly what you need to do. Plus, the instructors are on the ground watching you and giving you pointers!
The courses start off small and easy and works up to harder and harder obstacles. This is where it took teamwork (family-work) to encourage each other, help each other and give pointers as to how we solved each course. Basically, giving advise as to what worked and what did not. Or, the best route to take to make it through the course. Now, I suffer from chronic back pain and my exercise level is basically walking from my couch or computer chair to the freezer to get ice cream and get back (well, I also walk up stairs to my bed hahahaha!) and I was able to complete the course. My 10 year old daughter completed it without any issues as well. Check out my YouTube video of ous completing some of the courses:
My favorite part was probably the zip lining. I think my husband enjoyed the zip lining too but he choose to go the extreme routes versus the moderate routes that my daughter and i took. He is a former marine so I think he just enjoyed the challenge itself. And, last but not least is my daughters favorite- the large Tarzan swing. She ended up taking one of the extreme routes toward the end (so of course I had to follow ugh) and the only way to cross over to the next obstacle was a high swing that swung you right in to a net! She loved it! At the end, we were awarded with a certificate of completion AND a coupon (they must have known I was coming) for a free water bottle or t-shirt the next time we come!
Go Ape was really an adventure. We lost track of time, just enjoyed doing something as a family. It was so cool to do something we wouldn’t normally do and we were blessed with a beautiful day! I have to say, it was a day to remember and the very last zip line that brings you back to the beginning is a 900 foot ride over the water which was the best way to end that day!
Sine my family and I had so much fun, we want you and your family to be able to have this much fun too! I would like to start off by offering you a free ticket to get your adventure started (this is a $57 value!) and then if you sign up on the Go Ape website and join their weekly newsletter, you will get 20% off your other tickets!! Give the kiddos something to talk about when they go back to school! They might just have one of the coolest stories of all their friends 🙂