Adventure can be found in many ways, including facing any fears you may have. Even with that adventure is supposed to be fun and allow you to get to know yourself as well as others better. I love to find fun and different things to do. When looking around to see what I could find that would be unique and fun, I found just that at Adventure Park in Long Island, New York.
Adventure Park has several locations located on the east coast and Michigan. The parks are called Ariel Forest Parks. There are many of these parks located in Europe and they thought to recreate that in the United States. The parks consist of platforms in the trees and obstacles which are some type of “bridge” or zip-line to get from one side to the other.
Prior to arriving to Adventure Park I had to fill out a waiver online. This can also be done upon arrival, but it speeds up the process once you get there if it is already done. This should be done no more than 3 days before you go, otherwise it becomes invalid. The Park is for ages 7 and up so it is fun for the entire family. I think it is also a great corporate outing or relationship building.
When we arrived to the entrance of the park we were a little confused on where to go. There wasn’t too many signs and we couldn’t figure out where to park and where to walk. There were many confused people in their cars when we drove in. You must drive all the way in and you can park on the dirt path. Then there is a roped off area where you walk into the woods to get into the park. Parking is free.
Once we all found the path we walked through the woods and over a little bridge. I could hear people yelling, having a good time. I had read online it is best to get there early to get a harness, otherwise you may end up on a wait list so I made sure to get there around 9am. We looked up in awe as we saw some of the platforms and obstacles and got excited. A guy pointed us in the direction of the registration office.
Walking into the office I saw it was much more than that. They sell snacks, water, ice cream, and more. The office seemed a bit disorganized. Everyone was confused about where to sign in if a reservation was booked online and what line to go in if you were a walk in or just trying to purchase an item. The staff in the office were OK, not the best attitudes, but they were nice. They give you a tag with a time on it, you have 3 hours before you have to return the harness.
After they checked off our waivers, they gave us a key for a locker. Lockers are free. You are apparently supposed to give them your license to get a key, but they never took one from us. Once we got our stuff in the locker we headed over to get our harnesses. They had plenty. The guys strapped us in and then a lady checked to make sure it was correctly on. They rushed us so we could go to the safety briefing.
During the briefing the guy showed us how to use the harnesses and when to use them. He informed us there was only 3 people allowed on a platform at a time and 1 person at a time on an obstacle. Even if you have been there before you have to take this briefing. I think that is good because they are very big on safety and want to make sure you remember or are aware of what to do and how. After the briefing we ran and got our fingerless gloves from the bins.
Before we could start on the obstacles we had to get on the practice course. They really wanted to make everyone knew how to use everything correctly. Once we finished the practice course we were allowed to start on the obstacles. The way the obstacles are set up is similar to skiing. There are yellow, green, blue, black, and double black courses.
Depending on how old you are determines which color obstacles you can go up to and if your child must be supervised, must be with an adult, or can’t go at all. They are also signify the difficulty level.When you are beginning you have to do a yellow or green course before you can move on. The first course was fun. There is staff everywhere to answer questions and help you out and they were all really great. They gave us tips and suggestions. The first course we did was a little challenging, but not too bad.
You really need to go to the Adventure Park with someone who is going to motivate and encourage you! There were a lot of times where I was scared or not sure if I could do something and I loved the motivation and encouragement I received. One guy came with a group of friends and after trying the yellow course he tapped out. He was scared of heights and his friends weren’t encouraging. He decided he was done for the day and sat there watching his friends.
After completing the first obstacle we took a break and got a snack and some water. The Adventure Park has clean nice bathrooms. They also have a rehydration station so you can refill your water bottles. You can bring your own food to the park as they have picnic tables. They make sure you have a great time with everyone. Even if you are not participating in the obstacles you can still watch and enjoy.
We tried a blue course after and it was very challenging and a little scarier. I ended up with rope burn, bruises, and a ripped bleeding nail. One girl tried one of the obstacles, couldn’t do it, and got scared. She started to cry and one of the staff members came to get her down. The obstacles have an escape area were you can zip-line off the course, but once you pass that area and want to get down someone has to come get you. Getting down isn’t that simple, they had to go through some obstacles to get over to her and get her down.
After walking off a ledge, missing the net, and ripping my nail I just wanted to get down. I was hanging by my harness trying to grab hold of the net. After sometime and being pulled up by my arm to the platform, I had one more obstacle to do to finish that particular course. I had to gain the courage to walk off another ledge attached to a wire to get down. I was apprehensive, but finally got the guts to go ahead and do it. The staff was nice when I got down and provided me with bandaids.
I clearly challenged myself because I could barely move the two days after visiting. My body was so sore and my arms hurt with the bruises. Even with all of that I had a great time. I would certainly go back to try other courses, but I will most likely stay away from double black. I think I would be too scared. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend Adventure Park.
Have you ever been to an Adventure Park? If not, would you go? How was your experience?
Disclaimer: Thank you to Adventure Park Long Island for hosting us. All opinions and thoughts are my own and have not been influenced.