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Adventure Parks In Northeast Gain Momentum

Seqway Offroad

Adventure is the name of the game in several Northeast ski resorts this summer. The options are many; the results are adrenalin-induced fun for the whole family. Here’s where new and expanded parks are springing up at a mountain resort near you.  

A new Adventure Park is now open at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H. The Park includes guided Canopy Zip Line tours, a Treetop Obstacle Course, off-road Segway excursions, and a disc golf course. The 2.5-hour zip line tour features zip lines up to 1,000 feet long, rope bridges, and rappelling. You must be 10 years old and between 70 and 250 pounds. 

The Treetop Obstacle Course is for “kids” five years and older who are harnessed into a self-guided series of obstacles through the trees. There is a beginner loop for small children and an intermediate loop with guides along the way for support. The guided Segway excursion winds through the base area of the resort. The tour is 60 minutes long preceded by an orientation tour. 

The disc golf course follows Province trail in and out of the woods down South Peak. You can rent specially designed discs. The Adventure Park is open daily through Labor Day and then weekends through Columbus Day weekend. Late August sees the opening of a miniature golf course.

New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain in Lincoln will open its Aerial Forest Adventure Park July 13. Guests move from treetop platform to platform encountering zip lines, cables, and bridges along the way. There are five levels of difficulty, depending on balance and agility skills. The park is open to adults and children seven and over from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Labor Day; weekends thereafter until Columbus Day from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $49 adults 13 and over; $39 for those 7-12.

Also new at Loon this summer is an off-road, cross-country Segway PT tour. The Segway historic tour of Lincoln debuted last summer. The Segway is a self balancing, two-wheeled transport device. Participants will be given an orientation tour on how to ride the Segway and then can choose either the historic or off-road tour. Figure on three hours for orientation and tour at $69 per person. 

Vermont’s Bromley Resort is offering an adventure park of its own this summer with its new Aerial Adventure Park. The park combines elements of zip line, canopy, and challenge course for those aged 7 and older. It’s the only adventure park in Vermont according to the resort. Work your way from platform to platform through the canopy over bridges of rope, wood, and wire. A 20-minute Ground School on proper equipment is required before your climb.  

There are five different course levels with plenty of challenges in the trees. Each course has zip lines but consists primarily of “bridges” between platforms. A harness and safety equipment are supplied, as well as training. Cost for the two-hour Aerial Adventure Park pass is $39, or combine with the Mountain Adventure Park for $59. 

The Mountain Adventure Park offers unlimited rides on the Alpine Slide, climbing wall, mini golf, air slide, and bumper boats, to name just a few from which to choose. The parks are open daily from now until Sept. 8 and then weekends from Sept. 8-Oct. 8 (Columbus Day weekend). 

Massachuetts' Jiminy Peak Resort Resort, in Hancock, is expanding its adventure park. Jiminy has added the Soaring Eagle zip that pulls riders 800 feet into the trees before releasing them. Also new this year is a 90-minute Segway tour of Jiminy that, according to the resort, is the only Segway tour available in the Berkshires region. 

Jiminy also has added another course to its Aerial Adventure Park, bringing the total to six. The self-guided aerial forest ropes course consists of individual, elevated courses of different abilities and elevations with over 70 elements.

N.Y.’s Windham Mountain, in the Catskill Mountains is expanding its adventure park. Windham now offers off-road go-karts, trampoline, 30-foot jumps into the Big Air Bag, and a free skate park, in addition to last year’s 40-foot high, 500-foot long dual zip lines.  

Buy the family 20-ticket value pack and save up to 20 percent per ticket. Single rates are $5-10 for 1-2 tickets. The Adventure Park is open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Labor Day; special open dates include July 4 and Oct. 6-7.

Photo: Segwayoffroad.com


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