Have you ever wanted to tour the treetops like a bird, a monkey, or even Tarzan? Aerial adventure parks and zip lines deliver the same exciting experience once left only to loin-cloth-clad storybook heroes.
Zip lines allow you to soar above the valley floor. Zooming along a cable strung between two high points, they are designed to slow you down as you approach your landing zone. Aerial adventure parks, on the other hand, provide obstacles that will test the strength of your mind and body as you negotiate the challenges at 10, 30, or even 60 feet above the ground. Don’t worry, you’ll be strapped into a climbing harness like the professionals use, with backup systems in case you fall. And falling is OK. It’s all part of the challenge.
Not so long ago, treetop zip line tours and aerial adventure courses were activities you could only experience on a tropical vacation or at summer camp. Now, thanks to a booming interest from participants and advancing equipment technology, you can find five expansive adventure park courses and zip lines right here in the Berkshires.
South Egremont is home to one or our region’s largest aerial adventure parks, the Catamount Adventure Park. With over 170 features, including 50 zip lines throughout 12 different courses, there’s truly something for everyone.
Head to Pittsfield and you’ll find Bousquet’s Adventure Park. With 35 features on three different levels, the Bousquet park is a great course for first timers. They also have a separate, stand-alone zip line for adventurers looking for the rush of soaring through the air, without the technical and physical aspects of adventure parks.
In Lanesborough, you’ll find the newest adventure park in the region, Ramblewild. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned vet, Ramblewild is not to be missed. Set in the middle of 1,400 forested acres on the side of a mountain and featuring a 200-foot suspension bridge over a stream, Ramblewild not only lets you see nature but become a part of it too.
Just down the road from Ramblewild is Jiminy Peak’s Aerial Adventure Park, with over 70 features over 5 courses. If you head to the Black Course (the most difficult), be ready to test your physical and mental capabilities!
Just a hop, skip, and a jump further you’ll discover Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours and Berkshire East Canopy Tours. At Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours, you’ll enjoy a three-hour adventure high in the tree tops! At Berkshire East Canopy Tours, get your adrenaline pumping as you soar 200 feet above the ground at over 50 mph.
Whether you’re a spry twenty-something who can climb ascending monkey bars without breaking a sweat, a parent with kids who would love to play on the biggest jungle gym they’ve ever seen, or even a 70 year old grandma (I’ve been to an adventure park with one) looking for a new adventure, get outside and check out one of these exciting playgrounds this summer!
Get details below on zip lining and adventure parks. Check out our nature and recreation section for more ideas on what to do in the Berkshires.
Price: You can expect to pay between $30 and $50 per person for adventure park tours and $20 – $100 for zip line tours. You can usually save a few bucks by booking early online and visiting at off-peak times i.e. midweek/non-holiday.
Restrictions: The equipment is the biggest restriction for ages and size (for instance, small children don’t have enough weight to carry them across zip lines). Generally, kids ages 6 and up are good to go and folks under 250 pounds are in the clear. Check with each park beforehand for the specific height, weight, and age restrictions.
Physical Requirements: All of these adventure parks have courses designed for beginners, so the physical requirements are very low. If you’re worried about being out of shape, it’s not that big of an issue. If you’re looking for a real challenge (like boot camp style obstacles) the better shape you’re in, the more enjoyable the course will be.