What is an Adventure Park?
Located within 5 acres of trees behind The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Adventure Park is an "aerial forest ropes park" consisting of 150 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood, and rope to form bridges and zip lines.
Groups of these bridges or "elements" link together to form separate courses though the trees. Although every course has zip lines on them, there is much more fun than just zip lining to be had! There are 11 courses in total, for ages five to adult, with challenge levels suitable for every age and skill level--from beginner to expert. Each person selects the course(s) they want and climbs at their own pace.
All our participants receive a thorough briefing before climbing and wear safety harnesses clipped to safety cables throughout their time in the trees. Our staff are available throughout the Park to answer questions or assist whenever desired.
The Adventure Park is all about active participation as there are no motorized rides in the park. The trails are designed for everyone to enjoy, and designated as Purple, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black and Double Black--similar to ski trails. As one progresses through the difficulty levels, the bridges require more balance, agility, focus and arm strength. Your time in the park is not a heart pumping activity and you do not have to be a body builder to make it through the trails. Kids, teens, adults and seniors find their comfort zone and seek greater challenges when they choose. There is no 'correct' way of crossing the bridges. Each bridge calls upon the climber to find their own mix of strategy, balance and strength to proceed from platform to platform.
Other than park rules, the only requirement we have is that your harness be properly worn and you are always attached by one of your carabineers (safety clips) to the safety cables on and between each platform. Our staff will show you how to use the equipment. The Adventure Park uses an "always locked on" climbing system which utilizes interlocking carabineers. This innovative safety system virtually eliminates the potential of a climber becoming detached from a safety line while in the trees.
Spring & Fall: Open to the public every weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) and certain holidays, 9am-dusk. *Available 7 days a week for scheduled groups. Call for reservation info.*Summer: Open to the public 7 days a week, 9am – dusk, from June 17 – Labor Day weekend. Last tickets sold 90 minutes prior to closing.
What trails are kids allowed to climb by age?
Please visit our Rules Page to see a chart that shows which trails each age group can climb.
What food services are available?
Water is available and provided, but drinks and snacks are not currently available on-site. We would be happy to refer you to sources in the area for dining or take-out. We also have plenty of picnic tables located throughout the Park.
What are the ticket prices?
More information, including our group rates, can be found on the Adventure Park Ticket Pricing page.
Is a ticket required to watch my friends/family climb?
Tickets are only required for guests who are climbing. Feel free to walk around our park and observe or take pictures! We have trails and benches scattered throughout the park for observers.
What is the time duration of the ticket?
Tickets are valid for three hours. You are encouraged to be prepared prior to buying your tickets (i.e. restrooms, snacks and dressed properly) so you can maximize your time in the park. Ticket sales end appoximately 90 minutes before closing but if purchasing a ticket this late in the afternoon, you will not get a full three hours of climbing.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required for individuals and you are not restricted by any time slots. Groups need to make reservations in order to receive group pricing (Group pricing starts for groups of 8 or more). For more information, please see our Groups Page
What clothing should I wear?
Wear well fitting clothing that does not allow anything to hang loose or get tangled in cables and rope. Long hair and jewelry should not be left loose. Sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended. Flip-flops and sandals are not appropriate.
What equipment is provided?
A harness and gloves are provided with your admission ticket. New gloves are also available for purchase.
Is there a height, age or weight restriction?
There is no height restriction for the ropes trails and zip lines. The trails are for ages five to adult. The purple, yellow, green, and blue trails have requirements of parent/adult supervision or participation depending on the age bracket and the course being used. For example, seven and nine year olds can use the yellow course with supervision but need to be accompanied by an adult on the green trails (one adult per two children). Five and six year olds must be accompanied by an adult on the purple courses, one adult per child. You must be 10 years of age to use the blue trails with adult participation. A chart with participation and supervision requirements is on the ropes trails general rules page. Aside from rules for five and six year olds, whenever adult participation is required the 1:2 adult/child ratio must be met. 265 pounds is the maximum weight permitted per person climbing.
Do I have to be really fit to do the course?
Most people that lead an active lifestyle and are in good health should not have any difficulty in completing many of the trails. You are able to proceed at a pace that is comfortable to you. You are also welcome to leave the ropes course and take a break. Unlike the yellow and green trails, the black trails are very challenging.
How difficult are the ropes trails?
The trails range from easiest (purple) through easy (yellow) and on up through expert (double black diamond). Relative to each person's ability, the trails are very manageable but become more physically challenging as you progress to more difficult trails. If you have not been up in the air before you may be unsettled at first about being 10 feet above the ground on a yellow course or 20 feet above the ground at points on a green course. Very quickly you will begin to have fun with the challenges and the height above the ground will not be your main focus. Your focus becomes being balanced and efficient on each bridge you are crossing. You will be secure and safe in your harness as long as you are Always Attached. Being attached to your lifeline is the most important requirement to remember and you are responsible to be Always Attached.
Can the rope trails operate in the rain?
The Adventure Park can still be fun while it is raining. However, the park will close for severe weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms and high winds. If small storm systems are moving through the area we try to stay open and ask our guests to take a break while they pass. Call before you travel to confirm the operating schedule.
Are we allowed to bring our own food?
You are welcome to bring your own coolers and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass bottles or barbecues, please.
Parking is free for all guests. However, we ask you to please park to the left side as you enter the parking lot. (Parking to the right is for Museum guests only, to accommodate parents with strollers and very small children.) There is also additional free parking as you look further left with a separate entrance just north of the Museum's parking entrance (Discovery Magnet School's lot.)
Are private or group lessons available?
All participants will be provided adequate training, so lessons are not required. If desired, arrangements can be made to hire a guide. If interested, please call ahead to make sure that one is available. More information about guides can be found on our Guide FAQ page.
Who built and runs the Park?
The Adventure Park is operated in cooperation with but independently of The Discovery Museum. It is designed, built and operated by Outdoor Venture Group the leading authority in the USA on aerial forest parks. In addition to our sister park in Sandy Spring, MD we have designed, consulted, constructed or supplied materials for clients at numerous adventure parks in the USA. For more information click here.
Where Do Aerial Forest Parks Come From?
Aerial forest or adventure parks have been the fastest-growing outdoor activity in Europe for the past 10 years. Now, the USA is catching on to the fun! The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum is the first of its kind in Connecticut. It is built and operated by North America’s leader in the field, Outdoor Venture Group, using the finest of Swiss design and German mountain-climbing technology.
Is The Adventure Park certified?
Yes, the Park is conforms to the standards set by the Associaion of Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT). The Park is inspected annually by an ACCT cerified inspector.
Information on how to get to the park can be found on the Directions page.
How can I contact you?
To reach The Adventure Park office or our Park's builder, Outdoor Ventures, see our Contact Us page.
- What is an Adventure Park?
- When are you open?
- What are the ticket prices?
- Is a ticket required to watch my friends/family climb?
- What trails are kids allowed to climb by age?
- What is the time duration of a ticket?
- Are reservations required?
- What clothing should I wear?
- What equipment is provided?
- Is there a height, age or weight restriction?
- Do I have to be really fit to do the course?
- How difficult are the ropes trails?
- Can the ropes trails operate in the rain?
- What food services are available?
- Are we allowed to bring our own food?
- Is there a fee for parking?
- Are private or group lessons available?
- Where do Aerial Forest Parks come from?
- Who built and runs The Adventure Park?
- Is The Adventure Park certified?
- What are the driving directions?
- How can I contact you?