Adirondack Extreme Adventure
Adirondack Extreme Adventure
35 Westwood Forest Lane
Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Adirondack Extreme Adventure Description
Look waaaaay up in the trees. There are … people! This jungle gym on steroids equips brave souls with harnesses and caribiners and sends them high into the treetops (we're talking 70-feet up) where they navigate all manner of obstacles, from tarzan swings and ziplines to log leaps and tightropes. It's a physical challenge, a leap of faith, and, depending on your disposition, either a ton of fun, or a visit to crazyville. On the other hand, even those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground will find watching these daredevils a heck of a good time.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Definitely not for them. But, there is a small playground to accompany them on while older sibs hit the heights
School-Age Kids: Make sure they use the bathroom first as fear + surprise = accidents.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Levels must be ascended in order, and the higher ones get pretty intense. Make sure they know they can opt out if it gets to be too much. Free-standing ziplines make fun diversions for those who have had enough.
- Economy minded. Climbers can save $10 each if they start early (before 9 a.m.) or later (after 3 p.m.). Check the Web site for additional discounts, and make sure to print all coupons as they are required to get the discount.
- Reservations recommended. For safety reasons, groups are limited in number. Walk-ons are accepted, but you may have to wait. Those with reservations should arrive 30-minutes prior to climbing time.
- Full-day event. Climbers must first get outfitted with a harness, take a brief safety sesion and then go for a lessons and a trial run on a demo course. Climbing all five levels can take four hours or more. And, don't plan to race through. Do yourself a favor and leave plenty of time to enjoy.
- Be prepared. Appropriate clothing is required. That means sneakers, no jewelry, hair tied back and snug-fitting clothing with no hanging pieces. Bring climbing gloves, or buy them at the entrance for $3 a pair.
- Size matters. To qualify for the yellow track, you'll need to be at least age 7, and stretch to 4-foot-7: with your arms fully extended. You'll need to reach your arms to 5-foot-11 to climb the junior/adult track.
- Know your limits. Staff members are trained to rescue and lower you in the event you, um, chicken out. A better bet: look for detours that allow you to "descend with dignity" before you hit your limit.
- Plan ahead. Parents who can't make the leap themselves can ask about hiring private guides for their younger kids.
- Accept the inevitable. Moms and dads should expect to be humbled by their kids prowess. In other words, prepare to be totally whooped.
Just the Facts
Hours: Late May to mid-September, daily, departures 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mid-September-November, Saturdays and Sundays, departures 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Recommended Time: Half day