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Friday, August 7, 2015

BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course Review

Back in June, I posted about the BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at the Jordans Furniture in Reading (Massachusetts). We had lots of behavioral issues lately, but I finally had the chance to take him to the course to try it out. My eight-year-old is a rock climber and he just loved the course. I even got to try it out myself, too. You must empty your pockets and put them in a locker before going on the course, so no camera for me while on the course.
If you're not familiar with it, the Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course is a 32-foot tall, 2 level ropes course complete with 30 exciting elements including zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks and more. You choose their own path through the elements and go at their own pace. They give you an hour on the course. The ropes course is also equipped with a Sky Rail zip line connection measuring 69' long, which costs $2 more to ride. Participants soar down the length of the ropes course on a self guided zipping experience and are able to enjoy it's thrills over and over. For young adventurers, there's even Bean Sprout, a miniature, specially designed ropes course for kids ages 2-7.

Tickets for the course are $10, or $12 if you want to ride the zip line. $6 if you're kid is young and just wants to do Bean Sprout. (SAVE with coupon) You then wait on line to get your gear on. Once you're ready to enter the course, they put a time stamp on your bracelet (ticket) to tell you when its time to leave the course.
Entering the course involves getting attached to the equivalent of the tow rope where you're attached overhead. As you move around, you have to push/pull your rope to the next obstacle, working it around other people on the platforms if someone needs to pass in either direction. It isn't a one way loop through the course. You move in whatever direction you want, though stay right on the stairs.
You get a really good workout on the course. It involves lots of balance and strength to move through some of the elements. It might involve walking across a cargo net, as a simple one or pulling yourself from rope to rope overhead to get through. No two obstacles were the same, but there was a definite common theme. Hold yourself up straight and don't get the tow rope tangled up.
Thankfully, I'm not afraid of heights and with my son as a rock climber, neither was he. I did have a few moments of what did I get myself into as I was climbing across some of the obstacles. It wasn't scary, I just had to use some muscles that I typically don't use. The few times I do go to the gym, it isn't for an upper body workout, and that is definitely what you get here.
After you enjoy the course, there is a Richardson's Ice Cream stand right there which offers some delicious choices to enjoy. My son attacked his brownie sundae before I could get a picture so there is a bite taken out of it.
While eating your ice cream, you can enjoy the musical multi-colored fountain show.

Overall, it was a really fun time and my son had a blast. I'm sure we'll be back again on a rainy day. Great activity for that and it wears them out.

Disclosure: I received tickets for the course for the purpose of the review. Please see the disclosure policy for more information.


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you for the information.