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Monday, August 6, 2018

TreeTop Adventures Canton, MA Review and Giveaway

Do you live in the Boston-area, have an active kid, and you're running out of things to do for the summer? One place you have to check out is TreeTop Adventures, located at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, Massachusetts. I had the privilege of receiving a couple of passes to try it out, again, myself. When they first opened a couple years back, I took my son there then, and he loved it, but was age-limited on what he could do. Now... he could do more.
If you're not familiar with the concept behind TreeTop Adventures, it is a high ropes and obstacle course located just 30 minutes south of Boston in Canton, MA. They have ten trails ranging in difficulty level from beginner to expert and consist of obstacles like rolling logs, bridges, ladders, tight ropes, zip-lines, and more! Basically, each tree has a platform and between the trees is the obstacle. Traverse each course from beginning to end through around 15-20 obstacles per course. Then... jump on the next course.

To get started, you should register online at https://www.treetopcanton.com/. While you can try a walk-in registration, if they happened to be booked when you arrive, you'll either have to wait until there is an open time slot or come back another day if not. To keep the course from being too full, they limit the number of people on the course. When you sign up, you're given a three hour window to be on the course, and if there were too many people on the course, you'll spend more time waiting than climbing. Another important thing you do online is to sign their waiver. You can't climb without it being signed. When you arrive, just check in at the registration booth, shown above. Oh, and there is a weight limit of 265 pounds.
Before going on the course, you must listen to a safety briefing. They talk about how to safely play in the trees on their courses.
After suiting up in your safety harness, you're sent over to the practice area so you can practice what they talked about during the safety briefing. Basically, you have to make sure you're always clipped into the safety line that wraps around each course. You also need to place your ticket on a clip on your safety harness. The ticket shows your age so they know what courses the kids can safely go on. If you're over 18, the ticket only shows 18.
After completing the practice area, you can go to the starting area. All courses start from the same starting platform. There are four levels of courses, yellow, green, blue, and black. Each level has certain age restrictions. Depending upon the age of the climber, sometimes the parent/guardian must climb with the child or just observe from the safety of the ground. Basically, if the climber is 14+, they can climb solo on all levels of courses. For the 12-13 year old climbers, they can go on the black courses with an adult and supervised elsewhere. For the 10-11 year old climbers, then cannot go on black, can climb with an adult on blue, and supervised on the lower levels. For the 7-9 year olds, all they can do is yellow supervised and green with an adult.
Here's one of the obstacles on the course. After clipping in, you have to walk across the narrow end of a board. In the middle of the obstacle, you must step between boards. This was on one of the green courses. On an easier course, you must have walked across a cargo net. A more difficult course might have you climb across where each step is dangling from an individual rope versus having everything all connected on the lower levels. Each course will have zip lines on them, too. The more difficult the level, the longer the zip line. The important part about the zip lines is you must put your feet down once you get across. Otherwise, you must pull yourself across from wherever you must have gotten stuck. Don't have the upper body strength to do that? This was something we observed, where staff had to go out on the obstacle to pull them across. Trained TreeTop Adventures staff members monitor the park and are there to assist when needed.
Here's another obstacle pictured from below. This one had a trio of X's you had to cross before reaching the next platform.
Between climbs, you can drink some free water from one of the stations placed throughout the park. However, that isn't chilled. You can also get some ice cold water from the snack bar or some other goodies. What they call "other snacks" are bags of chips or snack bars. Nothing too elaborate. We also observed some people with their own coolers. There are also porta-potties around if you have to go, but you should take care of that before suiting up in your harness.
Three hours in the park goes quickly. How many courses you can do during that time varies immensely. We were there on a gorgeous Sunday and the place was mobbed. We only went through two courses before we had to leave. Had we stayed the full allotted time, we would have had time for a third. We got off to a slow start because someone was stuck on the course we were interested in doing. If you were to stick to just yellow, you could have easily done double that. If you were doing all black...the two separate black loops would have been plenty to wear you out.

This is a great place to take your child if they are active. My son is a rock climber and this was right up his alley. Me, I sit at a computer all day for work. I was easily able to get through the course but I'll be sleeping well tonight. I don't normally do such strenuous activities. It is a workout doing the obstacles. Some are easy, the zip-lines are fun, but much of it is tiring. Thankfully, neither of us have issues with heights. Depending upon your child's age, you might need to be on the course, too, so keep that in mind if you take them here.

The biggest negative of the whole day is the cost. For the 12+ crowd, it is $55 each. For 7-11, it is $48. That is for three hours in the park, which includes 30 minutes for orientation and practice. They do offer a twilight climb which is only $39, but that is for only 1 1/2 - 2 hours climbing. They also do birthday parties where 10 kids is $390 during the week and $450 on weekends. Memorable day will make it well worth it though.

And... now for the giveaway. We have four passes to give away, as two pairs of tickets. Two winners, each getting one pair. The tickets are good through June 2020. You will be required to pay a $1 ticketing fee that will not be waived. So, it covers either $54 of the 12+ ticket or $47 of the 7-11 ticket. The giveaway is open to US residents who are 18+. More importantly, the tickets are for something in Canton, MA, so you need to be able to use them. You don't have to be a New England resident but it sure helps to be able to use them. You have through 11:59pm EST on 8/18/18 to enter. For more complete rules see Giveaway Rules. The giveaway will have two winners, each getting a pair of passes/tickets. There will still be a $1/ticket ticketing fee the winner will have to pay.

TreeTop Adventures Ticket Giveaway

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4 comments:

  1. The zip lining and the rolling logs sound the most exciting to me. I've been wanting to try zip lining for a while.

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  2. The Zip Lining looks awesome - we always wanted to try this!

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  3. I like that the parent/guardian must accompany the child.

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