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This post was written by Mom Know It All contributor Debi G.
Admission to this attraction was provided free of cost to me in order to facilitate this review. Please note that as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
It might be a little odd that I am yelling for my son to get up that tree and jump, despite the fact that he was 40 feet off the ground. But that is what I was doing the other day, for both my son and my soon to be step-son. We had the fun of spending the afternoon in Bear, Delaware exploring Lums State Park, and part of the day was spent zipping amount the tree tops at Go Ape.
Go Ape is a rope obstacle course, featuring 4 zip lines, 2 Tarzan cargo nets and 4 different sets of obstacle courses, all while being in the trees 40 feet up. Don’t worry, you are completely harnessed in and safe.
The adventure starts out with a training session that teaches everyone how to work the harness, the clips and how to stay completely safe. The training session lasts about 15 minutes and each step is watched by the instructors to make sure that you are doing everything correctly while safely on the ground. There is even a practice zip line.
Once you have passed each section, you are set off on the course to go through the obstacles at your own pace.
Each section of obstacles lets you know how challenging it is and most offer an extreme version and a slightly less challenging section.
What makes the course through Go Ape even more enjoyable is that since you are located in the state park, the scenery is gorgeous. The zip lines even go over parts of the lake and you can see the turtles sunning themselves or see the boaters and fishers looking up at you.
It is very hard to get pictures on the course, at least for me, I was afraid of dropping my phone among the tree tops. (Another reason why I need to get that action camera I have been wanting.) There is a trail along the course so that any non-adventurous family members and friends can follow along laughing at you as you are struggling to get from one plank to the other or take some great action shots as you are zipping past.
Here’s video from the Go Ape YouTube channel that will give you a better idea of what it’s like.
Go Ape currently has 12 locations and they are adding more soon, so be sure to check the website in order to find the closest course to you.