My husband loves climbing and has been taking my sons to climb with him almost since they learned to walk. So visiting ArborTrek Canopy Adventures during our trip to Vermont was a must. Here we were able to enjoy activities that got our hearts pumping. Even my five year old got to enjoy the challenging and exciting activities in a safe way. It was definitely one of the best activities we did in the region.
During the days when I was planning my family trip to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont, Karen Boushie, the public relations director of Smuggs.com, was extremely helpful. She gave me tons of recommendations and directed me to check out ArborTrek Canopy Adventures.
It is located less than five minutes away from Smuggler’s Notch by car. If you don’t have a car, the resort offers shuttles that can take you there and pick you up.
The first time I heard about ArborTrek, I didn’t think it was appropriate for my family. I knew it would be great for my 11 year old but I was worried that my five year old would feel left out. And a family trip isn’t fun if one of my boys can’t enjoy the activities.
We were in for a grand surprise!
Are ArborTrek’s Canopy Adventure and Wilderness Tours – Kid Friendly?
When we arrived we were greeted by the staff and almost right away I was told that my five year old was able to participate in all of the activities. This made me feel great. Then they explained to us what the courses were like and I started to have second thoughts. But we still decided to go ahead.
We have done many canopy tours while traveling in other places so we tested out their Treetop Obstacle Course and also the Climbing Adventures.
We are a family of avid climbers (minus me). My husband loves climbing and has been taking our boys to climbing gyms and rocks/boulders since they were toddlers. So anything that involves climbing is an instant success for my men.
The only problem I find with this sport is that most of the places aren’t very kid friendly, with courses that aren’t made for small legs and arms, even if they have the proper equipment.
Luckily ArborTrek had state-of-the-art equipment that takes safety to a different level. They also have two different obstacle courses for all levels and sizes.
1. Apple Creek Course Area – This one is for ages four and up. I did this along with the rest of my family and it was enough for me to get my adrenaline truly pumping. But for those that feel like they need even more there is the second one.
2. 40 Obstacle Course – This is a course for eight years and older, but they did have a couple of obstacles that kept my five year old busy while my 11 year old, my husband and my brother went on the more challenging obstacles, over 60 feet high in the air.
Tree Climbing Anyone?
When it comes to climbing, the masters are always pushing themselves harder. My husband is their follower and recently mentioned to me that tree climbing is the new trend. Can you imagine his excitement when we found out that ArborTrek offers a professional Tree Climbing Course?
“Challenge Your Body, Challenge Your Mind”
This is ArborTrek’s motto. That’s why their courses are made for you to push your body and to take you mind to its limits. It made me realize how much fear any limitation we allow ourselves to have.
Another great aspect of this place is that the staff won’t let you just go on your own. They will always be nearby to make sure you stay motivated and safe. Thanks to that my boys were able to push themselves more than ever. It allowed them to raise their confidence level.
This alone is worth coming here.
Ready for an Adventure
Before you get to the actual course you get a safety explanation.
You are then taken to a practice course. Here we were taught how to use the SmartBelay technology to ensure 100% connectivity. When you are done with that it is finally time to get started.
Treetop Obstacle Course – Apple Creek Course
Advanced Obstacle Course
Tree Climbing Obstacle Course
Information for Visiting ArborTrek in Vermont
Make a reservation – This isn’t even a recommendation but a must. They work with so many camps and resorts in the area that it is always full.
This was the absolute best tour we did during our entire Vermont visit and probably one of the best tours we’ve ever done from all of our travels.
You can call them – (802) 644-9300