One of our family’s travel bucket list goals is to ride as many zip lines as possible during our journeys. We really enjoyed the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure course in Cleveland, Ohio!
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Date of Our Experience
We went to the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure in July 2016. We were on a road trip that started from Indiana, where we picked up our nephew, to Niagara Falls, then over to Cleveland and Sandusky (Cedar Point Amusement Park) before heading back to Indiana. We had two adults, a teen and two tweens on the trip.
Cost, Location and Details:
Details about Go Ape’s Cleveland location can be found at their website. Admission is currently $58 for adults and $38 for youth ages 10-15. This is a pretty reasonable price for a three-hour adventure that includes obstacles and zip lines.
You should check out Go Ape’s website, because they own 16 courses in parks across the country as of this writing. The Cleveland location happens to be located in the Mill Stream Run Reservation, which is part of Cleveland Metroparks system.
I really love this model as a win-win-win for parks, Go Ape, and customers. Parks get a fantastic amenity to draw more customers without having to staff or manage it. Go Ape doesn’t have to buy land for their businesses; they can leverage existing natural locations in parks and can draw on park patrons as customers. And customers get more fun ropes course and zip line opportunities!
Based on our experience in Cleveland, we will definitely seek out more Go Ape sites around the US in the future.
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Type of Adventure:
Go Ape is primarily a ropes course with some modest zip lines and other adventurous features. There were five separate obstacle courses you have to complete, each containing several different crossings. You end up doing five zip lines and two “Tarzan” swings, which are a blast!
A couple of the obstacles had a choice between normal and difficult routes. The one difficult route I tried was really difficult. The kids did OK, but if you are not in good physical condition I recommend sticking with the standard routes.
Here are some pictures from our adventure.
This adventure is great for new and experienced adventurers. There are size and age requirements for this adventure, so make sure you check those on their website.
Staff will provide assistance with putting on your harnesses and helmets, and they will also provide a very thorough training at the beginning. But after that, this is a self-guided experience. There is no staff to accompany you through the obstacles or hook you on or off obstacles. Make sure everyone in your party is double-checking their caribiners and practicing safety!
I would say that this place is a bit less of an “adrenaline rush” experience than some of the longer zip lines we’ve done, but the ropes course obstacles are really, really fun, and I definitely got some rush from the Tarzan swings!
Because this adventure is located within Mill Stream Run Reservation, you can make a day of your trip to the course by exploring in the park!
This was a super fun experience for anyone ages 10+. The obstacles were challenging and fun, and the zip lines and Tarzan swings added some extra thrill to the experience. It was a great bonding experience for our family that I highly recommend.