My family had such a great time spending the afternoon at Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure, in Williamsburg, Virginia. We recently visited Greater Williamsburg, Virginia and I’m so excited to continue my coverage today talking a bit about our time spent at Go Ape Zipline! While Greater Williamsburg is well-known for the history, there are so many fun things to do and ziplining is one of them!
If you haven’t heard of this company before, it’s an outdoor adventure company with a variety of hands-on experiences like Tree Top Adventures, Forest Segways, Tree Top Junior Adventures and Zip Trekking Adventures. Since I have a younger child that is 6 as well as a tween and a teen, we had the chance to explore several of their offerings.
To be honest with you, when we signed up for zip lining, I thought it was just going to be … zip lining. But it turned out to be so much more! A few years back, my husband and I had the chance to zip line in Costa Rica and we just hopped from one tree to the next. No frills. With Go Ape!, that just isn’t the case. It’s a fantastic obstacle course PLUS zip lining which makes the day that much better!
Go Ape Zip Line And Treetop Adventure
If you are worried about your experience level, please don’t. My children never did something like this before and they were high tailing it all around town. Even my little guy – who we will get to in a bit. My children did two different courses and so I feel like I need to split out this post to tell you about what to expect for your different aged kids.
My husband stayed with my 11 and 13-year olds and I supervised my 6-year-old. Let’s start with the big kids and the course they did, Go Ape Zipline Treetop Adventure, which is for kids 10+.
When you first arrive, the staff at Go Ape! will set you up with everything you need and ensure that you are properly strapped in. They will spend some time teaching you the literal ropes and how to use all the equipment you need. There are some rules to remember – but not many.
For the most part, it’s all about how many people can be on the obstacle courses at one time. It’s all about being respectful to the person ahead of you. There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than having someone breathing down your neck because you are doing something slower than they’d like.
So, back it up. Enjoy the view. Respect boundaries. And wait your turn. Easy enough, right? Once you register that concept, you can pretty much get your party started.
Related: Greater Williamsburg Travel Guide
Guests who are not joining in on the fun can watch the beginning and the end of the course. The Go Ape Zip Line property is pretty expansive. I could not see where my family went after a few moments. Remember, I was sticking around the base because I had my 6-year-old working on the Tree Top Journey Junior Adventures course. So, there was only so far I could venture from that spot.
It was fun to watch Natalie and Liam combat ropes, ladders, and zip lines where I could. Thank goodness my husband filmed most of their adventure. Tune into my YouTube channel for our family vlog recap of this trip. You can see more behind the scenes footage there.
So, what are some of the activities you can expect? There are rope and wood bridges you will have to cross. Naturally, you will always be connected to a safety rope at all times. No need to worry. The connecting trees offer something new every time. While you might walk over two ladder bridges, they will look and feel completely different.
If you are looking for some family bonding, an adventure you won’t be able to forget, a vacation for the books, then look no further than Greater Williamsburg! Not only did we absolutely enjoy thrills and rollercoasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and engaging living history at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement, but we also got to spend an afternoon in the trees with Go Ape Zip Line. Talk about an all in one trip!
Go Ape Address: 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Located in: Freedom Park
Phone: (800) 971-8271
Now, let’s talk about what Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure has to offer the little ones. Since my son was 6 years old, I didn’t have to do the course with him. PHEW! I mean, I could have done it, but I really didn’t WANT to do it. I have a slight fear of heights. Yes, I just confessed that to you.
He didn’t care one BIT. He ran up to the top of his first tree so fast and didn’t look back once. With the Tree Top Junior Adventures found in Greater Williamsburg, there are two different courses. Course 1 is the lower level – the easy route. Course 2 is a bit more intense. It’s more doable for sure, but if I am being honest with you I saw two different adults have to be walked through. NOT THE KIDS! LOL! The moms who went up with their kids. I thought that was hilarious.
All the kids were literally zipping through every level – hopping and jumping and trying to break records and the parents that they brought along were tiptoeing and praying. Honestly, I wasn’t laughing because I total empathized. I FELT THEIR PAIN. I was not strong enough to do the course. So, I had nothing but positive vibes to send those moms.
But Caleb and the other kids – they just LOVED the course! LOVED IT! Oh, my word. He was so happy! I don’t know if you can tell in these pictures, but he was just full of joy. From the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. It was every video game he ever played come to life. He was finally player number one and he took every chance to show me that he was a big boy!
Mom! Look at this!!!!! And I did – I watched him for a full hour race to the bottom and them back to the top once again. He actually begged for a second hour, but we didn’t have time. Our schedule was so booked. If we had more time, I would have let him go for another 60 minutes. He loved it that much.
At the end of his course, there was a zip line that was calling his name. There wasn’t a second of hesitation. And if you are thinking that my boy was just brave, I want to tell you that I didn’t see a single kid hold back. Everyone just jumped! I think there were around 6 kids during our block. Every single one of them loving every step of the adventure. Not a phone or app game in sight.
Over and over again. Towards the last ten minutes or so, Caleb started to run the course. He wanted to get in as many turns as possible. By the 10th time, he probably could have ran it with a blindfold on. I can’t tell you how many times he went through. I truly lost count! Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure in Greater Williamsburg gave us everything we’d hope for and more. What wonderful memories! Learn more about Go Ape Ziplining and Treetop Adventure here.
For more information about how you can book your next adventure, visit the Visit Williamsburg website.