I was asked recently to try out the new GoApe course that opened in New Britain, CT. If you are unfamiliar with GoApe, it’s an outdoor adventure in the trees. You go through obstacles up in the air, swing on Tarzan swings and fly down zip lines. There are parks all over the east coast and what makes them great is that they care about the environment. They set up in state parks and they go out of their way to make sure that the braces and equipment have very little impact on the trees and the natural life. Also, a portion of every ticket sold goes back into the parks department where they are located. So not only are you having an awesome day out in the trees, you are also keeping your parks taken care of.
The GoApe course in Connecticut is located in A.W. Stanley Park in New Britain. It’s a beautiful area and you get a gorgeous view of the lake as you are walking toward the home site. The instructors are super friendly and make you feel relaxed and excited right away. You can tell these are people who really like their jobs. The course is split into 5 sections, the first section being your training class. Each section gets a little bit harder and higher but they make it worth it because they all end with a zip line!
(My “I hate rope ladders” face)
(Going through the course)
If you have never been to something like this before, don’t worry. The safety course was informative and covered everything you need to know. You get strapped into a harness with equipment and are shown exactly what to do with everything. They won’t let you go if you are uncomfortable. You are always attached to a line so there is little worry about dropping if you listen to the instructions.
(This bridge was nuts)
You attach yourself to a safety line and climb up a rope ladder, once there you latch yourself to the next safety line and make your way through the trees. Rule Number One-Always Stay Attached! You do that and you’ll be fine. There are Tarzan swings, various wood and rope built bridges-you really get to work on your balance and athletic skills but it’s nothing too drastic. Then as you make it to the end, you get to ride on a longer zip line for each section. The last two zip lines are 750 ft and 900 ft! The 900 foot line is the longest in Connecticut, and it’s worth it. What a ride! As a newbie to zip lining, it was a great way to be introduced to it.
(Another obstacle done!)
(The view before the 750 ft zip!)
This course is approved for anyone 10 years old and up and in terms of athleticism, if you can climb a rope ladder then you can do this course. I’m no marathon runner and while there were some tough parts, I was able to do it. They offer water at the beginning of every new section and the instructors are great at keeping you going. I was going to quit before the last section but Andy (an awesome employee!) and my friend, Kim, gave me a pep talk and I’m glad I pushed through because making to the end makes it so, so worth it.
So my final thoughts on GoApe? Try it. It’s a perfect family activity. The course will take 2-3 hours but you can go at your own pace. They have small groups go every half hour so you don’t have a huge line behind you and you will have an amazing time! Plus since this course just opened a few months ago, you get to brag to everyone that you rode the longest zip line in CT before they did! Give yourself some major badass points among friends and co-workers!
(We did it!)
You can find more information about GoApe here.