New this season are the two purple trails, which are designed for climbers as young as 5 (with an adult). All participants wear harnesses that are doubly secured to safety cables using the park’s “always locked on” climbing system, and park-goers receive a thorough orientation before tackling the trails.
Water is provided to climbers, but no food service is available in the park. Visitors are welcome to bring their own coolers and non-alcoholic beverages (no glass bottles).
Parents who aren’t inclined to climb: Don’t worry! You’re welcome to observe your little monkeys’ exploits from the forest floor, where you’ll find a variety of nature trails and benches scattered throughout the park.
Because climbers are encouraged to create their own strategies when tackling the trails, lessons are not provided. But park staff members are always available to answer questions and provide assistance.
Address: 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT
Hours: Spring and fall (April 6–June 16 and Sept. 7 – mid-November): Open weekends and certain holidays, 9am to dusk; open daily for scheduled groups of 10 or more, by reservation. Summer (June 17 – Labor Day Weekend): Open daily, 9am to dusk (about 7:30pm). Closed during severe weather.
Admission: $49; $44 children ages 10-11; $39 children ages 7-9; free for children ages 5-6 (with paying adult; one child per adult). A Twilight Special is offered for ages 7 and older during the last three hours of each day: $29 Monday-Thursday; $36 Friday-Sunday. Special rates for birthday parties and groups of 10 or more; call for more information.
Note: Tickets are valid for three hours of climbing time. Last tickets sold 90 minutes before closing. Tickets are not required for non-climbing observers.
Tip: Visit the website before your visit to fill out and print a registration/waiver for each climber in your group.
For more info: 203-690-1717 or discoveryadventurepark.org
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