Dash through the treetops at one of these family-friendly adventure parks in the Houston area – KPRC Click2Houston | Dauktion

Thrill seekers, channel your inner Tarzan and tackle a high ropes course at one of the family-friendly adventure parks in the Houston area.

Each of these parks has a treetop attraction consisting of rope courses that get more difficult the higher you go. Some are as high as 60ft 😱 Many of the challenges on these Sky Trails consist of zip lines, nets and wobbly wooden planks – but don’t worry. All parks require participants to use seat belts.

The flight courses listed below are designed for adults and children. They have age, height, weight and youth supervision restrictions. Reservations are required at some of these locations.

🌳 Texas Tree VenturesThe woods

Texas TreeVentures in the woods (Image courtesy of Texas TreeVentures)

Texas TreeVentures is an aerial adventure course of choice in The Woodlands, Texas. The high ropes course is located on the recreation center campus at Rob Fleming Park, adjacent to the sprawling 1,800-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve, which is home to abundant wildlife, several miles of wooded trails and Spring Creek.

The Texas TreeVentures course is a series of physical challenges and adventurous elements designed for children and adults. The three-stage aerial adventure course tests the participants with 72 challenging elements. The self-guided course allows climbers to choose the elements they can comfortably traverse. The course becomes more physically demanding the higher you go. To advance to the next level, contestants must complete the previous level.

Texas Tree Ventures (Image courtesy of Texas TreeVentures)
Texas TreeVentures in the woods (Image courtesy of Texas TreeVentures)

Each participant has three hours to experience the course at their own pace and comfort level. The gearing process and ground school instructions are part of the three-hour reservation window. A Texas TreeVentures class ticket for children costs $40. A ticket for participants aged 13 and over costs $45.

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77389, (281) 210-2048, texastreeventures.com.

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🐒 Geronimo Adventure Parkspring

Geronimo Adventure Park in Spring, Texas (Image provided by Geronimo Adventure Park)

The 13-acre outdoor adventure park near TC Jester and Kuykendall has 16 ziplines across three sky trails, including a beginner’s course; a course with nine challenges and a 555-foot tandem zip final; and a course featuring a 42-foot freefall jumping experience. Also available – ax throwing, a 24ft rock wall and over a dozen ground activities including a giant seesaw, balance challenge and ninja obstacle course.

Adventure Park Geronimo in spring (Image courtesy of Geronimo Adventure Park)

Zip line experiences range from $44.99 (one course) to $99.99 (all three Sky Trails).

6749 Farm to Market 2920, Spring, TX 77379, (830) 365-5867, geronimoadventurepark.com.

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🌊 Aerial adventures at Big Rivers WaterparkNew Caney

Aerial adventures at Big Rivers Waterpark (Image courtesy of Big Rivers Waterpark)

Located north of Houston near the intersection of Interstate 69 and Highway 242, this 100-acre Montgomery County water park features a lazy river, giant wave pool, multiple slides, play structure, inflatable water park, and obstacle course built on a spring swim-fed lake.

Prefer to stay dry? Big Rivers Waterpark also features several aerial adventures, including a beginner’s zip-line course, an “ultimate” zip-line course with three different towers, a climbing wall, a free-fall attraction, an obstacle course, and a six-story High ropes course with over 50 different challenges. Zipline, Obstacle, and High Ropes course participants have one hour to experience the attractions at their own pace and comfort level.

Admission to the water park is required to participate in the air attractions, which range in price from $14.99 to $19.99.

23101 TX-242, New Caney, TX 77357, (832) 509-1556, bigriverswaterpark.com.

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🌴 High ropes course and zip line at Moody GardensGalveston

High ropes course and zip line at Moody Gardens (Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens)

Challenge your agility, balance and strength on Moody Gardens’ five-level Sky Trail Ropes Course, billed as the “highest rope course on the Gulf Coast.” The 71-foot high ropes course and zipline consists of 48 obstacles that you can complete at your own pace and comfort level: walk hanging wooden steps, carefully step through hanging rope loops, and other challenges, all while being protected by full armor -Body harness and safety line.

Little adrenaline junkies 48″ and under can hop on the Sky Tykes Ropes Course for a smaller adventure. The open course allows parents to walk alongside their child and help them.

High ropes course and zip line at Moody Gardens (Image courtesy of Moody Gardens)

A zip line glides over Palm Beach and the Lazy River, offering a bird’s-eye view of the Moody Gardens pyramids and tropical gardens.

High ropes course and zipline tickets are $30 each. Buy twice the fun with a $50 combo ticket. The Sky Tykes high ropes course is $5.

1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554, (409) 683-4200, Moodygardens.com.

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🧗‍♀️ Natural bridge cavernsNewbrownrock

Twisted Trails Zip Rail and High Ropes Course at Natural Bridge Caverns (©2020 Jim Flynn Photography)

This is a not-so-close spot that we recommend if you’re taking a weekend getaway to the Texas Hill Country. Located west of New Braunfels, Natural Bridge Caverns is the state’s largest commercial cave and a registered United States National Natural Landmark.

The cave was discovered in March 1960 and opened to public tours in 1964. Various guided tours are offered. Get up early and join the popular Lantern Tour, the first tour of the day. On this tour, visitors traverse the cave’s passageways, lit only by the light from hand-held lanterns, just like the explorers of the original cave decades ago. Other tours are the Discovery Tour, Hidden Passages Tour and the Adventure Tour.

You have finished your tour and are longing for more adventures? Go back above ground and try your hand at the Twisted Trails Zip Rail and Ropes Course, a four-story high ropes course with challenging elements like vertical rope ladders, double beams, and lily pads. As you traverse through the high ropes course, you can transition seamlessly to one of the seven zip lines.

Twisted Trails Adventure Course at Natural Bridge Caverns (©2020 Jim Flynn Photography)
TYKES Zip Rail & Ropes Course at Natural Bridge Caverns (Image provided by Natural Bridge Caverns)

There’s the Tykes version of the Twisted Trails Zip Rail and Ropes Course, perfect for little adventure seekers. The tiny attraction allows toddlers and young adventurers to experience some of the challenges that the larger course offers.

Participants have 45 minutes to experience the high ropes course. A ticket for Twisted Trails is $26.99 ($24.99 online) and a ticket for the TYKES Zip Rail and Ropes Course is $8.99 ($7.99 online).

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, (210) 651-6101, www.naturalbridgecaverns.com.

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