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In 6 spectacular wooded acres on the campus of the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit in West Bloomfield, MI is an aerial forest ropes park consisting of more than 130 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope to form bridges and zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form separate trails. Although every trail has zip lines on them, you will need to climb to get to them. There is much more fun than just zip lining to be had! There are 10 trails in total for ages five to adult. Each trail has varying difficulty level ranging from beginner to expert.
The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, MI (Park) is all about active participation as there are no motorized rides in the park. The trails are designed for everyone to enjoy and designated as Purple, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black and Double Black similar to ski trails. As one progresses through the difficulty levels, the bridges become less stable under your feet requiring more balance, agility, focus and arm strength. Your time in the park is not a heart pumping activity and you do not have to be a bodybuilder to make it through the trails. There is not a correct way of crossing the bridges, however, we leave it up to you to figure out the most efficient way of getting from platform to platform. Other than park rules, the only requirement we have is that your harness be properly worn and you are always attached by one of your carabiners to the life lines on and between each platform.
What are the days and hours of operation?
2017 Season Dates and Hours
The Adventure Park is closed for the 2017 season. Reopening May 2018.
All dates and hours listed are subject to change
Are reservations required?
Yes, RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED! The park regularly sells out, so please use the Reserve Tickets button at the top of the page to check availability and secure your kick-off time. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to contact our office to learn about eligibility for reduced prices. For more information, please see our Groups Page. Group reservations require a minimum of two weeks notice.
What trails are children and youth allowed to climb by age?
Please visit our Rules Page to see a chart that shows which trails each age group can climb.
What are the ticket prices?
More information, including our group rates, can be found on the Adventure Park Ticket Pricing page.
What should I bring with me?
Beyond comfortable attire, there are some requirements for clothing at The Adventure Park. All climbers must dress for the weather, so please watch the forecast to help you choose the most appropriate attire. Tighter fitting garments are often ideal. Shorts and leggings are popular attire during the warmer season. This is a physical activity that will keep your energy high. Heavy clothing may sometimes make you sweat during the colder season. Closed-toe shoes are a requirement. No sandals, flip-flops or slippers. Vibrim or FiveFinger style toe shoes are acceptable. Long hair and jewelry should not be left loose. Please tie long hair back with a tie or similar accessory. Sunscreen and bug repellent are acceptable but must be applied before your harness is fitted. There are drinking fountains in the park and bottled water is available for purchase. The park store keeps drinks, snacks and convenience items on hand for purchase. Climbers are responsible for their personal property. Please leave valuables in your vehicle or use one of our new coin-operated lockers to secure items.
What is the time duration of the ticket?
Tickets in the main Park are valid for three hours. You are encouraged to be prepared prior to buying your tickets (i.e. restrooms, snacks and dressed properly) so you can maximize your time in the park. Ticket sales end two hours before closing but if purchasing a ticket this late in the day, you will not get a full three hours of climbing.
Is a ticket required to watch my friends/family climb?
Tickets are only required for guests who are climbing. Observers are always welcome in the park.
What equipment is provided?
A harness and gloves are provided with your admission ticket. New gloves are also available for purchase.
Is there a height, age or weight restriction?
There is no height restriction for the aerial trails and zip lines. The trails are for ages 5 to adult. However, for our younger climbers, there are age restrictions on which trails can be used. 5-6 year children, for example, may only climb on our two purple trails. The yellow, green, and blue trails have requirements of parent/adult supervision or participation depending on the age bracket and the trail being used. For example, 7 and 9-year-olds can use the yellow trail with supervision but need to be accompanied by an adult on the green trail (1 adult per 2 children). You must be 10 years of age to use the blue trails with adult participation. A chart with participation and supervision requirements is on the aerial trail general rules page. Whenever adult participation is required the 1:1 adult/child ratio must be met. Regarding a weight restriction, the limit is 265 pounds.
Do I have to be really fit to do the trail?
Most people that lead an active lifestyle and are in good health should not have any difficulty in completing many of the trails. You are able to proceed at a pace that is comfortable to you. You are also welcome to leave the aerial trails and take a break. Unlike the purple, yellow and green trails, the black trails are very challenging.
What food services are available?
The Park operates at small Adventure Store on site which sells hot and cold beverages, snack items and souvenirs. For groups, we can provide suggestions on local pizza delivery options as well as restaurants which can provide in-park catering.
May we use a Caterer or bring in other vendors?
Yes, you may. Please see our Catering and More page for details that may help you in planning for this need. Some restrictions apply to vendors.
Is The Adventure Park certified?
Designed by Swiss alpine mountaineers, The Park is built to the standards of the ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) specifications, among the most stringent safety standards in the world. The Park was built and is currently maintained by Outdoor Venture Group, LLC. You can find out more about them at www.outdoorventures.us or contact them for more information at [email protected] or call (203) 692-4900.
Can The Adventure Park operate in the rain?
The Adventure Park can still be fun while it is raining. However, the park will close for severe weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, and high winds. If small storm systems are moving through the area we try to stay open and ask our guests to take a break while they pass. Call before you travel to confirm the operating schedule.
How difficult are the trails?
The trails range from easier (yellow) to expert (Double black diamond). Relative to each person’s ability, the trails are very manageable but become more physically challenging as you progress to more difficult trails. If you have not been up in the air before you may be unsettled at first about being 10 feet above the ground on yellow trails or 20 feet above the ground at points on green trails. Very quickly you will begin to have fun with the challenges and the height above the ground will not be your main focus. Your focus becomes being balanced and efficient on each bridge you are crossing. You will be secure and safe in your harness as long as you are Always Attached. Being attached to your lifeline is the most important requirement to remember and you are responsible to be Always Attached.
Are we allowed to bring our own food?
Is there a fee for parking?
No, parking is free for all guests.
Are private or group lessons available?
All participants will be provided adequate training, so lessons are not required. If desired, arrangements can be made to hire a guide. If interested, please call ahead to make sure that one is available. More information about guides can be found on our Guide FAQ page.
Do you offer season passes?
Yes. Season Passes are now available.
Are Adventure Park gift tickets available?
Yes, they can be purchased at the Adventure Park and online.
What are the driving directions?
Information on how to get to the park can be found on the Directions page.
The Adventure Park is open rain or shine, so we recommend dressing for the weather! If you don’t want to climb in the rain, you may always reschedule for a different day even if we remain open. In the event of severe weather (such as thunder, lightning, or high winds) the courses may close. Although we are unable to offer refunds, in the event of any course or park closures, your time may be extended, or vouchers will be made available for you to use towards future climbs that season!
Regarding Severe Weather:
At the Park we make the safety of customers and staff our top priority. When lightning strikes within a certain radius, we will close. Whether we open back up on a given day depends on the forecast. If our county is under a severe thunderstorm warning or watch, we may decide to close in anticipation of a storm rather than wait for it to hit. While it may appear that skies are clear at the Park, if radar indicates any danger coming, we must close. We will make every effort to contact leaders of any remaining reservations in a day should we be forced to close due to weather. If you are unable to reach us and the forecast is uncertain, please check our Facebook page, where we will post updates regarding closures.