If you haven’t tried ziplining in New Jersey, you should, and here’s why—getting an aerial view high above the treetops is an excellent way for the whole family to have fun, challenge themselves, and put their thinking caps on. And most of these places offer challenging ropes courses too, where kids can practice climbing and planning skills while feeling a sense of accomplishment after they’ve made it through. From the 40 ft tall zipline that swings past the animals at the Essex County Treetop Adventure Course to the ultra-tall Soaring Eagle Zipline at Diggerland USA to the challenging Tarzan Swing at Tree to Tree Adventure Park at the Cape May Zoo, you’ll climb, explore, and have a bonding adventure with the family that you’ll never forget. Scroll down for 8 places to go ziplining in New Jersey and try something exciting on your next family outing. And if you are up for more adventures with the fam, check out where to go indoor rock climbing in NJ. (featured photo credit: Istock/Daniel Chetroni)
8 adventurous courses to go ziplining in New Jersey
Essex County Treetop Adventure Course
Hear a lion roar in the distance as you glide along this 40-foot-tall zipline next to the Turtle Back Zoo. Beginners to experts will find a thrill here since the adventure course offers an adult course, junior course, and zip line for ages 6 and up. Though the course has a separate entrance from the zoo (and a separate admission charge), it’s worth the stopover before making your way back home.
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-5800 ext.279
Treescape Aerial Adventure Park
Adult courses, night climbs, and a kids’ park are just a few fun adventures you can have with the fam in Mountain Creek. The wooden platforms high in the trees are connected by rope walks, obstacles, and zip lines, making for a challenging afternoon. Kids new to climbing will love the dedicated kids’ park, where they can use the harness and carabiner system as an aid. If you’re looking for an adult night out, consider a night climb available every Saturday night, and then grab drinks at the clubhouse afterward.
414 County Road 517, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
FLG X Adventure Course
Test your limits and suspend yourself 15 to 50 feet off the ground, where courses are color-coded from beginning ones to more adventurous and higher elevations. Along each one, you will experience swings, bridges, slides, nets, and zip lines (don’t miss the thrilling aerial surfboard). For kids ages 9-11, there’s a lower course filled with suspended surprises, where kids work together to develop courage, trust, and respect.
59 Mt. Arlington Road, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Jenkinson’s Adventure Ropes Course
While the little ones climb the Sky Tykes course, kids 42″ and 48″ can experience a larger circuit with an adult. The bigger kids and kids at heart will love to explore a two-level course with 25 thrilling surprises, including walking the plank, riding the zip line, or getting unparalleled ocean views of Point Pleasant Beach while up in the clouds.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
The Mainland Adventure Park
You’ll find plenty of aerial adventures, a 50-foot climbing wall, extended zip lines, and more here. Kids will love exploring the Play Fort, Climbing Wall, Aerial Adventure Trails, and one of four Zip Lines. There are over 50+ aerial obstacles that get more difficult the higher you get. Don’t miss the Go Kart Track with over 1,000 feet of twists and turns, and the Arcade with plenty of retro games too.
151 NJ-72, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Diggerland USA Ropes Course
Everything your little construction lover could dream of—an amusement park, waterpark, ropes course, and a zip line. Travel across the park on a 700-foot zip line in a side-by-side seat while taking in a panoramic view from a 130-foot tower, or take a wild ride on The Soaring Eagle Zipline. Are you brave enough to climb four stories high? Test out one of the tallest ropes courses in the world at the Diggerland Ropes Course (definitely not for those with a fear of heights).
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Tree to Tree Cape May
Say yes to new adventures with challenging obstacles at the Cape May County Zoo as you explore nature through zip lines, Tarzan swings, nets, and climbing courses. The color-coded routes get more complex as you go along, challenging your kids’ minds and bodies with over 100 aerial adventure activities. After, make sure you stop by and say hi to the animals at the zoo (it’s free, so why not?).
707 U.S. 9 N., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Raiders Ark – Playland’s Castaway Cove
The whole family can make their way through this obstacle course that takes you on ropes, bridges, and zig-zags going up as high as some of the rides on the boardwalk. Finish off the adventure by sliding down the vast tunneled slide and landing back on the boards. Kids must be 42″ to go alone and 36″ with an adult.
1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Where do you go for rope courses and ziplining in New Jersey?
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