Have you heard about Go Ape, the zipline and ropes course combo strung through through the tree tops of Creve Coeur Park? It just the newest adventure activity in St. Louis!
The course is five sections of rope climbing fun that will challenge your balance and your dexterity. Each stage begins with a rope ladder to get you into the tree tops and ends on a zip line to whisk you back to the ground. The starting points have a nice little bench and water cooler so you can take a break before the next phase.
Here’s a few pointers on how to get the most out of your visit!
- Consider what you wear carefully. You’re going to be climbing rope ladders, shimmying across obstacles and swinging from lines into big nets.
- Don’t wear any jewelry that could get snagged. If you (or your teen daughter) have piercings that can’t be removed, Go Ape says to tape them over.
- Long hair needs to be tied back.
- Go Ape suggests hiking boots–but only bring them if you would be comfortable pirouetting across a wire cable in them like Lara Croft herself. You can NOT wear open toe, slip on shoes or sandals.
- Gloves would be extremely helpful to avoid rope burn.
- A heavy t-shirt—tucked in—will keep the mulch out of your pants if you don’t stick the landings after each zip line.
- Bring a camera, but use a clip to attach it somewhere safe. The people at Go Ape warned that anything kept in a pocket was unlikely to stay there. They can store small items for you at the starting point, but you’ll be better off just not bringing anything silly. Ladies, keep your purse in your car for this one.
- They provide training. The first bit of training is on the ground where they show you how the harness works. The second stage of training is on a low to the ground beginner course. After that, you’re on your own. (There are guides roaming the forest floor in case you need a pointer.)
Go Ape in St. Louis is family friendly, but only for big kids. You have to be at least 10 years old and over 4 feet 7 inches for safety. Also, the harness can only accommodate adventurers under 285 pounds.
The age limit makes perfect sense when you realize the ropes can only handle one climber at a time. Platforms can hold up to three people, so you can regroup at each obstacle and figure out the best way across.
Go Ape in Creve Coeur Park is open seven days a week in the summer and during weekends in spring and fall. They close from December to March. Check the Go Ape website for more details on time.
Ticket prices are currently $55 for adults and $35 for kids from 10 to 17. There are discounts available for groups, military, police and fire, teachers and college students.