Flying across 3,500 feet of lines suspended above the rolling foothills below, visitors at Eagles Wings Zipline can expect an adrenaline-packed experience during zipline tours that can last up to 2.5 hours. Sometimes up to 75 feet above the ground on lines that span more than 1,000 feet in length, zipliners can reach top speeds over 40-miles-per-hour while safely suspended from the sturdy lines. The course also includes thrilling components such as a bridge suspended 100 feet over the forest floor, suspended ladders that connect platforms, and at least two areas where visitors inadvertently scream and giggle like toddlers.
Deep in the verdant expanse of the Lark Valley, the forest’s leaves rustle as a blurry figure glides by. The creature flying across the forest canopy isn’t a bird or acrobatic sport’s mascot returning to its natural habitat. It’s a person strapped into 1 of 10 ziplines at Lark Ranch, which extend more than 1 mile through the surrounding area. Guests slip into safety harnesses and helmets before clipping in the suspended steel cables and soaring high above the valley’s varied topography of lakes, forests, and fields of blossoming holiday sweaters. Elsewhere, lush crops sprout around festive pumpkin patches, encouraging visitors to become one with harvest-time happiness.
Adolescent ascenders, ages 7–12, can safely channel their inner mountain goat on more than 12,000 square feet of scalable surfaces at Nashville School of Climbing's summer camps. For three hours a day over five days, skilled instructors guide junior climbers through basics skills, terminology, and interactive games. Rockhoppers' Camp (ages 7–9) and Cliffhangers' Camp (ages 10–12) boast a three to one camper to counselor ratio, and give parents plenty of free time to catch up on all the cartoons they TiVo'd. The cost of the camp includes harness and shoe rental, instruction, and a daily snack.
Set up along verdant forests, mountains, and valleys, Kentucky Action Park's outdoor attractions bring elements of the old-timey Wild West to the modern-day sense of adventure. The winding turns of an alpine slide send sleds on exhilarating quarter-mile trips down the mountain, and putters propel colorful orbs across 18 western-themed mini-golf holes. Chair lifts and a 24-foot rock wall tower overhead, the top of which grant scenic views typically seen only by birds and children holding many balloons. Elsewhere, horses trot out of the Jesse James Riding Stables, which has been in operation for more than 30 years. At Outlaw Cave, guided tours travel below ground to view stalactites and rock formations sculpted by the patience of water over the past millennia.
Across 22,000 square feet of Blazer's Fun Zone, visitors of all ages can find something to smile about, whether it's rock climbing or playing an arcade game. The various attractions work up an appetite for snacks, which can be found at Sweet B's Frozen Yogurt onsite, or at the snack bar, where the staff slings pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and drinks.