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Thrill Seekers: Check Out These Vermont Mountain Biking, Ziplining and Indoor Rock Climbing Destinations


Published May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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Looking for an adrenaline rush? From climbing walls to bike trails, water slides to trampolines, we've got you covered with these 10 adventurous spots, perfect for families looking for a bit of excitement.

1. Pine Hill Park

Sixteen miles of woodsy trails — with names like Escalator, Svelte Tiger and Voldemort — make for the perfect place to mountain bike, hike, run and walk dogs. Trails were designed in a stacked loop system so that the beginner ones are closest to the parking lot and the intermediate ones take riders up bigger climbs and over longer distances. Free. [location-5]

2. Kingdom Trails

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With old cart roads and double-track trails for beginners and fast single-track for more advanced riders, Kingdom Trails has been hailed the "best trail network in North America" by BIKE Magazine. The pump track, the Chutes & Ladders skills trail, and the church path (which ends in a playground) are best suited to families. Stop in at the welcome center, and a staff member will help customize a ride for your crew. $7-15 for a day membership; free for children 7 and under.  [location-1]

3. Catamount Outdoor Family Center

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  • Catamount Outdoor Family Center Tuesday night trail-running series
A variety of terrains — both flat and hilly, through woods and open fields — provide a picturesque setting for running and mountain biking on more than 20 miles of trails. From May through September, the center offers a Tuesday night trail-running series, and from May through August a Wednesday night mountain-biking series — both with shorter races for kids. $5-10 day membership; free for children 5 and under.

4. Smugglers' Notch Resort

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  • Smugglers' Notch Resort floating trampoline
In the summer months, Smuggs becomes a water-park village, with three wet "playgrounds" and two reservoirs. Activities include a splash pad, water slides, paddle boats and a floating trampoline. For land lubbers, there's an outdoor bungee trampoline and giant swing, plus FunZone 2.0 — a 26,000-square-foot indoor play center with mini golf, an obstacle course, bouncy houses and more. $30-70 for a Daycation ticket; free for children 2 and under. [location-2]

5. Killington Resort

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  • The Beast Mountain Coaster at Killington Resort
An outdoor ninja obstacle course, ropes course, zip line, trampoline jump, alpine tubing and more entertain thrill-seeking families. Don't miss the Beast Mountain Coaster, a twisting, turning 4,800-foot-long alpine roller coaster. $44-72 for an Adventure Center Day Pass. [location-3]

6. Okemo Mountain Resort

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The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster starts with a 1,600-foot climb, followed by a descent of 375 vertical feet that twists, loops and curves along the mountain at Okemo's Jackson Gore. Scenic chairlift rides, mini golf, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, an air-bag jump and a gold panning station are included with the purchase of a $69 Adventure Zone wristband. [location-6]

7. The Pump House Indoor Waterpark

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  • The Pump House Indoor Waterpark
Five water slides (including the thrilling/terrifying La Chute), a lazy river, the Double Barrel surf simulator and a little kids' play area — with a very Vermonty water-filled tipping sap bucket — await visitors. End your day with a soak in the family hot tub. $31-41 for a day pass; free for children 3 and under. [location-7]

8. Petra Cliffs

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  • Petra Cliffs
Whether you're new to rock climbing or a seasoned pro, this indoor climbing center offers climbing and bouldering for all ages, plus a high ropes course. $13-18 for a climbing and bouldering day pass; $10 for gear rental. [location-8]

9. Get Air Trampoline Park

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Kids get their wiggles out at this cavernous space featuring trampolines galore, an obstacle course, foam pits, slacklines, basketball and dodgeball, and a Little Air section for jumpers under 46 inches. $8.99-14.99 for one hour of jumping. [location-9]

10. Maple Street Park & Pool

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This community pool features a splash area, water slide and two diving boards. When you're done swimming, dry off and head to the park next door, which boasts several play structures, tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, and a freestyle bike park. $5-7 pool admission; half price after 6 p.m., mid-June to late August. [location-4]

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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