I’m a big fan of any kind of travel that involves getting to do something adventurous. On my recent trip to Vancouver I was able to have some fun in the treetops (more on that soon!) so today I’m excited to share a post from Felicity of Holiday Lettings (a TripAdvisor company) about the top treetop adventures worldwide!
Jumping from treetop to treetop may seem like an activity straight out of The Jungle Book, but there are plenty of places where you can get into the swing of it too. Holiday Lettings suggests some terrific adventure parks from Andalusia to New South Wales.
Go Ape! in Buckinghamshire, UK
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Get in touch with your inner primate at Go Ape – an outdoor obstacle course that isn’t for the faint-hearted. Scale vast walls, clamber through tricky nets and find your route through the treetops. Your reward is views over the gorgeous Chiltern Hills.
If the panorama inspires you to explore the Chilterns further, then you could choose to cycle or hike through the beautiful countryside. An excellent place to head for is the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles, a sanctuary for historic buildings that were due for demolition; they range from traditional cottages to post-war prefabs. While you’re in the town, it’s also well worth touring the poet Milton’s cottage and relaxing in the pretty garden.
Aventura Amazonia in Marbella, Spain
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Marbella may be famous for glitz and glamour, but it’s also home to Aventura Amazonia, Andalusia’s biggest adventure park. You can select a route based on your confidence and fitness levels. Then you navigate the treetops using 83 different crossings, including rope bridges and zip wires.
When you’re back on the ground, you could master some basic steps at a salsa class in nearby Málaga. You won’t be able to miss the town’s massive Alcazaba fortress dating back to the 11th century. If you travel east, duck into the caves at Nerja and marvel at the spectacular formations.
Tree Top Adventure Park in Koh Chang, Thailand
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Fancy clambering through the jungle like Tarzan? You’ll have plenty of opportunities at the Tree Top Adventure Park. Just take your pick of the slides, flying skateboards and ropeways. As you go round the park, do try and take in the stunning vistas of the beach below too.
After you’ve caught your breath, a walk to the beach to flop in the shade of the palms is pretty tempting. Next stop, a dip under the majestic Klong Plu waterfall, which is just a few minutes away. And it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Thailand without catching a traditional snake show back in the town centre.
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park in California, USA
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For some high-octane fun in the great Californian outdoors, you should try Tahoe Treetops. If you’ve got a head for heights, your challenge should be the notorious black course; you fly for 300 exhilarating metres on multiple zip lines that elevate you 12 metres above the ground.
It’s not far from the park to the scenic Eagle Falls Trail, where you can try to track down the hidden lake. Meanwhile, architecture enthusiasts won’t be able to resist a tour of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, an imposing 1903 summer home built by businessman I.W. Hellman. A boat trip on glittering Lake Tahoe makes the perfect end to the day.
Trees Adventure in New South Wales, Australia
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Trees Adventure focuses on encouraging its visitors to interact with the beautiful surroundings. You scramble over obstacles and drift down zip lines to reach platforms, each made from indigenous blue gum trees. As you look out, you appreciate sensational views over both the Grose and Nepean rivers. Listen for the kookaburras’ chuckle and the tropical bellbirds’ song too.
You can build up a more detailed picture of the area’s unique environment with a bushwalking trip around Crosslands Reserve. Alternatively, it’s an easy drive to the elegant Rouse Hill House, where visitors step back in time and study its 185-year heritage. You’re also near the Tobruk Sheep Station, where you can sit around a campfire or watch the sheep being sheared.
A big thanks to Felicity for this awesome post! I’ve love to hear from you guys – has anyone done any fun treetop adventures?