Go Ape Adventure Course Plano: Zip Line & Ropes Course
Plano Zip Line: You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I’m NOT an adventurous person. I love doing fun things with family and friends, but when it comes to (what I perceive as) death-defying activities like zip-lining, if I allow myself, I can become paralyzed with fear. But the fact is, when you have kids, there are times when it’s best to face your fears and teach your kids that it’s OK to be afraid… and it feels incredible when you overcome those anxieties! Plus, an activity like this is a GREAT opportunity to bond with your teens and tweens!
So when Go Ape invited us to visit their newest adventure course in Plano, Texas, so we could share our experience with you, I jumped at the chance:) They got us set up and sent us a confirmation:
Go Ape’s first treetop adventure course in Texas is just 30 minutes from our home in Flower Mound, and is located within the beautiful Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve (in Plano). As you go through the course, you’ll notice people walking and biking on the trails beneath you:)
We started our day getting geared up for our adventure. Go Ape takes safety seriously, which is so reassuring! Our guide Julie got us set up with harnesses, made sure everything was securely fastened, and explained how everything worked.
I love the sign in the background below… “Point of No Return”
After a short walk to the course, Julie further explained the safety rules and talked us through the procedures to hook yourself into the cable system, and ascend the rope ladder to the course above.
At first, it seemed a little complicated, but there are signs throughout the course to help, and once you’ve gone through it a couple of times, the process becomes second nature.
The course consists of 5 sections, each of which have 7-8 “crossings” (tight wires, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, zip lines, and more)!
We headed up and explored every option.
For me, the first step off of a platform is always the worst! The fear can really get in your head. But once you let go (both literally and psychologically) it really is a THRILL!! And the staff at Go Ape is really encouraging (but they never pressure you… they were SUPER patient with us)!
Like I said, there’s nothing like getting out of your comfort zone and doing something adventurous to really connect with your kids. One of the things that I really liked about this course was the fact that we all remained relatively close to each other (unlike other courses, where the kids can go off on their own).
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is a beautiful setting for this course. You’ll often find yourself above the creek, especially during the zip lines!
We had so much fun!!
Check out the video of our visit:
The course takes 2-3 hours to complete.
Current pricing (April 2016) is $58 for anyone 16 and older; $38 for those age 10-15.
Minimum age: 10 years old
Minimum height: 4ft 7in (55 inches)
Maximum weight: 285 lbs (subject to harness fit)
Supervision: One participating adult (18+) is required to supervise up to two 10-15 year olds. 16-17 year olds do not require a supervising adult, but do require a waiver signed.
Closed toe and closed heel shoes are required, and I would highly recommend bringing some gloves (It’s amazing what a workout the course is).
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
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Spend the rest of your day at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve and enjoy all the park has to offer. Before or after your Go Ape adventure, check out the park’s 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. The park’s 2,000 person amphitheater hosts outdoor concerts and festivals throughout the year, and the Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center is a great resource for interactive nature exhibits and meeting/rental space.