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Richmond Zoo to build treetop course

September 13, 2013 9:11am

Here’s one that should get the kids excited — and by kids, I mean anyone who enjoys a zipline or a tree house: The Times-Dispatch reported yesterday that sometime this fall the Metro Richmond Zoo will open a “treetop adventure park.” As Louis Llovio wrote, “According to Florida-based Treetop Adventure Concept, the course will include tightropes, ziplines, jungle bridges and ‘other diabolical bridges that run between platforms nestled high in the trees.'”385908_10150352520881566_10789456565_8485869_328579993_n-300x224

I’m not sure my 3-year-old could think the zoo is any cooler, but this might just do it. And if treetop adventure courses are your thing, there are a few options not far from Richmond that you may not be aware of. Remember when Byrd Park was the prospective site for the Go Ape! treetop course? That ended up in Williamsburg’s Freedom Park. That’s less than hour east of Richmond. About an hour south of here, near Farmville, there’s a similar course at Sandy River Retreat. Both are worth the drive.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?