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Top of the Line

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas
Hours: 9am–dusk select days
Admission: Online ticket prices are $39.95 for adults, $34.95 for kids ages 10–15 and $29.95 for ages 6–9. Walk-up prices are an extra $5. Half-price tickets are sold after 5pm in the spring/summer.
Parking: Free

Get ready to apply all your upper-body strength and Spider-Man reflexes. You’ll need them to traverse the cargo nets and Indiana Jones-style bridges at Trinity Forest Adventure Park, the newest and largest aerial park of its kind in Dallas. Head just 15 minutes southeast of downtown for the most daring yet family-friendly experience you’ll have this spring break when the park opens with extended hours.
To make it through the ropes course – open to kids who are at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall – you’ll cross tricky obstacles and swoop down zip lines suspended between sturdy, century-old oak trees in the Great Trinity Forest. All climbers wear safety harnesses that securely connect to the steel cables running overhead, so no worries when your feet slip off the beams (and they will).
Day admission to the adventure park – run by the owners of The Southern Cross, a special event center on the same property – means three hours of play including a short training session on ground level. When you’re ready to feel the breeze higher up, climb the ladder to one of the six, self-guided courses. Each increases both in height and level of difficulty, much like a ski run. The yellow and green courses, which are easy enough for the younger kids, hover at 12–15 feet.
Here’s a tip: bring padded gloves for your young climbers to avoid rope burn and scrapes. If at any point your child would like to get down “right this minute, please,” staff will retrieve them mid-course to join you on solid ground.

Published March 2014