Kids’ Review of Skytop Lodge Adventure Center Zipline Challenge Course

Ever want to glide through the trees, wind flowing through your hair, and leaves brushing past your face?  That was the dream of our youngest daughter, and this Dad aims to please.  Our summer family road trip was a circle tour of the Grand Lodges of Pennsylvania, and included a stop at the Pocono Mountains’ luxurious Skytop Lodge.  The ONE thing our youngest daughter Evie (age 12) wanted to do on this vacation was zipline through the mountain canopy.  Skytop’s 5,500 mountain acres includes a full Adventure Center with a 3 hour Treetop Zipline and Adventure Course.  During the afternoon adventure, I felt like a kid again scrambling through the treetops.  However, this wasn’t my activity, this was Evie’s, and I’m turning over the blog to let her describe it.  Continue reading for Evie’s zipline experience at the Skytop Lodge Adventure Center.

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Article by Evie Parfitt (age 12)

This summer, we went to the Skytop Lodge in the heart of the Poconos Mountains.  I was excited to check out the grounds, and stay in a nice place, but I think the thing I was most looking forward to was being able to do a zipline/ropes course at the Skytop Adventure Center.  Our Mom didn’t want to come on the course with us, so it was just my sister, my Dad and I.  Once we got there, I saw the… what I later knew to be the training course, and, I remember asking my Dad, “Is that it?!” (it was not it, by the way.)

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Yeah, so we got all harnessed up, and then made our way to the training course, which I have to say, may have been a little misleading.  The obstacles on the training course were nothing compared to the real thing.  I’m not saying the real thing wasn’t fun, because it was, really, really fun.

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Some of the obstacles were definitely harder than others.  Especially hard were the ones that swung around, like the “Aerial Surfboards” or these swinging log things.  Even though we were attached to a safety line that you could also hold on to, it was still kind of hard.  But also fun.  VERY fun.  I ended up not doing the bonus course, just because I was really tired from everything else, and didn’t want to push myself too much, I mean, come on, it is vacation!

Editor’s/Dad’s note: our group completed the required sections of the course, and had enough time for a “bonus” section.  Evie decided not to do the bonus section, but her sister and I did while Evie contentedly walked and watched on a path below.

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Interspersed between all of the ropes course parts, were the zip lining parts, and those were, to say the least, AWESOME!!  All you have to do is strap into the line, keep your head away from the 30-50 mile an hour wire rushing past your head, extend your arms, lean back, and enjoy the thrill of it all.  I had a really great time.  I did get a little sore afterwards, but it was worth it, totally.

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Dad back now.  The Treetop Zipline and Adventure Course was a fantastic family activity at Skytop Lodge.  It was not too difficult for kids, or those who have never done a ropes course before, but it offered plenty of challenge for more experienced climbers.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon together engaged in a totally new (for us) excursion outdoors, and create one of those lifelong family memories.  I want to go back and do it again!

DISCLOSURE: Our family was hosted by Skytop Lodge and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, and received complimentary passes to the Skytop Lodge Adventure Center for the purposes of writing this review.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.