Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island. Soar into Family Fun & Adventure in the Sky!

A mom and daughter on the zipline at Wild Play Jones Beach

We are so lucky to have two great zipline and ropes courses on Long Island – The Adventure Park Long Island and WildPlay Jones Beach. The two are quite different and if you love adventure, I recommend trying both experiences! As you can see, we have become a zipline and ropes course family. It seems to be the natural progression from our hikes around Long Island. Zipline & ropes courses on Long Island are like hikes up in the sky!

A mom & 3 kids at adventure park Long Island in climbing gear. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

Why We Love The Adventure Park Long Island

We have been fans of The Adventure Park Long Island – an “adventure in the trees” – for years. We fell in love with this zipline and ropes course four years ago. With its 34 ziplines and 14 treetop trails, everyone is destined to have a good time. It’s a great place to go with your friends, family, in a group, alone, or just for the kids.

A mom and daughter at Adventure Park Long Island Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

My first experience at The Adventure Park Long Island was Glow in the Park with some friends. My third child was just born and I was not yet back to my normal strength. I was very proud that I did it (and loved it) – and I vowed to get in shape and return.

A little girl at Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

My second visit was with our Girl Scout Troop and – after a year of yoga – I was ready to return. I was amazed how much easier it was! The girls had a blast and took advantage of The Adventure Park Long Island‘s Scout month group adventure!

Fire Pit Friday’s at Adventure Park Long Island

The Perfect Seventh Birthday Celebration

My son – who turned seven in October of 2020 – was dying to go. This was literally all he wanted to do for his birthday. With COVID halting normal birthday party options, an outdoor aerial zipline and ropes course on Long Island seemed like the perfect adventure. Luckily, the date coincided with “Firepit Fridays,” so our après climb involved birthday s’mores. Heaven for a seven-year-old Evan.

A little boy at the Adventure Playground at Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

The excitement of this visit was very much shared by his little brother. At four he was not yet allowed to join on the ropes courses. However, he was able to rock the new Adventure Playground (for kids age 3-6).  It was so much fun, filled with age-appropriate adventure, and he has asked every day to return. Which leads us to his May birthday request…

A family of 5 at Wild Play at Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

Why We Love WildPlay Jones Beach

We are a beach family. Ever since WildPlay at Jones Beach opened my kids’ eyes go wide as we pass it heading to our town beach. They have been begging to go. With a gorgeous beach view, this new zipline and ropes course on Long Island looks so cool and just calls out to you. It is the perfect way to end your beach day or as a fun destination on any day.

A little boy at Wild Play Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

As you climb from structure to structure at WildPlay Jones Beach, you feel connected to a larger course. Each of their orange structures are linked together, making it a continuous path. We went late afternoon to take advantage of the beautiful view, avoid the heat, and enjoy the sunset.

A 5 year old boy at Wild Play at Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

The Perfect Fifth Birthday Celebration

With a minimum age of five, we decided to make our youngest’s wish come true and celebrate his 5th birthday at WildPlay Jones Beach. After all – he also wanted to be at a zipline and ropes course on Long Island for his birthday – just like his big brother!

A little boy at Wild Play at Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

My boys did the Kid’s Adventure Course – with a beautiful view of the famous Jones Beach tower. Their pass allowed them to go through the course twice.

A girl at Wild Play at Jones Beach Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

My daughter and I did the Classic Course –with three levels (ascending with difficulty) of climbing. As she continued to the upper levels, we cheered her on below and took some great pictures!

Grand Rapids Course at Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

Comparing the Ropes Courses on Long Island

Both locations offer many options. At The Adventure Park Long Island there is not a “kids” ropes course. There are different levels (like a ski slope) and you can choose your own adventure. Each level has a suggested age range (beginning at age seven) but you’re good for all if you can reach or are with an adult.

At WildPlay Jones Beach, there is a specific kid’s course for ages 5-12 catering towards the “vertically challenged” set. This is perfect if the larger course intimidates them.

My seven-year-old loved both places and liked the difference and variety of both.

A girl zip lining through Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

Ziplines on Long Island

Many adventure seekers rush to ziplines. At The Adventure Park Long Island the ziplines are throughout the courses – with the Grand Rapids course – chock full of them.

A tween on a zipline at Wild Play Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

WildPlay Jones Beach has two zipline options. As you climb through the course you zipline from structure to structure. BUT if your true heart lies with a zipline – they have an even better option. The Jones Beach Zipline (for ages 7+) offers a view of the beach as you zip through the air. With four side by side 700-foot long ziplines, this ala carte experience can’t be beat.

A boy doing the zipline at Wild Play Jones beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

Type of Ticket for Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

The Adventure Park Long Island offers an unlimited three hour ticket throughout the park.

WildPlay Jones Beach offers an ala carte option (with a bundle package available). This allows you to customize your adventure.

Neither location charges admission for non-climbers (read: parents you can sit while your kids climb if it’s not your thing).

A 7 year old boy ready for a ropes course. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

What to Bring to Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

I would recommend a bottle of water, a small bag (like a fanny pack), and/or zippered pockets. Fingerless climbing gloves are also a great addition and will help at both locations. I like the inexpensive ones sold at The Adventure Park Long Island. You also need to wear closed toe shoes.

A dad and son eating at Adventure Park Long Island

Seating Areas for Non-Climbers at Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island

The Adventure Park Long Island has a seating area where your guests can wait as you climb. As you finish each course you can walk over to say hello, take a quick break, and grab a drink.

WildPlay Jones Beach is more of a continuous journey. Once you begin you are up there until you finish the course. There were ample places for observers to pop a squat and watch as you climb.

A mother & daughter at Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

All The Climbing Makes You Hungry!

You can bring food into The Adventure Park Long Island and enjoy your meal at one of their many picnic tables.

Since WildPlay Jones Beach is located on the famous Jones Beach Boardwalk there are tons of open tables (and restaurants) where you can enjoy a post adventure meal.

A girl on What to Fear Jump at Wild Play at Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

A View from the Top

Both ropes courses on Long Island offer unique adventures, exciting challenges, and tons of fun. In addition to the standard courses, The Adventure Park Long Island has great programs and events.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie WildPlay Jones Beach has some great experiences – including the 40 foot drop in the What’s To Fear Jump.

A little boy at Glow in the Park at Adventure Park Long Island. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

Where to Find Ropes Courses & Ziplines on Long Island

The Adventure Park Long Island is located at 75 Colonial Springs Rd, East Gate, Wheatley Heights, New York 11798. This is in Suffolk County – mid island.

WildPlay Jones Beach is located at 2600 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793. This is on the south shore of Nassau County right at Jones Beach. Paid parking (unaffiliated with WildPlay) is available in fields 4 and 5. You will see signs for WildPlay Jones Beach Guest Services on the boardwalk near the Boardwalk Cafe.

A mom and daughter at Wild Play at Jones Beach. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

With so many exciting options you will win no matter where you go. Both offer not only a sense of adventure but moments of serenity if you stop to look and around and soak it all in.

Good luck. Have fun. Be safe.

But above all, don’t forget to stretch!

A mother and her 3 small kids at Adventure Park Long Island Ropes Course. Zipline & Ropes Courses on Long Island.

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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrahs Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (11, 7, and 5). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member (and former president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the schools University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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