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Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park Portland

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Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park
161 Brownstone Ave
Portland
CT
06480
Tel: 866 860 0208

Where are we going today?

Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is SO much more than a park! If you are a family that just loves adventure, fun, and a way to spend the day with the family, then you might want to head there for some fun!

Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is FILLED with a host of activities that are perfect for the whole family, no matter how active, or what age.

On those warmer days, the park's water is completely safe for swimming and splashing, where all ages can make a splash with friends. Love zip lines? Well don't worry, because Brownstone Park has 14! Yep - not just one - but 14!

On those busiest days, all 14 zip lines open so the queues are shorter, and make sure you spend time on the traditional drop zip lines where you can drop from 20ft above the water if you're game!

For those who love a bit of adventure, did you think you would be cliff jumping at a park? Why not! Here, the fearless kids will be jumping in, and of course parents will be right behind them. And...JUMP!

The Ultimate Extreme Rope Swing is one of the most extreme in the entire New England, and you can fly up to 20ft through the air, and feel that thrill as you get into full swing! It's pretty amazing!

Brownstone Park has SO much water fun too - from wakeboarding, to kayaking, and even scuba dicing for those who feel they want to really explore the Connecticut waters!

With rock climbing too, and obstacle courses, it's no wonder that Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is a great way to spend time in the great outdoors with the family!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $24
  • ChildrenSame as adulrs
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Time vary on the month so check ahead!

May to September

I'm Hungry!

There is a tasty food shack, where a concessions stand and grilling station offers hot dogs, burgers, and chicken! There is also a brick oven pizza available, and lots of tasty treats and snacks!.

Healthy Eating!

Picnicking is more than welcome to why not bring along some tasty family favorites and enjoy it in the sun!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water, and sun protection.

Doing our bit

They love for you to be safe, so life jackets are available for free!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff when you get there about what activities you can participate in, pending any disabilities or restrictions.

Can I get one of those?

There is a rental shack where you can hire the kayaks, snorkels, and pick up anything you have forgotten.

More information

Check out the fun events that they host across the season, including the July 4th fun!.

What people are saying?

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    After my experience I wrote this letter

    Hello. I visited your park for the first time today. Although the setting is beautiful and I did manage to have fun, there were several safety issues that appalled me. As an avid mariner I take water safety seriously and would think a park such as yours, where people are taking moderate risks in the water, would as well. On my visit on Saturday July 25th, 2014, we had an extremely difficult time finding a safe and viable life vest. Over 50% of them were ripped and torn. A solid 30% were ripped so badly that...Read More

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    I've been twice and had an excellent time both times. I'd try to get there early, because lines can get pretty long. Either that, or try to go during a rainy (but not thundering) day. One of the days I went was rainy, and there was no lines for anything. The water is the perfect temperature, and while the facilities are a little lacking, I've never had to wait for the bathroom or a changing stall. A really fun place for all ages.

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    I went at the end of the season in October so there were only about 10 people there. There was one rock wall and zip line open which makes sense since no one wants to go in the water in October. Cost was discounted $11 off the summer price that includes rock climbing and zip lines. The operation was very safe. Life jackets, helmets, and harnesses with locking carabiners. Experienced rock climbers handling the ropes. It is a great idea for an old quarry and I wish there were more of these.

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    I went in the last weekend this place was opened in 2010. Not too packed I see i got lucky because of these reviews I been reading on here. So it was reallly reallly fun. Like me and my friends n family only went with adults and it was like a discovery zone for adults. Most all the atractions were open. People on here complaining about pee infested water but its a lake its as natural as u get. you think the indians had choices they bathed in lake water. so i dont see the big deal. And raised some healthy indians lol ! people nowadays r so used to...Read More

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    I got a season pass last summer. It wasn't worth it. They randomly closed the park with no notice based on weather reports; they closed early with no notice; they would bar you from entering the park an hour before closing regardless of having a season pass. The lines were ridiculous on weekends. And to top it all off, I observed the men who own Brownstone verbally abusing their young employees for paltry reasons in front of the entire quarry on numerous occasions. Completely and totally unacceptable. This was what decided it for me; I refuse to...Read More

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by April Meyers

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After my experience I wrote this letter

Hello. I visited your park for the first time today. Although the setting is beautiful and I did manage to have fun, there were several safety issues that appalled me. As an avid mariner I take water safety seriously and would think a park such as yours, where people are taking moderate risks in the water, would as well. On my visit on Saturday July 25th, 2014, we had an extremely difficult time finding a safe and viable life vest. Over 50% of them were ripped and torn. A solid 30% were ripped so badly that foam was popping out. A solid 60% and more had no back loops so folks were unable to properly fasten their life vests and secure them to their bodies. I actually saw one of your staff show a guest how to tuck her flapping vest under the two adult body wraps. Really? Staff? This of course flew up the moment the woman hit the water. I saw as many children running around with flapping life vests as I did adults. I saw children climbing rocks with bare feet and flapping vests and watched those same vests hit the wearer in the head repeatedly from the speed of the zip line decent. On the zip line where you release and drop into the water I watched several folks drop in and have those flapping vests pop up and cause them issues; serious safety issues. We opted to try one of the zip lines and were further upset by the lack of safety there. We used the line nearest the big yellow water slide at the lower height level. The gentleman giving us the harness did not at any point show us how to put on the harness until one of my party pleaded. When he complied, it was with attitude and reluctance. I climbed the rope ladder to the top where a female staff member did not check my harness. I demanded that she check each and every restraint. Again, I was treated poorly and with annoyance. I also requested she check on the two other members of my party, one of which was my 12 year old daughter. She did not. She simply hooked them up and shoved them off. In my life I have never been to any park, public or private where safety was so blatantly disregarded. I do not blame the staff as it is obvious they are not trained to follow protocols that ensure safety like other parks where they check each restrain, belt, etc. The fault lies with the management responsible for training the staff and with the corporation hiring that management. It is such a shame that a park with such potential has shady safety practices at best. In fact, each attraction states only USCG approved life vests may be used but I know of no USCG inspector that would approve broken and destroyed vests. I took several pictures of the flapping vests I mention above although one visit to the park would reveal a thousand of them or more. I would prefer you raise the cost of admission to ensure that each guest has a solid vest meant to save them from any aquatic accident than to continue the practice currently in place.

by J Torres

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I went in the last weekend this place was opened in 2010. Not too packed I see i got lucky because of these reviews I been reading on here. So it was reallly reallly fun. Like me and my friends n family only went with adults and it was like a discovery zone for adults. Most all the atractions were open. People on here complaining about pee infested water but its a lake its as natural as u get. you think the indians had choices they bathed in lake water. so i dont see the big deal. And raised some healthy indians lol ! people nowadays r so used to america they forget to actually have fun it disgusts me, keep ur hollywood butts at the expensive places and leave these to people like me who actually like having fun and wont do a certain thing cuz im worried what might happen. I live for today not for tomorow. The lines will be alot shorter if you did ;] ill pick this place over six flags anyday !

by Aubri Drake

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I got a season pass last summer. It wasn't worth it. They randomly closed the park with no notice based on weather reports; they closed early with no notice; they would bar you from entering the park an hour before closing regardless of having a season pass. The lines were ridiculous on weekends. And to top it all off, I observed the men who own Brownstone verbally abusing their young employees for paltry reasons in front of the entire quarry on numerous occasions. Completely and totally unacceptable. This was what decided it for me; I refuse to provide money to people who abuse their employees.

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