Things to do for Active Kids

Deep Forest Challenge Tacoma

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Deep Forest Challenge
5400 North Pearl St.
Tacoma
WA
98407
Tel: 253-970-0807

Directions

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in north Tacoma is just 40 miles south of downtown Seattle. Our address: 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 Parking is FREE! From Interstate 5 Take Exit 132 (Highway 16 West). Exit at 6th Avenue (exit #3) and turn left. Take the next right on to Pearl Street. Follow Pearl Street into Point Defiance Park. Directional signs will lead you to the Zoo parking lots. Alternate Park Entrance You can enter the park and easily reach the Zoo using the Mildred Street Entrance. Follow Pearl Street northbound as directed above. Turn left on North 51st Street and drive to Mildred Street. Turn right on Mildred, follow Mildred into the park. Once in the park, follow signs to the Zoo's parking lots, which will be on the left. We are located inside Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium next to the education center.

Where are we going today?

If you want a big of adventure in nature, then head on over to try the Deep Forest Challenge - right in the heart of a beautiful Washington State forest!

The Deep Forest Challenge has two courses - Super Kid, and the Discovery circuit.

The great thing about having two courses, is that means there is something for everyone! The Super Kid course is relatively low to the ground, and is perfect for kids aged over 5 years. 

Within this course, those little monkeys in training can take on the two zip lines, and up to 15 challenges. It's only about 5.5m high and they are safely strapped in, so they don't need to worry about not looking down!

To begin, those active kids will scale a short wall, then make their way through a net, then navigate a slatted wooden tunnel.  Then it's time to conquer the other challenges!

The more challenging Discovery course is perfect for those little ones ages 8 years and over. Kids - are you ready to take on the 20 foot climbing wall that you have to scale to start the course! This course is over 30 feet and takes you right over the zoo!

Parents - did we tell you that the price includes zoo admission too? Pretty special! 

Each of the courses do require some level of agility, and is great for testing the kids physical and mental toughness. They can also see themselves improving as they go along - which is what we LOVE to see! 

Get ready to hear "let's go again!" - because that's what surely will happen once they finish the Deep Forest Challenge! 

So why not go again!  

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsSuper Kids $22.45 / Discovery $42.45
  • ChildrenSuper Kids $30.45 / Discovery $40.45
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10:00 am - 4:00pm

Weekends Starting April 6th through June 15th

Teachers corner

There are group rates, and the kids learn balancing, coordination, and team work skills. So why not bring them along to enjoy the course! .

I'm Hungry!

With zoo admission included, you can head on over to the cafe, grille or the ice cream treats to fill up! .

Healthy Eating!

The Plaza Cafe offer sandwiches and salads! .

Doing our bit

They are very much about safety, and can ensure all the equipment is state of the art and very safe!.

Need a little extra help?

You do have to by physically mobile for the course, but if you want to talk to them about your specific situation, just give them a call! .

Can I get one of those?

With a gift shop, you can choose from a number of fun zoo items just for you! .

More information

The tickets include admission to the zoo! .

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    Awesome!!! A lot of reviewers comment about these trails being fast and flowey and rollercoastery, and this IS a fact! I loved every minute of it... and my S-Works loved it too! The last trails I did today were Skinny and Brown Wave and averaged 12mph... Now that's what I call fun!!!!!

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    I had an amazing time. Skinny was my route of choice for the day. This thrill ride had me exhausted at just mile two. This loop it's about seven miles. It's best when is dry, the rain made the terrain too slippery. I had a blast.

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    Trails have great substance. Smooth and wide track, flows well, and great for beginner's to intermediate. Full suspension is mostly unneeded but on a few on the trails. Deep step and Tower/Big Rock loops are shorter but with more challenges. My favorite is Great Wall trail clockwise. Most trails clockwise (for some unknown reason) seem to flow better than counter-clock wise. Be prepared for MANY riders who: do not wear helmets, ride wal-mart specials, and ESPECIALLY do not know riding etiquette.

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by Alex McDonald

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Trails have great substance. Smooth and wide track, flows well, and great for beginner's to intermediate. Full suspension is mostly unneeded but on a few on the trails. Deep step and Tower/Big Rock loops are shorter but with more challenges. My favorite is Great Wall trail clockwise. Most trails clockwise (for some unknown reason) seem to flow better than counter-clock wise. Be prepared for MANY riders who: do not wear helmets, ride wal-mart specials, and ESPECIALLY do not know riding etiquette.

There are over 30+ miles of trail, but anyone should be able to knock out 16+ in a good hour or two without wasting your camel back. There are no long climbs...

Best place in the CSRA to ride, otherwise go to Pisgah national forest in NC for a challenge.

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