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Go Ape Rock Creek Park Rockville

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Go Ape Rock Creek Park
6129 Needwood Lake Drive
Rockville
MD
20855
Tel: 800.971.8271

Where are we going today?

Have you ever wanted to swing through the trees like Tarzan, or check out what it's like to be a bird high in the trees? Just head to Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course and you can experience just that!

Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is a super fun and challenging outdoor ropes course which let's those active family members use zip lines, navigate bridges and overcome those obstacles through the treetops of Maryland. It's a great way to keep active too!

When you arrive for your high adventure, you will be given a 30 minute safety briefing and training, so you all know what to expect. Then, after you're equipped with carabineers, harnesses and pulleys, you're on your way into the forest canopy!

Rock Creek Park is actually the FIRST Go Ape Course in the USA - pretty impressive! The course is made up of 6 zip lines, 2 Tarzan swings, and 44 crossings that will really challenge you! Want to know something else that's really cool? One of the zip lines is actually the USA's FIRST skateboard zipline!

There are also numerous rope ladders to really get that blood flowing and muscles working!

Each of the 6 sections takes you higher and higher into the trees, and each one is slightly more challenging than the last! Go Ape Rock Creek Park is also located in the stunning 75-acres Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Park, and with hiking trails, picnic areas and boat rentals, you can make an even bigger day of it and enjoy nature!

So what are you waiting for - the challenge is on!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$58
  • Children$38 (Ages 10 - 15 yrs)
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Daylight hours (varies by season)

Daily June - Aug / Weekends & select weekdays rest of year

Teachers corner

What a great sport for schools! All required supervising adults go FREE when bringing a school, scout or youth group (between the ages of 10 and 17) from Monday to Friday. Just give them a call to discuss the booking!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your adventure to check-in and that you are wearing comfy clothing that you don't mind getting dirty!.

Doing our bit

They donate time and resources to the local community and environmental groups! They also look after the sections of forest they are located in!.

Need a little extra help?

You do need to be physically capable of climbing rope ladders and navigating obstacles. You need some upper arm strength too.

Can I get one of those?

Go Ape t-shirts are sold in the cabin if you want to take something home to remind you of your adventure!.

More information

Go Ape has a minimum age of 10, minimum height of 4'7", and max weight of 285 lbs. Adult supervision is required for anyone under the age of 18. One participating adult may supervise up to two 10-15 year olds or up to five 16-17 year olds. .

What people are saying?

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    Some observations:

    Derick, the instructor was excellent! Very observant. He should be your trainers' trainer.

    The slope of the landing was too significant. I'm not a very heavy woman, so I'm not sure if this is a factor or not, but I can tell you that the landings were too fast and a girl about 16 years old got a sprain from trying to stop herself from the landing.

    She was highly experienced, as she told me of about four other zipline parks she goes to. I didn't mind the heights, the climb.. The landings were the worst! This was the...Read More

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    My Wife and I went for a fun outing. It was awesome. I would def come back again. Def wear some clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and maybe some light working gloves.

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    Who'd thought that the Brits (yep, Go Ape is a British franchise!) would put together such an awesome high ropes course!

    I've been ziplining 4-5 times and Go Ape is one of my favorites. It's a legit high ropes course where you go from site to site via zipline and in between, there are all kinds of obstacles including some challenging walkways and a TARZAN SWING INTO A NET :) They've added a new section where you traverse over the road, and then zipline back over it!

    I like that they have water jugs at each stockade so folks can stay hydrated....Read More

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    A better value for fun vs. time you could not ask for. Training was great and the mixed parties naturally tended to space themselves out. We were never waiting for anyone as we moved throughout the course. Amazing fun! If you are thinking about going, JUST GO! GO APE, that is. :)

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    Went on a LivingSocial adventure here. Would suggest this to people looking for a great group or team building activity. Grab some beers after to seal the deal.

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by Carolyn Thompson

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Some observations:

Derick, the instructor was excellent! Very observant. He should be your trainers' trainer.

The slope of the landing was too significant. I'm not a very heavy woman, so I'm not sure if this is a factor or not, but I can tell you that the landings were too fast and a girl about 16 years old got a sprain from trying to stop herself from the landing.

She was highly experienced, as she told me of about four other zipline parks she goes to. I didn't mind the heights, the climb.. The landings were the worst! This was the scariest part and it shouldn't have been. To be clear, I wasn't worried about the nets. I was worried about getting slammed at the bottom of a course. As a result, I will NOT be recommending your course.

Sorry!

by Ideen Solhtalab

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Who'd thought that the Brits (yep, Go Ape is a British franchise!) would put together such an awesome high ropes course!

I've been ziplining 4-5 times and Go Ape is one of my favorites. It's a legit high ropes course where you go from site to site via zipline and in between, there are all kinds of obstacles including some challenging walkways and a TARZAN SWING INTO A NET :) They've added a new section where you traverse over the road, and then zipline back over it!

I like that they have water jugs at each stockade so folks can stay hydrated. And there's also a picnic/BBQ area and a firepit (bring your own firewood).

The only thing I didn't like (that most people prob won't care about) is they don't allow inversions. It's a safety thing which I can sort of understand; but meh, it's much more fun inverting.

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