Pretend you are a swinging monkey, a climbing bear and a hanging sloth at Zoo Atlanta’s newest attraction, Treetop Trail!

This just-scary-enough-to-be-fun adventure is situated atop the playground near the main gate, and it is shaded underneath trees so kids really feel like they are in the canopy. Each child (or adult – we saw a few!) is safely strapped into a harness that connects to overhead rails, and they are then free to explore this soaring play structure.

We tried out Treetop Trail with two eight-year-olds boys, and they both declared it, “awesome!” One favorite was the zip line at the very tiptop, “because it felt amazing – like I was flying through the trees like a bird.” Another highlight for our boys was a section that only had knotted ropes to grip. They reported that the view from the top was cool and that it made them think about how animals move around in nature. It was fun (and only slightly terrifying) watching them bravely pick their way across a swinging rope bridge, carefully maneuver from step to step and make their way around the different parts of the structure. Every kid there was having a blast.

There was plenty of staff on hand to help out, and the kids got to play for a long time. The hardest part was getting them down! They celebrated with a sticker at the end. Whether the Zoo is in your regular family rotation or not, this additional experience is a reason to head over to Grant Park this summer.

–Sherry V. Crawley

The Details:
Treetop Trail at Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. zooatlanta.org
A waiver must be completed by each participant or guardian to participate. This experience is for  Zoo visitors of all ages, but children must be 48 inches tall to participate without an adult chaperone. Kids less than 48 inches tall cannot go on the Sky Rail, which is the zip line at the very top of the aerial playground. Wear close-heeled shoes – no flip flops or open sandals allowed.
When: Daily; last ticket sold at 4 pm.
Cost: $13.95 plus general admission; ages 12 and older, $25.99; ages 3-11, $17.99; ages 2 and younger, free.

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