Photo by Brian Niksch

I recently got the chance to visit Edge Adventures Northwest Indiana at Deep River, a "tree-top" ropes course and zip line park. It's one of the Region's newest attractions, and it's great. I did learn that I'm not as adventurous as my teenage self and I was a getting nervous as I was putting on my safety gear.

After signing a waiver we were instructed how to put the harnesses on and taken through a practice course. Accomplishing the practice course, most of my nerves went away. Climbing up to the more difficult courses was more challenging than I expected, or maybe it's because I'm a little out of shape. Keep in mind, if you visit, that balance is key on the ropes courses!

Instructors are there to guide you to a course that is at your skill level. (I started on the easiest course possible; if it were acceptable I may have spent the entire day with the 5 year olds.) You can't skip levels, so if you've only done the easiest courses, you have to complete a medium level course before moving onto the hardest ones.

After climbing, swinging, balancing and walking across ropes from tree to tree, I was officially breaking a sweat. This may have been my most thrilling bit of exercise in years! I'll definitely be back to soar through the trees with some friends and family. Maybe I'll get enough nerve to try Edge in the dark!

Details:

  • You can enjoy more than 50 treetop obstacles and zip lines at a number of skill levels. 
  • There are height and weight restrictions: Aerial Park requires you to be 8 years of age or older and able to reach 66" with hands when both heels are flat on the floor. Minimum weight is 40lbs. and maximum weight is 275lbs. 
  • The park also features a ropes course for younger kids (4 years and up).
  • Participants can choose an all-day adventure; or in 2 or 3 hour increments.

 

Tips:

  • You can go on as many courses as you can get through in your time period. And as long as you start a course before your time period ends, you're allowed to finish it. 
  • Kids on the regular courses between 8-13 need to have an adult participating with them (1 adult to 2 kids), 14-15 just need an adult supervising activity from the group.
  • If you are an adult climbing with kids, you might want to go last so you can help if a kid has trouble sliding their hooks through the transition plates between the elements. 
  • Make sure to wear closed toed shoes, pull long hair back and don't wear dangling earrings or necklaces.
  • Wear something with pockets to put your car keys in.
  • Phones and cameras are not recommended on the courses, so get your group together for a photo before you get in your harnesses and lock them in your car.
  • Use the bathroom before you start getting into your harness! They have port-a-potties on site.
  • Follow Edge Adventures on Facebook or Instagram for special deals and discounts, like buy-one, get-one half off admission.

 

This October, Edge Adventures will be transformed for Halloween. Lights, sounds and décor will add to your thrilling experience with haunted tree top trails from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. They'll also offer evening visits from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays in October. It'll be a great time to enjoy the fall weather and better yet ... less bugs!

My best piece of advice for your adventure: relax and have fun!

Learn more about Edge Adventures Deep River here. 

What's Nearby

For snacks on the ride home, don't forget to stop by Albanese Candy Factory and ChicagoLand Popcorn right up the road.

During the summer, you can make it a full day of outdoor adventures for your family by visiting Deep River Waterpark, located next door to Edge Adventures.