Jul 152015
 
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The Adventure Center at Killington Mountain

Bored.

It’s been the word of the summer around here.  My oldest, who is a few weeks away from his 11th birthday has come down with a severe case of the tweens and my little man, who is a few weeks away from his 8th birthday, goes along with everything (and I do mean everything) his big brother says.

Since the boys got out of school, I have spent so much time planning activities to keep them busy, but apparently my idea of fun is not the same as my kids.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I took them to places like the beach, the town pool and the local splash pad.  All of those places are “boring” according to my children and believe me when I tell you how frustrating it is to hear that word come out of their mouths repeatedly for days on end.

Just imagine my delight when I found something that not only both of my boys loved, but they were actually really sad when we had to leave.

Mom for the win!

**Disclosure: My family received two complimentary day passes to the Adventure Center at Killington in order to experience it four ourselves and to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

I bet you’re wondering what this majestic place is? It’s the brand new Adventure Center at Killington Mountain. It just opened this year and my family got to experience two days there last week.  There are eight attractions in all at the Adventure Center, but there were a few that stood out as favorites for my boys.  Their absolute favorite was the Skye Ropes Course with the Skyeride being a very close second.

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Here’s a look at what you can do at the Adventure Center:

Skye Ropes Course

The Skye Ropes Course stands four-stories high with 42 obstacles to maneuver.  Before you can get started on the course, you will have to get fitted for a harness in the Snowshed Lodge, which is also where you buy your tickets for the day.  Once you’re fitted with a harness, you get a full two hours on the course.  You don’t have to use the full 120 minutes, but chances are you’ll want the full two hours up there.  It’s so much fun for athletes of all ages.

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Participants 42” – 48” must be chaperoned by an adult; participants under 42” are not permitted.  My little man just hit the 48″ mark, so he went up alone with his brother.  There is only one person per obstacle at a time for safety reasons (which is a very good thing) and you just pull your harness along with you as you go.  Pretty simple.

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Roaring Brook Mining

The Roaring Brook Mining is a kid-friendly adventure, providing a great keepsake for miners of all ages. This one costs a little extra, but for us, it was totally worth it.   You can purchase a bag of dirt that’s filled with an assortment of rocks & gems when you buy your tickets and then pan for your treasure up at the Adventure Center. A 2 lb bag is $6 and a 3 lb bag is $8.   My boys are super into Minecraft and loved sifting their gems out of the dirt and matching them up to the little chart that came with the bag of dirt.  They had so much fun that they ended up mining again the second day we were there.

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The Skyeride

The Skyeride is 600 feet long, 100 feet high and glides at 30 miles per hour. The comfortable mid-air adventure provides cool mountain breezes, side-by-side seating for two and unbeatable views all year ‘round.  My boys went on the Skyeride a few times and absolutely loved it.

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The Terra-Maze

The Terra-Maze is located just below the Skye Ropes Course and offers 5,000 square feet of feet-on-the-ground exploration.  When you start the maze, you will receive your Terra-Maze Passport, which you will time stamp and then hit the course running. Find the four check points that spell the word MAZE the quickest, and you’ll win a small prize at the end of the maze.

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K-1 Express Gondola Ride

You can enjoy a mile and a quarter ride up the K-1 Express Gondola to the top of 4,241-foot Killington Peak for breath-taking views, access to 15 miles of designated hiking trails and you can even have lunch up at the Peak Lodge, which features fresh local fare.

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The gondola is located about a mile up the road from the rest of the Adventure Center attractions and there are different rates depending on age and number of people riding.  You can get all the rates here.

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We loved hiking up at the top of Killington Mountain.  There are several trails up there and we picked one that was only about a mile long since it was pretty warm the day we were up there.

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The views were truly amazing.

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Disc Golf

Killington’s mountainside disc golf course offers a fun and challenging game for all ability levels, plus where else do you take a scenic lift ride to start your game? The course starts at the top of Snowshed and meanders its way back down to Snowshed Lodge. Each round includes a one-way ride up the Snowshed Express Quad to get you to the first tee.

Motorized Mountain Tours:

Hit the mountain with a guided tour on the ride of your choice – an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or Segway! Experienced mountain guides show you the way, provide all the required safety gear and include an introduction to your vehicle of choice prior to hitting the trails.

An ATV allows for passengers to ride with a guide or another member of their party – so if you’re not ready to take the wheel, you can still enjoy the experience. Segways are for individual use only.

Mountain Bike Rentals:

Located at Snowshed Lodge, the Killington Bike Shop has everything you need to start your adventure, including tickets, trail passes, bike rentals and gear.  The experienced staff will set you up with a bike that best matches your ability and riding style – from freeride and cross-country to downhill.  Please note, bike rentals are available for ages 7 and up (minimum 48″ tall).

Spend Some Time on the Water:

At Killington, you can rent a Stand-up Paddle Board or kayak so that you can spend time of Snowshed Pond.

Kent Pond, located just five minutes from Snowshed is a bit larger and offers a beautiful setting for kayaking and paddle boarding as well. Two hour equipment rental and transportation to and from Kent Pond are also available from Snowshed Lodge. Check out pricing information here.

The Beast Mountain Coaster (Opening July 25th)

The Beast Mountain Coaster is a 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster that will twist and turn through the woods with 360-degree corkscrews and supply thrills for all ages.

We watched saw the construction while we were there and it looks like a heck of an impressive ride. We want to get back up there to ride the Beast Mountain Coaster once it’s up and running.  It looks seriously awesome.

You’re probably wondering how much all of this is going to cost. For all that’s included, I think the prices are very reasonable. You can purchase tickets for each attraction individually or you can get an Adventure Center Day Pass.  All tickets can be purchased at the Snowshed Lodge.

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Adventure Center Day Pass – $39 (ages 7+); $15 (ages 6 and under), includes:

  • Skyeride, three rides
  • Skye Ropes Course, 2-hours
  • Terra-Maze, unlimited runs
  • Disc golf, one 18-hole round including discs
  • Snowshed scenic lift ride, round trip

Add-ons:

  • Add three rides on the Beast Coaster for a total of $59 (ages 7+.) Beast Coaster opening in late July.
  • Add a round-trip K-1 Express Gondola ride for an additional $15

Activities and attractions not listed above are not included in an Adventure Center day pass but can be purchased individually.

We had such a good time at Killington’s Adventure Center and think we are going to make visiting it an annual tradition in our family. It was so refreshing not to hear the word “bored” come out of either of the boys mouths for two whole days.

Wondering where we stayed while we were there? Come back tomorrow to read all about the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.

Which Adventure Center attraction would you like to try first?

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  126 Responses to “Fun and Adventure Awaits at Killington’s New Adventure Center #KillingtonMoms #Beast365”

  1. My girls are still a bit young for this, but will have to keep this in mind as they get older now 😉

  2. My kids would LOVE this place! I was a little worried about the price by the time I got to the end, but the ticket prices you listed are quite reasonable for everything that’s included. Looks like a great place!

    • It does sound like a lot at first, but then I consider how much I just spent to take the kids bowling for one hour and I realize it’s a deal! PS Who knew bowling was so expensive?

  3. Oh my gosh that looks like SO MUCH FUN!

    Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

  4. All that high up stuff looks cool, but makes me squirmy. I bet they loved it. My boys would.

  5. looks like great fun for the boys. Can’t wait till mine are big enough

  6. That looks like an amazing adventure with something for everyone. I think we would go for the paddle boats first and work our way up.

  7. Not sure I would enjoy any of those rides–well maybe the sky ride. I can see why kids would absolutely love it there. I can’t wait to hear about the lodge (where I would probably be hiding out if not paddle boating!)

  8. What an exciting experience for you and your family. These are fun activities you don’t always do.

  9. I love the “severe case of the tweens” part 🙂 Wow! This place looks amazing! I absolutely love and can’t believe that maze! Looks like you can definitely get lost in it!

  10. What a super fun place for boys! Okay, maybe girls too but not this girl or my daughter lol. I would be petrified of some of those things! Just give me a book and I’ll watch…

  11. Wow what a cool place! My boys would have a blast there, so many fun things!

  12. This is awesome! I wish I lived close to this place I would be taking my kiddo there all the time! It looks like a lot of fun!

  13. That looks like so much fun! We don’t have kids but I kind of want to visit for myself!

  14. Wow there is so much to do. it looks like the boys had an amazing experience.

  15. Man, I’d feel like I was in Survivor there! Looks like a blast!

  16. That looks like so much fun! I love all of the adventure elements. I know my kids would definitely not be telling me they are bored.

  17. This looks super fun! I used to tell my mom that I was bored all the time as well 😛

  18. That looks so fun! I love ropes courses, the last time I did one was in Mexico. Yeah you definitely have a “mom win” here.

  19. I do not have kids yet but I would love to go there myself, sounds like you kids had so much fun.

  20. That looks like so much fun! I bet they had a ton of fun, and what a great way to get them to enjoy the outdoors! I wish I had done more stuff like this when I was young.

  21. This is my outdoor kind of fun. I would surely enjoy the games and the activities here.

  22. I love this because so many of the activities they were doing required thought and problem solving! I can see how it would be more interesting to them than the norm. Way to go mom!

  23. ooow…true adventure you have there…My kids haven’t really try that..it might be good to try it this summer..

  24. We would definitely get the Adventure Day Pass. That’s a great price for so much to do. You’ve got some really awesome pictures here too.

  25. What an exciting experience. There’s just so much to do in this place.

  26. While both of mine liked the Ropes course, they each liked different things like mountain biking and Ryan loved rock mining. It’s great place – they have a lot to do during the summer for sure!

  27. Wow! That looks like fun. Your boys are so brave! 🙂

  28. I am so happy you all experienced that rope course, my kids were all set and so was I, boo! I love how happy your sons look. It really is beautiful up there and I am sad we couldn’t have run into each other to meet in real life for first time!

  29. That looks like so much fun! Wish we had one near us! 🙂

  30. Awesomely fun adventure for the boys. They surely love it!

  31. Looks like a lot of fun. Wish we were closer. My boys would love the mining for gold.

  32. Too cool! I wish we had something like that around here!

  33. Wow this looks like such fun. I was following along on FB and IG. I think my kids would have a blast at something like this.

  34. that looks like an amazing time for the boys. I know my kids would really enjoy it there.

  35. This place look absolutely fabulous! My high school had an adventure course and it was the best experience for bonding and exercise. Your boys look like they had a blast!

  36. My boys would have loved that when they were younger. I skied Killington back in the day.

  37. That looks like a blast! I absolutely love that geography. It’s so beautiful.

  38. What an awesome place! I love all of the activities they have, and that countryside is just beautiful.

  39. This looks like an amazing time for everyone. I would love to go to the Adventure Center at Killington Mountain. I would add the Gondola ride. Thanks for sharing.

  40. The Skyeride looks like so much fun and in fact, everything does. This would be an amazing experience for my family and I’m sure I’d have as much fun as the kids.

  41. My kids would love Killingtons. I can’t believe how many different activities they have there.

  42. Wow this place looks amazing! I can’t believe that it is not even that far from me either! I can see myself bringing the whole family.

  43. Love their facial expressions! Boy those are high towers to climb!

  44. This is a boy’s outing for sure! WOW, love it. Not only do they have to think but they have to move their body.

  45. I have seen so many park posts today- i need to plan a visit to one http://www.parentinghealthy.com/

  46. I would love to go here with the family. My kids would absolutely love hiking and making their way through that obstacle course.

  47. I would spend my day riding the gondola and mining. My kids would LOVE all the other stuff, though! SUCH a great center!!

  48. Wow that looks like an exciting trip. The ropes really sound like fun. My granddaughter would love all of this.

  49. This sounds like such a fun place to visit with older kids to combat summer boredom. I wonder if there is a place like this near us.

  50. That looks like a seriously fun place for kids to play. Whoever built it really knew what they were doing.

  51. looks so super exciting with lots of fun to boot. Looks like a great place to take a family trip

  52. The sky ropes course looks fun. And I have always wanted to rent a stand up paddle board.

  53. Those views really are amazing. This sounds like such an awesome place. Doing some mountain biking would be sweet.

  54. Looks like a great place for families to visit. We are heading to the mountains tonight!

  55. Bored and boring are some of my most disliked words. I don’t even like saying them myself. This place definitely appears to eliminate the boredom and the sky ropes course looks pretty cool. I’d even do that, haha.

  56. That looks like so much fun. I would love to experience the Skyeride!

  57. This looks like a really neat place with a bunch of fun stuff. I would love to try the ropes course.

  58. How fun. What a great way to keep the kids busy and fit!

  59. Wow what a cool outing for the summer, looks like fun!

  60. My children are in the same age bracket as your boys and I think they would adore the Adventure Center. I really like that it incorporates physical activity to get them up and moving!

  61. That looks like a blast. I bet your boys did not want to leave.

  62. The views there looks amazing. My kids would have an awesome time there as well. I think I would love it too. There’s so much to do.

  63. That looks like a lot of fun! I bet your boys loved it.

  64. The day pass is a really good deal!!! Wish we were there with ya!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  65. I am going to Dog Mountain in Vermont in September – I wonder if this is nearby – looks fun.

  66. I’m glad you found an acceptable place to take the boys! 🙂 BTW, my boys do the same thing when I plan trips and take them to places I think will be fun (hello? I LOVE splash pads!) and then they are done and ready to leave in 5 minutes because they are “bored”. Grrr. Mommy problems.

  67. Oh my goodness, that course looks awesome. Total fun for the whole family… I love it and will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  68. I would love to take my kids to something like this! Its not easy finding something the whole family will love but this looks like it would be perfect!

  69. This place looks AWESOME!! My son would never want to leave.

  70. That looks like such a fun place to visit! I think I would definitely be gasping watching my kids on the Sky Ride though. LOL

  71. That looks like such a fun place to visit! It’s great how active the place is and how much the kids can do when they visit.

  72. This looks like an amazing family adventure! There is so much to do! I bet your boys LOVED the Skyeride! What an adrenaline rush! lol We’ll have to check it out. Killington isn’t all that far…it would make for a fun long weekend visit.

  73. It looks like y’all had a blast! I can remember doing the mining thing when I was little and loving it… Looks like this place was awesome! Totally not boring 😉

  74. This looks like so much fun. My kids would have an amazing time if they went here. I would love to try the maze.

  75. This looks so much fun for my boys. It looks terrifying to me, like I don’t even want to talk about how scary it looks so we are going to pretend I don’t see it. But Jason, Tim and Spencer are like RAGE EXCITED over it.

    Lee

  76. This place looks amazing! What a great way to get kids moving and exercising(without their even realizing it!) Your boys look like they had a blast for sure!

  77. OMG I have been on one of those ropes corses before and it was SCARY. I cant believe yall did one that big!

  78. This looks like a great place for the kids to learn, play, and enjoy life!

  79. That is quite a place. Lots to do for the whole family. I would love hiking some of those trails. The view is spectacular.

  80. This looks like a super cool place to visit great for teens =)

  81. This place looks pretty neat! I’ve only been to killington to ski so it is cool to know they have other things to do during the summer months!

  82. Wow, this looks like such a fun family trip! This is a type of adventure that your kids will remember forever! Can’t wait to do things like this with my kids when they get a little older.

  83. This looks like a really fun place. I know my kids would really like the sky ropes course and the maze.

  84. That looks so much fun! The view from the mountain! WOW! I love hiking!

  85. This place looks amazing! I love that it helps facilitate exercise and outdoor play!

  86. Oh this place looks RIGHT up their alley! They look like they had a blast. There’s something for everyone it sounds like, because those heights are not for me!

  87. What a great place! I love the activities you can do there. I’m sure the maze and mining were too fun.

  88. What a really cool place to go! My kids would love this place if we had one like it here in Chicago. I would love to check it out myself.

  89. We aren’t too far from Killington, actually. This looks like it would be a great weekend getaway with the s/o’s boys.

  90. Looks like the boys had so much fun. What a GREAT place to visit!

  91. Looks like everyone had a bast! I bet my kids would so love this.

  92. This Adventure Center at Killington looks really awesome! It looks like your boys had so much fun!

  93. What fun to visit. It’s so good to see the option of taking the gondola ride and Beast Coaster instead of making it part of the price when some visitors to use it. I’d like to visit Killington Mountain.

  94. That has to be the first time I have ever heard a kid say that the beach was boring! I am glad you found something that made them happy and entertained them for awhile!

  95. Gosh- looks like fun. I just wish it’s closer to me…

  96. This looks like a really fun place for the whole family to have fun! When my son gets a little bigger I’ll definitely consider taking him to someplace like this!

  97. Oh my goodness there just so much to do! I bet your boys weren’t saying bored that day!

  98. Oh gosh, what were you thinking taking them to all those places 😉 Sometimes I think kids just say things are boring because they dont want to admit they are having fun. Kiddo is almost 11, so I get it. Thankfully, she’s so eager to spend time with us that she’ll do just about anything. This place though, does look like an amazing amount of fun.

  99. The Adventure center looks like a blast! I would love to take my nephew there!

  100. So many fun things to do! I would love to go hiking around, climbing and walking with the harness, doing the maze, all of it. I’m glad you had such a fun time with your boys!

  101. How fun! This looks like a great place for tween boys to spend some energy. My son is 11, and he would LOVE the ropes.

  102. My boys would love this place! We are trying to find more outdoorsy stuff to do as a family.

  103. I love a good ropes course! I loved those team building activities when I was a kid. Looks like a fun day in the outdoors with the kids!

  104. Wow! What an amazing place. There are so many cool things to do you could easily fill an entire day. All the activities really seem well thought out and would take some attention.

  105. This sounds like something my older two kids would enjoy. My youngest isn’t old enough to participate yet. I wish they had something like this close by.

  106. Wow. This is perfect for summer activities for families, How’d I wish I could bring my kiddos in this amazing place.

  107. Surely enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Love this kind of activity!

  108. That place looks awesome!! I have always wanted to do a maze like that of some sort!!

  109. It is always fun when you get a chance to visit any Adventure Center or theme park with your kids. The pictures are beautiful & I can see how much involved & happy those kids are. I would love to see my kids spending some time over here.

  110. What an amazing day!! I bet they weren’t bored that day!! Great post!

  111. I’m going to need to find a similar place like this. It looks like a great way to spend a summertime day.

  112. Now this looks fun! Are you sure it’s for kids only? LOL! That Skyride looks like they’re just free riding no seatbelts lol!

  113. Not often I’m jealous of another part of the country, but that looks amazing. I’d have as much fun as the kids and the views are incredible.

  114. Wow… the boychild would love this. I’m adding it to my summer list, looks like you guys had an amazing time.

  115. that place looks amazing!! Minecraft is big in this house, so you can guess where we’d probably be most of the visit! 🙂

  116. This looks like it was a ton of fun. I wish I stayed close near here I would love to take the boys.