Go Ape! Treetop Adventure in Pittsburgh

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Unleash your inner Tarzan in Pittsburgh's North Park at the seven-acre Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course. Thirty-seven obstacles situated in the treetops of North Park include five zip lines and two Tarzan swings, plus ropes, bridges, ladders, swings, and trapezes. Obstacles unique to Go Ape's North Park course that doesn't appear in their other USA courses include the Pirate Crossing and Chantemerle Bridge.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and training before they are turned loose into the forest canopy to enjoy an exhilarating adventure through the treetops. The course allows you to move at your own pace, but can generally be completed in two to three hours. It caters to all skill levels with bypass routes offered for many challenging obstacles. Zip Lines #3 and #4 are both well over 400 feet and the entire course consists of over 1,400 feet worth of zip lines!

Expect to get quite a bit of exercise. You'll also need to leave any fear of heights behind - obstacles range from 35 to 50 feet above the forest floor! The course obstacles progress from easier to more-challenging, allowing time to build up both skills and confidence. Non-participants are welcome to watch from a variety of vantage points along the trails below the treetops course.

COURSE DATES & TIMES:

Hours of operation for the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course can vary depending on the time of year and daylight hours, so please check in advance of your visit. Generally, the course is open:

  • April 20 to June 16, 2013: Thursday through Monday
  • June 17 to September 6, 2013: Daily
  • September 7 to November 14, 2013: Thursday through Monday
  • November 15 to December 23, 2013: Weekends only
  • December 26–30, 2013: Open for the holidays!
  • December 31, 2013 - March 1, 2014: Closed for winter

Hours vary according to daylight hours, but some parts of the course may be open as early as 8:00 a.m. during the summer. Book your reservation online to see exact hours the course is open on a particular day.

COST:

Prices for the Go Ape! ropes and zip line course are:

  • Gorillas (18 years+): $55
    Baboons (10–17 years): $35

REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS:

Everyone participating in the Go Apes! Treetop Adventure course will be required to sign a waiver form and attend a 30-minute training session. Requirements for participation include:

  • Minimum Age: 10 years old
  • Minimum Height: 4'7"
  • Maximum Weight: 285 pounds. If you are under but close to this weight, there may be a possibility that the harness will not fit properly and you will still be unable to participate. You are welcome to visit the cabin in advance of your visit to try on a harness if you have concerns.
  • Supervision Ratio: One adult (18+) may supervise either two 10–15 year-olds, or up to five 16–17-year-olds. Supervising adults have to be on the course with the children and may not supervise from the ground.

    LOCATION:

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure is located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in North Park. North Park, located within McCandless, Hampton and Pine Townships, is the largest and one of the most scenic of Allegheny County’s nine parks. Within the park, the ropes course is located between Pearce Mill Road and the tennis courts to the east of the boathouse.

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure
    North Park
    303 Pearce Mill Road (between the Boathouse and Tennis Courts)
    Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101

    SHOPPING AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:

    There's a nice store at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with a wide selection of educational products and toys for children of all ages. Many of these are toys that are either found in the exhibits or complement them. The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood puppets are a favorite item, along with arts and crafts materials.

    DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

    The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is located in Allegheny Square in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

    Driving Directions to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

    Public Transportation
    PAT bus route 54C stops right in front of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Other routes drop off nearby, including 16A, 16B, 16F and 500. For more information, contact the ​Port Authority of Allegheny County.

    DINING AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:

    The Museum Café, located in the Grand Hall of the former Buhl Planetarium building, offers a wide variety of food items including sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza, hot dogs, fruit, yogurt, cookies, coffee, and drinks. There's a patio for outdoor seating in good weather. The Café closes one hour earlier than the Children's Museum. Two museum parking lots are located just past the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, with reduced rates for museum members. Metered parking is also available nearby. Discount exit tickets for the nearby Allegheny Center Garage, Gate 4, can be purchased at the Museum's admission desk. The garage is closed on weekends, and will not honor Children's Museum tickets during Pirates and Steelers games.

    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
    10 Children's Way
    Allegheny Square
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
    (412) 322-5058