Thrill Seekers: Check Out These Vermont Mountain Biking, Ziplining and Indoor Rock Climbing Destinations


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Looking for an adrenaline rush? From climbing walls to bike trails, water slides to trampolines, we've got you covered with these 10 adventurous spots, perfect for families looking for a bit of excitement.

1. Pine Hill Park

Sixteen miles of woodsy trails — with names like Escalator, Svelte Tiger and Voldemort — make for the perfect place to mountain bike, hike, run and walk dogs. Trails were designed in a stacked loop system so that the beginner ones are closest to the parking lot and the intermediate ones take riders up bigger climbs and over longer distances. Free.
Location Details Pine Hill Park
2 Oak Street Ext.
Rutland County
Rutland, VT
Paths & Trails and Bike Paths

2. Kingdom Trails

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With old cart roads and double-track trails for beginners and fast single-track for more advanced riders, Kingdom Trails has been hailed the "best trail network in North America" by BIKE Magazine. The pump track, the Chutes & Ladders skills trail, and the church path (which ends in a playground) are best suited to families. Stop in at the welcome center, and a staff member will help customize a ride for your crew. $7-15 for a day membership; free for children 7 and under. 
Location Details Kingdom Trails Association
478 Route 114
Caledonia County
East Burke, VT
Bike Paths, Hiking, Snowshoeing and XC Skiing

3. Catamount Outdoor Family Center

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  • Catamount Outdoor Family Center Tuesday night trail-running series
A variety of terrains — both flat and hilly, through woods and open fields — provide a picturesque setting for running and mountain biking on more than 20 miles of trails. From May through September, the center offers a Tuesday night trail-running series, and from May through August a Wednesday night mountain-biking series — both with shorter races for kids. $5-10 day membership; free for children 5 and under.

4. Smugglers' Notch Resort

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In the summer months, Smuggs becomes a water-park village, with three wet "playgrounds" and two reservoirs. Activities include a splash pad, water slides, paddle boats and a floating trampoline. For land lubbers, there's an outdoor bungee trampoline and giant swing, plus FunZone 2.0 — a 26,000-square-foot indoor play center with mini golf, an obstacle course, bouncy houses and more. $30-70 for a Daycation ticket; free for children 2 and under.
Location Details Smugglers' Notch Resort
Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 Route 108
Lamoille County
Smugglers' Notch, VT
Skiing & Riding, Resorts & Getaways, Outdoors & Wildlife, Adventure and Party Places

5. Killington Resort

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  • The Beast Mountain Coaster at Killington Resort
An outdoor ninja obstacle course, ropes course, zip line, trampoline jump, alpine tubing and more entertain thrill-seeking families. Don't miss the Beast Mountain Coaster, a twisting, turning 4,800-foot-long alpine roller coaster. $44-72 for an Adventure Center Day Pass.
Location Details Killington Resort
4763 Killington Road
Rutland County
Killington, VT
Outdoors & Wildlife and Skiing & Riding

6. Okemo Mountain Resort

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The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster starts with a 1,600-foot climb, followed by a descent of 375 vertical feet that twists, loops and curves along the mountain at Okemo's Jackson Gore. Scenic chairlift rides, mini golf, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, an air-bag jump and a gold panning station are included with the purchase of a $69 Adventure Zone wristband.
Location Details Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Rd.
Windsor County
Ludlow, VT

7. The Pump House Indoor Waterpark

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  • The Pump House Indoor Waterpark
Five water slides (including the thrilling/terrifying La Chute), a lazy river, the Double Barrel surf simulator and a little kids' play area — with a very Vermonty water-filled tipping sap bucket — await visitors. End your day with a soak in the family hot tub. $31-41 for a day pass; free for children 3 and under.
Location Details The Pump House
830 Jay Peak Road
Orleans County
Jay, VT
Resorts & Getaways and Swimming

8. Petra Cliffs

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  • Petra Cliffs
Whether you're new to rock climbing or a seasoned pro, this indoor climbing center offers climbing and bouldering for all ages, plus a high ropes course. $13-18 for a climbing and bouldering day pass; $10 for gear rental.
Location Details Petra Cliffs Climbing Center
105 Briggs St.
Chittenden County
Burlington, VT
Adventure, Travel, Outdoors & Wildlife, Party Places, Recreation Organizations and Climbing

9. Get Air Trampoline Park

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Kids get their wiggles out at this cavernous space featuring trampolines galore, an obstacle course, foam pits, slacklines, basketball and dodgeball, and a Little Air section for jumpers under 46 inches. $8.99-14.99 for one hour of jumping.
Location Details Get Air Trampoline Park
25 Omega Dr.
Chittenden County
Williston, VT
Theme Parks

10. Maple Street Park & Pool

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This community pool features a splash area, water slide and two diving boards. When you're done swimming, dry off and head to the park next door, which boasts several play structures, tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, and a freestyle bike park. $5-7 pool admission; half price after 6 p.m., mid-June to late August.
Location Details Maple Street Park and Pool
75 Maple St.
Chittenden County
Essex Junction, VT
Swimming, Skateboarding, Tennis Courts, Parks & Playgrounds and Bike Paths

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