Sandy Springs Adventure Park
16701 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, Md. 20860
(240) 389-4FUN (4386)
Hours: Summer- everyday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Spring & Fall: (until Dec. 31) Weekends and select holidays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
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If your exercise routine is getting old, it might be time to stop the treadmill and head south of Baltimore to Sandy Springs Adventure Park – before the winter sets in. Just 30 minutes south of the city, this “adventure park” offers ropes courses for all skill levels ranging from novice to advanced. After a day on the ropes, you’ll feel refreshed, after working muscles you didn’t realize you had. This guide will provide insight to Sandy Springs and what to look out for when visiting the facility so strap yourself in and get an outdoor workout while you can – the park is open through December.
The Course Setup
Sandy Springs is located on five acres of wooded forest on the grounds of the Sandy Springs Friends School. There are a total of 10 courses for children age seven and up. The park encourages people of all skill levels to get involved. Each course is designated with a color, something very similar to ski trails. As you become better on the courses, each rope configuration will become more difficult ultimately testing your balance and focus.
Sandy Springs is the largest aerial forest adventure park in North America. While traveling above the trees, each course will be connected with “bridges” and ziplines that are rigged between platforms made of rope cable and wood. But if you’re concerned for your safety – fear not. It is staff policy to ensure everyone is wearing their harness properly and that you are attached to a lifeline before you start traversing through the courses. Instructions are provided beforehand.
While there is not height restriction for the courses, the weight limit is 265 pounds. Courses that are labeled with yellow, green and blue will need parent/adult supervision depending on the age of the child. A chart showing these requirements is available here.
The Cost and When to Go
The park operates in all seasons except winter. The park opens in spring (usually March, weather depending) and operates until December. If coming in a small group, reservations are not required. It is, however, recommended that groups of fifteen or more make reservations in advance. Pricing is based on three hours of playtime in the park and range with age.
● Age 12 & older: $48
● Ages 10–11: $43
● Ages 7–9: $38
● All prices are plus 7% Maryland Amusement tax
● Groups of 15 or more get a discount if they reserve in advance
● Unlimited season passes are available for $250.
What to Wear
You will definitely work up a sweat on the ropes course. Make sure to wear loose fitting clothing accompanied with tennis shoes or hiking boots. Also remember to bring gloves as the ropes can hurt your hands. Sandals and flip flops are not allowed. Another safety precaution: tie back long hair and don’t wear loose jewelry.
Things to remember
● Reservations for big groups are on a first come first serve basis, so book in advance.
● The courses will operate in the rain, but not during severe weather.
● Food is available at the park, but can be expensive. Consider packing a picnic lunch.
● Parking is free.
● Spectators are not charged admission.
● Night climbing is available on certain dates during summer months.
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