Four pulse-pounding vacation adventures

Summer vacation can be a great time to try something new. Something that tests your limits a bit and makes your pulse pound. At Smugglers’ Notch, you’ll find adventures that send you high into the air. You’ll also find adventures that take you onto trails and into waterfalls, and adventures that send you rolling, bumping and jumping along the ground. Check out four of our favorite pulse pounders. Then start planning your Vermont summer adventures!

ArborTrek TreeTop Obstacle Course

treetop obstacle courseOn ArborTrek’s TreeTop Obstacle Course, you’ll slide, balance, jump, crawl, climb, dash and swing as you make your way along a course through the trees. This self-guided adventure through more than 80 elements offers challenges that test a participant’s strength, balance, and agility. A course with 3 height levels of challenges, plus a course with challenges for ages 4 and older, deliver a memorable experience for all ages.


flyboardingTry the newest thrilling water sport – Flyboarding. The Flyboard elevates you using water jet propulsion technology. Instructors will show you how to control your movement by tilting your feet, bending your knees, and shifting your body weight to fly over Bootleggers’ Basin reservoir at Smugglers’. The reviews from Flyboarding’s inaugural summer 2015 season: amazing, and great fun!

Mountain biking

mountain biking skills parkMake this the summer you learn to mountain bike! Modeled on the learning experience provided by Smugglers’ ski and ride school, the Mountain Bike Center  at Smugglers’ offers camps, clinics and special sessions such as guided tours for all ages and abilities. Hone your skills on a pump track or in beginner and intermediate level skills parks. Beginner, intermediate and single track trails can be found on property, with an extensive network of additional trails within an easy drive.

Via Ferrata

via ferrata canyoneeringExperience some of Vermont’s most unique natural environments using rope bridges, rappelling, and other techniques. Professional guides instruct you in canyoneering and rock climbing skills in outings that take place around, above, and in some of the most scenic chasms and waterfalls in northern Vermont. Be prepared to get wet! Via Ferrata is fun for kids and adults.

Two tips for success in a new experience:

  • Think about the physical capabilities of your family members when choosing a new adventure. Everyone will have more fun exploring an activity that is well matched to their abilities.
  • Check your chosen activity’s age, height, and weight requirements and ensure everyone meets those requirements.

Experiencing adventures as a family can be a great bonding experience as you help each other learn new skills and excel in a new activity. A real sense of self-confidence and achievement comes with getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new.

Visit to find plenty more adventures!

2 thoughts on “Four pulse-pounding vacation adventures

    1. The View from Up Here

      Hello Linda – My apologies for this delayed reply to your question. Smugglers’ has diverse activities that appeal to all ages, and if your family is into adventure and the outdoors, you’ll find plenty to do. Some options that come to mind include the ArborTrek zip line canopy tour and treetop obstacle course, or the Via Ferrata canyoneering experience, or heading out on one of our guided hikes. If you’d prefer to hike on your own, there are lots of trailheads nearby. We also have a mountain biking program with skills parks and trails. You might want to take a look at our website to see what appeals to your family. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Hope your travels bring you to Smuggs!

      Best wishes,
      Blog editor, The View From Up Here


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