Four outdoor adventures your family will love

Most parents of more than one child will agree, there’s no set of rules to determine the personality of your kid. When your first child takes the go-with-the-flow approach, but the second one needs constant structure, you know you fit into this category. Luckily, Smugglers’ Notch Vermont offers such variety that there’s hope for every kid in the bunch! Read on to learn four amazing ways to try new adventures that are sure to bring the family closer together this summer, without having to trek halfway across the Himalayas.

Family TreeTop adventures

ArborTrek Treetop Collage

ArborTrek Treetop Obstacle Course


On ArborTrek’s TreeTop Obstacle Course, adventure-seekers of all walks will slide, balance, jump, crawl, climb, dash and swing, as they make their way along a variety of courses through the trees. This self-guided adventure through more than 80 elements offers challenges that test any participant’s strength, balance, and agility. Parents rave about how approachable the Obstacle Courses are for anyone from those afraid of heights to those looking to leap from the very top of the tallest tree. With 3 height levels of challenges, these courses provide fun for children 4 years and older, and deliver memorable experiences for all ages.


Waterfall adventures

Bingham Falls Waterfall

Waterfall at Bingham Falls in Smugglers’ Notch

Nestled in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Smugglers’ sits in the middle of prime waterfall country. Enjoy pristine spring waterfalls which provide opportunities for everyone in the family to connect with the natural side of life. With nearby hotspots like Bingham Falls (pictured), Irish Springs, and the Brewster River Gorge, all sorts of water-based adventures await. Bring a picnic lunch, pack a beach towel, and head out to enjoy the peace and quiet of flowing waters. Enjoy the sounds of laughter and the excitement of new discoveries as your kids climb, jump, and play in some of the oldest rivers in the world! Don’t worry if swimming’s not their thing. The rocks in these rivers can entertain all ages for hours on end. Search for precious stones full of quartz, jasper, and even gold!


Mountain biking

Mountain Bike Skills Park

Smugglers’ Notch Mountain Bike Skills Park

Make 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 the property, with an extensive network of additional trails within an easy drive. Even the youngest ones are able to join in on the fun with entry-level balance bike tracks.


Disc Golf

Disc Golf Fox Run Meadows

Fox Run Meadows disc golf course at Smugglers’ Notch Resort

While relatively new on a professional level, this fun, classic activity is easy to learn and provides a challenge that falls just shy of addictive. The Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center offers two world-class, championship 18 hole courses and an introductory 9 hole course nestled right into the cozy mountainside village. All three courses offer tees for beginners to professionals, providing a fun entry-level experience or even setting the stage for the upcoming 2018 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Disc golf is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining a relaxing pace, meandering through old forests with stone walls, gently flowing streams, and open meadows with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Private lessons and clinics are offered for all ability levels through the professional staff at the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center. Try it out, you’ll love it!

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.

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