Frequently asked questions
What Is the North Shore Adventure Park?
We are the newest attraction on the North Shore, located in Silver Bay, MN. The Park offers fun and challenging ropes courses and ziplines for ages 3 and up. Here's what's in store:
- 3 hours of family fun on the North Shore!
- 6 treetop aerial ropes courses with 5 levels of difficulty for ages 7 and up
- 65 different aerial obstacles, rope bridges, and physical challenges
- 10 Ziplines including our Dual Racing Zipline!
- Li’l Rascals Adventure Park for kids ages 3 to 6 with a parent.
- Six Picnic Areas
- Non-climbers can watch for free!
Are Reservations Required?
Reservations are necessary for social distancing and limited park capacity. Our reservation limit ist 30 climbers per hour.
And best of all, you'll get the best rate by booking online!
What If I Don’t Show up at My Reserved Time?
We cannot guarantee that you will be able to climb if you do not arrive on time. Each time slot has limited availability. We recommend arriving early. There are no refunds or credits given to late arrivals.
No-shows forfeit their ticket. There are no refunds, credits, or extensions given to those that do not show up for their reservation.
How Should I Dress?
Close-toed shoes are required! No exceptions.
Wear fitted clothing that will not hang loose and get tangled in cables and rope. Remove any loose jewelry. Long hair should be tied back.
Are There Any Age, Height, or Weight Restrictions?
Kids between the ages of 7-13 require supervision from the ground, or to be accompanied by an adult on some of the aerial trails and ziplines. Refer to our Park Rules page for details.
Children ages 3-6 may climb at the Lil’ Rascals Adventure Park and must be accompanied by a guardian.
There are no height restrictions.
There is an individual weight limit of 245 lbs for each participant
Is a Ticket Required to Watch?
Friends and family can watch for free!
What Amenities Are Available? Are There Picnic Tables?
There are six picnic areas, a fire pit area, and extended walking paths for observing climbers.
Picnic tables are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Is Food Service Available?
The North Shore Adventure Park does not offer food service. But you may pack a picnic, or order take out from a local restaurant and enjoy it at the park.
Please take away anything you bring, including trash.
Does the North Shore Adventure Park Host Groups?
We love groups! Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to contact us in advance for special packages. For more information, see our Groups Page!
What Equipment is Provided?
A harness for our “always locked on” system is provided with your admission ticket. We suggest that you bring your own gloves. See the next question or details about gloves.
Should I Bring My Own Gloves?
Yes, if you have able, we suggest bringing your own gloves. But, there are other options in case you didn’t.
Gloves are essential to protect your hands on the course so they don’t get cut or chapped. You will be gripping heavy rope and cable on the obstacles.
We suggest tight-fitting gloves that allow your fingers the dexterity to clip/unclip your carabineers and to tightly grip rope and cable. Typical options may include close-fitting athletic gloves or yard gloves.
We may have a limited selection of gloves available for purchase. We also have leather fingertip-less gloves that can be borrowed. These gloves are sanitized and re-used.
Do I Have to Be Really Fit?
Most people who are in good health and able-bodied will be able to complete some, if not all, of the trails. We always suggest starting on an easier course and work your way up. Proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you. This is a great time to challenge and surprise yourself. You can do more than you think!
Are High Ropes Courses and Ziplines Safe?
Keeping all of our guests safe is our primary responsibility and something we take very seriously. Participants must follow the safety rules at all times.
Prior to climbing, each participant must watch an instructional video and will be fitted with a harness (please bring your own gloves). Park monitors are always on the ground to offer coaching or instructions.
The Adventure Park employs an “always locked on” climbing system, which utilizes interlocking carabiners (safety clips). This innovative safety system virtually eliminates the potential of a climber becoming detached from a safety line while in the trees.
All participants must sign a liability waiver each time they visit the park. An electronic waiver will be included with your online purchase confirmation.
What Is Your Covid-19 Policy?
We comply with the State of Minnesota Covid-19 protocols. We have implemented the following:
Limits on reservations
Social distancing rules
Hand sanitizer stations
Enhanced cleaning of equipment
Bring your own gloves
Private picnic areas.
Covid-19 page for more details.
Is the North Shore Adventure Park Certified?
The North Shore Adventure Park is built to the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). Their specifications are among the most stringent ropes course safety standards in the world.
The park was built by Outdoor Venture Group, LLC., one of the best-known designers and builders in North America. It is operated by the North Shore Adventure Park, which is based in Silver Bay and Duluth.
The park is inspected every year by a third-party certified by the ACCT, an international trade association dedicated to safety, standards, credentialing, and the advancement of the Adventure Park industry.
Can a 6-Year-Old Climb on the Big Course?
Children 6 and younger must start on the Li’l Rascals course and practice their skills with supervision by a parent. If the parent feels the child can handle the yellow course (the easiest course on the "big course"), she or he should ask a staff member to watch the child navigate the Lil' Rascals course first before moving to the Yellow. This ‘graduation’ to the yellow course is based on staff review. Parent supervision is required at all times on all courses.
Can You Do the Zip Line Only?
No, the zip lines are part of the aerial obstacle courses. However, our 400-foot dual racing ziplines are easy to get to via the aerial obstacles. This course can be done as many times as a guest desires within their 2.5-hour climb time.
What If There Is Inclement Weather?
The Adventure Park is open rain, shine, or cold! However, the park will temporarily close in the case of thunderstorms or high winds.
If it looks like a rainy morning, keep an eye on the weather. It may clear up!
Meanwhile, you can rebook your own reservation if you do so at least 2 hours prior to your reservation time. See the 'Manage Booking' button in your confirmation email. If you get stuck, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will rebook for you or issue you a gift card for another day.
In the event that your climb is interrupted due to rain, we also supply prorated gift cards in this circumstance. Gift cards do not expire and are transferable.
So, rain or shine, come climb!!