We all need a little excitement in our lives. For some (like me), Jane's Carousel will suffice. For others (like my daughter), the idea of zip-lining through the air or tackling a ropes course is high on their to-do list. While my stomach may initially sink when I get to the top of a zip-lining platform, there are scientifically proven advantages that result from controlled risk-taking. Adventure parks help children learn problem-solving and how to work with others. Plus, it's just plain fun to play together as a family and create memories you'll never forget.
I don't think of New York City as the epicenter of adventure parks, but you can find some similar activities for kids: trapeze class, an impressive bowling alley ropes course, and yes, even one seriously high-flying outdoor zip line. But just outside the city, there are dozens of these rope and zip line courses.
We've rounded up a handful of our favorite outdoor adventure parks for a quick day trip—all within two hours drive of the city. So, if your kid is craving excitement that's a tad more wholesome than a walk through Times Square, we've got the perfect idea.