We went here last summer and loved it! You pay one price and can be there as long as you like. The kids had the freedom to explore and didn't have to stay together with a group or loop around in a circle. 48" and above can move freely and children 48" and below have to have an adult or someone tall enough to clip their harness on the cables. I would highly recommend this place and it was well worth the price. We are looking forward to going again next year!
Monkey Trunks is a high ropes course designed in a three story fashion and increasing in difficulty. They have three locations near the lakes region of New Hampshire; Chocorua, Weirs beach and Saco Maine.
We visited the newest location at Weirs Beach in Laconia, New Hampshire. The course is daunting. There are over 75 elements to make your way over as well as a long zip line and power fan swing.
We arrived for a 10am reservation and were shown a safety and instructional video. We were then outfitted with our harnesses and helmets and double checked for fit and safety. We were instructed on a low rope how to use the mechanisms called ‘monkey paws’ which are high tech carabineers designed with a push release with a safety allowing only one paw to open at any time. This way you are always strapped in.
We quickly mastered the monkey paws and set out for fun.
When we arrived there were not many people on the course which made for a more relaxed trek. Only 2 people are allowed on the waiting platforms between obstacles at any one time. With over cautious parents, shaky kids, and too many people, the course can be overwhelming and there can be waiting. Luckily they do not currently impose a wait time on the course so you can complete it at you leisure. Additionally, you can get down from and re-enter the course at any time. This was great for us because whenever my 6 year old got nervous we could get off and ride the zip line which she LOVED. There was also a fan swing which you have to jump off a platform and swing like a pendulum ala a bungee jump. She did not have any issues with this swing, but froze up during some of the high ropes course obstacles. The staff was amazingly helpful and although she would not allow me to coax her, she gladly took the help of staff member Lindsey, who was great with kids.
My husband stayed with our 9-year-old kids when possible, but they basically passed him up. They attempted to complete all of the obstacles including a spider web, a cargo net and a ‘golden ring’ punching bag that you needed jump to reach for and were slowly lowered to the ground.
The zip line allowed 2 people to go on separate lines at the same time. We enjoyed racing down the zip line. There is also a separate zip line for younger kids, but my younger one wanted to face the big one. Unfortunately with more people we were met more waiting.
Anyone over age 3 (under 5 must be accompanied by an adult) and under 250 pounds who is not pregnant and is physically active can participate. You must wear close toed shoes like sneakers or water shoes to be able to participate. You must also check with Monkeytrunks for specific opening times and to make reservations. the cost to learn to become a monkey is $49.00 for over 48inches and $39.00 for under 48 inches.
This is an attraction we would definitely try again. The kids did not want to leave. This particular location at Weirs’ Beach is located near Funspot billed as the largest arcade in the world. Funspot has kiddy rides, indoor and outdoor mini-golf, bingo, virtual reality games, bowling and ticket arcade games. You can make a whole day here.
This review is based on a complimentary ropes course challenge for our family. I received no other compensation beside this challenge and Monkey Trunks \dis not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view