Soft Adventures Offer Fun & Excitement in a Beautiful Landscape

Hot Air Balloon Rides from the Essex Culinary Resort and Spa.
Whether high above the clouds or canyon deep, or traveling at fast speed or gently floating, there’s serious fun to discover in the world of soft adventures in Vermont. Find your favorite here:

Catch a Bird’s-Eye View: See stunning panoramas of the Green Mountains from a gondola at Stowe, Stratton and Killington Resorts and Jay Peak Resort’s aerial tram. Get really far-out:  Take to the skies on a sea plane, glider, helicopter - or try out sky diving or hang gliding. Hot air ballooning is a gentle route to the skies, and there’s even impressive annual balloon festivals to spectate!

Cover ground: Burlington Segways offers downtown and lakeside tours while Okemo Segway tours offers local history and off-roading; Smugglers’ Segway tours journey into wilderness and along the steep and winding Smugglers’ Notch. Pick up the pace with an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tour along old logging road and wooded trails of the Northeast Kingdom.

Splash & Spelunk: From glacially carved cliffs and caves to river gorges and wide open waters, there’s a mountaineer and a guide for water sports ready to create a memorable outdoors adventure and also ease in beginner groups.

Vermont Adventure Zones:

Bromley Mountain's Adventure Park is home to 23 rides and attractions including a triple-track alpine slide, the Sun Mountain Flyer, the Big Splash Waterslide, and an aerial adventure park. There are also trampolines, climbing walls and giant swings.

Magic Mountain is home to the TimberQuest Park which offers a series of tree-top obstacle courses and zip lines. It's a park designed to offer a challenge in self-discovery, thrills, excitement and adventure.

Okemo’s Adventure Zone features the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Vermont's first roller-coaster-style attraction, where riders control their own speed. There are zipline tours and tree-top challenge courses, an inflatable stunt bag to dive into, trampoline bungee jumping, disc golf and more.

At Stowe Mountain Resort, ride the alpine slide or jump in the bungee trampolines. Also, drive the 150 years old Auto Toll Road. This 4.5-mile unpaved road climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. Pack a picnic and access hiking trails at the state’s highest peak, along the Long Trail.

Guests at Smugglers’ Notch Resort enjoy ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tours, tree-climbing and obstacle courses.

Explore Sugarbush Resort’s Summer Adventure Center, take a scenic chairlift ride or play disc golf. There’s also a zipline and bungee trampoline to add some extra bounce in your step.

Jay Peak Resort’s Pump House Waterpark offers free-fall and pitch-dark waterslides, a somewhat lazy river and surfing, all indoors, year-round. When the sun is shining, the roof comes off!

More Adventurous Outings:

Survival instruction, wilderness trainings, eco-tours, wind-surfing, horse-treks, youth programs, team building and more, there’s an outfitter and a tour at Vermont Outdoor Guides: www.voga.org.

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