Play Time: Adventure Calls in Duluth
By Ellie M. Bayrd
Daylight Savings and the heat wave of March set the stage for a fun spring outdoors. I recently read about the Timber Flyer zip line at Spirit Mountain’s new Adventure Park in Duluth, which opened last summer. It reminded me of the zip line we set up at my cabin when I was 13. It took me and my cousins over a ravine and was our favorite activity for several years! Not sure when we eventually took it down (my parents would probably say "safety"), but I have fond memories of screaming and laughing as I clasped onto the handles and flew from one side to the other.
The Timber Flyer at Adventure Park is a much cooler version of the zip line I remember from my childhood. The 90-second, 700-foot ride takes riders (single or double) down the mountain on a bench (safely bucked in). The ride opened last summer.
But that's not all. The exciting Timber Twister alpine roller coaster is another choice at Adventure Park. The Timber Twister takes riders along a 3,200-foot track through the forest and down the mountain. Open year-round, the ride takes six minutes and provides views of Lake Superior. For more excitement, there’s Adventure Park’s nine-hole mini golf course.
There are plenty of places to stay near Spirit Mountain, which just closed its slopes for the season. And, of course, the activities don't end at Adventure Park. You can head over to Lake Superior and downtown Duluth for more fun (like touring Glensheen). The website Visit Duluth can help you find just the right thing to do or place to eat.
Timber Flyer & Timber Twister: $8 single, $12 double (some age/height restrictions apply). Mini Golf: $4.