A Day Out at Jiminy Peak Adventure Park

by Guest Post on July 10, 2011

in Outdoors with Kids

My family has Jiminy Peak season ski passes and my children ski on the race team there and so we end up spending most of our free time at this Massachusetts mountain resort from December through March. Come late spring, early summer, it’s only natural then that my car should almost turn itself in the direction of Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure and Aerial Adventure Parks.

I remember the first time we came up to the mountain in the summer, probably 6 or 7 years ago; we weren’t impressed. Rides were expensive and there weren’t many of them. Over the years the mountain has added in an aerial forest ropes course, the Aerial Adventure Park, and has expanded the Adventure Park, somewhat. But it’s still expensive. The cost for the Aerial Park is $45 and for the Adventure Park is $22 for children under 48 inches tall and $45 for everyone else. A combo pass for both parks is $65. There are regularly deals available through the mountain website www.jiminypeak.com and you can also sign up for e-coupon notifications.


Tickets for the Aerial Adventure Park need to be booked in advanced as they only allow a certain number of people on at any one time and each slot lasts 3 hours. Reservations can be made on the website. There are 5 levels depending on age and height.


Even with the somewhat limited number of rides available (particularly for children under 48 inches), my kids love spending the day here and seem to find enough to amuse themselves, particularly when the Aerial Park takes up 3 hours. As a terminally negligent parent, I like that the park is small and pretty self-contained. I can sit with an iced coffee on the deck on the Tavern while the kids run around unsupervised (you don’t need a ticket if you don’t go on the rides). Compared to Six Flags Great Adventure, this involves far lower parental effort on my part; I can even bring my laptop and get some work done (there’s free wireless).


Depending on where you live in the Capital District, the general haul of getting to Jiminy Peak versus Great Adventure is relative, but for me it’s a no-brainer – 35 minutes door to door. Even on the nicest Saturday, the place is never horribly packed and so the lines for rides are always manageable for the kids.

I suspect that the limited size of the park probably means that, if I were inclined to bring my kids here more than once or twice a summer, they would eventually get bored with it. However, at these prices I’m not really so inclined anyway. But for an occasional treat, it’s really a win-win day out for all of us.

clip_image001Sarah Firisen  I’ve spent my whole life writing and telling stories and am usually working on at least one piece of fiction writing at any one time. I’ve been a freelance restaurant reviewer for a food and dining magazine and am currently a monthly columnist for a widely read blog, www.3quarksdaily.com, writing about the intersection between education, innovation, creativity and social media.

Originally from London, England, I now live in Albany with my husband Michael, two daughters Anya (11) and Sasha (8) and our two Labrador Retrievers. We love to travel, particularly to Italy and France, and of course returning home to England when we can.

Find It!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
(413) 738-5500
To learn more about Jiminy Peak, visit http://www.jiminypeak.com.

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Alison July 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

My daughter’s girl scout troop spent a day at Jiminy Peak last month and LOVED it. Lines were so short they were able to ride the coaster and slide over and over again. They got a lot out of the Aerial Adventure Park; lots of team-building and self-confidence skills for a group of 9 & 10 year-olds. I highly recommend this! We’re thinking of going back as a family and making it an overnight so we can swim at the hotel as well.

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