Monday, March 26, 2012

Bluebird Travels: Callaway Gardens TreeTop Adventure


This past weekend I was invited to a tweetup at Callaway Gardens with fellow bloggers Malika Harricharan of Atlanta Restaurant blog, Oge Ekeh of Single in Atlanta and Lauren Thomas from Digital Aftershock.   


Callaway Gardens is an award-winning, 13,000-acre gardens, resort and preserve nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In addition to three types of accommodations, 9 restaurants and plenty of shopping, guests at this family-friendly getaway enjoy lots to see and do.


One of my kids favorite thing to do at Callaway Gardens is to watch the "Birds of Prey Show". This show seems to be always a crowd's favorite. There are approximately one dozen birds in the program with three to five birds presented at each show so no two shows are ever alike. While these birds cannot survive in the wild, the Birds of Prey show at Callaway Gardens allow nature’s feathered ambassadors to provide priceless contributions by teaching visitors the importance of preserving our environment. During the show, many of these birds fly freely overhead as they exhibit their natural abilities and behaviors.  Callaway Gardens is one of the few places where visitors can regularly experience these creatures at such a close range.



Rachel Crumbley, Callaway Gardens public relations manager greeted us at the Discovery Center.


She then gave us some tips on how to manage our safety equipment before heading to the TreeTop Adventure.


If you are planning to go to the TreeTop Adventure please keep in mind there are 5 zip lines ranging in length from 44’ to 210‘ long and there are 19 aerial challenges.



The highest point is 30’ from ground and the whole TreeTop Adventure is 1491 feet long just a little over a quarter of a mile. It takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete to complete the whole course.



Children can participate (both of my kids completed the entire course) BUT they need to be at least 54 inches tall and weigh no more than 260 pounds.



The Maximum waist size for the harnesses is 48”, while the maximum thigh size is 26”.  Additional restrictions may be found at Square One Activity Center.


The first zip line is always the hardest. Almost everyone hesitates before jumping. The good thing is there's always a group of people on the ground cheering for you ;D





After completing the TreeTop Adventure we ate burgers at the Discovery cafe. Food was good but service was a bit slow so be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes for your food.


At that point I was completely worn-out but my endless energized children wanted to continue exploring, so they used their complementary bike riding passes and head out to the bike trail.




While the kids explored their surroundings I decided to take it slow. I sat on this chair for almost an hour to just...breathe. Sometimes we all need a little quiet time and that's the beauty of Callaway Gardens. This place is not only an oasis but is a place to nurture your soul.
For more information about Callaway Gardens please visit www.callawaygardens.com

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