We ventured to the Cranmore Adventure park this past week and to be honest, I was unsure if it would be worth the $39 it would cost each me and my wife as we'll as the $29 for my oldest (the twins under 38 inches were free) for the "value pass" which includes 8 rides but not the "Aerial Adventure park" that would take the cost to $65 for us and $55 for my oldest. Compared to Attitash and Storyland locally and Santa's Village 60 minutes north, these prices seemed high at first glance. After spending the day, I can say that while the price is high, the experience is solid.
We did the value pass because 2 things were considered. First, we did not believe our oldest would be able to do the Aerial Adventure park easily and second, I suffered some motion sickness from the flying swing and they precluded me from flying on zip lines and jumping up and down much - this we did not go add the option to our pass for the day. The value pass includes 8 rides: the aforementioned "Giant Swing," a tube ride, a zip rider, 2 bouncy houses, mountain coaster, 2 bunge trampolines, a rock wall and spider web climb and a scenic chairlift to the top.
Here is our thoughts on each - for a description of each from their website, go here: http://www.cranmore.com/summer/mountain-adventure-park
1. Giant Swing
The giant swing is much like the typical pirate ship you see at amusement parks. This one has a twist - it pulls you up and then let's you go. For those with motion sickness (like me), this ride is not for you! It is a fun ride though for those who do not suffer from motion sickness. There is an element of surprise in when the swing will begin.
2. Mountain Coaster
This is a fun ride down the mountain. The coaster has breaks so you can pretty much determine your own speed. In terms of comparison, think polar coaster from Storyland but a bit faster, much longer and better views. Plus you are riding with only yourself or one other - versus a full roller coaster such as the Polar Coaster.
3. Tube rides
This was a fun ride down the mointain. They can spin you around or not. Down the path there are sprinklers shooting small amounts of water on you but nothing that won't dry on your way to the next ride.
4. Soaring Eagle (Zip line)
My daughter remarked that this zip line was "faster than she expected." She enjoyed it much. It is for 2 people at a time and looks like a great time.
5. Bouncy Houses
There were 2 bouncy houses on the mountain. One was an obstacle course and the other was a smaller traditional type of bouncy house that you have crossed. My kids lived the obstacle course doing it many times during our time there. It was not one of the more popular things to do as the lines were nonexistent for it but was fun for my kids!
6. Spider Mountain
This was a real challenge for all of us. I leaned that I am not in great shape as the spider climb was tough. The rock climb on the outside of the spider climb was a good workout as well.
7. Bunge Trampoline
This was the most popular thing to do among our three kids and judging by the lines over the day, very popular with others as well. The line tended to fluctuate from many to none waiting. They people handling it were great.
8. Chairlift Ride
This was a simple ride to the top of Cranmore. They are using the quad to get you up there. The views are spectacular with cathedral ledge standing out (we were there this week as well and will eventually share that story). We tweeted out a pic on Thursday.
As mentioned, we did not do the aerial park but I think we will do it next year or in October when we head back up. It looks like a ton of fun from afar but also a ton of work as well climbing from location to location or up the zip line if you get stuck.
In terms of food on the mountain, you had your choice of eating at the top of the mountain or the bottom. The top had a limited version of the one at the bottom. In terms of the food, it was pricey ($8.50 for a burger and chips) but it might have been the greatest grilled chicken sandwich I have ever had. They also have gluten free rolls so that allowed me to have a sandwich ( though the chips were not GF so I had just the sandwich). The pizza I was told was good and my son liked the burger.
From a ratings standpoint, I would rate this place a 3.75 out of 5 due to the fun of the rides with the negatives being the higher relative price to other options nearby and the "what if." The "what if" is this: We went there when there was a smaller crowd of people (due to school being back in session) relative to the summer months. I am unsure how my review would be if the lines were longer and the temps were higher. We waited 10 minutes to get on the coaster in the morning and a few times after that and had 15 minute waits often for the bunge trampoline throughout the day.
We plan on going back and motion sickness notwithstanding, I am getting ready for the aerial adventure park. That looks like a ton of fun. And the grilled chicken sandwich - Awesome! The staff - professional and courteous. Probably ideally suited for kids 8 and higher so they can manage through the adventure park though there are rides for the younger ones.
In the end, there are more water options at Attitash and very similar rides but the Aerial Adventure park is a tough beat. We will be back.
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