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Summer is looking up—time to hang around (on ziplines and tree platforms, that is) at The Adventure Park

Stash your smartphone. It’s high time to get outside and play! And we mean high time, literally. Behind the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport is The Adventure Park: five acres of forest with wooden platforms in the trees at different heights, connected by ziplines and “challenge” bridges (think planks connected by rope with spaces in between). It’s an assault on the senses, gliding from tree to tree, and a good old-fashioned thrill. “Many [parents] say how delighted they are that they are having fun without any electronic devices involved!” says Anthony Wellman, communications director.

Opened in 2012, the adventure park is one of only two in Connecticut. New this season are night climbs, lit by strings of LED lights that add a sense of magic. The treetop trails vary in difficulty and are identified by color, from purple to double-black diamond. Lest you wonder why anyone would attempt such a challenge, spend some time with a kid. “I think humans were born to climb,” says Wellman. “Just look at most toddlers! You turn around and they’re trying to climb on something.” It’s a thrill we don’t have to outgrow.

4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport; discoveryadventurepark.org

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