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Families head to Adventure Day and return of Treetop Quest at Explore Park

Published: Apr. 3, 2021 at 6:12 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Energy filled the outdoors at Explore Park Saturday, where families went out to the first of four Adventure Days and the opening of Tree Top Quest. From ziplining to kids’ activities and shopping, it was a day in the outdoors fit for all ages.

Families said they made the most of Adventure Saturday - the first of a series of four offering special activities at the park. Dottie Rottkamp and her granddaughter Hazel said they couldn’t miss out.

“We’re excited, it’s so popular here, I mean people just come, they enjoy being outside,” Dottie said.

And they enjoyed the chance to try out the Tree Top Quest adventure.

“Which was your favorite over there?” Dottie asked Hazel, who answered, “My favorite was the swings.”

The duo went for Hazel’s brother’s birthday, and Hazel got to zipline four times.

Saturday’s ziplines sold out. Treetop Quest is allowing 12 people on the course every 20 minutes to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Rottkamps went through the adventure course and checked out the vendors and kids’ mobile activities. There was also the chance for families to take part in disc golf putting demos outside Twin Creeks BrewPub.

“It’s a great way to get families out here to enjoy expanded activities in the park,” Alex North, Recreation and Marketing Assistant for Roanoke County Parks and Recreation and Tourism, said.

“We’re walking around, looking at all the booths, seeing what’s going on,” Anna Carter said.

She visited Explore Park Saturday with her sister Kori. They said they’re happy to be back outdoors.

“It’s fun. Yeah, it’s a lot of fun because it’s been awhile since we’ve done a lot of stuff out and about,” Anna and Kori said.

Explore Park also had its twilight night zip Saturday - the first one of the year. Their next Adventure Days are on June 12, August 7 and October 16.

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