Attention teachers: You can get in free at this park before school starts

The Adventure Park is not one single aerial treetop trail but a variety of different, color-coded aerial trails of differing challenge levels. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium)
The Adventure Park is not one single aerial treetop trail but a variety of different, color-coded aerial trails of differing challenge levels. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, 801 General Booth Blvd., has found a unique way to thank local educators for their contributions to the community while introducing them to the idea that a “climb” at the park is “a natural” for school field trips.

It’s inviting school teachers and administrators to try The Adventure Park for free from Monday through Aug. 17.

All that teachers and administrators have to do is reserve their climb online at the Park’s website and use promo code TEACHER18 at checkout, according to a news release.

Teachers need to present their IDs at the registration desk at the park.

Friends and family are welcome to climb along with the teacher at the park’s regular ticket prices.

“Educators are such an important part of our community,” said Adventure Park CEO Bahman Azarm.

The Adventure Park is not one single aerial treetop trail but a variety of different, color-coded aerial trails of differing challenge levels – beginner through expert – that climbers choose from depending on their age or climbing experience.

There are trails suitable for kids, teens, adults and groups. These trails consist of platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood and rope to form “crossings” of different kinds including the ever-popular zip lines.

Climbers wear harnesses which are doubly secured to safety cables using the park’s “always locked on” system of interlocking safety clips.

Before venturing onto the trails climbers receive an interactive orientation and practice session, according to the park.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.