Everything You Need to Know About the Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo

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Calling adventurers and tree huggers to this unique experience for an unforgettable memory

The Treetop Trek Experience Aerial Adventures

As an adventurous family living in the area, I’m embarrassed to admit it took us years to cross this one off our bucket list! I was hesitant for a few reasons: price and ability. I wasn't sure how the whole thing worked, and I had questions. The zoo gives you options for your experience, (I found their web site confusing - they list the course and the ability level separately) and I wanted to pick the most amazing option - but wasn’t sure if just an average mom (like me) could really do all of the courses - or if they would be too hard for me. I was pretty sure my boys would be fine with any/ all treks, but part of my and goal was to share this together and I did not want to be left in the dust or holding back the boys from excelling.


One of my very best friends gifted us with the experience as a family Christmas present. We have been trying to focus more on experiences and less on things. This was an incredible gift, and we were so appreciative! I’d like to share this as a recommendation 😊


So first let me say we chose the Challenge Reloaded/ Intermediate course, and it was a great fit for our family! My photos are based on this experience, however I include the other courses as I wanted to fully understand what I was looking at, and hope to help you too.

~~~~ Before & During our adventure ~~~~


I can’t go any farther without commending the Brevard Zoo for it’s design and display. Animal exhibits are well laid out, family friendly and inviting. Shaded walkways loop you around like a flower pattern coming back to the center circle for each continent. Offering some of the most unique experiences you can have at a zoo, you can kayak through Africa, feed the giraffes, ride a train through the Congo, and of course – Zipline. I have come here yearly on field trips with my students and always had a positive experience. We typically attend each year as a family and events like Boo at the Zoo are dear to our memory bank. Down below I will compare favorite zoos, however – I will say before going on: If you are anywhere in the vicinity this is a must see!


Back to our Ziplining: A zoo pass is not actually included in your adventure day. I will also confess that there is a loop that is optional with the challenge course. This loop is really for the adventurous at heart. It comes toward the end of the tree top canopy walk and after watching my son ride a rope into a spiderweb where he had to unhook his harness and climb across to the next obstacle - I opted to wait for them on the platform they would circle back around to. I could see them making their way through the five obstacles I passed on. In all honesty, I probably could have done it had been the beginning of the course but I was definitely wearing down a couple hours in. My arms were tired. My legs were tired. I felt good, but not good enough to plunge into a big web and side walk to a plank good.

~~~ After a few warm ups you take this route! ~~~~


Ok let’s get to the questions/ concerns:

Much of this info is taken from the Brevard Zoo webiste, directly under frequently asked questions.

I also called the Zoo to clarify questions a few times at: (321) 254-9453.


What are my options?

Maximum weight is 250 lbs. as long as you can fit into a harness (maximum of 48” waist and 26” leg openings) and you are physically capable of such activity.

Zip Only at least 56” tall - The fun and excitement of Treetop Trek but a quicker, easier package. Nine rides around the Zoo at heights over 50 feet. This course takes between 45 minutes and two hours to complete, depending on your skill set, time of day and the number of guests on the course.

Beginner at least 54” tall Canopy Walk - This is an introductory course where visitors enjoy nature and part of the Zoo while walking 20 feet above the ground. Also included in the course are 21 elements and two zip lines. This course takes between 45 minutes and two hours to complete, depending on your skill set, time of day and the number of guests on the course.

Intermediate at least 56” tall – Challenge Reloaded - This course includes Canopy Walk plus multiple high-stakes elements and large zip lines at 40 feet above the ground. This course is for visitors at least 56” tall with a reach of 72″ needed. Fly more than 600 feet across the wetlands and zip by alligators. This course takes between 90 minutes and three hours to complete, depending on your skill set, time of day and the number of guests on the course. Last admission is 3:00 pm.

Expert – This trek is purchased online as the Challenge Course online and upgraded upon arrival - This is course includes Challenge Reloaded plus several more challenging feature with a total of 41 elements and 14 zip lines! This is definitely our most physically grueling course, but it’s also the most rewarding. This course takes between 90 minutes and three hours to complete, depending on your skill set, time of day and the number of guests on the course. Last admission is 3:00 pm.

Lil Trekkers - 36″-60” tall - For the young ones, the Chutes & Ladders course includes 22 elements such as bridges, tightropes and zip lines. This course takes at least 45 minutes to complete.


If it’s a day family adventure you are looking for – cross the last two off your list. Expert is for those who have been doing this course and want to add more with the Black Diamond.



How much is it anyway?

Each of the courses builds on the prior course, and as they get harder, you stay on longer, which also gets more expensive. The easier courses are less expensive.

Chutes and Ladders / Lil Trekkers - $19.95 Canopy Walk / Beginner $34.95 Challenge Reloaded / Intermediate $54.95 Black Diamond / Expert $69.95 Zip Only $44.95


How do I order?

Reserve at treetoptrek.com.

For Black Diamond, reserve a Challenge Reloaded ticket online and then upgrade upon arrival.

Trek accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards, and traveler’s checks.