Weird Outdoor Sports – OGO Balls

OGO Balls – Roundtop Mountain Resort
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  Ages 6+, ages 6 and 7 must ride with a rider 14+
Restrictions:  Maximum rider weight is 275 pounds, maximum combined weight for up to 3 riders is 550 pounds
Recommendations:  OGO balls are great fun for all ages 6+.  The OGO Balls are part of an Adventure Package includes many other activities.  The sweet spot for the package seems to be families with kids ages 6 to around 14.  Teenagers and adults will enjoy the OGOs but may find the other activities to be oriented towards a younger crowd.

When it comes to weird outdoor activities, riding the OGO Balls at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania ranks right up there.  I had experienced their Vertical Trek canopy tour a year earlier and had a blast so I thought I would give OGOs a try. With two types to choose from, they kept me entertained for a solid couple of hours.

OGO Balls consist of an 11 foot diameter ball with a second 6 foot ball suspended inside by 1,200 colorful cords.  Needless to say, the balls are pretty striking visually. Read more ›

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Zip Lining In Pennsylvania – The Vertical Trek


The Vertical Trek – Roundtop Mountain Resort
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  Ages 10+
Restrictions:  Must be between 70 and 250 pounds
Recommendations: Much of the course is fairly high, around 40′.  Participants with a strong fear of heights may not enjoy this experience.  People with a moderate fear of heights should do well because the guides are very good at making them feel comfortable and secure.
Updated 8/17/15 – We enjoyed Roundtop Mountain Resorts Vertical Trek zip line tour so much a few years ago that we decided to do it again – it is worth a repeat.  This tour is completely hidden in the trees on the mountainside so don’t be fooled when you first pull in.  There are a couple of smaller zip lines near the base area but they are part of  Roundtop’s  Adventure Package, but they are not a good indication of the adventure that awaits above! Read more ›

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Bodie Ghost Town, CA

Bodie State Historic Park, CA
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  All ages
Restrictions:  None
Recommendations:  Bodie is a great place to explore for the entire family.  The footing can be a bit rough depending on where you explore but you can stay on very well packed roads if you choose.  Families who enjoy history could probably spend the better part of a day here.  Others should plan on at least a few hours.

Bodie State Historical Park in the Eastern Sierra is one of my favorite places to spend the day wandering with my camera. Once a booming gold mining town, it is now a ghost town held in a state of “arrested decay” by the state of California. Even though the buildings certainly show their age, many look like the occupants simply walked out one day and never came back.

Bodie is sort of off the beaten track, so you might want to combine a visit with some other activities in the region. It is located about 13 occasionally bumpy miles Read more ›

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Zip Lining in West Virginia – TreeTops

TreeTops New River Gorge Canopy Tour

The TreeTops canopy tour is everything I love in a zip line tour – natural surroundings, great scenery and a bunch of really fun zip lines.  They make it a point to tell you that they tried to integrate the course into the natural surroundings and they have succeeded spectacularly!

Their website is attractive and has lots of good content.  The only issue I had with it was that it was very slow to load.  Now it could have been my connection, but I’m thinking there were probably some issue on their end.  The good news is that they have a huge phone number and live chat link at the top of the pages so it is easy to get around the slow site. Read more ›

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