New Treetop Trek Adventure

The comment is often made that people send their “out of town visitors” to Disney or Kennedy Space Center, but they like to bring them to Brevard Zoo. That isn’t surprising since the Zoo is so uniquely Florida and uniquely Brevard County. As Zoo director Keith Winsten explains, “People are looking for more than the opportunity to observe nature; they want to interact with it.”

Brevard Zoo was built around this desire to be immersed in an experience and now they have a new, hands-on encounter for kids…of all ages. It is their new “Treetop Trek Adventure,” which combines treetop jungle bridges, like you might see in an Indiana Jones movie, and includes tightropes, crab walks and, best of all, zip lines!

The experience is divided into three age and skill levels.

The Treetop Challenge course, which requires participants to be at least 54 inches tall, includes the canopy walk, plus multiple high stakes challenges and large zip lines at 40 feet above the ground. Imagine flying more than 700 feet across the wetlands and zipping by alligators! This course takes at least 90 minutes and upwards of 3 hours to complete, depending on your skill level and the crowds.

The Canopy Walk is the introductory course and takes you 20 feet in the air where adventurers enjoy 5 treetop challenges and 2 zip lines while taking in the natural beauty of the area and parts of the Zoo, which includes seeing some of the animals. This course takes at least 45 minutes and upwards of 2 hours to complete depending on your skill sets.

Chutes and Ladders is fun for the young, who are at least 36 inches tall. This course includes 20 challenges including bridges, tightropes, and zip lines and takes at least 45 minutes to complete.

It is hard to believe this incredible Brevard institution is just 17 years old and was largely built by over 16,000 area volunteers! u

Number of visitors annually: Average 350,000 over the last three years

Ages: Approximately 55{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} adults, 40{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} children under 12, 5{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} seniors

Where they come from: Traditionally, 70{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} from Brevard, 15{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} other Florida counties, and 15{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} out of state. However, over the last few years we are trending towards 50{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} Brevard County and 25{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} each for rest of Florida and out of state

Number of paid employees: Average 120 full-time employees

Number of volunteers: Approximately 300 active

Number of students participating in educational events and opportunities: Approximately 35,000

The most popular exhibit at the zoo: Giraffes

Annual budget, revenue from admission, concessions and events and revenue from philanthropic gifts: Approximately $6 million for operations