"Adventure Forests" (Foret de l'aventure in French) have become very popular in Switzerland. They're a wonderful experience for young and, well, not so young, combining the thrills of an amusement park with physical exercise. And of course, the pleasure of being in the middle of nature.
These adventure forests consist of zip lines, rope ladders, tight ropes, and many other obstacles strung between tall trees. There are usually multiple courses of varying difficulty, each one taking 15min to up to an hour to complete. It's all pretty safe as long as you use the climbing gear they give you properly. We visited three parks while we were in Switzerland, our boys loved them! (I did too :-)
- Call ahead to find out when there are fewest "adventurers" at the park. Not being stuck behind another group makes a big difference
- Wear light, loose fitting clothes. Some of the obstacles can be quite physical (though the tough ones always have an escape route)
- Bring water and snacks, these are available at the park but can be quite expensive
- Hit the restroom before you and esp. the kids put on your climbing harness :-)