Highflying Fun in Southwest Michigan
Whether you’re in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, South Haven, or St. Joseph, making the trek over to the Allegan Event Family Adventure Center is worth the drive.
Once there, you’ll find ropes course and adventure experiences that are hard to come by in other parts of the state.
Best Flying Day Ever
If your family has a wide age spread like ours, finding things that everyone enjoys is a challenge.
Our kids are ages 1, 3, 9 and 13 so when I heard about Allegan Event I knew we had to check it out. American ninja warrior for the day, here I come!
Spoiler Alert: Our expectations were completely exceeded—according to our 3-year-old it was the “best flying day ever.”
What You’ll Find Inside Allegan Event Fun Center
The event center warehouse is located on River St. northeast of downtown Allegan.
Inside, you’ll find three levels of ropes course obstacles.
The two upper levels are for participants 48 inches and up, while the Sky Tykes ropes course & Sky Trail lower level (adult supervision needed) is perfect for kids up to 48 inches tall.
The Sky Tykes area is the perfect space for toddlers to face their fears. I loved watching my daughter’s tiny self in a harness cruising through obstacles.
On her first time through the course, my daughter needed to be held when using the zip line. The second time (and the 30+ times after) she was a pro. It was amazing to see her overcome her fears and radically transform into a girl with oodles of confidence.
I’ll say it again: the low-level zipline and ropes course is perfect for beginners and little ones.
Adults and Big Kids Have Fun on the Sky Trail and SkyRail Zip Line
The upper level is home to the Sky Trail – 85+ rope elements (including two Sky Rail zip rails) on a two level course towering 35 feet in the air.
You can spend as much time going through the ropes course as you’d like, and you can go at your own pace.
One great feature is that the speed on the zip rails is entirely within your control. They are incredibly smooth and safe, while still providing a nice dose of adrenaline. Ride the zip rails again and again if you’d like – they’re integrated into the Sky Trail ropes course as an option.
For The ‘Stomach Drop’ Fans
The ‘quick jump’ is an optional way to end your time on the ropes course. It’s a 35-foot free-fall jump from a platform atop the ropes course.
I took the leap and it was AWESOME.
The Most Creative Rock Walls You’ll Ever See
The calluses on my hands are a testament to how hard we played on the amazingly fun and colorful rock walls.
Each wall had a different theme… from a head to head timed racing wall, to an ice cliff theme wall with pegboard handholds, to giant 3D rubber balls to climb over, up, and around…and so many you would have to see to believe.
Allegan Event offers 16 different Clip’n’Climb vertical climing challenges. Bonus: their unique harness systems means that you don’t need another person to belay you.
We each had our favorites, but agreed that we love them all (well maybe not the impossible ‘notably hardest’ beanstalk wall because I am pretty sure only a magician could climb that one)…or I’m just out of shape…
Side Note: The staff at Allegan Event are extremely patient and great with children. They encouraged all of my children and guided them hand in hand until their confidence built up enough to fly solo.
Hit the Vertical Drop Slide for the Ultimate Stomach Drop
For the ultimate stomach drop, you’ll want to do the Vertical Drop Slide.
If you’re game, you’ll hold on to a handlebar and be pulled up a giant slide. Once you’re at the top (or when you get brave…) let go and glide down.
It made my stomach drop SO HARD. Highly recommend.
To Continue the Fun, Head Downtown
Take a quick five minute drive from the event center and you’ll be at Allegan Event’s outdoor location, centrally located in the heart of downtown.
There you can zoom across the river on a 600 foot long zipline while overlooking the iron bridge, the beautiful fountain, and river walk. You can also do a ‘quick jump’ like the one at their warehouse, except twice as high. An epic free fall from 60 feet!
Tips for Your Trip to Allegan Event
Parent to parent, these are the things I’d want to know before heading out for a visit.
- Wear tennis shoes and comfortable athletic clothing.
- If you are heading to the downtown zip line in the summer you’ll definitely want sunscreen.
- Take advantage of combo pricing to save money; individual attractions are priced between $10-$23 a person.
- If you’re visiting with little kids and want to participate yourself, it’s handy to have another adult along because adult supervision is required on the Sky Tykes section.
- Concessions and lockers are available.
We’ll Be Back
I’m so glad we went and our family will definitely be back.
I think I need to hit the gym or do a few push-ups to prepare for our next trip. Our oldest begged to go back the very next day, but I told her my arms couldn’t hang. Literally!