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What to Expect

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When You Arrive…

Plan Ahead!

  • Save time and BOOK ONLINE by using the “BOOK NOW” button on the top of this page. This will guarantee your preferred climb date and time.
  • Every climber must complete an electronic waiver. For those climbers under the age of 18, parents or legal guardians must complete this electronic form on behalf of the minor. Prior to your visit to the Park, use the waiver link in your reservation confirmation email and complete your waiver(s).
  • If you are bringing a group or party with climbers under the age of 18, please have their parents sign the electronic waiver. This will speed up your group’s check-in process and ensure that all minors will be able to climb.


If this is your first time climbing with us, WELCOME!

A couple things to know about parking and admission:

  • While the Marsh Pavilion (the Aquarium’s south building) is under construction, there is a safe and secure entrance to the right of the building through the gate.
  • If the parking lot at the Marsh Pavilion is full, overflow parking is located across the street from the Aquarium’s main building. It takes about 10 minutes to walk down the path parallel to General Booth. You ticket time will not begin until you check in here at the park.
  • Those purchasing Adventure Park tickets are not required to purchase admission to the Virginia Aquarium. Observers (non-climbers accompanying paid Adventure Park climbers) are not required to purchase admission to the Aquarium, however, restrictions apply on the use of the Aquarium by free Observers.

Here is a quick rundown of what to expect when you arrive:

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled time to check in your party and ensure that all waivers are completed. For larger groups, allow for a little more time to get everyone checked in.
  • If you were not able to complete your waiver in advance online, you will have the opportunity to complete a waiver at the park.
  • Once all of the waivers are completed and verified, head over to the cashier and check in with your reservation number. If you don’t have a reservation, you can purchase the climbing tickets on-site for the next available time slot.
  • A boarding pass will be printed for you, or you will receive a wrist band. That time is the last time you will be able to begin a new trail (similar to a ski-lift pass). Regular tickets are for three-hour climbing sessions, plus an additional 30 minutes for the orientation period, so if you purchase your ticket at 9 a.m., the time-stamp will read 12:30 p.m.
  • You and your guests will then need to head into the Park to receive your climbing instructional briefing and climbing harness and gloves.
  • After the briefing instructions, harness yourself in the harnessing area. Make sure a staff member checks your harness before you proceed to the practice area. Have your harness checked by a staff member anytime you harness yourself or others after it’s been removed or adjusted.
  • Next, you must go through a practice area and get comfortable with using your equipment.
  • Now you’re ready! Head up to the starting platform, and choose a yellow or green trail to begin your adventure in the trees.


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A Few More Tips:


We climb in rain or shine, so dress accordingly for the weather conditions on your day of visit. For your safety, make sure to wear outdoor, closed-toe shoes. Sneakers/running shoes are ideal. No heels, flip flops, Crocs, ballet flats, etc. are permitted. Tie your hair back.

Protective gloves

You will be required to wear protective gloves when climbing at the park. We provide fingerless gloves, or you are welcome to bring your own leather-palmed, protective gloves. Please note that the gloves are for palm protection and not designed for warmth. On cold days, climbers may wish to wear their own gloves underneath the protective gloves provided.


Drinks and snacks are available in The Adventure Park store, The Aquarium Cafe, and the Food Truck located on the nature trail. The Aquarium’s in-house caterer, Sodexo, can provide a variety of meal options for birthday parties, team parties, family celebrations, group picnics, and corporate events. Call (757) 385-0258 for catering information.