Finding an activity for an adventurous group which also contains young children can be a challenge. We considered several activities on our recent return trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, but struggled to find something the youngest kids in our group – both six years old and under 46 inches tall – could participate in fully. After working with the Tour Desk at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, we booked the Thrill Seekers Pass with Chukka at Good Hope Estate in Montego Bay. It was time to try zip lining in Jamaica and so much more!
ZIP LINING IN JAMAICA
Our morning started with a 30-minute shuttle ride into the beautiful mountains. When we arrived at the Good Hope Estate, we rented lockers to store our things and went to schedule our time on the zip line. We had no trouble getting right in. Within minutes we had received the safety briefing and were in harnesses and helmets for our trip through the trees. We experienced three of the six zip lines on property.
The guides were patient and helpful with my youngest son who was a little apprehensive about trying the first line. After just a moment’s hesitation, though, he was flying through the trees! It was super easy for the kids because all they had to do was hang on. The guides sending gave them a little push and the guides receiving caught them at the end; no breaking or maneuvering to worry about.
WATER PARK AND LUNCH
After zip lining, we went straight to the Tube & Slide part of our trip. There was a guide available to take any swimsuit cover ups or other things back to the central area until we finished our float down the river. Tip: Wear Crocs or water shoes because closed-toed shoes are required for the zip line, and be prepared to keep them on for the tube ride because it’s a short walk through the jungle to the tubes.
Floating under the arched bamboo trees down the canals that carried sugar cane and rum barrels 200 years ago was breathtaking. A short slide provided a little exhilaration before we splashed into the river below and continued our journey. Our playful guides then paddled along beside us and made sure we didn’t remain dry!
Once back at the central area, we bought lunch and ate by the pool. Tip: Try the jerk chicken here. It is amazing and the portions are plentiful!
The kids took another quick dip in the water and then turned their attention to the playground just behind the swimming area while the adults finished up. There is an ice cream and coffee shop as well as a bar just steps from the pool.
HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDE
We then scheduled our horse and carriage ride which was my younger son’s primary request for this vacation. Imagine his delight when the driver asked him to sit up front and even let him hold the reigns for a moment! The guide on the back of the carriage gave an interesting history of the plantation and facts about some of the fruits and plants of Jamaica.
The Bird Aviary is a treasure that should not be missed. Built around the ruins of the plantation’s slave hospital, the aviary boasts more than a dozen species of birds as well as plants and décor that are equally fun to view. Be sure and look near the sign outside the netted area where feeders attract the national bird of Jamaica, the Doctor Bird, a hummingbird found only on this island.
Finally, half of our group decided to take on the challenge course. This is a series of obstacles hanging in the trees requiring balance and skill to traverse. My oldest son was excited to try but had trouble mastering much of the course. Once again the friendly and helpful guides were there, encouraging him and helping him finish the course.
Our passes also included a tour of the great house which we really wanted to do, but we were exhausted by this point and were almost out of time as well. We spent a few minutes in the gift shop and purchased a CD of the pictures from our zip lining and tubing experiences. We then boarded our shuttle for the ride back to our resort, happy with an adventurous day that included everyone in our group.
If you are considering a visit to Chukka at Good Hope Estate, there are different passes to accommodate everyone’s adventure level. The Ultimate Thrill Seeker’s Pass included everything we did plus a few more zip lines, a Dune Buggy or ATV adventure, lunch, and more. There is also a Good Hope Estate Pass and Cultural Explorer Pass for those who are looking for calmer adventures.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.