When the Fethiye Adventure Park (Macera Park) opened last year I was a little hesitant to go and check it out. The idea of my two four-year-olds swinging through the trees like monkeys gave me ‘mum fear’ – you know the fear where your mind fast tracks to a scene in A and E and a few broken limbs. I was only persuaded to stop off and check it out having spoken to a Mum friend who raved about it, “they’ll love it” she said, “it’s well run, there are tracks for different ages and the mini-course is great for them!”.
I had watched the park being built on the side of the road mid-way as you travel up from Fethiye and Tasyaka to Hisaronu. Tucked into a forest layby, Unal and I had often wondered what it was going to be; a cafe maybe, or a restaurant – a zip-line tree-top adventure place was the last thing we expected.
As soon as we got there I knew the kids were on board for the adventure.
We finally stopped off for a look last February. I was pleasantly surprised – it’s great! The boys ran straight over to the side of the little track and stood watching a little girl of a similar age trying to navigate a rope bridge, her father egging her on from the side. Dominik’s eyes said it all, big and wide with that young boy look of mischief written all over them. Harvey stood back and was equally fascinated tugging at Unal’s leg, “can we go Baba?”, he repeated, “pleeease…!”.
A question of safety.
Before agreeing to let the boys have a go I asked about safety (forever a cynic in Turkey!). I was told the park is fully insured and had undergone rigorous safety checks before receiving internationally recognised certificates – all available to view. The owner is a successful businessman locally and had spent time in Belgium. He took the idea from there. Arbre Et Adventure, who have a number of sites worldwide including a ‘Go Ape’ site in the UK, built the course and all the kit used is from France and Europe. Suitably convinced and not wanting to disappoint the duo who were now frantic to have their fun, we agreed and headed over to a hut to meet an official and get them kitted out.
My little grown-ups!
It was great to see the boys suddenly adopt a new persona. They were all grown up and listened intently as the man popped them into a bright harness and explained they had to be careful and listen to instructions. He introduced them to the hooks; a standard caribina and a larger caribina – one continuously attached to a safety line running the entire course with them (the bit that catches you should you fall known as a continuous belay system). We walked over to the start of the track which runs around a meter off the ground and hooked them on. They soon got into the swing of it, feeding the caribina along the line as they navigated obstacles, walked along rope bridges and zoomed down a little zip-line. The concentration on their faces was great to see and if we offered help from the side we were quickly batted away, “I can do it, Mummy!”. It empowered them and challenged them mentally and physically. The course took around 20 minutes to navigate and cost around 25TL (£5). I think you can pay a little more for unlimited goes or less if you organise a group booking. What I can say is that my friend was right – it is certainly worth taking the kids if you’re in town – mine can’t pass the park now without asking when we are going back. Fethiye Adventure Park has become their number one thing to do in Fethiye and the ideal occasional treat.
Other tree-top tracks.
There are three other tracks at the site suiting different ages and abilities. There’s an easy track for those 7+; a mid-height run designed to get people used to the kit. And two other, decidedly scary and high tree-top routes for older kids and adults. I looked up with interest at one group of ladies, I think maybe a few Hens, taking on one route with some exceedingly long and lofty zip-lines. Judging by the giggles and screams, it looks like a really fun activity to do with friends if you’re brave enough!
Lot’s more on site.
There’s also a cafe on site which is a great place to sit with a drink and a snack whilst the monkeys are at play. Having navigated the course successfully, my boys were happy playing with the menagerie of animals wandering about freely; ducks, chickens, rabbits, even a couple of peacocks!
Well, if you’re on holiday in Fethiye and after a couple of hours fun and excitement, do head over to Fethiye Adventure Park and check it out. We last went a couple of weeks ago and I believe they are staying open during the winter months weather permitting. It’s ideal for locals as well, especially for a birthday party activity that’s sure to be a real hit with the kids. See their website for full details and a video of what goes on.
Do comment and let us know what you make of it, especially if you have been on one of the older scary routes – I’m slowly picking up the courage to gather a few friends or work colleagues and do it myself!
Looking for other ideas on how to entertain your kids in Fethiye? Take a look at my recent post: 10 Things to do in Fethiye with kids.
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