MANILA, Philippines - If you're looking for an interesting venue for a party, a new restaurant to dine at with your sweetheart, outdoor activities for the entire family, an exciting adventure for a group of friends, or all of the above, you might want to consider checking out the Zoom Treetop Adventure at Circulo Verde in Barangay Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
Just a block away from Eastwood City, this new eco-themed park is a spin-off of the original branch in the Jestcamp Area of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in Olongapo City which has been operating successfully for the past 2 years.
Launched last July, Zoom Treetop Adventure boasts of environmentally friendly rides that do not emit pollution. Also, none of the surrounding trees were cut down to give way to the rides. Plus, the rides provide a breathtaking view of the Ortigas skyline.
To date, there are 3 rides to choose from: the Parachute Ride, the Silver Surfer, and the Superman Ride.Parachute Ride
At the Parachute Ride, you are first strapped in face down as you ascend to 100 feet above the ground. Seconds later, you drop back to earth. It's not as scary as it sounds, though, as the drop takes you down in just "4 seconds of weightlessness".
At P200, the Parachute Ride is probably 'worth its weight' in helping you overcome your fear of heights.
From 10 feet above the ground, you will glide 200 meters to the next tower at 9 meters per second on a seesaw-looking contraption which you can ride facing a partner.
Though slightly pricier at P300, the ride allows you to go back and forth 4 times (which is much longer than the Parachute Ride).
The third and highest priced attraction is the Superman Ride which is sort of a mix between the Parachute Ride and the Silver Surfer.
For P400, you'll also be strapped into a harness face down and will zip-line 200 meters across the field and back at 100 feet above the ground. Riders get a view of Antipolo City and Quezon City.
The owners said a new ride will be introduced next year, the Aeromuscial Ride, where, if you can imagine, the movement of the ride is synchronized with the rhythm of the music. Thinking of it already makes me want to sleep (in a good, mother-cradling-me kind of way).
Additionally, the park has a humongous football field for flag football and other outdoor sports, and an R.C. field for those who want to race their remote controlled toys.
Likewise, the park also has a pavilion for special events and a Spanish restaurant called Señor Paquito which is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. It serves all sorts of Spanish favorites like tapas, patatas bravas, and the house specialty, chicken wings, with a selection of wines.
Another branch of Zoom Treetop Adventure will open at the end of the month at Camp John Hay in Baguio City to give northerners a taste of these thrills as well.