Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Adventure Tour

Have an Adventure!

An exciting trek through the trees, the Adventure Tour is a special, guided experience that allows visitors to learn about the park’s natural history and the layers of the forest by taking you up the five-story Treetop Discovery Climbing Wall, over the Forest Canopy Bridge and down the 425′ Eagle’s Flight Zip Line. The Adventure Tour is a separate, ticketed attraction that requires valid general admission into Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Adventure Tour tickets can only be purchased on site at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

Forest Canopy Bridge

The tour begins by winding your way into the northern forest before reaching the Forest Canopy Bridge. Learn about the animals and plants that live on the forest floor and then travel through the forest understory into the trees on the canopy bridge. Fifty feet below this narrow suspension bridge Mill Creek flows into the Mill Pond. Make sure to pause and learn about the advantages and challenges wildlife have when living in the trees.

Eagle’s Flight Zip Line

Experience the adrenaline of standing on a platform, 40 feet above Mill Creek, and preparing to jump and ride the 425′ zip line to Eagle’s Landing. The Eagle’s Flight Zip Line is designed to mimic a bald eagle gliding over the pond to catch a brook trout that was spotted from a perch in the trees.

Treetop Discovery Tower Climbing Wall

The finale of your Adventure Tour experience is the Treetop Discovery Climbing Wall, located at the base of the Forest Canopy Bridge. Scale more than five stories and learn about the various birds that call Mill Creek home while also listening to the birds’ various calls. Due to staffing shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this element of the Adventure Tour is not currently available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The Adventure Tour is $9.50 per person in addition to general admission.

Q: Are there any requirements for participation?
A: Yes. All participants must:
– weigh between 50-250 pounds
– be a minimum of 4 feet tall
– wear shoes that are securely attached to your feet (no flip-flops, etc.)
– Not be wearing a skirt or dress
– sign a waiver of liability form (available upon arrival)
A PDF version of these rules can be found here.

Q: How often do tours happen?
A: Tours are on the top of the hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. when the park opens at 11:00 a.m.), and the last tour begins one hour prior to site closing. Tours are limited to 20 people at a time. This schedule is subject to change based on special events or school group visitation.

Q: How long do tours last?
A: On average, an Adventure Tour will be 25-30 minutes, as it is also a guided hike through the woods.

Q: Where will the tour begin?
A: After purchasing your ticket in the Visitor’s Center, head to the “Eagle’s Landing” at your designated time. This is located at the base of the zip line by the Mill Pond.

Q: Must an adult accompany a child?
A: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Q: What if it rains?
A: For safety reasons, Adventure Tours will be suspended if it rains. If you’ve already purchased your ticket you will be refunded. Regular Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park programming will continue.

Q: What if I just want to do the Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, but not the Forest Canopy Bridge, or vice-versa?
A: You can definitely only do the elements you wish to do, but the ticket remains the same price whether you do one or all of the Adventure Tour elements.

Q: What happens if I or my child start the tour but want to end it early (fear of heights, etc.)?
A: Guests who wish to return early must be accompanied by an adult and will be directed back to the “Eagle’s Landing” area. Refunds will be granted if no elements of the Adventure Tour have been completed.

Q: Can groups (school groups, motorcoach groups, etc.) book the Adventure Tour?
A: Of course! All group bookings need to be pre-arranged with our Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator.

Q: Can I do the Adventure Tour twice in the same day?
A: If there is space available, you are welcome to purchase another Adventure Tour ticket for later in the same day.

 

MACKINAC STATE HISTORIC PARKS ALERTS: M-185
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