Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an Aerial Adventure Park?Open or Close

    FFAP contains platforms that range from 12 feet to 50 feet high. Climbers take the action into their own hands by choosing to go on easy, intermediate, or advanced courses. The easiest of the courses begin with Tropical Storm, and then span through Categories 1-5 with Category 5 being the most difficult. The facility is shaped to resemble outer bands of a hurricane, branching out from the central tower which resembles the eye of the Hurricane. There are 6 courses total which consist of 7 obstacles each. The obstacles are designed around a maritime theme using ropes, cables, wood, barrels, stir-ups, a hammock and more. The higher up the central spiral staircase you go, the more difficult the obstacles become. At the end of each course there is a short zip back to the central tower. Have no fear, climbers will be in a harness and attached to a safety device while completing each obstacle, at all times. Typically climbers will complete 3-4 courses (21-28 obstacles) during the 2 hour climb. Guides provide supervision and take care of the climbers to make sure they stay safe.

    FFAP is the first Aerial Adventure Park on the Outer Banks, overlooking the Albemarle Sound. In 2015 FFAP won the Outstanding Structure Award at the Association of Challenge Course Technology International conference.  Each year FFAP introduces 7 NEW obstacles for participants to challenge.

  • What is the time duration of the ticket?Open or Close

    2 hours of climbing on the tower (6 courses available). It is best to fill out the waiver online before you arrive at FFAP. Upon arrival bring your ID if you are 18+ years old and water into the registration building (DQ), after you register and receive your wristband you will be asked to leave all valuables, including cell phone, wallets, cameras, etc. in the car; loose items are NOT permitted on the tower. Be sure to bring water with you! Car keys can be left at the front desk in our key-check. At the time of check-in you will be suited in a harness, helmet, and gloves then taken to a ground school rules and safety training (takes 20-30 minutes). Please arrive at your scheduled reservation time. For example if your reservation is at 9 a.m., arrive by 8:45 a.m. and the entire experience will be completed around 11:45 a.m.

  • Is there a height, weight, age restriction?Open or Close

    Participants must weigh less than 250 lbs. We do not recommend the course for pregnant women. People who are under 5'  tall must be participating with someone who is 5 feet tall on the course, this  must be a 1:1 ratio within your party. Children 9 and under qualify as the child ticket. Ages 10 and up qualify for general admission. All tickets are valid for 2 hours of climbing. All participants must be at least 3'9" tall.

  • What if my kids want to go on the course and I don’t want to?Open or Close

    Your child must be at least 6 yrs old. If your child is under 5 feet tall, they need a participant who is at least 5 feet tall to be on the course with them (does not have to be parent). If your child is under 5 feet tall and does not have a participant who is at least 5 feet tall to accompany them on the course, you will need to “hire a buddy” to go along with your children. This is by RESERVATION ONLY at off peak times and hours. The rate to hire a buddy is $50 (for up to 2 children). Call 252-715-3622 for details

  • Are reservations required?Open or Close

    We require reservations during peak summer months (May, June, July, August). We also recommend reservations during school breaks such as Spring Break and Thanksgiving. Walk-ins are a first come first serve basis. However, reservations have priority.

  • Do I need to be in good shape?Open or Close

    The courses are designed to be a challenge mentally and physically. Although the courses vary in difficulty levels, those who exercise regularly and are in good physical and mental condition are more likely to enjoy the challenge-course experience. Upper body strength is recommended. The courses are rated like the intensity of a hurricane. The Tropical Storm and Category 1 courses are going to be for newbies, children, and those scared of heights. Once you get comfortable and accustomed to the course, climbers may want to try a more challenging course such as Category 2, Category 3, Category 4, and Category 5. There is always Flight Crew staff available to assist, but they are not there to guide climbers through the course.

  • What do I bring and clothes should I wear?Open or Close

    All participants 18+ must bring their ID and EACH participant must bring water. We recommend wearing clothing that will be comfortable under a harness. Shorts that come down to at least mid thigh will be the most comfortable. 

    We require close-toed athletic shoes.  Rental shoes are available at FFAP for $5 if you do not have shoes of your own. Long hair must be pulled back. Necklaces and jewelry are not recommended on the course. Its best to apply sunblock prior to putting on your harness. Sunblock will be available for purchase at FFAP if needed.

  • Can I take my camera or phone on the course?Open or Close

    No, we do not allow participants to carry anything in their pockets. If your phone, camera, car keys or wallet fall to the ground it is nearly impossible to find them in the Marsh, or they could fall on other participants resulting in injury. Pictures of your experience may be available for purchase at the registration building. Photos are not Guaranteed. All of the above should be left with a spectator, or in your car.  If you have a GoPro you can wear it, however FFAP is not responsible if its lost or damaged. All GoPros' must be attached by a chest harness, NOT a helmet attachment. FFAP does not have chest harnesses available for participants to use, they must bring their own. Car keys may be left in the building and the front desk key-check.

  • How safe is the First Flight Adventure Park?Open or Close

    FFAP takes extreme caution to minimize risks! Participants are on a continuous belay system throughout the course. Meaning while on the course, you are constantly in a harness and attached to a cable. The guides are the only people attaching you to the belay system. Participants do NOT unclip themselves. The course has been designed and built by ACCT vendor Challenge Design Innovations and is inspected by a licensed ACCT inspector annually. ACCT is the governing organization overlooking the safety and well being of Aerial Adventure Parks, Zip lines, Challenge courses and Towers. Aerial Adventure Parks are obstacle courses, so there are lots of materials used such as wood, ropes, cables and plastic. Some materials are more forgiving than others. Scrapes and bruises may occur while on the course

  • How much does it Cost?Open or Close
  • Do I tip the guides?Open or Close

    While it is customary to tip the guides for their services, it is not mandatory

  • Can I watch my children participate on the course?Open or Close

    Yes, you will need to stand on the boardwalk along the northern side near Pamlico Jacks to view. Spectators are not allowed on the tower or under the course. All participants are required to have helmets, harness and gloves to be safe on the course. Pamlico Jacks may be open, feel free to grab a drink and enjoy the view from there!

  • Can I purchase gift certificates? T-shirts? Photos?Open or Close

    Yes, you may purchase all of the above at our retail store in the registration building or by calling us 252-715-3622.

  • What are the rules of First Flight Adventure Park?Open or Close

    - Be at least 6 years old and 250lbs or less.
      - Have closed toe shoes that are secure and protect feet.
      - Attend ground school before climbing.
      - Only use appropriate courses based on age restrictions.
      - Remain clipped in to the safety system at all times.
      - Use all equipment as directed.
      - Stay on designated paths and boardwalks
      - Start with Tropical storm or Category 1 course before attempting more advanced courses.
      - Accept all risks involved in participation and sign a release of liability waiver prior to climbing.
      - Be respectful of other guests. Use appropriate language and do not loiter on elements or platforms.
      - Do not jump at the start of the Zip lines. Sit down on the platform and gently glide off.
      - Never stand or hold onto the belay cables.
      - Obey all instructions given by Flight Crew.
      - Participants that appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave.
      - Only 1 person is permitted on an obstacle or zip line at a time.
      - Only 2 people are permitted on a platform at a time.
      - Do not bounce on platforms or obstacles.
      - Smoking is not permitted in the park or while wearing a harness.
      - Climbers may not access the course outside of operating hours.
      - The management reserves the right to ask anyone in breach of these rules to leave the Adventure Park.
      - During extreme weather conditions you may be asked to evacuate the park. Guests will be allowed back on the course as soon as space and conditions allow. (There are no refunds once you have begun course for weather related closures).
      - When in doubt, stop and ask a member of the Flight Crew.

  • Can I bring my group?Open or Close

    Yes, family reunions, community organizations, corporate, birthdays, school groups etc… a wide variety of groups may use the park. Group rates begin with 9 or more participants. ( May be Available, March-May and September- December)

    We also offer group facilitation for ½ to full day programs.
    Email for information on our group rates and programs.

  • Can I just do the ziplines?Open or Close

    No, you must complete 7 obstacles in order to reach the zipline at the end of each course.

  • What if my child is on vacation with another family? How do I fill out the waiver?Open or Close

    Click Here to complete the online waiver. This is a legal document and only Parents can fill out the waiver for their minor children.

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