Business Matters: Urban Air Adventure Park Attracts Thrill Seekers
There’s a new place for thrill seekers in Plymouth. Whether it’s leaping, climbing, or even flying, Urban Air Adventure Park allows you to defy gravity and take a leap of faith.
“There is nothing in this area that can quite bring the attractions that we bring,” said Lindsey Herold, co-owner of Urban Air in Plymouth.
The 68,000-square-foot adventure park, located off Highway 55 and Rockford Road, features a rollercoaster-like zip line called Sky Rider, climbing walls and a ninja warrior course. Alex Ragognetti enjoyed Sky Rider.
“It’s just really fun being really high in the air. And it’s just a good thrill,” he said.
You will also find several trampoline areas, ropes courses, dodge ball and a slam dunk zone. We caught up with brothers Will and Jonathan Ornstein in the warrior course area, one of their favorites.
“Sometimes I like diving in the balls, and swinging off the stuff,” said soon-to-be third-grader Jonathan Ornstein.
“Power Up” Interactive Go-Karting
One thing that makes this park unique is it offers go-karts and an interactive game to go with it. Urban Air Plymouth has a first-in-the-nation attraction called “Power Up.” Think of it as a real-life Mario Kart video game.
“You actually drive over sensors in the track that will give you a boost of power. It will slow you down in turtle mode. We have potholes. We have coins that you can collect to get a boost. So it’s very interactive,” said Herold.
A Break from TV
The Urban Air concept started in Texas. The franchise expanded to Minnesota with a location in Coon Rapids. Lindsey Herold and her soon-to-be husband thought Plymouth would make a great location as well and toured the Texas headquarters.
“We learned it’s a family entertainment place where people can be active. We’re both very active ourselves, as far working out and exercise,” said Herold. “And in this technology-driven world, we really wanted families to become active again rather sitting in front of a TV.”
Herold, a former teacher and current dance instructor, enjoys seeing kids being active.
“I’m all about activity and engagement with children. So to be here in this facility, and watch the kids running by with smiles on their face, it lights you up,” Herold said.
Urban Air encourages parents to be active too and try some of the activities themselves.
“We actually encourage families to interact together. It is for kids, we do a lot of birthdays and things like that. But more than often than not, we do have parent passes, and the parent can join that kid and do the exact same attractions as a kid for a discounted rate,” said Herold.
And that means a lot of energy the whole family can expend. But just how much energy?
“A lot. Most. Like a 100 percent of mine,” said Will Ornstein.
Urban Air offers four different price packages for kids and adults. They range from the basic package, which includes just the trampolines for $13.99, to the platinum package, which offers everything in the park for $39.99. Urban Air also offers monthly memberships, which get you in for half the price of a walk-in ticket.