Pärnu was quickly seen and it was also very soon realized, that the city would not offer enough activities to keep us entertained for the whole time we’d stay there. So we needed to find something more to do in the area. After some searching, Olli found an article about Valgeranna, located only 10kms from Pärnu. Valgeranna was described as a beach destination with an adventure park right next to the beach. Similar parks have been opening up in Finland within the past few summers, but I’ve not yet found the time to visit any of them, so I was instantly interested to try this one out. Some beach time, some adventures in the park, some food.. What else could we possibly need? So in the morning, we hit the road and soon found ourselves hanging in the trees.
I had so much fun in the adventure park! We spent a total of four hours up in the trees. There are six tracks in total, out of which the first one is an easy one for practicing the use of safety gear and getting to know different types of tracks. The tracks become more difficult one after another and each track is also set up higher than the previous one, starting from 1,5meters, the last one being round 10 meters above the ground. Each track also consisted of various different sections, so there could be ten different types of challenges ahead before one track was completed. There could be climbing on nets, walking on a loose cable, swinging on a rope and so on. The further you got, the more challenging it was.
Despite the fact that I’ve always been known as the madcap in the family (for example, jumping a 134m high bungee was no biggie), I was actually little surprised to find myself on the edge of my comfort zone. Am I getting old here? For example, when you realize that you are standing only on one foot on a rope that is hanging in between two cables rather loosely and you have no way reaching to the next one so that you could proceed, you easily can start feeling a bit nervous. Once you understand that there is no other way than to start rocking the rope you are standing on rather heavily, so that you would be able to reach the next rope with your other foot, you might start to think whether you would’ve been safer just laying on the beach.. safer or not, it was still heaps of fun! Also, each track ended with a long cable-slide, so all the little Tarzans there, go an check this place out! The entrance fee to the park was 19€ for adults, which is a rather expensive in Estonian standards, but still bearable for several hours of entertainment. During the summertime the park is open daily from 10am until 7pm and the tracks close at 9pm.
Unfortunately, we were a bit unlucky with our timing, some 10 people ahead of us was a couple who were reeeeeeeallly slow, taking long brakes, talking and cuddling up in the trees and there was no way to get past them. Somehow they seemed not to mind letting other people wait behind them, so after waiting for quite some time in several occasions, we gave up and skipped the last track. So that I won’t seem too much of a whining little brat, let me tell you that at that point, after 5 tracks, we had been in the park for four hours. You should be able to complete all tracks within 2-2,5 hours. So yes, we waited a lot before giving up.
After the adventure park, we had some lunch at a restaurant next to the beach, decided to skip the beach after all as it still did not seem that tempting, even though there were a lot less people than in Pärnu but it still did not look tempting enough. So we headed to our hotel and spent the rest of the day in the hotel spa just relaxing. Even though Valgeranna does not offer much more than the adventure park, the beach and a low-key restaurant, it still is a nice place to visit, especially if you happen to be in a similar situation as we were and are running out of things to do in Pärnu.