New Indoor Adventure Park Coming to Sterling, Va.


Northern Virginia will soon be home to a multi-million-dollar indoor adventure park, ZavaZone. The park houses ropes courses, climbing walls, ninja warrior courses, and trampolines. It is scheduled to open Nov. 4.

The new high ropes course at ZavaZone in Sterling, Va.

The 34,000-square-foot former indoor basketball facility will feature wall-to-wall activities broken into zones: the Adventure Zone, Vertical Zone, and the Jump Zone.

The Adventure Zone features a high ropes course, ninja course, and low ropes course. The high ropes course suspends participants nearly 20 feet off the ground as they make their way through 26 unique obstacles, all while harnessed into a continuous belay. The Vertical Zone is home to multiple climbing walls—including a face-off challenge, in which climbers can race friends up opposite sides of a transparent wall. A trampoline park makes up the Jump Zone.

“The premises in Sterling fit all the criteria we were looking for,” said co-owner Joe Henry. “It’s going to be very cool. All the activities center around motion, fun in motion.”

Well, mostly in motion. ZavaZone is also designed to accommodate adults who might not want to take part in the physical activities. The park features a Parent Zone with big-screen TVs, areas to work on laptops, along with complimentary tea and coffee.

Henry and partner Josh Oboler have been in business together for almost 20 years. The idea for ZavaZone was sparked two years ago when the pair were in a family entertainment venue with their children. The bad WiFi and deafening noise led the partners to ask, “Why can’t someone do it better?”

The Sterling location is the second ZavaZone in the D.C. area. Henry and Oboler also own a facility in Rockville, Md.


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Sarah Borodaeff is the digital editor and project manager for Adventure Park Insider magazine. A professional ski bum and former zip guide, Sarah enjoys any excuse to talk about outdoor adventures.

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