Parents: What to Know When Bringing Your Kids to Bridge Day
Parents, here's what to know if you're bringing your kids to enjoy the fun.
You can bring strollers, but they are subject to search. The crowds can get extremely dense on the bridge, so be careful and remember to also courteous of those around you if you have a bulky stroller.
Speaking of the crowds, it can get pretty tight near the main jumper area throughout the day. Short children might be hard to keep track of, or for others to see. If your child does get separated in the crowd, there will be police officers around the area to help.
If your child is bothered by sound, some earmuffs might help drown out the noise of the crowds.
Fall weather in the New River Gorge is unpredictable, so it's best to prepare for anything. The weather on Bridge Day is most often chilly, though occasionally it can get hot during the noon hours. Layered clothing is a good idea for everyone. Rain is also a possibility (though we always hope not), so pack rain attire for yourself and your children just in case.
Anyone of any age can enter and enjoy the festival, but if you plan on taking a Bridge Walk on the catwalk under the bridge, accompanying children must be at least 10 years old and 4 feet tall. To highline, kids must be 12 and at least 4 feet tall.
Don't worry, walking on the bridge is safe! The high railings and thick concrete surrounding the bridge will not allow your little one to fall over. To avoid injury, keep an eye on them if they're climbing around and be careful if you're giving them a boost to help them see. Officers will also be monitoring to make sure everyone is staying safe.
And always remember to be courteous! Let your little ones enjoy all the fun, but help them be aware of others around who are enjoying it alongside them.
If you have any more questions or concerns about bringing your kids to Bridge Day, let us know. We look forward to seeing you and the kids on the Bridge for our 35th anniversary!
What's your tip for parents at Bridge Day?