If you are a daredevil (even a wannabe), extreme sports – the likes of jumping from a plane and zip lining – are all around New York City, if you know where to look. This is where this guide comes in to help you discover amazing ways of getting a rush, whether it’s squeezing in through an underground cave or hitting 200mph in a luxury race car.
Zip lining New York City
Do you prefer the zip it and rip it adventure? NYC plays home to a 650-foot line that’s suspended 60 feet above Catskills’ tree canopy; the Zipline New York is considered as the longest, fastest and highest ride of its kind in the United States. You have the option of starting with the extreme option; the Night Zip. The ride takes place in the moonlight.
You can also take the Skyrider that allows to you achieve speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Enjoy in this high-octane rush activity and rest in the comfort that you are safely strapped to a harness all through.
Skydiving in Long Island
It’s a proven fact that you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than get hurt while jumping off a plane (of course, with a parachute). If this is the first time you are taking the leap, make sure you sign up for the tandem jump offered by instructors at the Long Island Skydiving Center. The scariest part of the jumping off a plane is preparing yourself mentally to do it once the plane is 10,000 feet above ground.
Once you get through the initial jitters, you literally hold your breath until your guide opens your chute because you will be falling 120 miles per hour for 45 seconds. After the parachute opens, you slow down to a gentle ride as you take in the amazing, bird’s-eye view of what the New York has to offer you.
Drive at 200mph
If you are a speed freak, make sure you spare time for the Monticello Motor Club racetrack located on a 670-acre tree-filled wilderness and more than four miles of asphalt where you can truly put the pedal to the metal. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about getting a ticket as you get first-hand experience into what it’s like to drive a NASCAR car. For a day, you get private instructions and a chance to drive the Porsche PDK or the Jaguar F-Type.
This need-for-speed activity is not cheap, but the fee includes lunch and breakfast in a country-club setting. However, where else can you spend an entire day getting familiar with your Fast and Furious side in a luxurious racing car?
Try Your Hands at Rock Bouldering
If it’s you fear of flight that holding you back from going skydiving, we have the perfect solution for you. Rock bouldering will give you a similar thrill but without any fear. The routes are close to the ground and there is no equipment needed that will hold you back from engaging in this activity. Get your workout on with ever changing courses that will challenge you every time you try your hands at this activity.
Some people argue that traveling through NYC is more than enough for thrill seekers. However, these four powerful adrenaline kicks show that New York will bring in some fun and excitement into your life. If you’d like a more laid back way to see New York, there are plenty of New York City tours you can choose from. That way, you’ll be relaxing on the upper deck of the bus while it takes you through all the famous streets of New York City.