By Chris Griffy
Summer is upon us and with it comes the desire to get out and do something after a winter spent indoors. For most people, that means a nice picnic in the park or maybe taking in an outdoor concert. But for the more thrill seeking Atlanta resident, thoughts turn to more adventurous activities. Whether it’s driving a racecar, jumping out of a plane, or conquering your fear of heights on a ropes course, Atlanta has plenty of options for daredevils of all ages.
SkyHike At Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Just a quick half-hour trek down I-285, Stone Mountain Park is a great family-friendly getaway for the entire family. So it makes sense that one of the few kid-friendly daredevil treks would be located there. If you and your family are not afraid of heights, then SkyHike might just be the adventure for you. Billed as one of the nation’s largest family-friendly adventure courses, SkyHike offers a quarter mile tour through the treetops. Families can trek across wooden bridges, hop from slat to slat, or climb vertical rope bridges. SkyHike even allows you to slowly overcome your potential vertigo by offering a variety of height options, from a relatively tame 12 ft. height to a more challenging 24 ft. course to the ultimate thrill, a course a full two stories off the ground.
Atlanta Rocks! Summer Camp
1019 Collier Road N.W., Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30318
Another chance for the kids to get in on the adventure. Atlanta Rocks bills itself as the city’s biggest indoor rock climbing gym, with more than 12,000 square feet of climbing surface. They are also dedicated to getting children into rock climbing, offering after school programs, family climbs, and their annual Summer Camp. These camps are open to climbers of all skill levels between ages of 8-16. These five day camps are designed to teach beginning climbers safety basics like putting on a harness, knot tying, and introductory climbing techniques. For more experienced youth, the instructors will work with them on advanced skills like improved footwork and balance.
Drive A Racecar At Atlanta Dragway
500 E. Ridgeway Road
Commerce, GA 30529
Since the car was invented, people have been obsessed with finding ways to make them go faster. Once the sole possession of professional drivers, Pure Speed Racing has teamed up with the Atlanta Dragway to give the average adult the option of strapping into a drag racer to experience speed in the extreme. Those who want the thrills without control can do a ride-along in a drag racer. More daring drivers can strap in to take the dragsters for a spin themselves. It’s sure to be the most thrilling 10 seconds of your life as you experience the signature drag racer spin-out before hurtling down the course at speeds approaching 130 mph!
2333 Delray Road
Thomaston, GA 30286
Few adventure holidays are more polarizing than skydiving. Plenty of people think anyone willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane are insane. But for many people, skydiving is their ultimate bucket list goal. Skydive Atlanta realizes this, advertising their service as “Bucket List Specialist.” Skydive Atlanta caters to divers of all experience levels. Those who have never, literally, taken the plunge can go on a tandem skydive. Tethered to an expert instructor, tandem divers can leap right into their bucket list with only 30 minutes of training and be assured of the safest experience possible with an instructor holding a USPA Master Skydiving license. For more experienced jumpers, Skydive Atlanta offers instruction to become a certified skydiver yourself and opportunities for bigger thrills for already certified divers.
Roswell Ghost Tours
617 Atlanta St.
Roswell, GA 30075
Maybe your idea of a thrill seeking vacation runs less toward the physical and more toward the metaphysical. If so, the Roswell Ghost Tour might be more your speed. This 2.5 hour walking tour of some of the most haunted places in the very haunted town of Roswell is guided by experienced paranormal investigators and will tell the story of historic and current supernatural encounters by local residents. Roswell Ghost Tours has even embraced smartphone technology by letting walkers download an app to accompany their walk that will display historical and unexplained ghost photos from each area being visited. For an additional experience, keep an eye out for their occasional Ghost Tour Beer Crawl or Bring Your Leashed Pet tours, in case you wanted to let Fido see beyond the veil too!
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