Adrenalin-Pumping Adventures You Can Enjoy Indoors

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Anyone that loves to get their travel thrills in the great outdoors can sometimes be disappointed when bad weather gets in the way of the fun. Whether ski slopes are closed due to lack of snow, or paragliding and skydiving adventures are canceled due to extreme winds, it’s always frustrating when plans for heart-pumping activities have to be delayed.

Happily, there are plenty of thrilling adventures to be enjoyed around the world where the elements don’t have an impact. Whether your favorite activity is snowboarding, skydiving, surfing, bungee jumping, rock climbing, or just any available thrill ride, you’re sure to find an indoor adventure that will have you whooping for joy. Read on for a round-up of some of the coolest indoor adventures across the globe you can try out this year.

1. Enjoy a Zero-Gravity Experience in Florida

Do you have a few thousand dollars to spare for a thrill ride you’ll never forget? If you ever dreamed of being an astronaut when you were a child, you’ll want to check out the Zero Gravity Corporation’s weightless experience, Zero G. Held in a variety of locations across the USA, including the Space Coast Regional Airport in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the experience is like no other. Book tickets with Zero Gravity and enjoy the only commercial opportunity on the planet where you can experience true “weightlessness” without actually heading into space.

The adventure involves a trip on a specially-modified Boeing 727 airplane, where a variety of parabolic arcs are performed in order to create a weightless environment. Have fun floating, soaring around and flipping like you’re actually in space. You’ll be joining the ranks of a number of famous faces who have taken part in the experience, including Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, and Martha Stewart. Apart from the plane ride, the Zero G adventure includes a flight suit and other Zero G merchandise you can keep: a “Regravitation Celebration,” photos and a video of your trip, and a certificate that shows you completed your weightless experience. Engaged couples looking for a truly unique way to say their vows can even arrange for their wedding to take place in the air!

2. Ski in Dubai

Dubai is certainly known for its extreme heat and sand dunes, but believe it or not you can actually enjoy some skiing and boarding on a visit to this thriving metropolis. Sauna-like temperatures are left behind when you enter the below-zero wonder that is Ski Dubai, in the massive Mall of the Emirates.

The center features more than 20,000 square meters of indoor ski and board area, with five runs of varying degrees of difficulty, including the world’s first indoor black run. Snowboarders are also kept happy, with a Freestyle Zone to practice stunts in. If you have little ones with you on the holiday, they will be entertained in the 3000-square meter interactive Snow Park. It is the largest in the world and includes bobsled runs, tobogganing hills, and a snow cavern filled with fun experiences.

3. Try Indoor Skydiving in Las Vegas

Although there are lots of great places to get a natural high in the world, like those shown on the Flights.com blog, for an indoor skydiving rush, head to Sin City. Amongst the surreal replicas of the Egyptian pyramids, Eiffel Tower, and Venetian canals, you’ll find another simulated experience — skydiving. Get dressed up in a jumpsuit, gloves, and helmet, take in a quick training session, then jump into the vertical wind tunnel that is well padded for safety. The high-powered fan below the tunnel’s net will suddenly shoot you up into the air, allowing you the illusion of an actual skydive without any need to worry about large heights or shoots that don’t open.

4. Bungee Jump for Joy in the United Kingdom

If bungee jumping is more your sport of choice, head to Sheffield in England. Here, at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, you’ll find The Abyss, an indoor bungee jumping experience perfect for thrill seekers. Tourists jump in semi-darkness, while taking in the sounds of music pumping and the sights of dry ice, effect lighting, and seven video screens projecting images of the experience to come.

The attraction is set within a former steel works, so the industrial setting gives the jump an extra edge too. The Abyss stands at 150-feet tall and is the highest indoor bungee jump on the planet. If that’s not enough to get your heart pumping wildly, you can also take in other fun activities while visiting the Adventure Centre, including a zip wire and an abseil facility.

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