(Mirror) Facing another boring Sunday brunch? Dreading that next yawn-inducing cocktail party? Got yet another night at the movies slated?
Why not shake things up and take in some extreme entertainment? You don’t have to risk life and limb for an adrenalin rush, you just have to know where to go to shake up those entertainment doldrums.
Come Fly With Me
There’s no need to jump out of a plane to get enjoy the experience of sky-diving now that iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, has opened a South Florida location at 11690 W. State Road 84 in Davie. Almost anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. The indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air.
With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience true human flight. All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with a certified instructor. To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. They then are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber by leaning forward into a smooth cushion of air, with a flight instructor at their side. Prices start at $79.95 for a package of two flights for one person. Photos and videos of each flight are available for an additional fee. Each flight is roughly equivalent to the time spent in free-fall during an actual parachute jump. Learn more at iflyworld.com/fort-lauderdale.
For those willing to take the big leap and actually jump out of a plane, Skydive Spaceland Florida, 1090 Airglades Blvd. in Clewiston specializes in tandem skydives, jumping from an airplane at 14,000 feet! After a brief class, jumpers freefall at 120 mph harnessed to an experienced instructor. After free-falling, they pull the ripcord for a peaceful, 5-minute parachute flight and a soft, on-target landing. Skydive videos and photos to prove you did it are available. Weekend jumps are $219, weekdays $199, and a second tandem jump is $99. Call 800-533-6151 or go to SkydiveSpaceland.com.
The Need for Speed
If you’ve ever dreamed of racing in the Grand Prix but don’t have the hundreds of thousands of euros necessary, head over to K1 Go Karting, 2950 Stirling Rd., in Hollywood, for a few laps in an electric powered vehicle. After a briefing on rules and safety, race against family, friends or complete strangers. After each race, you’ll receive a race result sheet that allows you to compare your times and overall rank against other drivers.
K1 Speed also offers a variety of race events, including instructional classes, Challenge GP events, and night races. A single 14 lap race runs $22, a second race brings the total to $38. Package deals are available. Call 954-416-0044 or check out k1speed.com/fort-lauderdale
Jump for Joy
Sky Zone, 1834 SW 2nd St. in Pompano Beach, is a trampoline park offering a variety of programs including freestyle jump as well as organized activities such as ultimate dodgeball and volleyball. Weekend evenings bring glow-in-the-dark activities. In addition, there are foam zones and a sky ladder rope course. Prices range from 1 hour for $15.99 to $23.99 for 2 hours and $19.99 for a 45-minute Sky Course climb, $5 more if you add a zipline. Monthly and quarterly passes are also available. Call 954-417-3999 or go to skyzone.com/fortlauderdale.
Climbing to New Heights
Project Rock, 3580 N. Andrews in Oakland Park, literally built a mountain indoors. Not just any mountain, but one that re-creates of some of the classic climbing areas of the U.S.
According to company’s website, “Whether you’ve never stepped a foot off the ground, or you are a seasoned climber, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to …feel the excitement of climbing many of the iconic destinations that our country has to offer.”
An individual day pass will run you, $25 with gear, $19 if you’ve got your own. If you prefer a little two on one action, a session with personal guide is $50, $90 for a three-way session. Call 954-766-4836 or go to projectROCK.com.
One Stop Shopping
If you can’t figure out exactly what you want to do, stop in at Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Rd. in Fort Lauderdale where you’ll have numerous options. For something physical, check out the ropes course that wends above the entire facility. There is no time limit while on the course. In this choose-your-own-course adventure, participants are safely harnessed as they face-off against their desired obstacle at each platform; alternating logs, wooden barrels, round bridge, suspended horizontal tires, a climbing wall, skateboard, plastic barrels, wall of tires, monkey bars, and more! With the various course options, you could literally spend hours negotiating the course.
Xtreme Action Park also offers paintball and laser tag, gas-powered go-karts, arcade games and a roller rink, which hosts roller derby and a Pride Night skating party the third Tuesday of every month.
If you prefer your thrills in a virtual setting, check out the XD Dark Ride, an immersive attraction in which each player experiences an interactive, unique experience including full motion seats, turbine wind blasts, realistic surround sound and a video game component. It’s a virtual roller coaster and video game all in one.
Challenge your intellect instead of your adrenaline in one of the facility’s Evolution Escape Rooms. Groups of three to ten people work as a team to solve a variety of challenging puzzles, players will unlock the mysteries that are contained within one of the several rooms. Players have up to 60 minutes to overcome a series of brain twisters and escape the fictional world of Duskfield Springs. Each escape room offers a window in to the interesting story behind this small secluded town.
Gearheads will want to check out Dezer Auto Museum, the largest and most eclectic, privately owned transportation museum worldwide. The museum is over 30,000 square feet and houses some of the world’s rarest and most expensive cars.
Prices for various activities are available on the park’s website, xtremeactionpark.com or call 954-491-6265.
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