Whether you’ve decided to make this year more daring or simply love flying through the air with the greatest of ease, the season has come to try hot air ballooning, skydiving, bungee jumping, and even zip lining. SoCal offers all of the above in various locations. These opportunities are great for those who love an “extreme” sport, or just those who want to add a little adventure and adrenaline to their every day lives!
Skydive Coastal California
325 Durley Ave., Suite B
Camarillo, CA 93010
Coast along the coast with one of LA’s most popular and safe diving companies. Both individual and tandem diving sessions are available seven days a week. Students and military discounts are available. Reservations should be booked well in advance, but Skydive Coastal offers a full refund on all deposits with 48-hour cancellation notice. Gift certificates are available for thrill seekers of all ages.
California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures
33133 Vista Del Monte Road
Temecula, CA 92591
The 90-minute drive southeast of Downtown LA is worth the trip to experience the sprawling hills of Temecula wine country from the air. California Dreamin’ offers not only group and private balloon rides over private vineyards, but also tours in a 1928 biplane as well. Test your spirit of adventure with experienced pilots at this 35-year family business. Among this tour’s charms: a quaint country breakfast on balloon tours (including mimosas!).
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Trapeze School Los Angeles
370 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
If circus trapezing is on your bucket list, here’s the best way to check it off. Though it might sound a little terrifying at first, many will get a kick out of just how fun being on a trapeze can actually be. With a staff of great teachers to lead you, there isn’t any limitation to your goals! Patient instructors in everything from trapeze to silks, trampoline and Spanish web are available in various packages. TSNY also offers a Summer Day Camp and merchandise for those just looking for a quick thrill.
Camp Bonita Road
Azusa, CA 91702
Celebrities from Jim Carey to the Jack in the Box himself have satisfied their daredevil desires through this company. Bungee America is the oldest bungee jumping company in the US with locations all over the country. With perfect public safety record and the ability to boast itself as the only government-certified bungee jumping agency in California, guests have the option of jumping from bridges and portable towers all over SoCal.
Marina Del Rey Parasailing
13717 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
The calm waters and seaside village feel of Marina Del Rey make it an ideal location for LA parasailing. The fun and entertaining staff makes every excursion a memorable one. Parachutes lift sailors up to their choice of 500 or 800 feet. Each ride can seat up to three people, so be sure to bring your personal support group on this adventure! Professional digital photo packages are available and worth the convenience.
Related: Friday Field Trip: Marina Del Rey
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