The Mysterious Parallel Forest

Does your idea of fun include a close encounter of the paranormal kind?

That’s exactly the type of experience many who’ve visited the Parallel Forest in the Wichita Mountains say you’ll find under the canopy of the symmetrically lined red cedars.

Where Is the Parallel Forest?

A five-minute drive south of Meers, OK, on State Route 115 will bring you to the general location of the Parallel Forest. There are no signs indicating you’ve reached your destination, you simply have to look for a cement pad and a stand of cedar trees tucked into the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

The fact that you must rely on your map skills and powers of observation to uncover such a hidden treasure adds to the site’s urban-legend mythology.

What Is the History of the Parallel Forest?

The Parallel Forest’s physical history is completely manmade. That is to say that in 1912, the U.S. Forestry Service requisitioned 16 acres for the planting of cedar trees, which when mature, were to be harvested and used for such practical purposes as fence posts and railings.

The trees were planted in a strictly symmetrical pattern – each tree in every direction was placed exactly six feet apart to keep it from spreading too far out as it grew. Through the years, the trees were saved from the ax because they were eventually included within the boundaries of a reorganized public use area, known as the current wildlife refuge. They’ve maintained their parallel appearance, this grove of 20,000 trees.

What Is the Parallel Forest Legend?

The cedars’ branches, captivated by the wind, creak and sway in quiet unison. Shadowy light forms dimly-recognized shapes that create the backdrop for the imagination to flourish. Growls and moans, cries and howls, disembodied voices and headless visitors are just a few of the experiences visitors have reported over the years.

Do You Dare Visit the Parallel Forest?

There are those who’ve experienced nothing short of the exquisite beauty of nature while venturing into the Parallel Forest. Where do you stand when asked to brush up against the supernatural? Is it an adventure you would dare to encounter?

Start Hiking Today

Talk about fresh air and great scenery while getting some exercise.

Whether you are looking to clear your head, reduce stress, lose weight, or just have some fun, hiking, trekking or bushwalking may be the sport for you.

Hiking is a recreational activity that is great for your general well-being. It is economical and convenient since it doesn’t require any special equipment.  There are no rules, and as long as you are healthy and can walk, you can hike.

There is no age limit when it comes to hiking. This is an activity that can be enjoyed by toddlers and the elderly. You can hike almost anywhere provided; it’s not a prohibited area.

Brief Hiking Stats

Hiking is probably the oldest outdoor activity, it started about half a million years ago during the Stone Age when man learned how to stand upright and walk. Back then, people hiked out of necessity to hunt and gather food. The oldest hiking milestone was in 1874 when Gardiner, Grove, Knubel, Sottajev, and Walker conquered the summit of Elbrus the highest mountain in Europe. One of the most recent was when Karel Sabbe smashed the Appalachian Trail record by four days. Some of the finest hiking trails in the world include;

·      Appalachian Trail in the United States

·      Pennine Way in the United Kingdom

·      Balkans, Montenegro and Albania

·      Tahoe Rim trail in the United States

·      Camino de Santiago trail in Spain

Hiking as a Social Activity

Though some people prefer to hike by themselves, hiking can be more fun in a group. This can be your family, friends, workmates, or even a hike with your partner for some special bonding. This is a recreational activity that can improve your social skills and bonds as well as help you make new friends.

Hiking for Health

Hiking is an excellent sport for people who want to exercise and can’t afford gym membership. It is also great for those who are living a sedentary lifestyle, and want to begin working out.  The elderly can also hike comfortably, especially if they can’t engage in vigorous exercise. Hiking not only gives you a good workout, but also allows you to interact with nature, therefore, refreshing your body, mind, and soul.

Hiking Events

If you wish to hike competitively, you can enroll for the Hiking World Championships. You can also join an organization that encourages hiking for a cause. For instance, The Wilderness Society that routes for the preservation of rights of way in parkland, foot, and bridle paths. It also protects recognized natural spaces from encroachment.

To start hiking, you only need the best hiking shoes. All you need is to invest some time.

Stroll Among the Treetops at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Most hikes through the woods happen on the ground, but walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the Capilano River and one of West Vancouver’s most expansive forests. 

History of the Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of Vancouver’s best-kept secrets, was built by George Grant Mackay in 1889. Mackay never intended for his bridge to become a tourist attraction, as it was originally built to be enjoyed by his friends.

However, after the property surrounding the bridge was sold and its structure was updated several times, the version of the bridge that exists today became a popular place for visitors to Vancouver to enjoy the scenery in 1956.

Visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge

The current Capilano Suspension Bridge is surrounded by other, newer tourist attractions, such as the Treetop Adventures Canopy Walk and the Cliffwalk. These structures work together to give visitors to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park multiple views of the natural beauty that is found in the surrounding forest. 

While the park can be an excellent attraction for families, parents should know that strollers are not permitted on any of the bridges, and they should never allow children on the bridges alone. While reasonable safety guards are provided, parents should always supervise children to prevent reckless play that could lead to falls or other injuries.

Visitors to the Vancouver area can take a free shuttle or public transit to the park from various locations around downtown Vancouver. Tourists to Vancouver can visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge at any time of year, but it is especially popular when it is decorated with hundreds of lights between November and January. 

Exploring the Capilano Suspension Bridge is an exciting way for visitors to West Vancouver to connect with natural beauty. Make plans to visit this awe-inspiring park the next time you’re in Vancouver today!     

Where to See Life From Under the Sea

There’s a way to see life from the world’s oceans without ever putting on a wetsuit.

In fact, you don’t even have to be near the beach. Various aquariums located throughout the US, and the world, offer you upfront and personal views of sea mammals, fish, birds, plants, and more.

In the past half-century more and more aquariums have been developed not only next to the ocean, but inland, as well. And many zoological parks have been enlarging their own aquatic habitats and experiences. In part, this is due to the important roles zoological associations play in research and conservation. Add in the roles of education and pure enjoyment, and you have more than a win, win, but an abundance of winning situations.

Aquariums can be found throughout the US

From Hawaii to Alaska, California to Florida, aquarium parks are found in many coastal cities, but they are found inland, as well. While you are likely not to find an aquarium in a small town, you can probably find one within a short trip away. For example, there’s the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. In fact, aquariums make up a good portion of accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

What to do at the Aquarium

While children may get excited about going to the aquarium, adults may just start to relax. Aquariums are pretty tranquil in nature and take us away from our bustling normal day-to-day activities. Many aquariums offer touch tanks with an opportunity to see what a sea cucumber or sea star feels like. Some also have touch tanks with young sharks, crabs and manta rays. In fact, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium has its own touch tank where team fans can also visit with manta rays.

Who doesn’t love a visit with the penguins? At the aforementioned Georgia Aquarium, a special group of African penguins takes their Waddle Walk, accompanied by their keepers, through the Aquarium’s atrium twice a day, offering visitors an even closer view of these much-admired critters.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, you, your family, and friends can attend a sleepover at the Aquarium. Choose from four different locations for the ultimate ocean nighttime party sleeping surrounded by leopard sharks or jellyfish. And, for kids who want to sport that wetsuit, sign them up for the Underwater Explorers adventure in the Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool.

Each aquarium fills a niche in the care of threatened and endangered species while sharing the lives of various sea creatures through unique, and sometimes, interactive experiences. If you have an aquarium nearby, check it out. If you’ve been there, go again. And, when planning your next vacation consider taking in an aquarium as part of your travels.

Fun Scavenger Hunts With City HUNT

Voted Best Team-Building Company in the country, colleagues, co-workers, and corporate associates join in on all the fun of a scavenger hunt using the CityHUNT platform.

With over 200 cities, from Baltimore to Virginia Beach, chances are corporations will find an adventure awaiting nearby. But how will getting employees out of the office doing this type of group activity help them and the bottom line?

Behind the CityHUNT Concept

Back in the fall of 2000, NYU student Ben Hoffman found himself on a scavenger hunt team at a nearby pub crawl birthday party. After experiencing the pure joy, excitement and spontaneity of the event, Hoffman convinced his college buddy Jaymes Dec to start a company in order to change the lives of others using similar venues and occurrences. 

After five short years working in Dec’s grandmother’s apartment part-time while finishing their school curriculum, the duo has an office on Madison Avenue. They’ve also managed to accumulate a long list of Fortune 500 clients including Google, Pepsi and PayPal just to name a few. Don’t be fooled by these big names since the CityHUNT scavenger platforms are fully customizable to accommodate any number of participants, large or small.

Rewards of Working Together Outside the Office

Some of the challenges co-founders Ben and Dec faced were high-stress work environments, boring team-building exercises leading to poor employee relationships and ineffective communication practices. Taking workers out of the office and away from the monotony of their day-to-day tasks offered a better place for them to bond, laugh and blow off some steam.

Free from everyday pressures and stresses at the workplace, team members are able to focus while still having fun. These activities allow employees to create positive memories together and enjoy each other’s presence. Ultimately, this offers benefits, rewards and results including:

  • More meaningful employee relationships with their peers and supervisors
  • Improved communications and functionality overall
  • Boosting morale and energy levels

Planning and Scheduling

With over a dozen mostly pre-planned packages available from charity-based searches to trivia and game show venues, any of these options are able to be tweaked to accommodate a number of different circumstances and individual needs. With most of the planning already in place, hosts are able to obtain a free quote and request a proposal for their companies both big and small. 

Aside from business-related activities outside the workplace, CityHUNT also offers birthday, bachelor, wedding, and fundraising platforms. Step outside the ordinary, everyday occurrences and check out one of these rewarding and adventurous venues to benefit everyone involved.

Enjoy a History Lesson Through Architecture

Through the years, cities have offered historical tours, while architectural landmarks have offered tours of their own facility.

It is a way to introduce tourists a view of the city or landmark, while offering a history lesson.

Home tours offer a different view, directed more toward local residents as well as visitors, with a limited opportunity to see older and/or modern residential architecture often with an emphasis on interior and landscape design, as well.

Architectural Tourism

When visiting a city for the first time, you may first opt for that city tour as a way of introduction. From that, you may learn of niches you may further want to explore. This can lead to a desire to see various forms of the local architectural history and development.

For instance, let’s say you are on a visit to London. First, you may want to take a half-day tour on one of their iconic red double-decker buses. This will orient you and give you an outside glimpse of some of the city. You catch a view of some of the concrete buildings, similar to those you may have seen in Washington, DC, Chicago, or San Diego. Curious, you learn of a tour that will give you more insight into this architecture, built sometime in the mid-20th century and known as Brutalist in design, the name taken from French, Béton brut meaning raw concrete.

Such tours, whether taken of the 19th-century architecture of Chandigarh, India or of art deco design in Miami, are offered in almost any location around the world including, perhaps, your own hometown.

Architecture through the Eyes of Architects

These days, there is at least one company offering a look at architecture with architects. Not those who have necessarily designed the homes or buildings, but those who appreciate the design and theme of their city. The good thing is you don’t have to be an architect, yourself, to appreciate these tours.

Guiding Architects offers tours in 41 cities of 22 countries throughout the world to various groups including developers, university staff and students, and public authorities. However, many of the tours have room for a lone wolf to join in, be it for half-a-day or multiple days of viewing architecture. From Rio de Janeiro to Germany’s Gerling Quarter, or Doha in Qatar to the riverways and walkways of Amsterdam, you can get an education from an architectural perspective.

If there is an architectural tour where you live and you haven’t taken it, you should. You may also wish to look up similar tours in neighboring communities. Take a weekend trip to learn more about a city you have been curious about, but haven’t yet found the time to visit. And, when you are on vacation to a new spot for the first time, a city tour or architectural tour will have a lot to offer!

Visiting Museums On Your Trip

Museums are perfect for learning about the history and culture of a country, region, or city.

Modern museums have evolved from being repositories of dusty collections to state-of-the-art buildings that feature socially significant artifacts. Some museums even provide immersive experiences so you can see a historical event unfold before your eyes.

Travelers and locals alike have been visiting museums since Babylonian times. The oldest surviving museum is the Capitoline complex in Rome. It was established in 1471 and opened to the public in 1734. In the United States, the museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia dates back to 1743, making it the oldest museum in the United States.

Meanwhile, the Charleston Museum in South Carolina was established in 1773, the first museum in the Southern United States. It has been open to the public since 1824.

Immerse Yourself in the Treasures of the Big Apple

According to TripAdvisor, the most popular museums in America include New York City’s Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. The 145-year-old Metropolitan (known as “The Met”) features everything from Ancient Egypt’s tombs, mummies, and artifacts to modern art collections. The Costume Institute at The Met showcases 33,000 costumes spanning seven centuries of fashionable clothing. 

Just a bus ride away and still a part of The Met, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building incorporates elements of medieval architecture and combines both ecclesiastical and secular spaces in perfect harmony. The exterior of the building looks like a monastery, while the interior boasts a cloister filled with herbs and flowers. Meanwhile, gleaming suits of armor and medieval stained glass windows take us back into the past. The museum overlooks the Hudson River and is a pleasant escape from the city. 

The American Museum of Natural History is perfect for dinosaur lovers. You’ll see a giant T-Rex skeleton above a major hall. However, the museum also displays more than dinosaur bones. Often called “A Field Guide to the Planet,” it shows wildlife from all over the world in dioramas of their native habitats. The Cosmic Pathway is a 360-foot long walk through the 13 billion year history of the universe. Each step along the walk is said to represent millions of years.

Headed to the Windy City?

The Art Institute of Chicago has a wing dedicated to modern and contemporary art, including the works of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. The Old Masters are well represented as well as Impressionists like Monet and Van Gogh. The museum is located next to Chicago’s famous Millennium Park. You may enjoy taking a stroll in the park after your time at the museum.

Of Chicago’s many museums, two outstanding ones aren’t featured on the TripAdvisor list. Therefore, you will likely avoid large crowds. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum at 40 East Erie Street is a 1880s mansion that features the art and architecture of the Gilded Age. Furnishings from the period decorate every room in the mansion. Visitors can also venture downstairs to see how the servants lived. The museum has an extensive collection of Tiffany glass covering the glassmaker’s sixty years of artistry. 

The Chicago History Museum at 1601 N. Clark Street shares stories of the Windy City through exhibitions, programs, publications, and digital media. A room of dioramas illustrates the city from its founding through the Great Chicago Fire and beyond. Here, you can find the definitive example of a Chicago hot dog (hold the catsup), climb aboard an L car,  visit a jazz club, window shop long-ago fashions in a Marshall Field’s store window, and learn what makes Chicago one of the world’s greatest cities.

Experience a Museum the New Way

Today, many museums are experiential in nature, where visitors become immersed in the cultural scenes of the era portrayed. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is one of the first and finest examples of this type of museum. It combines scholarship and showmanship to connect visitors to Abraham Lincoln’s life and times. Interactive exhibits and sound effects give visitors a feeling of immediacy. Meanwhile, a Holavision presentation portrays the ghosts of historical figures interacting with live actors. 

In Memphis, Tennessee, The National Civil Rights Museum4 at 50 Mulberry Street presents a complete picture of slavery from the Triangle Trade through the Civil Rights Movement. You can crouch into the crowded spaces allocated to captured slaves on their ocean journey to America.

You can also visit the church where children were murdered at the height of the Civil Rights protests. Sit at the back of the bus and imagine what Rosa Parks must have felt prior to the Civil Rights era. Perhaps the most significant area is Martin Luther King Jr.’s room at the Lorraine Motel, which looks exactly as it did when he was murdered — right down to plates of half-eaten chicken and overflowing ashtrays.

You’ll see a few cars from the late ’60s in the parking lot outside of the hotel room. Across the street, you can visit the assassin’s room and peer out the window.

Information About Special Exhibits

Special exhibits are often a museum’s greatest draw, so check the museum’s website before your visit. In this way, you’ll get advance notice when a particular artist or era in history is being featured. Before visiting a city or a region, see what museums are nearby. TripAdvisor has insightful information about many locations, and you can also post questions there. Meanwhile, Art Geek is an excellent online resource for museums and historic homes and gardens. You can search by city or state.

From Rafts to Regattas: All About Boating

The sun on your skin, the wind in your hair, and the reflection of the water melting your cares away — what could possibly be better than a day spent boating?

From sailing on the open seas to motoring a fishing boat around your local lake, there are so many unique ways to get into this worthwhile and rewarding hobby.

The Early History of Boating

As Browning Hemric has noted, boating has been around for pretty much as long as humans have, since we have always been fascinated by the water and driven to find ways to navigate it. One of the earliest boats ever discovered is the Pesse Canoe. It was discovered in the Netherlands in 1955 and is believed to date back all the way to the early Mesolithic period, roughly 8000 years B.C. It was made when early man used sharp stone tools to dig out space in the trunk of a pine tree. 

Primitive rafts made from tied together floating objects like reeds, logs, or bamboo followed soon after. Such rafts could be used for transportation but they also served as platforms for activities like fishing or trading. Some operated the rafts by paddling while others used early forms of sails. Later, coracles were the first boat vessels to be waterproofed since they used a form of pitch or resin to coat the outside or wrapped the boat in a durable cloth or leather. Coracles were popular in England and Wales but were also common in the Eastern world, such as in India, Tibet, and Vietnam. Similarly, the birch bark canoes popular with indigenous peoples in North America involved a wooden frame that was then waterproofed by a patchwork covering made of bark.

Recreational Boating Over Time

As Formula Boats mentions in “The History of Recreational Boating,” some of the earliest forms of recreational boating were royal regattas on the Thames River in England in the 1600s. This period also saw the advent of early sailing clubs, like the yachting club started by King Charles II.

The advent of motorboats towards the end of the 19th century permanently changed the nature of recreational boating by creating the opportunity for boat racing, a tradition that is still beloved today. The Harmsworth Cup in 1903 was the first known international boating race. In 1910, with the invention of outboard motors, motorboating became all the more economical for even the average person.

In modern times, recreational boating has seen a number of inventions and development that have helped make boating as popular as it is today. These developments included mass production of boats in the 1920s and 1930s, the invention of fiberglass boats during the WWII era, the establishment of boating safety standards in the 1950s, and rapid technological developments that helped contribute to greater boating speed starting in the 1970s.

Boating Today

Today, you can find boating in just about any coastal city and in any city near a major body of water like a lake or river. It is one of the most widespread activities not only in the US but also abroad because of its universal appeal — everyone likes to experience what it’s like to get off the land for a change!

Some of the places in the United States most famous for boating include the Florida Keys, coastal cities like Marina Del Rey, CA, and Charleston, SC, and cities bordering the Great Lakes such as Chicago and Detroit. There are also many who participate in what is called America’s Great Loop, a path that utilizes the Mississippi River and the Erie Canal to make a circle around the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The Great Loop is a bucket list style boating experience that takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years and is an inimitable way to see the US from a different perspective than most.

Boating is something that anyone can do with a boat and a bit of effort to learn the ropes of navigating, so the barriers to entry are pretty limited. Because of the freedom and joy that boating brings, it’s likely to continue being a popular pastime for centuries to come.

Visit The Historic Lick Observatory Near San Jose

Would you like to visit a historic location centered on astronomy?

If so, drive 20 miles east of San Jose, California, to the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, high above the Bay Area. Here, you’ll find a spectacular view of the Diablo Mountain range and Santa Clara Valley.

You may even see distant planets by using the telescopes at Lick Observatory, the world’s first permanently occupied observatory. This historic edifice is located at 4,209 feet (1283 meters) above sea level in a cool, windy part of the East Bay. The altitude places the observatory above the Bay Area “fog belt” for most of the year, so you’ll get clear viewings in the evenings.

This historic observatory was completed in 1888 when the practice of stargazing through giant telescopes was in its infancy. The observatory was established by eccentric California pioneer James Lick, who is buried on the site.

The 101-year-old facility is managed by the University of California Observatories (UCO) headquartered at UC Santa Cruz. Tours are offered every half hour, and the observatory is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

Admission is free and the tours are guided by knowledgeable docents. Special evening programs are offered in July and August. However, note that summer event tickets sell out early! The summer program includes special concerts and astronomer-led lectures about new discoveries and future space explorations.

The Telescopes

Visitors to the Lick Observatory will get to use the 36-inch Great Lick Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Reflector. Nighttime visitors at special summer evening programs will be able to look through these telescopes and see the stars. Still, many amateur astronomers do set up their own telescopes for the evening programs and share the viewing experience with other visitors. The evening programs can also include a four-hour walking tour of the observatory.

The 36-inch telescope was completed in 1888  eleven years after Lick’s death in 1877. A brass tablet marks Lick’s burial site under the building, where the telescope was built. Lick left $700,000 of his fortune for the construction of the observatory. That sum today would be equal to about $22 million!

The refractor was the largest telescope in the world at that time. Today, it is the second-largest refractor telescope in the USA. This telescope uses a glass lens to focus the light. In fact, Jupiter’s fifth moon Amalthea was discovered in 1892 using this telescope. Several scientists also measured the circumference of Jupiter’s moons using this telescope during the 1890s.

Visitors will also see the 120-inch reflector telescope with mirrors that was commission by the State of California in 1950 and completed in 1959. Today, scientists from the University of California work at the observatory and study exoplanets, supernovae, and other planetary sightings using powerful reflector telescopes. The information they glean is shared with astronomers and astrophysicists throughout the world.

A Little Trivia

The Lick Observatory installed a special clock in 1886 to provide accurate time to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and other West Coast railroads. The time signal was transmitted to railroads west of the Rockies through telegraph lines from the observatory. 

In recent times, the City of San Jose is one of the first cities to install modern low-power LED street lights to conserve energy and curb light pollution. Less light emanating from the city below helps the Lick scientists observe the night sky from the telescopes.

Plan on a Visit

The Lick Observatory is a great place to visit if you are interested in astronomy. Plan on an hour’s drive along the undulating road to the top of the mountain and at least an hour to explore the observatory and its grounds on a clear day. Older children and adults will find that the observatory provides much insight on space exploration.

Experience Flight Through Indoor Sky-Diving

If you live for exhilarating experiences but aren’t quite ready to jump out of a plane, indoor skydiving may be a great vacation activity for you.  

What is Indoor Skydiving? 

Indoor skydiving facilities employ large wind tunnels to simulate the thrilling excitement of traditional skydiving.

Basically, the tunnel blows air upward to give participants the experience of jumping out of a plane. Indoor skydiving is a safer and less complicated way for tourists and other thrill-seekers to experience flight. 

History of Indoor Skydiving

While traditional skydiving has existed in some form since at least the 1600s, indoor skydiving is a much newer concept. The modern indoor skydiving tunnel evolved from the vertical wind tunnels used to test new military theories and inventions during World War II. In the 1970s, Jean St. Germain modified the military wind tunnel for his children’s amusement. His wind tunnel became the earliest version of today’s indoor skydiving tunnel. SkyVenture Orlando premiered the first wind tunnel as a tourist attraction in 1999. 

Indoor Skydiving Equipment and Safety

Like traditional skydiving, indoor skydiving requires certain safety equipment. You don’t need to bring your own equipment, however. When you arrive, you will be given a nylon jumpsuit that fits over your clothes. The suit will help you weather the intense blasts of air more easily. You will also be given protective goggles, earplugs, and a helmet. Be sure to remove any jewelry or other items that may present a safety hazard to you. 

Unlike Jean St. Germain’s model, which leveraged a relatively small column of air, today’s indoor skydiving locations provide wall-to-wall air motion. This greatly increases the enjoyment of indoor skydiving.   

Indoor skydiving is safe for most individuals, regardless of age. However, like any attraction that involves motion, it may be unsafe in certain circumstances. You should not participate in indoor skydiving if you are pregnant, weigh over 300 pounds, or have certain back, neck, or heart conditions. All participants (or their parents) are required to sign a waiver before participating in indoor skydiving activities. 

Indoor Skydiving Locations

Indoor skydiving can be found in many major cities. One popular choice is iFly Orlando. iFly Orlando (formerly SkyVenture Orlando) was America’s first indoor skydiving location. iFly is also one of the world’s largest indoor skydiving companies, with nearly fifty locations throughout the United States and around the world.

Indoor Skydiving Pros

Want to learn new tricks? Watch how some indoor skydiving enthusiasts like Maja Kuczynska and Kyra Poh take the activity to new heights. While most indoor skydivers participate for the occasional feeling of excitement, these young athletes devote hours to perfecting the aerial acrobatic moves you find in professional-level indoor skydiving sports. Many iFly locations also host indoor skydiving competitions throughout the year, so you can show off your new skills when you’re ready. 

What People Are Saying About Indoor Skydiving

According to Trip Advisor, indoor skydiving allows you to “experienc[e] skydiving without having to jump from a perfectly good airplane.” iFly Orlando boasts an average rating of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Other iFly locations have similar ratings, as well.

If you’re searching for something exciting to do that the whole family will enjoy, indoor skydiving may be an excellent choice. The activity gives participants a similar adrenaline rush to traditional skydiving. However, you get to experience that rush in a safer and more accessible environment. Between the thrill of flying and the excitement of participating in an innovative activity, it’s easy to see why indoor skydiving has earned a spot on many people’s bucket lists!