Hairs raising on the back of your neck, goosebumps surfacing from under your skin — there's something about that rush, that thrill, that has a euphoric, addictive quality to it. Unless you're afraid of heights (or, you know, afraid of life in general) then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe you satisfy the craving with a good skydivie, or maybe by bunjee jumping. But if any of the above appeal to you, you're in for a treat, because five brand new attractions have opened this year intended exactly for people like us.
Wildplay’s Zipline Park
New York, United States/Ontario, Canada
If you’ve ever been to the New York or Ontario areas, I’m sure seeing the behemoth Niagara Falls was on your short list. However, what's new to the already mesmerizing attraction is Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline, an adrenaline-filled zip through the Falls. This 2200-foot adventure boasts upwards of 70mph speeds, a 220-foot vantage point, and of course, the best views available of the immensely powerful falls.
Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
Tiamen Mountain, China
You might second guess your fears once you’ve taken a step onto the glass skywalk that is fitted onto these towering cliffs in China. The 300-foot walk-of-a-lifetime provides you with stunning views of the Hunan mountains, albeit you may want to make a strong note to self not to look down. Did we mention it’s 4600 feet above sea level?
Skyslide on top of US Bank Tower
Los Angeles, California
If 4600 feet is too unfathomable for you, maybe try your luck on this new glass slide, deemed “Skyslide,” in Los Angeles. It’s only 45 feet long, but is located on top of the tallest building in the Western US: US Bank Tower. Standing 70 stories high, this slide is no joke. If you thought the big slide on the playground was hard to swallow as a kid, then this should bring back terrifying memories.
Skywalk Glass Bridge
Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China
Keeping with the glass theme here (because, let’s face it, when you can see nothing but thin glass between you and certain death, it’s freaky) is this glass bridge in China. It's the world’s tallest glass walkway, standing at 977 feet above the ground, and can hold 800 people. You might want to check on this one, though, because we heard it might be closed for the time being.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Finally, take a trip to the world’s largest indoor theme park, and bring your walking shoes. Located in Dubai, this 1.5 million-square foot park is full of pure adrenaline pumping rides, including a velociraptor coaster, zombies, Marvel super heroes, and Cartoon Network characters. There’s plenty of adrenaline-soaked temptations here (as you'd expect for the $1 billion spent), so jet on over to Dubai to get your fill of thrills.
*Featured Image Credit: Andres Restrepo via facebook.com/skyspacela