Attention thrill seekers! Top 5 family adventures for adrenaline junkies!
Are these lazy days of summer making you feel, well, lazy? Personally, I’m totally fine with it. But other folks really enjoy, even need, some heart-pumping, thrill-seeking fun.
If your family could use an adrenaline surge this summer, this list of high-flying, fast-paced adventures is right up your alley.
#1 Checkered Flag Indoor Karting
239 Neck Rd, Haverhill, MA (978) 374-7223
Do you have the need for speed? Their 30,000 square foot indoor kart racing facility has high speed electric karts that operate up to 30 MPH for “Pro Racers” to 18 MPH for families and younger racers over 54″ tall. Racers must be at least 54″ to drive their own car. Kids over 36″ can drive with an adult at least 21 years old. Also on-site is real motorsports memorabilia, a video game arcade and the Raceway Café. Prices start at $15. Also, try Maine Indoor Karting for more “little kid” options.
#2 Six Flags New England
1623 Main Street, Agawam MA 413-786-9300
My kids have been bugging me for two years to go here and it’s because they have over 17 “thrill rides” including 10 serious roller coasters, one of those free-fall rides (gulp), a super-high swing ride and a virtual reality Superman coaster. I’m sweating just typing this description. Who wants to take my kids for me? There are plenty of other family-friendly rides and a huge water park, as well. If you purchase your tickets in advance online, you can save nearly 30%.
#3 Attitash Adventure Park
775 US-302, Bartlett NH 603-374-2600
Remember when Attitash only had the Alpine Slides? They have that and lots more now including the Mountain Coaster, waterslides, Buddy Bear Play-Pool, mountain biking, Airbag Jump, Slack-lines, Euro-Bungy Trampoline, climbing wall and the scenic chairlift ride. Phew! The alpine slides, which are worth the trek alone, are only $15 but you can do combo passes for all of the above for $49 adult, $25 for kids under 48” (even less if you go from 3pm-6pm). So much fun to be had!
#4 SkyVenture New Hampshire
3 Poisson Avenue, Nashua NH 603-897-0002
SkyVenture completely immerses visitors in the world of high adventure skydiving, without ever having to pack a parachute, pull a ripcord, or jump out of a perfectly good airplane– and yet, anyone over the age of 3 years old can go. There is no falling sensation, you just float above the trampoline floor. In recent years, they’ve also added an indoor surfing simulator, a rock climbing wall and a fishpipe waterslide. This outing is super pricey at $90-100 per person but definitely memories to last a lifetime!
#5 Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course & Zip Line
506 Blue Star Memorial Highway, Kittery ME 207-439-8838
The adventure challenge course has over 65 activities and elements including multi-vines, cat walks, burma bridges, tube nets, swinging tires and swinging platforms. Adventure Zip Tour consists of traveling through Maine’s beautiful woods on six zip wires connected to trees and utility poles where you zip from platform to platform. Great for all ages and abilities. Zip Line Tours require reservations, please call ahead.
As you can tell, many adrenaline adventures seem to cost money. A lot of it. But if you can swing it. the memories and experiences are sure to be ones that last. Enjoy!