New Jersey is definitely not just about Great Adventure, beaches and farms, there are numerous adventure outings that are sure to give you a rush. Get out your life to-do list and get ready to cross some things off.
Skydiving is unbelievable. Terrifying at first but a must do experience. You fall at speeds up to 120 miles per hour, tug the cord, the chute opens and then you float to the ground. Skydive Sussex (located at Sussex airport) charges $175 per person for a tandem (yourself and your instructor) jump and if you want the experience videotaped it costs extra. It is a little expensive, but worth every penny. I personally went, was terrified, jumped at 13,500 feet in the air at sunset and had one of the best moments of my life.
Imagine horseback riding on a ranch. Now imagine doing that right in NJ. Double D Ranch is located in Blairstown and offers programs for one hour, two hour, half day, full day or corporate outings. Depending on your choice of outing, you can ride horseback through the ranch, along river banks, on trails and/or through a state park. Rates run $35 and up and reservations are required.
Snow tubing (similar to sledding) is quickly gaining popularity. Mountain Creek (Coca-Cola Tube Park) is located in Vernon. The park requires a special ticket and reservations must be made. Sessions sell out quickly. A one hour tubing session will run you $16. No one under 5 years of age or under 42 inches is permitted.
If flying over the water is more your thing, check out parasailing. Atlantic Parasail has two locations, one in Wildwood and one in Cape May. They have over 200,000 flights since they opened in 1987. They offer tandem (two people strapped together) and single person rides. If you fly single, the ride lasts about 8 minutes, 12 minutes if you do tandem. You will be about 300-500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. For each parasailor it is $60 and the photo package is an additional $15.
Helicopter Sightseeing Tours are a great way to see the sights from another point of view. They are perfect for a unique date or as a fabulous gift to someone you love. Helicopter Flight Services, located in Medford, offers three great packages. Rates are $310 per hour for the helicopter rental (not including sales tax) and the duration of the flights varies depending on what package you choose.
New Jersey is a great place to find just the adventure you’re looking for. Never be afraid to step out of your box, try something new and have the time of your life!