Attractions June 26, 2015
10 Adventures For Thrill-Seekers In Iowa
Are you a thrill-seeker and an adrenaline junkie? Well, we’ve got your fix. Here are 10 epic, high-action adventures to go on in Iowa this summer.
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1. Go skydiving
This is a perfect option for thrill seekers who aren't scared to free fall at about 120 mph. Skydive Iowa in Brooklyn is probably the most popular option for Iowa sky divers.
2. Take a ride in a biplane
One of the best places to experience this is at the Mason City Municipal Airport during their Fly Iowa event, which is coming up on July 25 and 26. They will be offering rides on several different air crafts, including a P-51 Mustang and New Standard D-25 biplane.
3. Go for a hot air balloon ride
You can do this in Indianola or Des Moines. Z-Balloon and Serenity Ballooning are two of the most popular options in Iowa. Z-Balloon does rides year-round, if weather permits.
4. Try your hand at white water rafting
There are two popular white water rafting/paddling options for Iowans: the Charles City Whitewater Park, or the Elkader Whitewater Park. It is more kayaking than rafting, but still a good option for those thrill-seekers who don't want to travel all the way to Colorado.
5. Go rock climbing
There are many different spots to go rock climbing outdoors. Some popular picks are Backbone State Park, Palisades-Kepler State Park, and Pictured Rocks County Park. There is also the popular Climb Iowa indoor climbing range in Grimes.
6. Go spelunking
If exploring dark caves and small spaces give you a rush of adrenaline, check out Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque or the Maquoketa Caves in Maquoketa.
7. Watch the race cars zoom around the track
The Iowa Speedway in Newton is a great place to go for the excitement of feeling the rush of wind as the race cars zoom by you at 200 mph.
8. Challenge your friends to a go kart race
Go karting is the next best thing for those thrill-seekers who can't drive a race car. Head to any one of Iowa's go kart race tracks in Grimes, Knoxville, Des Moines, or more for a fun ride with your friends.
9. Take a helicopter tour
If you get a rush of excitement from heights, Iowa Helicopter out of Ankeny offers flights and tours around Iowa, thousands of feet off the ground.
10. Go on a thrill ride at Adventureland
Of course, if you're looking for adventure, one of the first places you would go to find it is Adventureland in Altoona. Ride any one of the roller coasters or the space shot for a quick thrill.
What are some more adventures for thrill-seekers in Iowa? Share them with us in the comments section below!