7 Activities For Thrill Seekers In And Around Atlanta

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Extreme sports add excitement to our lives, whether on the ground or in the air. Georgia offers a variety of activities that allow you to enjoy nature and appreciate the view while flirting with adventure. If you like adrenaline rushes, these seven activities are guaranteed to give you a good thrill.

Drive a race car at the Porsche Experience Center

Enjoy a throttle-throttle experience of a Porsche vehicle while navigating twisty roads, maneuvering obstacles, sliding on skid plate and driving on low-friction wet sections on the test track of 1.6 miles adjacent to the North American headquarters of Porsche. Don’t want to drive, but still feel adventurous? Take a ride in the passenger seat as a professional driver takes you from 0 to 197 mph.

Location: Southeast Atlanta – One Porsche Dr; Website: porschedriving.com/atlanta; Contact: 888-204-7474

Take the leap to Skydive Atlanta

Enjoy an off-the-fall experience as you descend 14,000 feet at 120 mph. Choose to jump in tandem with an experienced skydiver or participate in the Accelerated Freefall Training Program, which allows you to jump solo in complete safety. Even better, Skydive Atlanta has high standards: it is the only center in Georgia certified by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). So go ahead and take the leap.

Location: Thomaston – 2333 Delray Road; Website: skydiveatlanta.com; Contact: 706-647-9701

Fly over the city with biplane rides over Atlanta

Get a birds-eye view of Atlanta while flying in a biplane, a 1930s-style open-cockpit aircraft. Biplane Rides of Atlanta offers dawn-to-dusk tours over the Atlanta metropolitan area. Atlanta including downtown, Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier aboard historically preserved vintage aircraft. Options include flying alone or with a friend or significant other. It is an engaging activity, flat and simple.

Location: Chamblee – 3829 Clairmont Road; Website: atlantabiplane.com; Contact: 702-496-8296

Wakeboarding at Terminus Wakepark

Terminus Wakepark, a facility that offers cable wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and more, will wake you up for an adventurous day. A running cable 32 feet above the ground is suspended by six towers and powered by an electric motor, allowing you to enjoy water sports without the need for an actual boat. There are two lakes available: a beginner option that runs at 16 miles per hour and a more advanced lake that runs at 20 miles per hour.

Location: Cartersville – 171 LakePoint Drive; Website: terminuswakepark.com; Contact: 470-315-0155

Go whitewater rafting with the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

Located 187 miles from Atlanta, the beautiful Chattooga River offers advanced whitewater rafting at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). Keep calm and paddle as you navigate iconic Stage IV-V rapids (translation: sudden drops, strong currents, large rocks, and substantial waves) including Seven-Foot Falls, Five Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Raven’s Chute Rapid . If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, NOC also offers stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on the Chattahoochee River in Metro Atlanta.

Location: Multiple locations; Website: noc.com

Zipline with Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures

Explore new heights above the awe-inspiring canopy forests of metro Atlanta and greater Georgia. Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures offers various levels of ziplining, from the serene Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell to the beautiful Amicalola Falls State Park near the Appalachian Trail, and one of the largest ziplines in the world (holding a world record Guinness) at historic Banning Mills located 50 miles west of Atlanta. Additionally, Screaming Eagle offers a patented belay system for those who take safety seriously.

Location: Multiple locations; Website: instagram.com/screamingeagleadventures

Try hang gliding and paragliding at Lookout Mountain Flight Park

Take in sweeping views of the Lookout Valley between Georgia and Tennesee as you “let your mind soar.” Start slow as you fly solo over Bunny Hills, then transition to tandem flight up to 3,000 feet above the ground. For thrill seekers, sign up for their world-renowned flight school to gain height and learn all about hang gliding/paragliding aerodynamics, micro-climatology and thermal hunting.

Location: Rising Fawn – 7201 Scenic Hwy; Website: flylookout.com; Contact: 706-383-1292

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