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The Sky’s the Limit with these Airborne Experience Gifts!

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By , February 10, 2016 8:49 am

Around this time of year, many of us are feeling pretty tired of the winter season and starting to go stir-crazy while cooped up indoors. When life on the ground gets you down, take to the skies!

Sometimes all we need is a little change in perspective to get in a better mindset and start truly living again. Here are some airborne experience gift ideas for someone you know who’s stuck in a rut or even for yourself. All of these experiences run year-around, so you won’t have to wait until spring to enjoy the excitement of new heights.

Indoor Skydiving

If you’ve never experienced the thrill of skydiving before, you may want to start with an indoor skydiving experience, like this one in Nashua, New Hampshire. You’ll float suspended in a vertical wind tunnel above a trampoline floor with ease and ultimate freedom. This is the type of tunnel that’s used to train world-class skydivers and perfect for adventurous souls of all ages. Kids as young as three can even do it safely! Each flight lasts about two minutes and you’ll be provided with a flight suit that fits over your clothes.

Photo credit: Or Hiltch via Flickr

Photo credit: Or Hiltch via Flickr

Outdoor Tandem Skydive

If you’ve tried indoor skydiving and are ready for the real thing outdoors, then check out our tandem skydive experience for an unforgettable thrill. One of our favorite skydive experiences takes place at the Cross Keys airport in New Jersey, which is about 15 minutes away from city center. Philadelphia Freefall Adventures offers expert skydiving instruction, whether you want to just try it once or pick up skydiving as a new hobby. Your aircraft will climb to 2.5 miles above the ground and give you amazing views of the city. Then you’ll hop out with your instructor for at least 60 seconds of freefalling before the parachute is deployed. You must be at least 18 years old and under 250 pounds to tandem skydive. Allow 4-6 hours for this awesome experience.

NY Skyride and Empire State Building Observatory

If that sounds a little too intense but you still want to give an airborne gift, consider the NY Skyride, which is a virtual flight over Manhattan through the exciting city streets and top landmarks. This is an immersive aerial experience that is located on the second floor of the Empire State Building. Then to bring your virtual experience back to reality, head up to the Empire State Building Observatory, which stretches 1,454 feet into the sky and is located on the building’s 86th floor.

VooDoo Zip Line at The Rio Hotel and Casino

Maybe you’ve seen Vegas, but have you ever seen it from atop while zip-lining over the city? The VooDoo Zip Line at The Rio Hotel and Casino provides a unique way to see the city and starts at the Rio Steakhouse on the top of the 50-story Masquerade Tower. You’ll ride on a comfortable two-seater chair attached to a wire, so this is a perfect experience to do alongside a friend. At the end of the line, you’ll go backwards to return back to the tower! Anyone who’s over 48-inches tall can ride this zip line, and after 7:30pm this is a 21-and-over experience.

Photo credit: Ben Stanfield via Flickr

Photo credit: Ben Stanfield via Flickr

Glider Rides

Glider rides give you a truly unique way to see the Llano, California area and really give you a taste of soaring through the sky. A tow plane will guide you up 2,500 feet and then release you to gently glide back to solid ground. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even take the controls for a moment to see you how the glider handles. This ride lasts at least 20 minutes and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

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