Summer is the best season of them all! The days are longer, there’s no homework, and the weather is warm and tolerable. Even teachers loosen up a bit. So it’s time to take advantage! It’s time to challenge yourself and find out what you’re made of. Here’s a commanding list of outdoor adventure activities in the Kansas City area that’ll have you checking things off your bucket list left and right.
Go Ape in Swope Park
Did you know that Swope Park has its own zip line? You can swing through the trees and tackle obstacles on a two-and-a-half-hour journey through the canopy at Treetop Adventures. Tickets are $58 for adults and $38 for children ages 10 to 15.
BayRider Surf Simulator
Who needs a beach to hang ten when you’ve got the BayRider Surf Simulator? Instructors can teach you how to “flow ride” that’s a combination of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and wakeboarding. Private lessons are $25 per half hour. Check it out at the Bay Water Park on Longview Road in south Kansas City.
TimberRidge Adventure Center
Check out the challenge course TimberRidge has to offer to challenge yourself both mentally and physically. You can rent out the space for birthday parties, teambuilding and family events to combine elements of fun and excitement in a noncompetitive, safe, and supportive atmosphere. There’s a zip line, a low course—less than 12 feet, and a high course—up to 50 feet high!
Part zipline, part rollercoaster
At Zip KC, you can choose from over 9 different tour packages over the bluffs over the Kansas River, less than 30 minutes from Downtown Kansas City. You can reach speeds of 50 miles per hour. Tour packages range from $59.99 to $99 per person and sell out up to three weeks in advance during the busiest seasons. For a real adrenaline rush, try the zero-gravity line which culminates in a 12-foot free fall.
Learn to sail in adult sailing classes offered all summer long or summer sailing camp for teenagers through Jacomo Sailing Education Program. The basic courses are designed for beginners with no sailing experience. You’ll start off learning the basics and some terminology in the classroom before you head out to the water to test out your skills. Classes are $200 for five sessions, and they fill up fast, so sign up soon!
Be a race car driver
If you’re really craving an adrenaline rush, then driving a real NASCAR racecar BY YOURSELF is perfect for you! Or, if you’re not too sure about all that autonomy, you can try the “ride along” package, riding shotgun for three speedy laps. It’s a pricy option for thrill-seekers, but you get to meet with the crew chief and play with the in-car radio communications. And how many people can say they’ve driven a racecar on a regulation track??
Try the Predator’s Plunge
At Oceans of Fun, you can climb to a 65-foot high deck to get “Aqua-Launched!” As the floor beneath you drops out, you’ll plummet down a near vertical drop and through a series of s-curves and loops into a giant spray of water. It’s a beast!
Check out brand new Rowdy Ribbits Park
We’re talking a giant inflatable water park right on Longview Lake. There’s a floating obstacle course, slides, diving mountains, mini-trampolines, lily pads, and flip zones. They offer group discounts and provide something for all age groups—there’s even a ”tadpole pond” for kids under the age of 6.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh