5 Heart-Pounding Activities to Try Before Summer Ends

Head to the Hudson Valley's most exciting spots for an adrenaline rush...if you dare.


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As much as we hate to say it, summertime is coming to a close. Before the arrival of back-to-school season, leaf-peeping tours, and apple cider donuts, take advantage of the last remaining days of the sunshine season by stepping away from the air conditioner and getting outdoors. Although beach days and afternoons at the park are a wonderful way to go, there's no better way to make the final moments of summer unforgettable than to get your heart pumping with an adventurous day outside.

Check out one (or more) of these adrenaline-spiking to-dos in the Hudson Valley, but don't be surprised if your veins continue to thump well into winter.

 

 

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Go on an aerial adventure at Catamount

If you ever dreamed about exploring the skyline a la Tarzan, look no further than Catamount Aerial Adventure Park for a late summer escape. Head to the scenic Berkshires to leap through sky-high treetop courses, cross teetering bridges, and fly above the ground on zip lines. No previous experience is needed to go adventuring at Catamount, since all participants receive a 20-minute demonstration before they embark on the course. With twelve separate routes and more than 50 zip lines and 170 elements, this exciting spot is one for the books.

Hillsdale, 518.325.3200

 

 

Take a ride in a helicopter

Leave any fear of heights at home for this high altitude escape. Thanks to Independent Helicopters, anyone can ride above the expanse of the Hudson Valley. Whether you opt to hop in as a passenger to score some unforgettable aerial photos or choose to slide into the driver's seat during one of the flight instruction course, you'll never forget the views of the region as you travel among the clouds. All rides are led by experienced pilots, so you can feel rest assured you are in safe hands each and every time you prepare for takeoff.

New Windsor and Saratoga Springs, 845.549.3755

 

 

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Hang-glide in Ellenville

Passenger planes are great and all, but there's nothing like the thrill of personal flight. Strap on your metaphorical wings at Mountain Wings Flight Park in Ellenville. Located at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains, the hang-gliding hotspot offers unparalleled views of the Hudson Valley's verdant hillsides. Learn how to shift your weight and steer your personal glider with the help of an experienced pilot. One ride and you'll be itching for a return trip.

Ellenville, 845.647.3377

 

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Scream your way through The Megalodon at Splashdown Beach

Embrace your inner child and head to one of the Hudson Valley's thrilling water parks before summer comes to a close. At Splashdown Beach in Fishkill, adventure seekers can go on the ride of their lives on The Megalodon. The near-vertical, zero gravity experience induces fear from the first second, when riders come face to face with the upcoming plunge. Screams are inevitable.

Fishkill, 845.897.9600

 

 

Dive through the sky in Gardiner

Even the biggest adrenaline junkies in the Hudson Valley may want to save this over-the-top activity for last. If you're itching for a serious adventure, check out Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner for an unforgettable day in the air. The program offers jumps for divers of every level, from newbie to licensed pro. First-timers can relax (not really) on a tandem jump, while more experienced individuals can learn how to jump on their own. Licensed instructors lead all jumps, and professional videographers are on hand to capture every moment from the day. If you're looking for a showstopping way to wrap up the summer season, this is hands down the way to do it.

Gardiner, 845.255.4033


Related: 50 Reasons to Love Summer in the Hudson Valley

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