Over the years, adventure/thrill vacations have grown in popularity. People will actually spend money on a week of travel with a storm chaser team. These people may seem crazy to some, but they are not for everyone. They may not be as crazy as you think, but they do love the thrill of seeing lightning strike their chase car or seeing a tornado close up. Some people enjoy being able to see wild animals such as elephants or lions while on safari. There are many adventure-seeking people out there and more companies are offering amazing vacations. A few years ago, my family went on a safari to South Africa. It was an unforgettable experience that we will never forget. My 10 year old son was astonished when we came within feet of elephants, lions, and leopards.
We have some suggestions for families who love adventures. These are rare opportunities that only come once in a lifetime. They can also be quite expensive, but it’s worth it. These are the best vacations you can have. You can find more information and links on our website.
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Just like the TV shows, you too can be a storm chaser. Tornado Alley is alive with the most thrilling storms during the months April, May, and June. Many storm-chasing companies have sprung up in the region that runs from north Texas to central South Dakota, thanks to all the TV coverage. These companies often use the tours as a way to finance their research on tornadoes. The tours include transportation, lodging, and meals. You will also be accompanied by experienced chasers who can predict the location of storms and bring you close enough to take photos but not too close. These are some of the companies that offer tours: Storm Chasing Adventure Tours, Storm Chaser Extreme Chase Tours and StormTours. These tours are very popular so be sure to plan ahead.
Roller Coaster Tours
Are you a passionate roller coaster rider? There are tours that allow you to travel with fellow coaster enthusiasts and enjoy some of the most exciting coasters in the country. It was amazing to me that so many people love, and even love, roller coasters. While they make me sick, others are driven to find the fastest, highest, and most thrilling coasters. Here are a few companies that offer tours: Thrill Coaster Tours, Theme Park & Roller Coaster Tours.
You must go on an African Safari if you are a lover of animals. This was one of the most memorable adventures our family has ever experienced. With an experienced safari guide, you spend hours in the bush looking for animals in their natural habitat. Many safari game reserves offer the opportunity to view the “Big 5 Game”. The Big 5 include Lion, Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard, Black Rhinoceros, and Buffalo. Because they were the most difficult to hunt, the hunters called them Big 5. While Kenya and Tanzania are the most well-known reserves, there are many reserves throughout southern Africa. My family selected a game reserve in
Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa. They were the only “malaria-free” reserves. Other reserves require guests take malaria tablets prior to coming.
Polar Bear Adventure
A polar bear adventure is a unique and unforgettable adventure. Frontiers North Adventures offers a Tundra Buggy Adventure for Canadians in October and November. This adventure gives you exclusive access to Cape Churchill, a polar bear sanctuary in Wapusk National Park. NBC covered this company during the Canadian Winter Olympics. Frontiers North Adventures offers many other thrilling adventures in the Arctic.
Fighter Jet Tours
A fighter jet tour is the best option for those who want speed. Incredible Adventures Starfighter offers a tour that allows you to fly in a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Although the prices are a bit high, this is a rare opportunity to fly suborbital training flights at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. You can also enjoy Top Gun’s thrills on a L-39 fighter jet tour.
Do you love space flight? Would you like to feel weightlessness? You don’t need to be an astronaut to experience space flight. Zero G offers what they call the “weightless experience”. Their specially modified Boeing 727’s can perform parabolic arcs, creating a weightless environment. You will have the adventure of your life thanks to their flight training, flight suit, photos and video, as well as 12-15 parabolas. They operate out of Titusville, Cape Canaveral and Las Vegas. Sometimes, they also fly out of Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.
Do you ever want to experience the thrill of being part of a Special Operations team or a SWAT team? Now you can train with Special Operations personnel to learn Counter Terrorism and SWAT operations. Tri-core International LLC offers several scenarios where you will be placed in situations such as school shootings, bank robberies and counterterrorism. These scenarios are open to the public, and require two days of training/scenarios.
Great White Shark Adventures
“We will need a larger boat …”. This is the quote from Jaws. Sharks are the most fearsome predators on Earth, with the White Shark the most fearful. South Africa’s Cape Town is a great place to see white sharks. A few tour companies offer close-up viewing and diving with sharks. Shark Cage Diving.net, White Shark Ecoventures and White Shark Ecoventures are two examples of such companies.
North and South Pole Adventures
Icetrek Expeditions offers tours that combine cold weather with the excitement of a polar adventure. Icetrek Expeditions specializes in Arctic and Antarctica tours, offering both shorter experiences and longer expeditions. You should take an adventure to one pole if you want a unique experience.
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting is a great family activity. Guides will take you down scenic rivers, where you can enjoy rapids that range from 1 to 6. Grade 1 is for those with basic skills and can be done in short, rough areas. Grade 6 is the most dangerous and may prove to be too dangerous for some. Rafting America has gathered 21 companies that offer rafting trips for beginners to experts. Many trips offer family bonding opportunities and are multi-day.