Your guide to Miami’s most thrilling things to do by land, by air and by sea.
From drag racing at the same speedway where the NASCAR Championships are held, to piloting your own speedboat on Biscayne Bay or skydiving from an elevation of 13,500-feet over South Dade’s farmland; there are plenty of thrilling adventures to be had in Miami. Here are a few of Miami’s most thrilling attractions by land, air and sea.
Homestead Miami Speedway
Host of the annual NASCAR Championship, South Dade’s Homestead Miami Speedway is a thrilling attraction all year round. Held once a month, Fast Lane Friday is a legal drag race down the speedway’s 1,760-foot straightaway and open to anyone over the age of 18 with a valid driver’s license. You can also sign up for high-performance coaching by professional racecar drivers either behind the wheel of your own car or by renting from a selection of high speed sports cars like a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari GT or Audi R8 for the afternoon. If you just want to sit back and watch others do the high-speed driving, there are also 280 active race days annually for you to cheer on the pros.
Vice City Rollers
Vice City Rollers is Miami’s first and only all-female roller derby league and if you’ve never seen these fierce ladies compete, you’re in for a thrilling experience with this fast-paced, full contact sport. Their season typically runs from February through September, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch a match and you can even sign up for a Roller Derby 101 class (also called their "Fresh Meat Class") to get a taste of the action firsthand.
Lock & Load
You might not expect to find a machine gun shooting range in the heart of Miami’s premiere arts district, but that’s exactly what you’ll get in Wynwood at Lock & Load. The 14,000-square foot gun range offers 24 firing lanes and over 25 fully automatic machine guns available to give you that heart-pumping action you are looking for. You'll quickly feel that adrenaline rush with packages such as the Black Widow Package, the 007 or the penultimate Automatic Gratification Package allowing you to fire almost 250 rounds from 10 different automatic weapons. Get your heart racing with one-on-one professional guidance as you legally fire away in a safe and controlled environment.
Zip lining at Jungle Island
Nestled between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach on Watson Island, Jungle Island is currently home to rare and exotic animals and jungle experiences. Thanks to their current multi-million dollar renovation, Jungle Island will soon be home to exciting new action-adventure experiences including some very intense zip-lining. Seven zip-lines as tall as 14-feet will be installed throughout the park, including one that swoops guests around the park in a Superman-style tandem harness. Other new attractions will include a blue lagoon wave pool and lazy river, perfect for swimming, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or even just cooling off in Miami’s heat.
Miami Skydiving Center
If you’ve always wanted to go skydiving, now is your chance. Experience a true bird’s eye view of Miami at an elevation of 13,500-feet with the Miami Skydiving Center located at the Kendall-Tamiami Airport. With a full 60-second free fall at 120 mph, get ready to have a very intense experience. Miami Skydiving Center is great for first timers with tandem dives and videos so you can realize your thrill of a lifetime over and over again. So when the door opens up to two miles high and you hear "READY, SET, GO!!!", remember to smile. Do you have the nerves to take the plunge?
Miami Executive Helicopters
Experience the Miami skyline in style or take a voyage south over the Keys for breathtaking vistas. The choice is yours when you set flight with Miami Executive Helicopters. Your pilot will deliver the play-by-play experience over headphones, as you soar over beautiful sights. See Miami in a whole new way, looking down at the winding canals, sparkling pools and aerial views of Miami’s mansions. It also serves as a romantic voyage and a creative way to pop the question, but even if matrimony isn’t on your mind, the Executive Helicopter team will tailor-make the aerial helicopter experience of your dreams.
Miami Speed Boat Adventures
Satisfy your need for speed on the water with an afternoon aboard Miami Speed Boat Adventures. This guided tour is unique because you’re the captain of your own ship as you take the helm of your very own speedboat and zip across the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay. Meanwhile, your guide in another boat narrates the tour using a mounted two-way communication device. You can opt for a single or double vessel and tours depart five times daily from Shuckers Bar & Grill on the 79th Street Causeway in North Beach.
For a high-octane adventure, step aboard Thriller Miami’s 42-foot speedboats and fly past sites like PortMiami, Star Island, Monument Island, Fisher Island and South Beach. Touted as "The World's Most Exciting Tour Boat" you will cruise from Biscayne Bay to the open Atlantic Ocean at speeds of up to 50 mph. Located at Bayside Marketplace, these 45-minute tours are an adrenaline-pumping way to see Miami’s most intriguing sights from the water.
Ocean Force Adventures Miami Beach
Hop aboard Ocean Force Adventures’ high-performance, six-passenger Zodiac RIB boats and set out to explore Miami’s hidden gems on the water at top speeds. Departing from the Miami Beach Marina, you can tailor-make your tour to explore anything from Stiltsville to President Nixon’s Key Biscayne home, film locations for iconic movies and television shows like Miami Vice and Scarface and even the lavish mansions of Star Island and Fisher Island. It’s a thrill you’ll always remember!
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