Thrilling Adventures In Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From drag racing at the same speedway as the NASCAR Championships to piloting your own speedboat on Biscayne Bay and skydiving from an elevation of 13,500 feet over Miami Beach, there are plenty of thrilling adventures to be had in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Here are a few of Miami’s most thrilling attractions by land, air and sea.

Aerial Beach
Experience a bird’s eye view of Miami & Miami Beach

By Air

Miami Skydiving Center

If you’ve always wanted to go skydiving, now is your chance. Experience a true bird’s eye unobstructed view of Miami at an elevation of two miles with the Miami Skydiving Center located at the Miami Executive Airport. With an up to 40-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 relive your thrill of a lifetime over and over again. Do you have the nerve 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 helicopter experience of your dreams.

Thriller Miami
Speed through the water on a Thriller Miami tour

By Sea

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 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, double or triple vessel, and tours depart four times daily for a total of two hours.

Thriller Miami

For a high-octane adventure, step aboard Thriller Miami’s 55-foot speedboats and jet past sites such as Port of Miami, Star Island, Fisher Island and South Beach. Known as Florida’s only speedboat tour that takes on the depths of the ocean, it will have you cruising from Biscayne Bay to the open Atlantic Ocean at speeds of up to 40 mph. Located at Bayside Marketplace, just east of the band stage, 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 will explore a well-rounded route that covers Stiltsville, President Nixon’s Key Biscayne home, film locations for iconic movies and television shows such as Miami Vice and Scarface – and even the lavish mansions of Star Island and Fisher Island. It’s a thrill you’ll always remember!

Fast Lane Friday
Test your skills at Fast Lane Friday held once a month at Homestead Miami Speedway

By Land

Homestead Miami Speedway

Previously the host of the annual NASCAR Championship, South Dade’s Homestead Miami Speedway is a thrilling attraction all year round. Held on select Fridays, 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.

Vice City Rollers

Vice City Rollers is Miami’s first and only all-female flat track roller derby league. If you’ve never seen these fierce ladies compete, you’re in for an thrilling experience with this fast-paced, full contact sport. Their season typically runs from April through October, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch a match. You can even sign up for a Roller Derby 101 class (also called their "Fresh Meat Class") to learn how to skate and 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 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 a wide variety of fully automatic machine and submachine guns.

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