Choose your own adventure that’s fun, affordable and local
There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in a dull summer routine. Despite the few precious months of warm weather, in between work and other continuous responsibilities, it’s easy to replace the dragging routine of frigid winter with an equally structured and boring day-to-day summer schedule.
So this summer jump outside of that daily agenda, step out of your comfort zone, and change an ordinary weekend into an extraordinary adventure. Try some of these thrill-seeking escapades—because nothing says summer like the adrenaline rush of a new and exciting experience.
Take a Leap of Faith
Take the ultimate plunge from fifteen thousand feet at Skydive Green Bay. Skydivers come from all over—Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh and Milwaukee. Known for its modern facilities and equipment and experienced staff, Skydive Green Bay is the best place for first time divers. Offering the highest jump in Wisconsin, divers can choose from taking a tandem jump—the most popular jump for first-timers—or an accelerated freefall, which requires training and education. In tandem skydiving, jumpers take the plunge from ten to fourteen thousand feet while attached to the front of an instructor’s harness. The tandem jump requires minimal training (less than an hour) while remaining extremely safe. While jumping out of an aircraft may not seem like your cup of tea, after that first dive, there’s nothing better than free-falling as the wind whistles in your ears while soaring to the ground below. So go on, live a little, and take the plunge.
Cost: $179 per person; Must be 18+ and under 285 lbs.
Dive for Hidden Treasures
History buffs and adventure seekers will delight at the opportunity to explore the historic shipwrecks of Wisconsin’s shoreline. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, permanent mooring buoys have been placed along popular shipwreck sites, making them accessible and safe for the viewing public. Many of the wrecks can be seen while snorkeling or kayaking, and for the little ones, children as young as ten can register for scuba certification course. Charter boats around the state take the public to the more popular wreck sites, typically costing between $95-$120 for two dives. However, many sites are accessible from the shore for free.
Climb at Devil’s Lake
Climb the bluffs and take in the breathtaking views of Devil’s Lake State Park while challenging your inner adventurer. From winding grassy trails through lush fields and woods, to steep and challenging vertical climbs over rock formations, hikers are sure to find a trail that will fit any skill level or offer an exciting new challenge. Along with its glorious trails and hiking spots, Devil’s Lake also offers lodging, camping, swimming, boating, biking, fishing and hunting to make a weekend one the whole family will never forget.
Rage Down River Rapids
For thrill-seekers and adrenaline chasers, nothing can bring that rush better then rafting on the Wolf River. Considered one of the best whitewater rivers in the Midwest, the Wolf offers rafting, tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Separated into four sections of intensity, from the smooth and quiet waters of the northern end to the choppy river rapids of the southern side, the Wolf is both family-friendly and challenging for those seeking the rush of the rapids. Created by the Ice Age glaciers, this pristine river is a natural paradise.
Cost: Rafting prices vary from $16–$50 per person; Tubing costs vary from $16–$30 per person.
And for spontaneity’s sake, take an afternoon off and check out some of these fabulous things to do in good old Wisconsin: