Both locals and tourists will attest that South Florida is, among other things, a place for exciting adventures. Famous of its near-perfect weather year-round, taking to the skies on a flying adventure is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the view and get an adrenaline rush at the same time. This “Best Of” list features the best companies for skydiving, parasailing and more. You’ll find intriguing options, excellent service and experienced staff during your encounter. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, or you’ve lived here all your life, you can find some of the best flying adventures around right here in South Florida.
Miami Skydiving Center
14005 S.W. 127th St.
Miami, FL 33186
Skydiving is a truly exhilarating experience, and the professionals at Miami Skydiving Center succeed at making it memorable for those ready to take on this flying adventure. Skydives are performed as high as 13,500 feet; freefalls can go as fast as 120 miles per hour. During your rapid descent, you can take in amazing views of the Miami area, including Biscayne Bay and the downtown skyline. For beginners, the tandem skydive is a perfect fit, as it only requires a little training. For experienced skydivers, the Accelerated Freefall Sky Dive Program is designed to provide the optimal experience in skydiving like a pro. To ensure safety for its flyers and staff, Miami Skydiving Center strictly follows safety regulations held by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Global Air Group, Inc.
Downtown Miami Helicopter Tour Location – Bayside Marketplace and Marina
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
A helicopter ride is the quintessential flying adventure. Global Air Group offers helicopter tours across the South Florida area, including areas like Coral Gables, Hollywood and Boca Raton. In addition to helicopter rides, this company offers flight training, as well as aerial photography and video production. For the budget conscious, its Low Cost Thrill Rides offer exciting views of local attractions like Hollywood Beach, Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Sun Life Stadium. Helicopter rides are an excellent choice to celebrate a special occasion, and equally perfect for a spur-of-the-moment adventure trip, and accommodates adults and children.
Balloon Over Miami
Flight locations in Kendall, Homestead and Florida City
It may seem out of the ordinary to take a balloon ride here in South Florida, but it’s an amazing way to take to the air and experience the beautiful South Florida views. Its chief captain, Aaron Farber, is a native of Miami and a highly skilled pilot. His in-depth knowledge of the area and FAA license provides confidence that your ride will be safe and enjoyable. Departure locations stretch between south Kendall and Florida City and can change from day to day depending on wind direction. Riders meet at a central location, and are then transported to the departure site. This balloon ride includes light snacks after the flight and a champagne celebration.
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Atlantic Beach Clubs
Parasailing location – South Beach Park
1005 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
The combination of air and sea make parasailing an unparalleled adventure. South Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale serves as the perfect coastal location for parasailing, one of many services offered by Atlantic Beach Clubs. You can fly solo or have two other people attached at the same time. Flying at either 600, 800 or 1,000 feet, you get to experience brilliant views of the South Florida coastline as you glide over the Atlantic Ocean. Up to 12 people can ride in any of the coast guard-inspected parasailing boats, you can make this a collective adventure with friends or a family affair. Other services offered by Atlantic Beach Clubs include jet skiing, snorkeling and kayaking.
28790 S.W. 217th Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030
Miami is big on two things: adventurous air travel and safety. You can take to the skies via a glider (an aircraft without a standard engine for power) or a small craft airplane and soar as high as 5,000 feet in the air. You’ll be accompanied by an FAA-certified pilot to ensure safety and an expertly conducted flying experience. If you have a passion for or a strong interest in flying, you can partake in Miami Gliders’ flight instruction services. The instructors for both glider and airplane licensing are also FAA certified, and provide expert instruction to interested parties 14 and older (the minimum age for airplane license instruction is 16).