Whether you prefer hurtling along a steel track with the velocity of a speeding bullet, winging through a forest dangling below a zip-line, testing your will against a raging river, or trading paint with friends on a twisting road course, Maryland is the place where your adrenaline dreams become reality.
1 Whitewater Rafting
In Maryland, you’re never far from water, and sure, some of that water is peaceful and serene like the Chesapeake on a gentle spring morning, but nobody tell that to the thrilling Upper Youghiogheny, Savage, Potomac, Cheat and Big Sandy rivers. In fact, Garret County is such a white water Mecca, the U.S. Olympic Team has trained here. Find a guide and dare rapids from class two all the way up to towering class fives in the wild. Or for a unique adventure, try Adventure Sports Center International near Wisp Resort, it’s the world’s only mountaintop white-water course. This manmade marvel is the perfect place to learn canoeing and kayaking, but can also challenge the world’s best, which is why it was chosen as the home for the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
2 Roller Coasters
Crazy for coasters? Head over heels for corkscrews and loops? Then Maryland is the place for you! Action Park USA is home of the Wild West Express. In Ocean City, Jolly Rogers is home of the classic Wild Cat and Trimper’s on the boardwalk thrills with the high speed, looping Tidal Wave. Way out west, you can even ride the amazing, 3500 foot long Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort. But for true coaster heads, there’s no place like Six Flags America with its six, world-class coasters. Dare to ride the parks amazing pair of widen coasters: The Wild One, a 2,330 foot long wooden wonder guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the most hardened coaster freak, and Roar that clickety-clacks to a blazing 50 mph. Experience the sensation of supersonic speed on SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel, a remarkable 5,400 foot hypercoaster featuring a staggering 20-story drop. Challenge yourself with THE JOKER’s Jinx, a twisted “Spaghetti Bowl” design that launches riders to 60 mph in an exhilarating three-seconds! Add in the brand new WONDER WOMAN: Lasso of Truth giant swing ride that sends riders hurtling around its’ 24-story central tower, and you’ll know you came to the right place. Maryland is home to the best Coaster Madness!
3 Zip Lines
Have you ever dreamed of swinging through the tree-tops Tarzan style or hurtling down a zip-line like an action hero? In Maryland, we’ve got you covered with three, amazing zip-lining and brachiating adventure options. Terrapin Adventures in Savage combines zipping, climbing, big swings, jumps and more at its’ Aerial Adventure Park, with kayaking, caving biking, hiking and geocaching to boot. Go Ape! in Rockville will make you believe you’ve travelled to the forest moon of Endor with its unique sky ladders and platforms traversing from tree to tree through the beautiful green canopy. The Adventure Park in Sandy Spring adds the staggering K2 Trees vertical course and the beautiful night time Twilight Ticket through an illuminated forest. Hit all three for a truly unforgettable aerialist adventure!
4 Go Karts
Jolly Rogers’ Speed World in Ocean City is home of The Cyclone, the world’s first go-kart coaster, the super-fast Formula 1 track, the twisting and turning Lemans raceway, and great two-seat and beginner karts for the whole family. The Go-Kart Track in White Marsh, the Crofton Go-Kart Raceway, and Adventure Park USA all have top-notch tracks. And for true speed-junkies, don’t miss Autobahn Indoor Speedway with locations in Essex and Jessup where riders strap on their helmets and hit freeway speeds on rocket-fast electric karts.
5 Sky Diving
Driving along 95 in White Marsh, you’re sure to notice the iFLY Baltimore tower reaching up towards the sky. Inside, thrill seekers test their metal and take flight on a column of high-speed air. Utilizing the same technology used to train army paratroopers and Navy SEALS, thrill seekers can get the experience of free-fall at a fraction of the cost and without that whole bit about having to leap from a perfectly good airplane. If you haven’t been, iFLY Baltimore is a must for every adrenalin-junkie.
Whether it be indoor skydiving, or the real thing, Maryland has tons of options for thrill seekers.