Calling all adrenaline junkies—this blog post is for you! If extreme adventure is what you crave to help satisfy your inner thrill seeker then these heart-pounding, pulse-racing and sweat-inducing activities on Florida's Gulf Coast are exactly what you're looking for. Try them if you dare! These are some of the most extreme sports, activities and high-action adventures you'll find anywhere. They're also all close and convenient to your Indian Rocks Beach rental, which is even better. Have you tried any of these on your Florida Gulf Coast vacation?
Jet surfing is a new action sport in the Tampa Bay area. Jet surfing was invented by Formula One racers looking to surf giant waves. We're slightly more humble here on the Gulf Coast of Florida and love racing around at 35 mph in our waveless town. Feel the rush of excitement on a motorized surf board. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. Hourly rates are available per person, for couples and for groups. Give it a go next time you're here.
Enjoy a Scenic Intro Flight where you will soar like a bird over our beautiful white sandy beaches while scouting dolphins, manatees, sharks and other marine life in the "motorcycle of the sky” that puts you right in the pilot’s seat. This is the ultimate adventure activity in Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. SkySurfing.com offers one of the most experienced flight schools in the country, so you’re in good hands. Take off and land from water or from land with customizable options for daredevils and scaredy-cats alike.
The Ross Norton Extreme Sports Park offers fast fun for everyone with a half-pipe, ramps, rails, skateboarding, inline skating, bicycling, and scooters. All participants must have a signed waiver on file in order to use the skate park and helmets must be worn. The facility has beginner, intermediate and advanced areas for extreme sports. Membership and daily admission fees are available. Skateboards permitted all hours, but bikes have restricted days and times.
At Empower Adventures in Tampa Bay, Florida, they believe in empowering everyone who walks through our door. They know zip lining in Florida is an awe-inspiring and an amazing experience. They want you to enjoy yourself when you visit. So if you have a fear of heights or a fear of trying new things, you may think a zip line in Tampa might not be the right thing for you, but that’s not true. They’ve designed the tree-top adventure and canopy tours for everyone. If you are over the age of 7 and weigh more than 70lbs, then the canopy tours are right for you. These zip line tours take you through the Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve in a unique way. You can see the preserved wilderness as the birds do. It’s perfect for families or a group of friends. You will grow in confidence with each zip line you conquer. Try one or try them all. They also offer extreme aerial obstacles and team building challenges that can be suited specifically to your needs.
There’s a reason Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State. Here in Tampa, there are an average of 246 sunny days per year. You could be like everyone else, and soak up the sunshine on a crowded beach. You could also bask in the sun while you wait in line for the rides at Busch Gardens. But if that doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are better ways to get your share of the Florida sun and cool down at the same time.
Make the decision to soar through the sunny air while skydiving over Tampa! The wind will cool you down as it rushes past your face, and the sun will light up the gorgeous views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. See if you can spot one of Tampa’s famous streetcars from above and catch a glimpse of tourists on the Riverwalk. Check out the historic Ybor neighborhood, one of Tampa’s most popular dining and nightlife attractions, and pick out a great place for dinner after you land! Nothing will beat your view of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico from 14,000 feet up. Plus, if you decide to go with a video package, you’ll have amazing, gorgeous videos of your experience to commemorate your trip to to the Gulf Coast.
Go sightseeing with the best seat in the house on an aerial tour over the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway, Pier 60, the gulf beaches and towns, and more. Choose a high-flying adventure or create your own. Helicopter and airplane tours take off from Clearwater Air Park so they're close and convenient to your stay in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. An aerial tour makes a perfect gift for someone special or a lasting vacation memory that's sure to be cherished for a lifetime.
Parasailing is an adventure that just about anyone age 5 and over can experience. The takeoffs and landings are dry and gentle from the parasail boat with options for single, tandem or triple flyers. Eagle Parasail is located in historic John's Pass in Madeira Beach, a few miles south of Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores. The 12 passenger vessels are US Coast Guard inspected and maintained with certified captains and crews offering over 25 years of experience to ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable ride possible. We promise that you can't beat the views!
Take a dive with some of our planet's amazing apex predators and gain an appreciation for their important role in oceans around the world when you Dive with the Sharks at the Florida Aquarium. It’s a unique opportunity for certified SCUBA divers, age 15 and older, to come face-to-face with sharks. Dive into the Aquarium's Coral Reef and experience warm, clear water teeming with schools of fish, massive sharks, eels, a green sea turtle and more. Each guest is paired with a Florida Aquarium dive master whose sole responsibility is your safety. The Dive with the Sharks program makes you the star of the show and dispels the commonly held myth that sharks are man-eaters. Go ahead and dive in, if you dare!
Add at least one of these Gulf Coast extreme activities to your bucket list and check it off next time you're here. Life is short, go big or go home!
Have you tried any extreme adventures on Florida's Gulf Coast? We want to hear about it!