For all those adrenaline junkies and daredevils out there, sky diving is probably somewhere on your bucket list. While this is one of the most daring activities to try in a lifetime, there are a few steps you can take to prepare before jumping out of an actual airplane thousands of feet up in the sky. If you're looking for things to do in North Carolina that will get your heart racing, try checking out the world's largest indoor wind tunnel!

Paraclete XP Skyventure in Raeford, North Carolina is where you'll find the world’s largest and most powerful vertical wind tunnel.

Towering over 100 feet tall and stretching nearly 3 miles in length, visitors can get the sky-high experience of sky diving without actually hopping out the side of a plane.

With 4 fans totaling 541 units of horsepower, you can experience a wide range of airspeeds fit for everyone from beginners to the military plane-jumping experts.

It's the perfect way for those who are a little hesitant about taking the real-deal leap, so you can get a first-hand idea of what it would actually feel like in the air before officially committing.


Reservations start at $64 and include pre-flight classroom training, flight time in the wind tunnel, flight gear, a personal flight certificate as well as help from an experienced instructor throughout the duration of your experience.

There are no age restrictions, so friend groups and families can enjoy this activity together without leaving anyone out.

The website suggests that participants be in generally good health with a reasonable fitness level to have the best experience possible. Those who are 250 pounds or more can contact Paraclete XP Skyventure directly for special accommodations.

If you're concerned about safety, fret not!

According to their official website, indoor skydiving is very safe; before you fly you'll be briefed on safety precautions as well as what to expect and how to maintain proper body positioning.

Risks are typically limited to minor bumps or scrapes on the tunnel walls which can be prevented by wearing elbow and knee pads. You should also wear clothes you're most comfortable in and tie your hair up if it's on the longer side.

This might just be the most exciting post-quarantine activity you've been looking for. 

Paraclete XP Skyventure

Price: $64+

Address: 190 Paraclete Drive, Raeford, NC

Why You Need To Go: This is a good way to let your inner adrenaline junkie out without actually taking a big leap out of a plane. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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