If you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next big thrill, check out our list of 50 life affirming activities. From cliff walking to ice climbing, just reading about them will get your heart pounding.
1. Go Volcano Boarding, Nicaragua
Get hot under the collar, by boarding down a live volcano at up to a speed of 80 kilometers an hour! Cerro Negro is a volcano in Nicaragua, and thrill seekers have the opportunity surf down it’s 500 meter descent on a plywood board.
2. Enter the Cage of Death, Australia
Come to face to face with Australia’s biggest saltwater crocodiles for 15 minutes. In this terrifying experience the only thing separating you from the crocodiles is a perspex cage. Don’t worry, each cage can house two people, so you can have someone there to hold your hand.
3. Cliff Walk, China
Visit Mount Huashan in China which features the world’s most dangerous hiking trail. Along way you will encounter a death defying cliffside plank path which has over a kilometer drop.
4. Go Powerboating, United Kingdom
Feel the thrill of riding the high seas on an inflatable race boat. These are decked out with powerful racing engines, making them perfect for zooming across the water at full throttle.
5. Walk Around the CN Tower, Canada
Experience the thrill of circling the CN Tower 356 meters above the ground! Edge walks regularly take place around the roof of Toronto’s tallest attraction, and if that doesn’t get your blood pumping, the walk is also hands free!
6. Skydive Past Everest, Nepal
Earn bragging rights that you have been higher than Everest, by skydiving past it. Fly above Everest on a plane and jump from 29,500 feet so you can free fall past the world’s highest mountain.
7. Jump the Nevis Bungy, New Zealand
Travel 134 meters in just 8.5 seconds via the Nevis Bungy in New Zealand. The drive across the kiwi backcountry to the Bungy site is an experience in itself, before you prepare to be launched towards the beautiful Nevis River within seconds.
8. Ride the World’s Steepest Roller Coaster, Japan
This roller coaster will give you an adrenaline rush unlike any other ride you have experienced. The coaster at Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan is sure to get your heart pounding with its 121 degree free fall, seven twists and a drop of 43 meters!
9. Go Zorbing, Worldwide
Feel like a hamster with a taste for adrenaline, by going zorbing. The activity is very simple, just climb inside a giant inflatable ball, then roll down a hill at super speed. As soon as you start rolling you’ll either be laughing or screaming.
10. Rally Drive, Sydney
Release your inner rally driver and zoom round laps of a race track in a high powered race car. If you have driving experience, you can even go round your very own custom designed course.
11. Watch Water Buffalo Racing, Indonesia
You may not be able to take part, but just watching will give you an adrenaline rush. See jockeys balance on small wooden chariots and get dragged through muddy rice fields by a pair of buffaloes at speeds of up to 48 kilometers an hour.
12. Ride Insanity, United States
If you have the stomach for rides, try Insanity in Las Vegas. The ride hovers 270 meters above the ground and 20 meters over the edge of Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower. Once strapped, in you will question your sanity, as the mechanical arms start spinning you round.
13. Running With the Bulls, Spain
Running with the bulls is commonly featured on people’s bucket lists, but there’s no adrenaline rush quite like the fear of being gored or trampled on. The most famous running of the bulls event is held during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
14. Race in an Office Chair, Germany
Customize your office chair and take part in the Office Chair Racing Championships in Bad Koenig, Germany. Competitors race their chairs down a 200 meter course consisting of ramps and jumps on a hill. But be warned, not everyone makes it to the bottom.
15. Kayak Over a Waterfall, United States
If you’re a pro kayaker, step up your game by kayaking over an extremely high waterfall. Waterfalls in the Palouse region of eastern Washington State and northern Idaho are popular places for adventure seeing kayakers, and provide a thrilling free fall.
16. Take a Motorcycle Taxi Ride
You haven’t lived until you have taken a motorcycle taxi. In Thailand, motorcycle taxi drivers have built their reputation on delivering a thrillingly fast public service. This means driving through the streets at a high speed and weaving through traffic that is merely inches away.
17. Run the Toughest Footrace, Morocco
The Marathon des Sables is a legendary footrace which takes place in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. In six days you will run over 250 kilometers while carrying all of your own equipment, so you can’t enter unprepared.
18. Drive a Race Track, Germany
Test your driving skills on the most famous race track in the world. The Nurburgring Nordschleife is 21 kilometers long, has 150 corners and an elevation change of over 300 meters making it a truly challenging but thrilling experience.
19. See the World in a Hot Air Balloon, Turkey
Journey up into the sky and take a look at the big, wide world in a hot air balloon. In Turkey you can enjoy beautiful sights of the Cappadocia region, which is known for its fairy chimneys, orchards and valleys.
20. Try Whitewater Rafting, Zambia
Have an unforgettable whitewater rafting experience on Zambezi River in Africa. With its thundering rapids, and the raging waters of Victoria Falls, it’s no wonder the river has been rated extremely difficult to raft through.
21.Have Dinner in the Sky, Worldwide
Forgo the generic restaurant and try dining in the sky. In over 40 countries you can enjoy dinner with 21 guests by hanging from a crane 50 meters in the air. This is great fun and an experience you can share with fellow thrill seekers.
22. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Enjoy gorgeous views of Sydney in Australia, by climbing 134 meters to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you are not a big fan of heights, there’s also a halfway point you can stop at.
23. Swim With Great White Sharks, South Africa
Get up close and personal with Great White Sharks by experiencing a cage diving and surface viewing tour. Cape Town in South Africa is regarded as one of the best places to see this type of animal.
24. Ride the London Eye, United Kingdom
Take a ride on Europe’s biggest ferris wheel, the London Eye. You will witness spectacular views of the city as you are transported 135 meters high into the sky.
25. Take Part in the Patagonian Expedition Race
Test your limits by taking part in the extremely tough Patagonian Expedition Race. Teams of four take up to 10 days to swim, hike, cycle, climb and kayak across the remotest and most rugged areas of Patagonia.
26. Fly in a Wingsuit, Switzerland
Experience the closest feeling to flying by jumping out of a plane wearing a wingsuit. The United States Parachute Association requires any jumper flying a wingsuit for the first time to have a minimum of 200 freefall skydives. Similar requirements apply to other nations.
27. Go Ice Swimming, Finland
Plunge into icy water in Finland and feel surprisingly refreshed afterwards. The initial shock and momentary loss of feeling in your legs soon passes once you’re in the water, and you should be left with an amazing energy boost.
28. Cross a Dangerous Suspension Bridge, Pakistan
Attempt to cross one of the most dangerous bridges in the world. The Hussaini-Borit Lake bridge in Northern Pakistan is made up of rotting wooden planks and pieces of rope. This sure to get your heart pounding as one false move could send you over the edge.
29. Run Sopelana’s Naturist Race, Spain
Feel the freeness of running nude by taking part in the Paxti Ros Trophy. Obviously the main thrill of it is running with no clothes on, but you don’t have to be completely bare. The dress code states you can wear a cap or hat on the head, sunglasses, socks and footwear.
30. Paraglide over Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Paragliding is a fun and exciting experience and a top location choice for this activity is near Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. It is alleged that this castle inspired Walt Disney when he was creating the castles in his cartoons.
31. Play Bossaball, Worldwide
Bossaball is probably one of the most fun adrenaline rushes on this list. The game combines elements of volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and music, and is played on an inflatable court featuring trampolines. What’s not to love?
32. Ride the World’s Longest Zip Line, South Africa
You don’t need any skills to ride the world’s longest and fastest zipline, just courage. The zipline reaches 280 meters in height and is two kilometers long. It’s super fast and some riders have managed to hit 100 kilometers per hour.
33. Try Cheese Rolling, United Kingdom
Have some fun chasing a giant wheel of cheese down a hill. This is probably one of the more obscure thrills on this list, but it still provides an adrenaline rush.
34. Hang Glide, United States
Hang gliding for the first time will be nerve wracking, but once you’re high in the sky you will love every second of it. There are many places you can go hand gliding, but some of the best spots include Yosemite National Park and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
35. Race in a Rickshaw, India
Go on a crazy adventure and spend two weeks travelling across India in a Rickshaw. The Rickshaw Run is a 3,000 kilometer race with a start and finish line but no set route, meaning you need to figure out how to get to the finish line.
36. Go Sea Kayaking, Antarctica
Fully explore Antarctica by going on a sea kayaking experience. You will be freezing cold, but you will also be rewarded with face to face encounters with whales, penguins and seals, as well as other amazing wonders.
37. Try Dog-Sled Racing, United States
Try a new mode of transportation such as high speed dog sledding. There are plenty of places you can go to try dog sledding, but Golovin in Alaska provides some of the most picturesque views.
38. Free Dive at Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
Learn to become a free diver and attempt to dive down the dark and intimidating Dean’s Blue Hole. At 203 meters, it is the world’s deepest known seawater blue hole.
39. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is an awesome place to visit if you love nature or are a fan of being in the water. The reef is 220 kilometers long and houses many different fish species including octopus, starfish, sea snakes and crabs.
40. Ride the Gorge Swing, Zambia
Get your adrenaline fix by jumping off a 53 meter high cliff and free falling at 180 kilometers an hour within seconds. You are safely secured to the Gorge Swing with harnesses but that doesn’t stop it being any less scary.
41. Float in the Dead Sea, Israel
It’s nearly impossible to sink in The Dead Sea in Israel as the lake is made up of 30 percent salt. Have a go at floating in it on your back, but watch out for the salt crystals, as they are sharp enough to cut your feet.
42. Cycle Along the Death Road, Bolivia
Cycle across one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The Death Road begins at 15,400 feet, and stretches 69 kilometers. The terrifying route attracts many adventure travelers but claims the lives of nearly 300 people a year.
43. Try Wing Walking, United Kingdom
Soar like a bird by strapping yourself into the top wing of a biplane and travelling at 220 kilometers per hour. This is a thrilling experience that is definitely not suited for those who are afraid of heights.
44. Take Part in Raid De Himalaya, India
Test your mental and physical toughness by participating in the world’s highest rally raid. The Raid De Himalaya is a five day adventure which requires a lot of endurance, as two of the days will be spent driving above an altitude of 4,572 meters.
45. Surf Shipstern Bluff, Australia
Take your surfing board to Shipstern Bluff. Due to its huge waves, great white sharks, and the fact that it’s difficult to reach, this makes it one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world.
46. Try Cliff Diving, Mexico
Cliff diving is an extreme way to enter the water, but also really thrilling. Acapulco in Mexico is one of the most famous areas for cliff diving, and daily shows are performed by professional high divers.
47. Go Snowmobiling, Canada
Head over to Canada between December and April and try your hand at extreme snowmobiling. The Bay Du Nord Wilderness Reserve in Newfoundland offers miles of unchartered terrain so you unleash your inner speed demon.
48. Climb Up Ice, United States
Ice climbing requires you to be fit and nimble, but it provides you with an exhilarating experience you won’t be able to achieve elsewhere. Colorado offers some great areas to climb including clear Creek Canyon and Colorado Springs.
49. Take Part in a Rodeo, United States
Test your strength, balance and determination by taking part in a Rodeo. There are various events you can take part in such as roping and tying up calves, barrel racing and steer wrestling.
50. Drive on Guoliang Tunnel Road
Hold your nerve as you take a drive on 'the road that does not tolerate any mistakes’. The Guoliang Tunnel Road in China is a passage that is carved along the side of and through a mountain. It's barely wide enough to fit a single car, so you need to approach this area with caution.