Thrills in New York City

Thrill-seekers can take a turn on one of the adrenaline-inducing rides in Coney Island’s Luna Park, including The Cyclone, a historic roller coaster. (Courtesy Coney Island)

New York City for the Adventurer

By Mackenzie Allison on 01/08/16, updated 03/17/17
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There are plenty of ways to get the heart rate racing in NYC—from roller coasters and suspenseful attractions to aerial tours and a chance to feel like one of The Flying Wallendas!

Enjoy bird’s-eye views of NYC’s sweeping cityscape via a Liberty Helicopters’ aerial tour. The company offers a wide range of exhilarating adventures that allow passengers to soar above the New York Harbor and fly past some of the city’s most notable landmarks. Tours depart from Lower Manhattan.

Coney Island

(Courtesy Coney Island)

Attractions

Coney Island

Brooklyn’s seaside attraction has a boardwalk and more. Thrill-seekers can take a turn on one of the adrenaline-inducing rides in Coney Island’s Luna Park, including The Cyclone, a historic roller coaster. There's also the Thunderbolt, the area’s newest coaster, that has a 90-degree vertical drop. Coney Island is open March to October.

Sleep No More

“Sleep No More.” (Robin Roemer)

Entertainment

Sleep No More

Thrills are around every corner at this interactive theater attraction in Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel. Visitors can walk through the 100,000-square-foot space that looks like an abandoned 1930s luxury hotel, to discover scenes and characters reminiscent of the hair-raising work of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Adventurers can feel like The Flying Wallendas at this acrobatic attraction. Flying trapeze classes are taught one-on-one or in groups—so feel free to bring along friends for extra encouragement. Advanced trapeze classes, as well as lessons on aerial hoops, acrobatic balancing and trampolines, offer additional weightless experiences.

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers (Courtesy Chelsea Piers)

Activities, Attractions

Chelsea Piers

This multisport waterfront attraction features several recreational activities to get the heart racing from drop-in rock climbing at the Field House’s 23-foot-high indoor rock wall to ice hockey and figure skating in the Sky Rink and more. The facility also features several fun things to do with kids.

Brooklyn Boulders

(Courtesy Brooklyn Boulders)

Activities, Entertainment

Brooklyn Boulders

New York’s largest indoor rock climbing gym boasts 22,000 square feet of climbing space available for everyone from advanced climbers to newbies. Day passes can be purchased and the attraction also offers yoga, acroyoga, capoeira classes and fitness workshops. If you don’t have gear, stock up at the onsite retail shop.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

(Courtesy Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum)

Attractions

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

A national historic landmark, the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier offers access to several decks, featuring historic aircraft and multimedia presentations. You can feel like a jet fighter in one of the attraction’s flight simulators, including the Gforce Encounter, which imitates flying a supersonic jet plane.

Louie's Skateboarding School

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Activities

Louie's Skateboarding School

If you want to brush up on your extreme sports skills, give a skateboarding class a try. Individual and group classes, single classes or packages are available at this skateboarding school for all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Classes are offered in several locations in the city, and complete equipment rental is available.

Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

Transportation

Roosevelt Island Tram

For a thrilling journey from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, opt for a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram. Plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opts can be had as you travel across the East River on this suspended, cable-operated transportation system.

Gleason's Gym

(Courtesy Gleason's Gym/Facebook)

Activities, Entertainment

Gleason's Gym

Want to feel like Rocky? Take a turn in the ring at this Brooklyn-based boxing gym. You can snag a single day pass for $20, which includes the use of equipment. If you don't want to spar with a partner, feel free to use the gym’s cardio equipment, punching bags and free weights.

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