Top 5 Ways to Fly in Austin

Austin is full of adventures both large and small. Of course, if adding a dollop of hot sauce to your breakfast taco seems like too much intensity, this list might not be for you – or perhaps it's exactly what you need. For anyone who's looking for a new, exhilarating, perspective on life, read on.

Safely Skydiving?
Skydiving isn't exactly the safest activity, but it is a great way to come to grips with your own terror. Seasoned thrill-seekers who want to push their limits have a couple of excellent options, including Skydiving Over Austin and Texas Skydiving Center. However, if you'd like to try jumping out of a plane without having to strap on a parachute or risk life and limb, for the most part, try out iFLY Indoor Skydiving's internal wind generator experience. It's a great way to experience freefall without the unpleasant potential landing.

Flying in the Water
So you want to fly and don't mind getting a little wet? Wait what? No, seriously, just imagine how refreshing it would feel on a hot day to hop in the water and also enjoy a low-flying bird's eye view of the terrain. That's right, you can now soar into the skies on a plume of water, thanks to Fly Lake Austin. The best part is, you can pretend to be a jet-pack strapped Jane or James Bond without having to worry about sexy double agents trying to kill you unless, of course, you like that sort of thing.

Learning to Fly
Looking for new insights into yourself and your home (or adopted home) town? Take to the skies for a whole new perspective by learning how to fly at Above & Beyond Aviation. Even if you're not up for committing the time, money, and effort necessary to get a pilot's license (but are curious about the possibilities), you can always partake in a "Discovery Flight." With your hand on the yoke, as well as a seasoned pilot talking you through the flight, you'll at least be able to satiate your avian ambitions.

Unconventional Hang Time
Flight isn't just for the birds (and bird-like machines) in Austin. There are a few different ways to enjoy the wild blue yonder without climbing into a plane. If you're looking for an outward-bound experience, you can hit the Hill Country with Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for a great hike combined with some intense downhill sliding. Or, if you're looking for a more relaxing time, try floating through the friendly skies with on a cushion of air with Austin Hot Air Balloons.

Soaring with Both Feet on the Ground
Perhaps soaring through the clouds leaves you feeling a little, shall we say, less-than grounded. Still, you crave the thrill of a heightened perspective. One great way to get your aero-fix while keeping your feet on (or, rather, in) the ground is to try a little rock climbing. Austin's greenbelts like Bull Creek and the Hill Country in general are replete with craggy cliffs, as well as trainers like Rock About and Austin Rock Gym to show you the ropes (sorry). Belaying is also great way to get a natural high and a workout.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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