Amazing Experiences You Won’t Want To Miss: Part 1

As you travel this summer or in future years, we wanted to share our list of experiences from East to West and in between that you won’t want to miss!

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By Adventurtunity Family
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Along our travels, most of our adventures involve hiking, biking and paddling through Mother Nature. However, there have been a handful of times when we have had the opportunity to adventure with some amazing local experiential businesses, many of which we didn’t know existed prior to visiting their area.

As you travel this summer or in future years, we wanted to share our list of experiences from East to West and in between that you won’t want to miss!

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Niagara Jet Adventures

While visiting Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, we decided at the last minute to call an audible and experience Niagara Falls, in a day. It was a whirlwind day, but an absolute blast. Niagara Falls was, of course, an incredible sight, and we took the self-guided Cave of the Winds tour, where we were up close and personal with some of the powerful falls. But what really made our day spectacular was the Niagara Jet Adventures ride.

2/22

During our drive to Niagara Falls, we were searching for places of interest and things to do in the area. Niagara Jet Adventures came up in our search and looked like fun. We quickly called and booked ourselves a ride. Although we really didn’t know what we were getting into at the time of booking, we were excited for the adventure. Upon arrival, the place was jamming to rock tunes. Everyone was getting set with life jackets and meeting the captain. You couldn’t help but be amped up with all the excitement and loud music.

3/22

We loaded a magnificent jet boat with a built-in splash zone — one of only three in the world, and Niagara Jet Adventures owns all three. The rock tunes jammed the entire time as we jetted through the water. Our jet boat was jumping waves, doing doughnuts and crushing Class 3 and 5 rapids with ease. The boats are extremely capable, and the captains are equally skilled.

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Our son was 3 years old and had the time of his life! The ride was exhilarating, and it is unbelievable what these jet boats are capable of. Our first experiential activity left us thirsty for more and promising to come back to visit again.

6/22

Ark Encounter

We started our journey in Pennsylvania, then went to Ohio and on to Kentucky. While staying in Wilmington, Ohio, we realized we were relatively close to the Ark Encounter. We immediately made plans to visit as this is the one experiential adventure that was on our bucket list.

7/22

The Ark Encounter is a three-story interactive replica of Noah’s Ark. This immersive museum takes you through how Noah and his family would have actually built the ship, loaded the animals, fed the animals, disposed of waste and survived the 40 days and 40 nights of rain. The experience was incredible! The sights and sounds as you walk through make you feel like you are actually there. And there is an immense amount of information describing Noah’s Ark itself, how it was built (with measurements and materials) and how they built the replica.

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There is also an auditorium for presentations and concerts, a zoo with all sorts of animals and a huge playground for kids to enjoy. Our son was able to feed a camel and pet a kangaroo at the zoo, and he had a blast tearing up the playground before we departed.

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We also suggest catching the educational reptile show, as well as a few live music bands. Plan for a full day. There is so much to see and learn — it’s an experience to give adequate time to for sure!

11/22

Out of Africa

While staying in Camp Verde, Arizona, near Sedona, we often passed signs for an Out of Africa experience. We decided to look it up and found it was a zoo specializing in caring for animals native to Africa. We then talked to a few people who had visited the zoo, and they convinced us it was worth checking out. And they were right!

12/22

Our adventure started out with a bus ride where baby giraffes came to visit, putting their heads through the windows to say hello and snag a few treats from the bus driver. They had bear, lion, tiger, wolf and reptile exhibits. Each day there is a tiger swim/show, and you can even sign up to feed meat through a fence to a tiger! That was the highlight of the day for Kade. He still likes to tell people he fed a tiger, twice! They also had other cool animals, like ringtail lemurs and sloths.

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You can sign up to feed a sloth and/or tiger. The sloth feeding fills up quickly and is a bit costly. However, the tiger feeding was only $5 per feeding. Also, if you happen to visit Out of Africa during your birthday month, they give you a complimentary pass for the day.

15/22

Dig This

It’s funny how our journey has changed our perspective on distance and how far we are now willing to travel to experience something cool. We were in Cedar City, Utah, with a few days to spare and happened to be looking for a fun family activity. Las Vegas was three hours away and not exactly the first place you think about for family activities. But having been before, we know there is more to Las Vegas than the Strip.

16/22

We decided to take a day trip there to visit the Seven Magic Mountains and to surprise our son with a Dig This experience. If there are two things our son loves almost as much as us, it’s monster trucks and construction vehicles.

17/22

Dig This is basically a playground for adults and kids where you can actually drive heavy-duty construction vehicles. We first started taking turns working the smaller-sized excavators with our son. Once he got the hang of operating the joysticks to control the bucket, he was able to pick up and move gravel and larger rocks. He did so well, he got to try to pick up a duck with a hook attached to the bucket. Surprisingly, he did it really well and was able to pick up two ducks! Our instructor was quite impressed.

18/22

Then it was Spencer’s turn, and he went into the large sandbox to give the full-size excavators a try. After some basics on how to operate the machine, he got to dig a big hole, move some dirt around, spin like a top and even pop a wheelie! The skills challenge for the big excavator was picking up a basketball perched on a traffic cone, then dropping it in a tire. Spencer did it on his first try. I’m not sure who had more fun, Spencer or Kade!

 

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Niagara Jet Adventures

While visiting Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, we decided at the last minute to call an audible and experience Niagara Falls, in a day. It was a whirlwind day, but an absolute blast. Niagara Falls was, of course, an incredible sight, and we took the self-guided Cave of the Winds tour, where we were up close and personal with some of the powerful falls. But what really made our day spectacular was the Niagara Jet Adventures ride.

During our drive to Niagara Falls, we were searching for places of interest and things to do in the area. Niagara Jet Adventures came up in our search and looked like fun. We quickly called and booked ourselves a ride. Although we really didn’t know what we were getting into at the time of booking, we were excited for the adventure. Upon arrival, the place was jamming to rock tunes. Everyone was getting set with life jackets and meeting the captain. You couldn’t help but be amped up with all the excitement and loud music.

We loaded a magnificent jet boat with a built-in splash zone — one of only three in the world, and Niagara Jet Adventures owns all three. The rock tunes jammed the entire time as we jetted through the water. Our jet boat was jumping waves, doing doughnuts and crushing Class 3 and 5 rapids with ease. The boats are extremely capable, and the captains are equally skilled.

Our son was 3 years old and had the time of his life! The ride was exhilarating, and it is unbelievable what these jet boats are capable of. Our first experiential activity left us thirsty for more and promising to come back to visit again.

Ark Encounter

We started our journey in Pennsylvania, then went to Ohio and on to Kentucky. While staying in Wilmington, Ohio, we realized we were relatively close to the Ark Encounter. We immediately made plans to visit as this is the one experiential adventure that was on our bucket list.

The Ark Encounter is a three-story interactive replica of Noah’s Ark. This immersive museum takes you through how Noah and his family would have actually built the ship, loaded the animals, fed the animals, disposed of waste and survived the 40 days and 40 nights of rain. The experience was incredible! The sights and sounds as you walk through make you feel like you are actually there. And there is an immense amount of information describing Noah’s Ark itself, how it was built (with measurements and materials) and how they built the replica.

There is also an auditorium for presentations and concerts, a zoo with all sorts of animals and a huge playground for kids to enjoy. Our son was able to feed a camel and pet a kangaroo at the zoo, and he had a blast tearing up the playground before we departed.

We also suggest catching the educational reptile show, as well as a few live music bands. Plan for a full day. There is so much to see and learn — it’s an experience to give adequate time to for sure!

Out of Africa

While staying in Camp Verde, Arizona, near Sedona, we often passed signs for an Out of Africa experience. We decided to look it up and found it was a zoo specializing in caring for animals native to Africa. We then talked to a few people who had visited the zoo, and they convinced us it was worth checking out. And they were right!

Our adventure started out with a bus ride where baby giraffes came to visit, putting their heads through the windows to say hello and snag a few treats from the bus driver. They had bear, lion, tiger, wolf and reptile exhibits. Each day there is a tiger swim/show, and you can even sign up to feed meat through a fence to a tiger! That was the highlight of the day for Kade. He still likes to tell people he fed a tiger, twice! They also had other cool animals, like ringtail lemurs and sloths.

You can sign up to feed a sloth and/or tiger. The sloth feeding fills up quickly and is a bit costly. However, the tiger feeding was only $5 per feeding. Also, if you happen to visit Out of Africa during your birthday month, they give you a complimentary pass for the day.

Dig This

It’s funny how our journey has changed our perspective on distance and how far we are now willing to travel to experience something cool. We were in Cedar City, Utah, with a few days to spare and happened to be looking for a fun family activity. Las Vegas was three hours away and not exactly the first place you think about for family activities. But having been before, we know there is more to Las Vegas than the Strip.

We decided to take a day trip there to visit the Seven Magic Mountains and to surprise our son with a Dig This experience. If there are two things our son loves almost as much as us, it’s monster trucks and construction vehicles.

Dig This is basically a playground for adults and kids where you can actually drive heavy-duty construction vehicles. We first started taking turns working the smaller-sized excavators with our son. Once he got the hang of operating the joysticks to control the bucket, he was able to pick up and move gravel and larger rocks. He did so well, he got to try to pick up a duck with a hook attached to the bucket. Surprisingly, he did it really well and was able to pick up two ducks! Our instructor was quite impressed.

Then it was Spencer’s turn, and he went into the large sandbox to give the full-size excavators a try. After some basics on how to operate the machine, he got to dig a big hole, move some dirt around, spin like a top and even pop a wheelie! The skills challenge for the big excavator was picking up a basketball perched on a traffic cone, then dropping it in a tire. Spencer did it on his first try. I’m not sure who had more fun, Spencer or Kade!

 

If you think these experiences sound like must-dos, then you’ll love some of the other ones we are sharing. Be sure to check out “Amazing Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss: Part 2!”

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