Packing a parachute is not unlike packing a bag lunch: it's a bummer when your mom puts old ham in either one. Leave packing to the experts with this Groupon.
$159 for a Tandem Skydive Jump ($235 Value)
During a tandem jump, USPA– and state-licensed and certified instructors harness themselves to skydivers as they jump out of an aircraft at 10,500–13,500 feet above ground. The half-day adventure starts with one hour of ground training, where instructors explain why arm-flapping does not result in flight and prep patrons for the 45-second freefall, which reaches speeds of roughly 120 mph before the parachute blooms and lets duos coast to the grass of a safe dropzone.
At Skydive Pepperell, USPA– and state-licensed and certified instructors acquaint adventurers with the thrill of riding gravity back to the earth's crust. Skydive Pepperell's private, skydiving-only airport claims more than 60 acres for soaring steel birds at heights of 10,500–13,500 feet above ground. Neophyte fliers, harnessed to professionals for tandem jumps, leap from the belly of a DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter and indulge in trendy cloud diets on their way down to the safe, grassy landing area. Daredevils who thrive on the thrum of adrenaline can enroll in accelerated free-fall training, which drills students in the skills necessary for a solo dive. Jumpers can also purchase a DVD and digital stills that show them soaring through the sky while demonstrating ways to repurpose a parachute into a giant stuffed animal. Meanwhile, spectators watch jumps from the open landing area, confident in Skydive Pepperell's impeccable safety record.