The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Safely freefall without a burdensome apparatus with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a five-minute flight and T-shirt at Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving, located at the Niagara Freefall & Interactive Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario (a $141.25 value, including HST).
Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving straps thrill seekers into its environmentally controlled indoor vertical wind tunnel for an adrenaline rush akin only to skydiving. This trip to zero Gs begins with a 25-minute preflight training that maps out safety, flight-suit assemblage, and beloved Smothers Brothers routines. Niagara Freefall's five-minute flight elevates air walkers in an air chamber sprawling 20 feet high and 12 feet wide as it faithfully mimics pulling a ripcord and hopping from a plane. As the 140 mph wind speeds gently blast your body for 300 earth-defying seconds, place yourself into the mindset of a flying squirrel or attempt to mime eating a banana. The wind tunnel's padded walls and floors ensure safety as a professional instructor monitors all activity. Up to five people may participate in a group, providing the ideal excuse to get matching Jackson 5 tattoos after the exhilarating plummet.
Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center
The 12-foot-wide vertical wind tunnel at Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center stretches 20 feet to the ceiling. Inside, it churns with currents of recirculating air—a system that allows its operators to control the wind conditions and temperature regardless of outside weather. Padded walls and floors, as well as trained instructors, keep those inside safe as they're borne aloft by currents of up to 120 miles per hour. Instructors prepare adventurers—who may be as young as 7 years old—for these turbulent conditions during preflight training sessions, during which they divulge flight physics, safety, and communication hand signals. They also encase their visitors in all necessary safety gear, such as helmets, pads, flight suits, and invisible force fields.