The need to "feel the wind in your hair" is best fulfilled by skydiving, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Blow manes away with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get a tandem skydive from Skydive Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach (a $179 value).
Ground-bound bodies eschew their flightless existence with Skydive Amelia Island’s United States Parachute Association–qualified instructors. Upon completing a ground briefing that includes a crash course in bird dialects, passengers board an aircraft with their instructor and begin the 15-minute ascent to 10,000 feet. Sky senseis fasten themselves to their clients with a secure harness and then leap into the air, nearing speeds of 120 mph in the descent. While free falling, jumpers absorb views of Amelia, St. Mary’s, and Cumberland Islands as well as Fort Clinch State Park, downtown Jacksonville, and the Atlantic Ocean before gently gliding to a stop on the ground.
Skydive Amelia Island
The seasoned jumpers on staff at Skydive Amelia Island have all successfully completed thousands of jumps. The dedicated professionals securely strap themselves to beginning skydivers and plunge from a plane to enter a freefall of up to 120 miles per hour. These experienced skydivers hope their enthusiasm for diving is catching, as one of them says: “The falling is so exhilarating, I just wanted to keep on doing it”.
551 Airport Rd.
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034