Attention thrill seekers! Here in Texas we do things BIG -- including our thrills. From making a splash at one of America's largest water parks to soaring through the tree tops in the Pineywoods, this list is sure to fulfill the adrenaline junkie in all of us.
San Antonio, Texas
1. Wave Breaker, SeaWorld
After construction was completed in 2017, Wave Breaker became SeaWorld’s newest attraction. This ride is the first of its kind. The jet-ski style cars on this coaster jet you out over the water through twists and turns. With a drop higher than 60 feet, this thrill is one that will excite the whole family.
Height Requirement: 48″
2. Bungee Jump, Zero Gravity Thrill Park
Bungee Jumping in the heart of DFW?? It’s true! Zero Gravity opened in 1992 and sends thrill seekers free-falling from a seven story Air Boingo tower — a platform designed specifically for bungee. This thrill park offers five exhilarating attractions.
Weight Requirement: 80-240lbs.
New York, Texas
3. Texas Zipline Adventure
Soar through the treetops in the Pineywoods of East Texas! The Texas Zipline Adventure in New York, Texas offers an exciting thrill with a beautiful view. After choosing the six or nine line course, you’ll jump off the back porch of the Schultz estate and be zipping your way through thousands of feet of hills and over the gorgeous lake on the grounds.
Age Requirement: 5+
Port Aransas, Texas
4. Parasailing, Chute ‘Em Up
Feel the wind and the waves on the Texas Gulf Coast! This parasailing adventure is sure to excite you. You’ll soar 200-300 feet above the water, passing sites like Aransas Pass Lighthouse and the USS Worthington Shipwreck.
Age Requirement: 7+
5. Cliff Jumping, Jacob’s Well Natural Area
From May 1st to October 1st, you can swim in the 68° waters of Jacob’s Well. This nature reserve — purchased by Hays County in 2010 — is located in the quiet hill country of Central Texas. For generations, this swimming hole has been a destination for families and has been known as a popular diving spot for high stakes thrill seekers. But with no lifeguard on duty, this is a jump-at-your-own-risk destination.
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6. Ghost Tours and B&B, The Carriage House
Spend a weekend in a historic bed and breakfast like The Carriage House and fulfill your need for excitement on a late night adventure. From the ghost train to walking tours, there’s always something spooky happening in Jefferson. The locals welcome the friendly spirits who are thought to still roam the streets and homes of historic Jefferson like they have for generations.
7. The World’s Largest Loop Coaster, Six Flags Over Texas
The newest Six Flags attraction just opened in Texas and The East Texas Weekend had the chance to preview El Diablo! The ride is 100 feet tall and send riders back and forth, propelling them head over heels through a series of 360° revolutions. This exciting addition to the already-thrilling Six Flags collection is just another reason thrill seekers are flocking to Texas.
Height Requirement: 48″
San Antonio, Texas
8. Skies of Texas 4-D Theater Ride, Tower of the Americas
A thrill for the whole family, this 4-D movie experience is like no other! You’ll fly over the sites Texas has to offer all while inside The Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio. This thrill is a sophisticated ride that will give you a unique look at sites such as the NASA Space Shuttle and The Alamo.
New Braunfels, Texas
9. SkyCoaster, Schlitterbahn
This attraction combines skydiving with hang-gliding in an exciting flight over the third largest water park in America. SkyCoaster is just one of over 50 innovative and exciting thrills that set Schlitterbahn apart from other water parks.
Height Requirement: 42″
10. Jump Out of a Plane, Skydive East Texas
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to fly? Well you can do just that right here in East Texas! The team at Skydive East Texas has 15 years of experience and they are licensed and highly trained.
Age Requirements: Must be 18 years or older to skydive.
Weight Requirements: 215 lbs for men. 180 lbs for women.
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