7 extreme activities in and around Atlanta for adrenaline seekers

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For the thrill-seekers who are looking to get their blood pumping, Atlanta has plenty of options that are safe yet still give your body that sought-after rush. We’ve highlighted some of the most action-packed activities around the city that will get the adrenaline flowing.

Atlanta Motorsports Park

Atlanta Motorsports Park is a country club for automotive enthusiasts. The park has two race tracks on-site, a 2-mile big track and a Formula 1-style road course with 16 turns and two signature corners. The Kart Track is 0.85 miles long with aggressive turns and the most radical elevation changes of any karting circuit in the world allowing drivers to reach speeds of more than 55 miles per hour.

1 p.m. until dark, Tuesday-Sunday. 10-minute sessions; one session for $35, three sessions for $85, five sessions for $125; 20 Duck Thurmond Road, Dawsonville. 678-381-8527, atlantamotorsportspark.com.

Treetop Quest

Treetop Quest is a family-friendly aerial adventure park that was designed for kid climbers while also being challenging enough for advanced thrill-seekers. With unique rope course obstacles and zip lines that soar 60-feet above the forest floor, this 2.5-hour self-guided treetop adventure will be physically and mentally challenging while maneuvering from tree to tree. Park season is from March 7 through late November or early December, depending on weather and outdoor temperature.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 1, 2019. $19-$49. Gwinnett: 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 404-277-6113. Dunwoody: 2341 Peeler Road, Dunwoody. 770-365-0356, treetopquest.com.

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Whether you're going with friends or taking the kids, the Atlanta area has outdoor adventures you'll want to add to your calendar.

Credit: Courtesy of TreeTop Quest

Whether you're going with friends or taking the kids, the Atlanta area has outdoor adventures you'll want to add to your calendar.

Credit: Courtesy of TreeTop Quest

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Whether you're going with friends or taking the kids, the Atlanta area has outdoor adventures you'll want to add to your calendar.

Credit: Courtesy of TreeTop Quest

Credit: Courtesy of TreeTop Quest

War Games Atlanta

War Games Atlanta is a 5,000-square-foot tactical laser tag facility in Roswell with a “war zone” that looks more like a “Call of Duty” map than a typical laser tag maze. Its popular 6 vs 6 max mission size allows for long-range sniping as well as medium skirmishes all while attempting to complete objectives. Players must reload and use real sights, which adds to the realism of the experience.

Friday: 4-11 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday: Noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday: Private events only from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $25 per person or $250 for a private event. 5130 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. 770-998-6161, wargamesatl.com.

Skydive Atlanta

What will get your adrenaline going more than jumping out of an airplane? Skydive Atlanta has a 15,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-service rigging loft and gear store. From first-time jumpers to someone with 10,000 jumps, stepping through a door at 14,000 feet and hitting 120 miles-per-hour will surely grant thrill seekers their rush.

Saturdays: 8 a.m. to sunset, Sundays 10 a.m. to sunset. $239 for a tandem jump. 2333 Delray Road, Thomaston. 706-647-9701, skydiveatlanta.com.
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Tank Town USA

Ever wanted to drive a tank, crush cars and play in a 40,000-pound construction excavator? Then, we’ve found your playground at Tank Town USA, which claims “nothing is more thrilling than hearing the hood crumple and the glass shatter as you flatten a car with 17 tons of military steel.”

April-December: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday by reservation only. January-March: Saturdays only, weather depending. $15-$599. 10408 Appalachian Highway, Morganton. 706-633-6072, tanktownusa.com.

TreeTop Adventure at Callaway Gardens

TreeTop Adventure at Callaway Gardens has 10 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length and other high-flying challenges woven into the natural forest. The experience spans more than 3,000 feet horizontally and soars up to 70 feet above the forest floor. The base Discovery Course features five zip lines and 20 more challenges including ladders, wires, logs, discs, netting and other suspended surfaces. The add-on Lake Course option features five additional zip lines, including four obstacles and several zip lines that run over the lake. Gardens Admission is required to participate in TreeTop Adventure.

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Sunday. Corse add-ons: $15-$35. 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 855-314-0521, callawaygardens.com.

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TreeTop Adventure has 10 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length and other high-flying challenges woven into the natural forest. Contributed by Callaway Gardens

TreeTop Adventure has 10 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length and other high-flying challenges woven into the natural forest. Contributed by Callaway Gardens

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TreeTop Adventure has 10 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length and other high-flying challenges woven into the natural forest. Contributed by Callaway Gardens

Firearms Training Academy

Firearms Training Academy is the only store on the East Coast with a VirTra Simulator, a use-of-force training simulator that uses professionally trained actors, cutting edge special effects and content produced by subject matter experts to simulate difficult real-world situations, including such as unsuspecting ambushes. Your presence, communication skills training, de-escalation and marksmanship skills directly affect the outcome of the behaviors and outcomes of each scenario. The class is taught by combat veteran Michael Straughan and is utilized by law enforcement agencies from all over Georgia.

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Closed on Monday. 30 minutes: $65 (Limited Instruction), one-hour session: $120 (Limited Instruction), two-hour individual training: $150 per person. 9045 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock. 770- 558-1637, firearmstrainingacademyga.com.