Adventure Activities in Seattle -- Try if You Dare
1. Go for a (nose) dive
If the idea of plummeting through clouds and spinning around in the Seattle sky makes you queasy, then an aerobatic plane ride with pilot Bruce Williams is not right for you. But if you're feeling adventurous, sign up for a joy ride with this Seattle resident for a daring trip thousands of miles above ground. Bruce Williams, owner of BruceAir, will fly you around in his Extra 300L high-performance aerobatic plane for forty-five minutes, offering you amazing views of the city skyscrapers, glistening Lake Washington and breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls from the cockpit. Even if your stomach churns as you loop, roll, tumble and twist through the air, rest assured that you are in good hands. Williams specializes in aerobatic flight and has over thirty years of experience. Like other outdoor activities in Seattle, flights are scheduled based on the time of year and the weather.
From May to September, you can experience a thrilling BruceAir plane ride from Boeing Field in downtown Seattle. Visit his website to schedule a flight...if you dare!
Boeing Field, 7001 Perimeter Road, Seattle, WA 98101
2. Eat a 12-egg omelet
Very few people have the guts (or the stomach) to eat a 12-egg omelet in one sitting. The Southwestern Exposure omelet at Beth's Café has made national headlines on the Travel Channel's hit show, Man v. Food. Adam Richman, daring host and food fanatic, challenged a local Seattleite to an eating contest at Beth's Café in December 2008, featuring the famous 12-egg omelet dish, complete with beef brisket chili, tomato salsa, a ladle full of sour cream, and massive amounts of shredded cheese. Weighing in at an impressive five pounds, the omelet is served on a pizza tray because normal plates simply can't handle this super-sized meal. Anyone who eats the entire meal in one sitting earns bragging rights for life, yet neither Richman nor the local Seattleite was able to polish off their plate.
Beth's Café also offers the Northwestern Exposure, an omelet with smoked salmon, green onions and cream cheese. Another popular choice for anyone craving a 12-egg omelet is the Triple Bypass, compete with bacon, sausage, ham, double Swiss cheese and double American cheese.
Like any true diner, Beth's is open 24 hours a day, every day, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Omelets come with all-you-can-eat hash browns and toast for prices ranging between $15.75 and $19.50. If you're just not up for eating a dozen eggs, Beth's omelets also come in six-egg sizes.
Beth's Café, 7311 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103, 206-782-5588
3. Go racing
When my relations visited me in Seattle, I wanted to surprise them with an afternoon of family adventure at the K1 Speedway in Redmond. Little did I know that indoor kart racing is a sport that K1 Speed takes seriously -- the 20 horsepower engines in the karts can reach up to 40 miles per hour! We drove the environmentally friendly European electric karts on a 1/5 mile etched concrete track with seven hairpin turns.
All drivers must undergo a safety briefing and wear heavy-duty helmets in case of an accident. Drivers must pay a $5.95 fee for a racing license that is valid for a year, in addition to the $20 fee for a 14-lap race that usually lasts about 20 minutes. Satisfy your need for speed and your taste for adventure activities at K1 Speed in Redmond.
K1 Speedway, 2207 NE Bel-Red Road, Seattle, WA, 425-455-9999
Hours: Mon-Thu noon-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-7PM
4. Kiss a giraffe
Time for a family adventure in Seattle -- but germ-a-phoebes should beware. The Woodland Park Zoo offers daily giraffe feedings from May to September, and there is no guarantee that the hungry giraffes won't want to give you a smooch with their black, thick tongues. Some unsuspecting children get the surprise of their lives as the giraffes get a little too friendly during the meal. Giraffe feedings at the zoo take place every day during the summer at 10AM and 2:30PM, and visitors can experience these majestic animals up close and personal in the African Savannah section of the zoo. From an elevated platform, adventurous guests offer leafy twigs to the towering giraffes. If you dare to feed a giraffe, the cost is $5.
The Woodland Park Zoo is located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in northern Seattle. The zoo owns 92 acres and over 300 different animal species. During the summer, tickets cost $16.50 for adults and $11.00 for children aged 3 to 12.
Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, 206-548-2500
Hours: May 1-September 30 9:30AM-6PM daily, October 1-April 30 9:30AM-4PM daily
5. Bike in the nude
Ever considered going for a clothing-optional bike ride through the city streets? Want to try it covered in body paint from head to toe? You can with the Solstice Cyclists in one of the most popular outdoor adventure activities in Seattle. Also known as the Painted Cyclists, these colorful streakers on wheels celebrate the start of the Summer Solstice Parade, an annual event organized by the Fremont Arts Council. The parade always occurs on the third Saturday in June, and the Solstice Cyclists ride the parade route for about an hour. Although clothing is optional, most people simply go topless or wear nude-colored undergarments. Because the cyclists are an unofficial part of the parade, anyone can join in a body painting party before the parade starts.
The pre-parade party runs from 7AM to 11AM at Hale's Ale (4301 Leary Way NW). All riders are expected to wear helmets in compliance with safety laws.
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