A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you'll feel enriched and uplifted the instant you're warmly welcomed by our smart, savvy locals. And beyond, you'll get a thrill and a confidence boost by taking in these adrenaline-pumping experiences. After you take these on, yes, bragging is encouraged.
Set within beautiful Blue Jay Point County Park, Go Ape is minutes from I-540 and just outside downtown Raleigh. More than just a canopy tour, the course is made up of rope ladders, Tarzan swings and zip lines. Suit up in athletic gear and prepare for two-to-three hours of adrenaline-filled fun in the trees. Insider tip: bring a pair of gloves as the ropes can be rough on some hands.
Rush Hour Karting
Hone your racing skills at speeds of nearly 40 mph in a state-of-the-art adult indoor go-kart track. Try to beat your own best time or challenge others in fast, competitive racing sessions to see who earns the right to be called "champion." Off the track, Rush Hour Karting offers a sports bar vibe and a full bar menu and beer and wine (after the racing, of course).
Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex
Founded by BMX pro rider Daniel Dhers, the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex is the largest family-oriented, year-round, BMX, mountain biking and skateboarding training facility in the world. Located in Holly Springs, the 34,000-square-foot complex has an indoor and and outdoor park (great for night riding) featuring a beginner's area, street plaza, pump track, box jump, foam pit—and that's just half of it. (Hint: plan an adrenaline rush-filled weekend and travel smart with Hampton Inn & Suites Holly Springs's Discounted Rider Rate deal.)
Triangle Rock Club
With two area facilities (Morrisville and North Raleigh), including the highest climbing wall in a five-state radius, Triangle Rock Club is a top spot for visitors looking to conquer fears and reach their full potential. Be on the lookout for managing partner and Raleigh passionate mind Joel Graybeal when you're onsite—he knows a thing or two about heights, starting his career as a rocket scientist working for The Pentagon.
Want more? Check out our complete list of action sports in Raleigh, N.C., here.
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