Ah, summer in San Antonio.
The air is thick and stifling hot and the smell of barbecue wafts through Alamo City neighborhoods.
While thousands will beat the heat by cooling off in favorite watering holes, South Texas thrill-seekers may need more than a cold beer and a cool pool to pass the time — like say, plummeting hundreds of feet from a plane.
But in jam-packed San Antonio, the only seemingly life-threatening fun might be at Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new Batman rollercoaster ride.
Now the Texas Hill Country, however, offers a number of opportunities for daredevil-types.
Drive an hour north and you'll find Skydive San Marcos (517 Airfield Rd., (512) 488-2214), which boasts being the only drop zone within 150 miles of Austin and San Antonio.
Skydive San Marcos has operated for three decades and uses several planes, including a Super Cessna Caravan with a capacity for 138 jumpers per hour.
Now, if you're nervous about jumping solo or don't have time for elaborate training requirements, novices can choose a tandem jump with a trained instructor
Weekend pricing is $209 and a mid-week jump costs $199, with slight discounts for students, active military members and veterans. And if you just can't get enough of falling from the sky, $99 gets you a second same-day jump.
Now, maybe thrills are your thing but the idea of diving from high up in Earth's atmosphere is a bit too much.
If that's the case, Wimberly Zipline Adventures (300 Winn Valley Dr., (512) 847-9990) might be a better bet for you.
The attraction has 10 ziplines that take people at a maximum height of more than 100 feet and speeds of 30 mph over canyons, meadows and scenic Hill Country landscapes. The ride will surely trigger your adrenaline glands.
The fun lasts from an hour-and-a-half to two hours and even 10-year-olds (youngest allowed) can join in on the fun.
There are five tours a day during the summer, running at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
But you can't just show up and ride the zipline.
Wimberly Zipline requires a reservation and a $43 deposit. The total cost is $86 per tour and includes bottled water, a guided walking tour, and, of course, everything you need for ziplining across the Hill Country. The deposit is non-refundable unless you cancel a week before your tour.
While Skydive San Marcos and Wimberly Zipline are great for adults, the kiddos need a little exhilaration from time to time, too.
Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., (210) 651-6101) has an awesome 60-foot Canopy Challenge that features obstacles and ziplines. But it also has a course designed for toddlers and young children so no one feels left out of summer thrills.
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