It takes a different kind of person to deliberately seek out the daunting and the unknown. Some just aren’t cut out for it. And yet, there are others who welcome the challenge of the extreme or difficult. Whether it’s great heights or incredible speeds, Kansas City has what you need to get your blood pumping—so prepare yourself for KC’s lively hotspots.

Here are some of the best destinations for active adventurers in KC:

Reach Your Next Summit

Strength and patience are key to facing the challenges at RoKC, rock climbing gym in North Kansas City. Constructed to accommodate both newcomers and experts, take on the bouldering routes in the first climbing room, where paths are color-coordinated, labeled by difficulty and changed on a regular basis.

In Overland Park, intrepid workout enthusiasts will love Monster Mountain, featuring Kansas City's largest climbing wall and more than 5,000 square feet of combined vertical and horizontal climbing challenges. Also in OP is Apex Climbing Gym, featuring ninja warrior obstacles, top-out boulders and even yoga classes. 

Tour Among the Treetops

Zoom through a lush, green forest and soar among the treetops at Zip KC, one of Kansas City’s most thrilling destinations. The 143-acre adventure park in Bonner Springs features nine zip lines from towers up to 65 feet high—and some of the best views found in the KC metro area. 

In Swope ParkGo Ape Treetop Adventure combines a zip line canopy tour with a treetop obstacle course for a totally wild, wholly unique way to experience the outdoors in Kansas City. The obstacle course—which is suspended among the trees—is split into five different sections, each with unique crossings that allow you to swing, zip and step your way to the end, all while secured to a safety harness. 

Take Flight

Float, barrel roll and soar through the air at Overland Park’s iFly Kansas City, an indoor skydiving experience that simulates the feeling of surfing the sky without guests ever having to jump. Fit for fliers of almost any age, iFly is a can’t-miss adventure and an accessible way to earn your flight wings.

For the real deal, look no further than Falcon Skydivers, the only skydiving experience in the metro. 

High Speed

Take turn after turn of high-speed driving action during the eight-minute Richard Petty Driving Experience course run on Kansas Speedway, one of the country's finest NASCAR racetracks. 

Water Rush

Wakeboarding, water skiing and other lake activities make Paola, Kan., a popular destination among adrenaline junkies. Boat or no boat, try out KC Watersports for everything from cable-pulled wakeboarding, private lessons, summer camps and more. 

Other favorite water destinations for sailing and more include Smithville LakeLake Jacomo and Wyandotte County Lake

Mystery Solved

For something a bit milder, try your hand at KC-area escape rooms like River Market's Breakout KC, which requires quick thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of different themed rooms.

Other great escape experiences include special effects-heavy Tick Tock Escape Rooms in Overland Park, The Basement, which features live actors in a spooky scenario, and Escape Room KC in Union Station

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