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Celebrate Leap Day literally this year. Or, if you’re an adrenaline junkie and can’t wait the whole four years to get your fix, indulge yourself in these death-defying leaps any old time. Enjoy the ride.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier, New Zealand. Photo: Flying Kiwi Tours – Flickr.

Skydive into Middle Earth. The eight-mile long Fox Glacier near the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to jump out of a plane. Divers get views of the coastline along the Tasman Sea and the snow-topped peaks of the Southern Alps.

Cape Town

Paragliding in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: leyla.a – Flickr

Paraglide in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearby and appropriately named Table Mountain offers a great take-off point. Gliders are treated with views of land and sea, city and mountains.


Verzasca Dam

Bungee jumping off the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland. Photo: Tambako the Jaguar – Flickr

Bungee jump off the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland. Pierce Brosnan did it in Goldeneye, so what’s stopping you? At 720 feet, it’s the country’s fourth tallest dam. It’s so huge that the first time they filled the reservoir, the massive water load caused earthquakes.


Key West, Florida.

Key West, Florida. Photo: James Willamor – Flickr

Go parasailing in Key West, Florida. Enjoy sweeping beach, island and ocean views while you glide. Just make sure you aren’t too weighed down by all thatdelicious Key Lime Pie. Pro tip: Rates are lower in the morning.



Ziplining in Costa Rica. Photo: David Berkowitz – Flickr.

Zipline through the rainforest in Costa Rica, and keep your eyes peeled for monkeys. There are plenty of options for tours, depending on where you are visiting. Try Titi Canopy Tour near Manuel Antonio or Miss Sky near Nosara. Rumor has it Miss Sky is building a tree-top disco at the last stop on its tour.

Stratosphere Hotel

Sky jumping off the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Curtis & Renee – Flickr.

Sky jump from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They call this a “controlled fall,” and some of the more hardcore adrenaline junkies said this doesn’t bring quite the rush of a true free fall. Either way, it’s still pretty cool to look down on Sin City.

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