Skydiving in any state is a real head rush, but skydiving in Rhode Island will get your blood pumping and your heart racing while giving you a totally new perspective on the beautiful New England landscape. Adrenaline junkies and those looking to add a little adventure to their leisure time put sky diving high up on their list of things to do before they die, and Rhode Island’s skydiving facilities are centrally located to much of New England’s major metropolitan areas, making them a great choice for adventure seeking residents of Connecticut and Massachusetts as well. Other interesting attractions in the state and top-notch accommodations bring in tons of tourists each year, so if you’re planning a trip to Rhode Island in the near future, consider adding one of these great skydiving facilities to your travel to-do list. For a small state, Rhode Island is big on skydiving options, with several convenient locations from which you can choose. Here are some great Rhode Island skydiving facilities to consider “dropping in” on the next time you’re in the Ocean State.
Opened in 1999, Skydive Newport has over a decade of business under its belt, plus its founder Marc Tripari has over 20 years of experience with both solo and tandem jumps. Located at the Newport State Airport in Middletown, Rhode Island, just a few miles from the shops and restaurants of downtown Newport and the beautiful beaches for which the city is famous, when you take the leap with Skydive Newport you’ll enjoy more than just a thrill ride, you’ll also take in the spectacular coastal views that have drawn admirers to this spot for over a century. The season runs from April to mid-October, and Skydive Newport is open from 9 am until sunset every day of the week during that period. The current cost for a tandem jump runs about $225.00 per person, although that’s subject to change based on aviation fuel prices, with discounts given to groups, military personnel, students, and those who pay with cash versus a credit card. Bring one or the other; Skydive Newport doesn’t take checks! You can also purchase a video of your jump for an additional $95.00 or a still photo for $25.00. They start taking reservations on February 1st and won’t charge you if your jump is cancelled due to inclement weather. Check them out at SkydiveNewport.com or call 877-SCENIC-DZ.
A mere 10 minutes from downtown Providence and only 30 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, the newly opened Boston Skydive Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island is a more convenient choice for residents in northern Rhode Island or the southern Massachusetts area. Co-owned by Dean O’Flaherty and founder of Skydive Newport Marc Tripari, you’ll have the benefit of their combined 58 years of experience behind your first jump. Don’t expect to be treated like a number at Boston Skydive Center; they pride themselves on providing exceptional levels of both safety and friendly customer service. Enjoy a brief training session, then hop into a Cessna 182 for a scenic plane ride to 10,000 feet. Tandem jump into a 120 mph freefall and a five-minute parachute ride back to solid ground. Prices and hours are the same as those of Skydive Newport. Boston Skydive Center is now taking reservations for next year’s season, which starts May 1st and continues through Mid-October; visit them at BostonSkydiveCenter.com or give the a call at 508-SKY-DIVE.
Done in conjunction with Skydiving Boston, Warwick Skydiving offers yet another opportunity to get an exhilarating jump and a bird’s eye view of the beautiful New England landscape. Located right in central Rhode Island, Warwick Skydiving gives you the option of either tandem skydiving or more advanced accelerated freefall training. The training program consists of seven stages of education to give you the experience necessary to become a qualified and certified skydiver, and the tandem skydiving is available all year long, seven days a weeks. To learn more about pricing or to make reservations, call them at 800-290-5653. Gift certificates are also available.
Though not actually located in Rhode Island, residents on the east side of the Ocean State may want to check out the more conveniently located Fun Skydiving in northern Connecticut, a small skydiving facility that gives you individualized attention. Bring along some spectators and take advantage of their barbecue grills, picnic area, and indoor lounge to make a day of it. Tandem jump classes are available seven days a week from April to October, and begin every hour starting at 8 am and continuing until sunset. Prices for tandem jumps are $209.00 per person Monday through Friday, $21.00 on Saturday and Sunday. Videos and still photos are available for an additional fee. Fun Skydiving also offers an accelerated free fall program. Call them at 800-SKY-DIVE for details, reservations, and gift certificates.