Up in the Air

Kansas City is loaded with options for adventurous souls with no fear of heights. Some of your best bets for a little adrenaline boost include:

KC Wheel

Enjoy one-of-a-kind views of the KC skyline from the comfort of your own private gondola seating up to six people. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer 360-degree views of the city below.

Go Ape

Go Ape Treetop Adventure in Swope Park is an outdoor adventure course featuring five sections of treetop obstacles, each leading you higher into the forest canopy. With 39 unique crossings, a Tarzan swing, and five platform-to-ground zip lines, Go Ape will get you up in the air!


Want to skydive without leaping from a plane? iFly Kansas City will blast you up in the air in their indoor skydiving tunnel. While the scenery may not match a skydiving experience, it's certainly not for the faint of heart! Participants must be at least three years old.


Soar high above the bluffs of the Kansas River on 9 zip lines stretching over 5,800 feet and reaching speeds up to 50 mph! Less than 30 minutes from downtown, ZipKC is a high flying adventure for anyone weighing 70 to 275 pounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 18 years or older.

Rip Cord at Worlds of Fun

While plenty of thrill rides are included with regular park admission, extreme adventurers will want to pay the added fee to ride the RipCord - a Skycoaster attraction that features a 189-foot tethered free-fall. With a minimum height requirement of just 48 inches, even young flyers can accelerate to 60 - 80 miles per hour and achieve the sensation of hang-gliding.

Ironwoods Challenge Course

The Ironwoods Challenge Course is a state-of-the-art team development and recreation facility in the 115-acre Ironwoods Park, located in southern Leawood. The course is open for programs April through October. Programs range from 2-hour recreation climbs to day-long team building programs. Check the website for availability of Fearless Fridays and Cliffhanger Saturday adventures!

Liberty Memorial

For spectacular views with a little less adrenaline, visitors to the National WWI Museum and Memorial can ride the elevator to the top of the Liberty Memorial. The classical Egyptian Revival-style monument was completed in 1926 and the Liberty Memorial was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in front of more than 150,000 people. Admission to the tower is $5, or $2 with General Admission to the museum.

Sky Safari at the Zoo

Ride high above the African Plains on the African Sky Safari. Your toes will dangle just above zebras, ostriches, giraffes and rhinos, and you will land near one of the best chimpanzee exhibits in the world. The journey crosses approximately 1,500 feet at 40 feet above ground and lasts about seven minutes.