20 Adrenaline-Packed Ways to Play in the South – Part 1

If you’re looking for adventure in the South, you’ve come to the right place. From scuba to zip-lining, gun ranges to ATV parks, there are plenty of places to get up, get active, and get the blood flowing. 

Exploring new places is always a rush, and there’s a whole different world that exists under the sea. You just have to stay under water long enough to observe it, which is where scuba comes in. Scooba Shack in Richmond Hill, Georgia, can help you discover that underwater world with scuba courses for everyone from beginners to more advanced divers looking for adventure. Check them out at scoobashack.com.

Few things combine an opportunity to exercise with a commitment to party quite like rugby. It’s often said that drinking teams have rugby problems, and the Savannah Shamrocks used to fit that tongue-in-cheek description, but club president Matthew Midgett said the team’s competitiveness has caught up to its ability to throw a party in recent years. “Both the men’s and women’s teams still pride themselves on hosting a good party after the game, whether we win or lose,” Midgett said. They’re always looking for folks who want to join the party, too. Both the men’s and women’s teams welcome new players to come out – with a mouthguard and cleats – to practice at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hubert Middle School in Savannah and see if rugby is their stein of beer. Midgett said the sport attracts all types, and there’s a role for every body type, from the big bruisers in the scrum to the speedy backs, and the only requirement is a willingness to play an aggressive contact sport.  

3. Zip through the Lowcountry
When you think about the ultimate locales for ziplining, the mind usually drifts to mountainous regions, historical landmarks, or jungle canopies. But adrenaline-seekers can get the same exhilarating experience soaring above the treetops of the Lowcountry at ZipLine Hilton Head. The attraction’s two-hour canopy tour sends visitors flying across eight ziplines as high as 75 feet off the ground, across two suspended sky bridges, up an aerial sky staircase, and on a race across the 900-foot dual zipline finale. The company also offers a two-hour Aerial Adventure ropes course featuring six different challenging courses of varying difficulty levels. Find out more and book your tickets at ziplinehiltonhead.com.

The Georgia coast isn’t known for the kind of wicked waves found on the West Coast or in Hawaii, but you can catch some decent surf off Tybee Island or St. Simons Island, especially when a storm is roiling out at sea. You might get a little more of an adrenaline burst than you bargained for, though, because it’s common to see a shark fin pop out of the water. Check out tybeesurfschool.net for the local surf report or to sign up for lessons to learn how to hang 10.

5. Surf kayaking
Maybe you’ve been on a kayak tour that consisted of a slow paddle through calm waters, a chance to connect with your natural surroundings in a peaceful setting. There’s another side of kayaking that can provide a wholly different experience for the adventure-seeker.  Nigel and Kristin Law at Savannah Canoe and Kayak have been leading instruction and tours on the Georgia coast since 2003, going beyond the traditional sightseeing trips to help adrenaline junkies get their fix. Their surf kayaking classes cater from everyone to beginners to experienced paddlers looking to work on their rolling technique to stay in their boat and keep moving in rough surf. If you’re ready to venture into choppier waters on your next kayak trip and learn to ride the tide, head over to savannahcanoeandkayak.com.

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