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Tired of the Same Old Island Vacay? Plan a Key West Extreme Adventure

Seek new heights on an aerial skydiving trip in the Florida Keys. (Photo: Alamy)

There’s more to a Key West island getaway than lounging on the beach or at a pool, frozen drink in hand. Of course, if that’s your speed, by all means, roll with it. But if you’re looking for experiences with a heart-pounding twist — 20,000-foot free fall, anyone? — consider one of these epic Key West adventures.

Get Out on the Open Water

Key West is obviously an island, so it stands to reason that you’ll want to hit the open seas for a wet and wild adventure. You’ll have your pick of adventure outfitters offering parasailing, snorkeling, and jet skiing trips. Fury Water Adventures is one of the island’s biggest tour operators.

Can’t decide which adventure to join? Try them all on one of Fury’s full-day package tours.

On the Ultimate Adventure, you’ll snorkel a reef, zip around on jet skis, soar to new heights parasailing, and splash around at a mini water park.

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Leave your fear of heights at home on a parasailing adventure off of Key West. (Photo: Alamy)

Experience the Thrill of a Free Fall

Not afraid of heights … or excessive speed? You’ll take in gorgeous views of the Keys while flying through the air at speeds of 120 mph when you take the leap with Skydive Key West.

You’ll have time to absorb the views of the Atlantic Ocean and reef below on your tandem jump. Even if you’ve never skydived before, no worries.

The outfitter offers a briefing before you take the plunge with your instructor. You’ll zoom through the sky at crazy speeds before your parachute opens, leaving you on a peaceful, five to seven-minute return to Earth. Keep an eye out for dolphins, water birds, and Seven Mile Bridge in the distance.

Test Your Bravery on a Shark Tour

If you’re looking for a unique adventure and fear of toothy beasts isn’t a factor, book a shark tour. You’ll relax in the comfort of a 34-foot catamaran that’s caged around all sides for your safety.

On the Key West Extreme Adventure 2-hour tour, you’ll hang with local wildlife experts and view sharks while cruising through backcountry waters of Key West.

Your captains have more than 40 combined years of experience traversing the local waterways, and offer insights and tips for wildlife spotting.