By Kena Sosa

These days it feels like we are all living on the edge, running on empty and neglecting some of the greater joys in life in lieu of responsibility and getting ahead. Well, friends, that Bucket List is not getting any shorter. If anything, it grows longer as we let experiences pass us by. Take some time this year to shorten that list locally and soon.

Team Texas High Performance Driving School
15468 FM 156 S.
Justin, TX 76247
(940) 648-1043
www.teamtexas.com

Countless people have expressed the need for speed on their bucket list. An easy way to check this off is by signing up for race car driving school. Just a short drive from the city, Team Texas High Performance Driving School is waiting to take you on the ride of your life. For those who don’t want to be behind the wheel, passenger packages or a racing limo drive are also options. Eager speeders, however, can get a half an hour of instruction and training before being put into an authentic NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car and put the medal to the metal. An instructor will be along for the ride for safety and encouragement, as well as passing strategies, to make these ten laps the story you will tell your grandchildren about.

Zero Gravity Thrill Park
11131 Malibu Drive
Dallas, Texas 75229
(972) 484-8359
www.gojump.com

What bucket list would be complete without bungee jumping? Bungee jumping, possibly the most quick and easy thrill ride at Zero Gravity Thrill Park, is only one of the many heart-stopping experiences that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Tickets for rides can be bought individually or with combo packages to ensure a variety of ways to make your heart skip beats including Free Fall, Nothing But Net, and the Skycoaster. This is a bucket list stop meant to be photographed and taped for friends and family to see. Good thing that’s an option here too. Make that giant leap to Zero Gravity Thrill Park and shorten that bucket list.

Seaquest Aquarium Fort Worth
1974 Green Oaks Road
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(682) 235-5752
www.seaquestaquariums.com/fortworth

Coming this fall to Fort Worth, the Seaquest Aquarium makes interacting with the ocean’s creatures possible and close to home. With opportunities to interact and feed the most docile of fish to sharks, this aquarium has so many bucket list scratch-offs, it seems nearly impossible. One favorite, that will likely need to be booked in advance will be snorkeling with the stingrays, something one would normally need to travel to the Caribbean to encounter. Thank you, Seaquest Aquarium for bringing these jaw-dropping bucket list items to North Texas.

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Cavanaugh Flight Museum-Warbird Rides
4572 Claire Chennault
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 380-8800
www.cavflight.org

Flying has become part of life for many global citizens. However, flying in a warbird plane is entirely different and something few get the chance to experience. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison makes this dream a reality. Dependent on weather and availability, guests who book in advance can fly in a Stearman biplane, a TravelAir 4000 or even a North American B-25H Mitchel Barbie IIII. Rides last for about half an hour. Experienced pilots with exceptional safety records should take the edge off this thrilling flight and make it an open air dream ride through the clouds.

Skydive Spaceland Dallas
1039 Private Road 438
Whitewright, TX 75491
(903) 364-5103
https://dallas.skydivespaceland.com

Last but not least, almost everyone’s bucket list has skydiving scribbled somewhere on it. Many have thought it, but few dare to jump. At Skydive Spaceland Dallas, the ordeal is made safe and easy by safety equipment, professional instructors and soft landings. If you find the courage to make the jump, make sure to get the souvenir video to remind yourself of your courage and just to see what your face looks like with wind speeds of 120 mph. You won’t regret it.

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