To expose people to the adventures that the Greater Boston area has to offer, Chris O’Connell, owner of the BRG, has partnered with several other “out-of-the-box” activities which will assist people in knocking a few things off their summer “bucket list.” Businesses that have collaborated are offering discounts, or in some cases, free introduction classes, if they mention the “bucket list” promotion.
From the more laid-back activities such as hot air ballooning and horseback riding, to extreme sports such as mixed martial arts, skateboarding, skydiving, and, of course, rock climbing, those wishing to get more out of their summer need only read on! Follow all the fun on Twitter with #BosBucketList!
Get Rocked: Start the summer off with an “Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing” excursion led by a Boston Rock Gym expert. The class is perfect for those that have never climbed before or have indoor experience only! Experienced instructors will cover all of the basics including tying knots, appropriate climbing gear, proper climbing techniques and rappelling. Courses are available at Quincy Quarries – Quincy, MA, Hammond Park – Brookline, MA and Pawtuckaway – Raymond, NH. Please check out www.bostonrockgym.com for class schedules. Mention the “Boston Bucket List” when booking, and receive the discounted rate of $85-$95 per person depending on location.
Get Riding: Bring out your inner-cowboy at Bobby’s Ranch, a family owned business operating just north of Boston in Westford, MA since 1972. Both beginners and experienced riders alike can enjoy an hour-long western style trail ride along hundreds of acres of conservation land including wooded areas, sand, streams and a pond. Rides take off every hour on the hour from 9:00AM to dusk (closed on Tuesdays and some holidays). Rides are only $30 on weekdays, and $35 per person on weekends and holidays. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (978) 263-7165.
Get Moving: Opt for a mental and physical challenge at the Roshankish Martial Arts Center. Open to the public for the past 20 years, Roshankish Martial Arts Center is Boston’s premiere facility for all areas of combat, and is the only school in the area that has the experience and lineage to equip their students with a complete lineup of MMA offerings. Owner Ali Roshankish and his staff specialize in teaching individuals to fulfill their goals through the study and practice of martial arts including Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and practical self-defense training. This summer, channel the karate kid and take a week of free Krav Maga or Muay Thai classes. Some restrictions do apply. Please call Roshankish Martial Arts at 781-393-8811 and mention “Summer Bucket List” to schedule your first class. For more information on Roshankish Martial Arts visit http://boston-mma.com.
Get Hot: Fly high above southern New Hampshire with High 5 Ballooning, New England’s premier hot air balloon ride company, located a short 45 minute drive north of downtown Boston. From the thrill of liftoff to the last bite of your delicious post-flight picnic, you will be treated to an experience that will leave you with a lifetime memory. Float through the sky on an hour-long aerial adventure and witness breathtaking views of the White Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Boston’s skyline and the beautiful Merrimack River Valley for only $200 per person, the lowest hot air balloon ride cost in New England. Flights are scheduled twice a day at sunrise and sunset (weather permitting). Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations visit High 5 Ballooning at www.high5ballooning.com.
Get Speed: After taking to the air, head out on the sea with Boston Harbor Mini Speed Boats. Learn how to operate your own F-13 mini speed boat, and then take it out on the Boston Harbor for a joy ride! The knowledgeable staff will guide the tour through the Boston Harbor, past the JFK Library and to some of the most scenic views of Boston including the Tea Party Ship & Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution, harbor islands and more all while feeding your need for speed. The hour and a half boat rides depart at various times daily from the India Wharf Marina located next to the Boston Aquarium. Boats seat (2) people and are available at $139.95 per boat. No licenses necessary. Visit http://www.bostonminispeedboats.com for more information.
Get High: Take your summer to new heights at Skydive New England located in Lebanon, Maine, and sign up for a tandem skydive. The experts at Skydive New England will walk you through a training course describing everything from their state-of-the-art gear to their training methods, ensuring that you’re in good hands before the big jump! For only $229 per person, guests can take the ride of their life. Must be 18 and older, and reservations are necessary. Other restrictions do apply. Visit www.skydivenewengland.com or call 1-800-UGO-JUMP for more information!
Get Wet: Take the plunge on a whitewater rafting trip led by Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting located in Maine. Navigate the class III, IV or V rapids on a variety of trips including: Kennebec River, renowned for its breathtaking wilderness setting, exhilarating high-volume whitewater with 6 to 8 foot waves and large holes in rapids that live up to their names like Rock Garden, Big Mama, Whitewasher and the power of the infamous Magic Falls; the Penobscot River, a tough class V river with chutes, drops and large holes that challenge both guide and guest alike in exciting rapids like Exterminator, Cribworks and the huge Nesowdnehunk Falls; or Dead River, a 16-mile stretch of rapids that get bigger and better as the day goes on and provides the most continuous whitewater the northeast has to offer. No matter what trip you choose, opportunities abound and your summer will be off to a rapid start. For more information on tours and trips, please visit www.threeriverswhitewater.com.
Get Deep: Dive into your summer head first at Boston SCUBA, conveniently located inside the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston. Whether you’re planning a future trip or just want to learn how to dive, the team at Boston SCUBA will prepare you in just a few easy sessions with their Open Water Diver Course. The group classes and pool training are offered on weekends, and you’ll earn your certification after completing 4 ocean training dives on their custom dive boat. Mention “the bucket list” and receive your beginner course at a discounted price of $600! After you’ve received your certification, join Boston SCUBA on one of their dive charters, where you’ll explore shipwrecks, rocky underwater ledges and more. For more information and class schedules please visit www.bostonscuba.com.
Get Fly: Fly through the trees this summer on a 3-hour zip line canopy tour in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours at Zoar Outdoor leads adventurers on an aerial trek through the woods by means of 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels suspended in the trees in the northern Berkshires and connected through platforms that sit high above the ground. Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours is the first canopy tour in southern New England. Trips are only $94 per person and include all equipment, guides and a snack. Visit www.deerfieldzipline.com for availability and reservation information! That’s not all, guests that use the promotional term “BUCKET” when making their reservation will get 10% off their zip line trip!
Get Loose: Maneuver through rally driving courses just like the pros at the Team O’Neil Rally School, in Dalton, New Hampshire. For one day, drive the only rally experience offered by Ford Racing and learn the fine art of rally driving in a front-wheel drive, fully safety-equipped Ford Fiesta. After a short classroom session on vehicle dynamics, safety, balance and car control, students will head onto the course to learn left-foot braking, and practice techniques of car control that rally drivers use to slide through corners. End the day experiencing a full “Maximum Attack” rally ride with an instructor at the wheel. This one day Rally Experience is $569 per person from 9:00AM to 3:30PM and students will also receive a $285 credit towards a future 2 day rally school, or full $569 credit towards a 3, 4 or 5 day rally school. For more information and class schedules please visit www.teamoneil.com.