The Thrill of it All: A Guide to Spectacular Adventure in Sonoma

Photo by @norcalskydiving

By: Cari Ashkin

Thrill-seekers, risk-takers, daredevils and adventurers. No matter your naming preference, it all means one thing — you enjoy the rush from taking part in extreme activities. Lucky for you, Sonoma offers plenty of opportunities for heart-pounding excitement.

Photo by @norcalskydiving


A skydiving adventure awaits in the heart of wine country at NorCal Skydiving in Cloverdale. Take in the views of this beautiful region while experiencing the thrill of free falling from more than two miles up in the hands of an expert, certified instructor. If the rush leaves you wanting more, you’re in luck. You can get 50 percent off a second jump if you book within the next 24 hours after completing your first tandem jump. Visit NorCal Skydiving’s website to book your adventure.

 Zip Line

Soar through the redwoods at high speeds — day or night with Sonoma Canopy Tours. Choose from their three packages for an experience unlike any other.

  • Tree Tops Flight

Fitted in a securely designed harness, reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on the fastest, highest and longest zips. Other elements of the course allow you to savor breathtaking views of the majestic redwood forest at a more leisurely pace.

Photo by @sonomacanopytours

  • Forest Flight

Experience seven zip lines, speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, hand braking, sky bridges and a rappel as you take in the views of the redwoods at 200 feet above the ground. Combine that with an enjoyable educational experience from a great guide, and you’ll be signing up for your next round sooner than you think.

  • Sunset/Night Flights

What possibly could make the Forest Flight Course more enjoyable? Taking it at sunset or night. Zip quietly through the forest and take in the view of the night sky, moon and stars from treetop platforms.


Hot Air Balloon Ride

While hot air ballooning may not seem as intense as the other adventures on this list, the faint of heart would disagree. Experience a bird’s-eye view of wine country’s idyllic landscape from the basket of a hot air balloon as it floats over the rolling hills, mountain peaks, vineyards and ocean views.

Check out these four Sonoma County balloon companies to find the experience right for you.


Biplane Flight

Photo by @VintageAircraftCompany

Strap on a flying helmet, climb up the wing and hop into the front seat of a 1942 open cockpit biplane. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing scenic flight or an aerobatic adventure, Vintage Aircraft Company has it all.

Take in the breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley during a 20-minute Scenic Flight tour or extend the trip to a 40-minute Explorer Flight in the direction of your choice — over wine country, above the rolling hills and pastures to the Pacific Ocean or towards San Francisco. Looking to up the ante? Add aerobatic maneuvers to your Scenic or Explorer flights to experience the thrill of being pulled up into loops, barrel rolls and beyond.


Tweet us at @somethingaboutsonoma with your experience participating in these activities, or share additional opportunities not included on our list.

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