*Pre blog warning, this article is not for the faint hearted – Turn Back Now!
If you see yourself as an adventurous type, then you’re in exactly the right place. With more people buying holidays based on how much they can experience , you’ll become a hero for giving some of these a try – You’ll also be forgiven for side-stepping them.
Here’s my list of the world’s scariest tourist attractions to get those pulses racing..
EdgeWalk CN Tower – Toronto
With culture, shopping and stunning views across Lake Ontario, Toronto is a bustling cosmopolitan city and Canada’s entertainment capital. Toronto is also home to the world’s largest CN tower and now you can experience ‘EdgeWalk’. A mere 1,168ft from the ground and only a harness for safety, this is mind blowing experience that will test you to the very limits.
Helicopter Volcano Bungee Jump – Chile,Villarrica
Described as ‘the indisputable jump of a thousand lifetimes’ this is not just another bungee jump! Soaring 10,000ft above the ground in a helicopter before being dropped into a volcano – Yes that’s right a VOLCANO, and an active one at that!
You’ll end up hanging 233ft from the bubbling lava, and If that wasn’t enough excitement you’ll also transported 35 miles back to base, hanging from the helicopter at 80 mph.
Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California
Phew.. After a couple of height inspired attractions it’s nice to get those feet firmly back on the ground. Nothing scary about a big yellow house created by a woman who went crazy right?..
Following the tragic death of her daughter, Sarah Winchester focused all of her attention on the house and making it so complex, builders had to walk around with a map to navigate. Doors go into walls, walls are secret doors and this creepy place is also haunted.. Think I prefer the volcano bungee jump!
Island Of Dolls – Mexico
Like something directly out of a bad dream, La Isla de las Munecas is a very real place just outside Mexico City. Created by Don Julián Santana’s obsession with keeping spirits away, the man-made island is now a tourist attraction. His cousin Anastasio now lives on the island and claims the dolls come alive at night. That’s me down for a day tour then..
Step Into The Void – French Alps
If you have a fear of heights, then “Step Into the Void” is essentially your nightmare coming to life. The glass box is placed 12,605ft in the French Alps above a 3,280 drop. Described as the ‘tallest attraction in Europe’ you’re asked to don slippers to protect the glass.
Great Blue Hole – Belize
One of the scariest dive sites in the world lies around 2 hours from San Pedro, near Belize. Formed during the last ice age this 300 meters wide, 124 meters deep sinkhole is for the advanced diver only. Made up of karst limestone formations, which over the years, have evolved into ledges that slip away into the darkness.
Submerged caves, multi-coloured stalactites and dark shadows accompany giant groupers, nurse sharks and Caribbean reef sharks, in this glorious, yet frightful natural wonder.
Glacier SkyWalk – Canadian Rockies
Go beyond nature’s edge and immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring experience, in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Explore glaciology from a fully-accessible, cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft above the Sunwapta Valley.
Goliath Roller Coaster – Illinois, USA
Opening in May 2014, the Goliath roller coaster is about as scary as it gets. The ride will gain three world records for wooden roller coasters; it will feature the longest drop at 180 feet, the steepest drop at 85°, and the fastest speed, at 72 miles per hour.
Anyone who’s experienced the sheer terror of a wooden roller coaster will appreciate that this, will be nothing less than terrifying.
The Ghost City of Fengdu – China
Nothing says ‘freak me out’ like a an abandoned ghost town – This 2000 year old tourist attraction is featured along a Yangtze cruise. The ghost city is a place to learn about Chinese ghost culture, the afterlife, and to see what the Chinese would call a “model of hell.”
If you’re still reading and not cowered to the back of a sofa, or under the office desk, then I’d love to know about your own scary attraction experiences. I’m off to write a blog on cute fluffy animals now so I can sleep easy tonight.