Why would anyone in their right mind jump out of a perfectly good plane? Because they’d have a skydiving master strapped to their back, fastened with a backpack full of two parachutes—that’s why. The rush of excitement that thrill-seekers and comfort zone aficionados alike experience when free-falling through the air is universal. Warm weather is approaching, so you might as well catch a glimpse of the beautiful spring landscape when plummeting down to Earth from over two miles high. Take a look at where to go skydiving in New Jersey at these centers across the Garden State (and beyond) to satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie.
Skydive Sussex – Sussex, NJ
Home to one of the highest skydives in the northeast, Skydive Sussex set a world record in 2017 by hosting the oldest skydiver ever, a 102-year-old! The centenarian, Kenny Meyer of Union, NJ, jumped from over 13,000 feet up! They specialize in tandem skydiving for first-timers and their reviews on Yelp have garnered them a 4.5/5 star rating. March 18 is the earliest day to get in, so make an online reservation 24 hours in advance or give them a call to make short notice and same-day bookings. Situated close to Manhattan and New York City, give this skydiving center a shot to get your feet wet.
New York Tandem Skydiving – West Milford, NJ
New York Tandem Skydiving provides an easy reservation service through their online system, perfect if you’re seeking ease of access. Close to New York City, their Priority Jumper Upgrade includes a quick service check-in, free t-shirt, $10 video coupon, $10 Smoke Shack BBQ Airport Restaurant voucher, and other gifts. The skydiving center is located near the NJ/NY border. The bottom of their website displays excellent reviews and testimonials. New York Tandem Skydiving also provides many discounted rates for early jump times or weekday reservations.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Paramus – Paramus, NJ
The vertical wind tunnel technology of iFLY Indoor Skydiving of Paramus is fascinating. Their website provides a detailed graphic with a helpful description for all of the skeptics out there. iFLY hosts birthdays in their party room for all ages. Indoor skydiving is as simple as a check-in, flight class, gearing up, and taking a leap of faith. Providing a great skydiving alternative for customers in the Paramus area, iFLY also has 40 other locations around the US, including another in King of Prussia. Besides offering a fun atmosphere for corporate and private events, iFLY of Paramus provides a STEM education program that “inspires and educates students through an immersive, educational program where they first learn science and technology, and then actually fly in the wind tunnel.”
Garden State Skydiving – Pittstown, NJ
Garden State Skydiving is the perfect jump for those yearning to catch the beautiful views of New Jersey’s landscape. One customer said it was “The most awesome thing I’ve ever done.” Book now for the upcoming spring season. You’d best hurry, as Garden State Skydiving is so popular they’ve already sold out all of March and nearly half of April. The earliest available reservation date is April 13. The Pittstown skydiving center is 25 minutes from Flemington, NJ and the 20 minute plane ride on the way up to the jump allows jumpers to take in the beautiful views of the expansive Delaware Valley.
Skydive East Coast – West Creek, NJ
Providing ocean views rare for any skydiving center, Skydive East Coast has served close to 3,000 customers. Although it costs only $195 for a jump, if you want more, check out their website for additional photography and videography pricing. They do not provide online booking services, however there is no deposit required either. All of those interested can find their way to the skydiving center by taking the exit on the Garden State Parkway at Mile 58, between Stafford and Little Egg Harbor Township. A free fall overlooking Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Manahawkin Bay, and the endless horizon of the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect gift for your nature loving relatives.
Skydive Cross Keys – Williamstown, NJ
Opened in 1994, Skydive Cross Keys is known for high safety standards and a warm, friendly vibe. They perform event demonstration jumps, free demo jumps at Williamstown, NJ’s 4th of July, Easter festivities, and Santa Claus photos in the winter. This is the perfect skydiving center for birthdays, corporate gatherings, team-building events, and picnics, especially for South Jerseyans. Their planes are named “Romeo” and “Juliet”, so this is only the right place for exhilarating wedding proposals. Those interested in mastering the art and science of skydiving are welcome to participate in their Accelerated Freefall Progression (AFP) Training Program, an advanced skydiving training course. The skydiving center is located 40 minutes from Atlantic City and 30 minutes from Philadelphia.
BONUS: Skydiving Close to New Jersey
Here are four alternative centers to experience your skydiving rush near New Jersey! There are plenty of places to go in southern New York and eastern Pennsylvania.
Long Island Skydiving Center – Shirley, NY
Located 1.5 hours from Newark, Long Island Skydiving Center was established in 2003. They proudly serve jumpers throughout New England, New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. Long Island Skydiving provides a variety of video options for jumpers to choose between, including a 45-second video, 60-second freefall video, or a 4-5 minute full jump video.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Westchester – Yonkers, NY
Can’t get a reservation at iFLY in Paramus? iFLY also has a Yonkers, NY, location in Westchester. It is a wonderful luxury to have an indoor skydiving center on either side of the Hudson River. Now there is no excuse for you to not go for an exciting, simulated jump!
Pegasus Skydive Center – Stroudsburg, PA
Pegasus Skydive Center’s staff has a combined experience of over 50,000 jumps. Their staff have jumped all over the world, but choose to skydive near the beautiful Pocono Mountain region. The views of the region are sublime, so even if you don’t have it in you to jump, Pegasus still provides a flight tour above the Poconos.
Skydive Philadelphia – Perkasie, PA
Great for amateurs and veterans alike, Skydive Philadelphia provides high-quality jumps suitable for both the timid and the adrenaline junkies. Whether you are going for a recreational jump or looking to work with Skydive Philadelphia to organize an event, their safety standards are unmatched.
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