Indoor Skydiving in the USA

Vertical Wind Tunnels by Name, Type, and Location

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The U.S. boasts the cheapest, most plentiful skydiving in the world. Unsurprisingly, it’s also home to the largest number of vertical wind tunnels. The facilities listed below are commercial—nonmilitary—locations where enthusiasts can hone their skydiving skills indoors. They are permanent structures, as opposed to pop-up, mobile versions that move around to events and rental locations. The slides give the closest major cities and attractions near each tunnel as well as the tunnel type, size (in diameter), circulation method, and airflow style.

iFLY, which was founded in 1998 as SkyVenture, LLC, and opened its first wind tunnel in 1999, says that it gives customers "wings" in a safe and reliable environment, adding that:

"Once we developed the technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber, we knew we could offer an incredibly realistic and safe indoor skydiving experience."

The Austin location, which has ​an indoor, 14-foot-diameter tunnel that features recirculating, wall-to-wall airflow, powered by a 1,600-horsepower engine, is close to Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Plano, Oklahoma City, Rosharon, and Skydive Spaceland. More »

iFly has 37 locations wordwide—including this one in Naperville in the Chicago area—and others throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia. As in Austin, the Chicago location has an indoor, 14-foot-diameter tunnel that features recirculating, wall-to-wall airflow, powered by a 1,600-horsepower engine. The facility is close to Aurora/Joliet (West Chicago). More »

You can go Hollywood at the iFly's Universal Citywalk's facility where the company says you can:

"... fly without the dangers, costs, or restrictions. Soar to new heights with a truly unique flight experience at Universal CityWalk."

If the words sound a by hype-driven, consider that you don't use a parachute when "skydiving" indoors. You simply step into the tunnel and seemingly float on air, as the forced air keeps you aloft. The facility is close to Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Malibu, Disneyland, Anaheim, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Bakersfield, and Long Beach. More »

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, which in 1982 opened the country's first indoor, vertical wind tunnels in Las Vegas as well as this one in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offers an indoor tunnel with padded walls and central airflow. As the company describes it:

"Indoor skydiving can give you the experience of flying without the fear of jumping from a plane or falling out of the sky. At Flyaway, ... you can break the bonds of gravity and fly."

The Tennessee facility is close to Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Birmingham, Louisville, and Cincinnati. More »

Paraclete XP SkyVenture, in Raeford, North Carolina, operates America’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel—16 feet 5 inches in diameter and 53 feet tall. If you are a first-time flyer, your initial jumps will be one-on-one with an instructor. The facility also has a 360-degree observation area, where friends and family can observe you as you take flight. The facility is near Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, Cape Fear, and Virginia Beach More »

SkyVenture Arizona, which is close to Phoenix, Tucson, Skydive Arizona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, and Chandler, promises to:

"... immerse visitors in the world of high adventure skydiving without ever having to jump out of an airplane or use a parachute."

The company pairs instructors and coaches with anyone from beginners to experienced divers. A skydive in the wind tunnel lasts about one minute, says SkyVenture, adding that: "Every minute in the tunnel is equal to the free-fall time of one skydive." SkyVenture says that you can learn various flying positions as well as advanced aerobatic skills at its tunnel, which measures 14 feet in diameter, and provides non-recirculating, wall-to-wall airflow to keep you aloft. More »

Another iFly indoor skydiving facility, this 12-foot-diameter wind tunnel in Lone Tree, Colorado (in the Denver area), is a bit smaller than many other similar U.S. facilities, but it does offer recirculating, wall-to-wall airflow. In addition to Denver, iFLY Lone Tree is close to Mile High, Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, and the Rocky Mountains. More »

SkyVenture in Nashua, a New Hampshire town about an hour drive north of Boston, boasts a 12-foot-diameter wind tunnel with recirculating, wall-to-wall airflow. According to the company's website, you can "fly" as long as you:

  • Do not weigh more than 250 pounds
  • Are at least 3 years of age and fit in the company's gear
  • Are not pregnant
  • Have not suffered a shoulder dislocation or injury
  • Are not under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs
  • Are not wearing a hard cast
  • Sign a waiver to participate at SkyVenture New Hampshire

In addition to Boston, the facility is near Manchester, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Washington D.C., Providence, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlantic City. More »

SkyVenture, a  12-foot-diameter, 96-foot-tall wind tunnel with non-recirculating and wall-to-wall airflow, is located in Perris, a Southern California city about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. SkyVenture offers sessions ranging from four minutes for beginners up to 30 to 60 minutes for expert tunnel jumpers.

SkyVenture is also very well known to aficionados from all over Southern California for its outdoor skydiving. Indeed, the company offers a Sensory Overload, which includes two minutes of wind tunnel time and a tandem jump from an airplane. That's a real airplane, not hologram image created in the wind tunnel. The facility is close to Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Chino, San Diego, Palm Springs, Temecula, Ontario, La Jolla, Barstow, Victorville, and Lake Elsinore. More »

If you're going to skydive indoors, do it Las Vegas, the city that housed the first such wind tunnel in the nation. Vegas Indoor Skydiving features a wind tunnel that includes padded walls and central airflow. The airflow in the wind tunnel is powered by a 1,000 horsepower motor that, according to the company:

"... keeps you soaring through air in America’s original indoor skydiving facility. The propeller turns on and the air begins to flow. You’re floating, flying, free falling through the air with wind speeds up to 120 mph."

The Vegas facility is near Flagstaff, Lake Havasu, Henderson, and Mesquite. More »