In the News: Aerial Adventures
Lake Geneva Mega Ball: One of Only Seven in the United States
If you're an adventure seeker looking for a new adrenaline rush, you don't have to leave Lake Geneva. Aerial Adventures, located on the south end of town, is home to 3 ziplines and one of only seven Mega Balls in the United States!
The Mega Ball, or sometimes called a Zorb, is an 11 foot diameter inflatable sphere where 2 "ballers" are strapped inside and rolled off a 15 foot tall ramp and down a guided 180 foot long path. "If you like rollercoasters, then this is the ride for you." says Jake Martinez of Freeballing USA, who supplies the Mega Balls for Aerial Adventures. "The balls are high quality and safe and brought here all the way from New Zealand."
"It was a crazy experience unlike anything I've done before." says Jack Murphy, one of the Ballers. "And it's hard to believe that this is available right here in Lake Geneva."
In addition to the Mega Balls, Aerial Adventures has 3 ziplines, totalling 1,200 feet of zipping as well as a tall ropes course and a climbing tower. "People come from all over the area to experience these adventures." said Brandon Stevens, of Aerial Adventures. Two ladies, Jackie and Anna, from a Milwaukee Adventure Club came to take on the challenges. "It feels good to come here today and to conquer my fear of heights." said the thrill seeker. "It's an exhilarating feeling taking the leap of faith off the platform. It makes you feel weak in the knees but also makes you want to do it again." added one of the riders.
Aerial Adventures is set on the site of the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Line. Dave Hanley and his son, Mike, purchased a mile long stretch of abandoned "right-of-way" (railroad track and 50 feet of land on either side of the rails) in Lake Geneva in the 1980's. Before the tracks were removed they brought up 43 cabooses, three boxcars and a Pullman car and turned them into a hotel and later sold them as condos. The site is appropriately called the "end of the line."
While the caboose condos occupy the northern portion of the site, the south end was later turned into the Aerial Adventures zipline experience, with a Pullman car as the office. The Hanley's continue to expand their business with no end in sight. Later this month, they will be adding 100 more feet of path for the Mega Balls bringing it to 280 feet and also adding a new thrill ride that is sure to get your adrenaline flowing. Aerial Adventures is open 6 days a week from May through September. (Closed on Tuesdays.) For a fun afternoon, head out to Aerial Adventures!
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