There are numerous ways to satisfy your thrill seeking and adventure urges in Washington, D.C. You can go to trapeze school, zip lining, whitewater rafting and even skydiving. While you can’t actually skydive from a plane above downtown, you can go a little outside of town to get the full experience. From a plane or through a simulator, these are the best places for skydiving in D.C.
Skydive Delmarva
32524 Aero Drive
Laurel, DE 19956
(302) 875-3540

Jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet in the air can be nerve-racking for even the most courageous person. So it’s nice when someone can be there to calm you down and make you feel at ease. At Skydive Delmarva, you will find a professional and knowledgeable team eager to make your dive a memorable experience. Whether it’s your first tandem jump or you are ready for your own parachute, you will have a blast.

Skydive Capitol City
9272 Green Meadows Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
(952) 466-6004

Warrenton Airpark is home to a few different skydiving companies as the closest area for skydiving near the city. Skydive Capitol City is one of the best companies utilizing the airpark. With thousands of jumps under their belts, and a Guinness World Record for most tandem jumps in 24 hours, the owners of the company are experts about skydiving. You are in incredibly experienced hands with them, and may even catch the skydiving bug yourself.

Skydive Baltimore
3536 Aldino Road, Suite A
Churchville, MD 21028
(410) 734-4888

A little far north from Baltimore, Skydive Baltimore is worth the drive up just for the views of Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay during the jump. You will want to get back up in the air as soon as possible. They are open seven days a week, so you can go whenever you have time. And if you don’t want to drive, they offer free pick up and return to the Amtrak station.

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DC Skydiving Center
9272 Green Meadows Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
(202) 509-0799

Two miles above Washington, D.C. can be your starting point if you want to take the leap. D.C. Skydiving Center offers jumps from up to two miles above ground, with a freefall that lasts almost a full minute. That may sound scary, but the team at the center are highly qualified with a few members have decades of experience. They make sure you are fully prepared for the jump, and that you have fun. You’ll end up having a favorite instructor. Face your fears and take the leap.

Skydive Orange
11339 Bloomsbury Road
Orange, VA 23451
(703) 759-3483

Since 1977, Skydive Orange has been giving thrill-seekers a place to jump from new heights. You will jump from nearly 14,000 feet in the air, and they will gladly show you the altimeter to prove it. While they are proud of the altitude they offer for their jumps, they are also proud to continue teaching and supporting divers. They offer programs for first-timers and for divers looking to continue their training. Their integrated student program is even recommended by the United States Parachute Association. This is a local skydiving venue that truly cares about skydiving and skydivers.

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