Long Island Skydiving Center
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Fact: You’re more likely to die getting hit by lightning than get hurt—or worse—by jumping out of a plane (well, with a parachute, we mean). If it’s your first time making the leap, sign up for a tandem jump with one of Long Island Skydiving Center’s instructors: The scariest part is psyching yourself up to actually leave the plane when you’re 10,000 feet above the ground. Once you do, you literally can’t breathe until your guide opens your parachute; that’s because you’re falling at 120 miles per hour for about 45 seconds. Once that chute opens and you slow down to a canopy ride, you’re treated to a breathtaking, bird’s-eye view of the New York countryside. How...calming.