What to Do on National Day of Adventure: Your Complete Event Guide


On Friday, October 14, we will remind all of you of your God-given right to ditch out of work to raft, hike, learn how to surf, or take a motorcycle tour — basically to do any fun, outdoors thing you’ve been putting off. National Day of Adventure is a skip day for adults where we encourage you to take a single-day adventure that will turn your sick day into a sick! day. 

NORTHEAST

New York

  • Dumbo Boulders; Brooklyn: NYC’s first outdoor climbing facility in Brooklyn is offering free admission and rentals to the first100 people who arrive on National Day of Adventure, as well as 50 percent off introductory classes throughout the day when you mention NDOA. Sign up now: dumbo.thecliffsclimbing.com
  • Urban Athletics; New York City: This Manhattan running club is based out of this specialty running store owned by US Track and Field Certified Coach Jerry Macari. Urban Athletics is offering a discounted adventure training run ($25, value $50) in Central Park on National Day of Adventure. Sign up now: urbanathleticsnyc.com
  • Surfset NYC; New York City: Surfset NYC offers surf-inspired fitness classes on top of a custom-made surfboard. Sign-ups open two weeks prior to October 14 — use code SURF15 to receive 15 percent off any class or class package purchase in the Surfset Online store when you secure your NDOA experience. Sign up now: surfsetnyc.com
  • Trapeze School; New York City: For a unique workout, get to the Trapeze School at Pier40 on October 14th for the 1 PM or 3:30 PM class. Mention National Day of Adventure to receive the base price for entry and waived registration fees. Sign up now: newyork.trapezeschool.com
  • Gear Drop; #GearDrop NYC – A scavenger hunt that takes place in five cities across the U.S. will earn you prized and gear when you find hidden medallions! This #geardrop will based out of the new Victorinox Swiss Army store at Rockefeller Center and will include 50 medallions hidden around Manhattan. Find a #geardrop medallion to win. It’s that easy! Stop by Victorinox’s Rockefeller Center store starting at Noon EDT on October 14 to pick up your map, redeem your prize and/or take on the SAK Challenge for an entry into the Rockefeller Center store’s raffle prize drawings. See complete details here.

New Jersey

  • The Gravity Vault; Chatham: Visit The Gravity Vault on National Day of Adventure for custom NDOA experiences developed for both novice and experienced climbers. For the novice: Visit any time between 12 PM and 10 PM on October 14th and The Gravity Vault will provide you with the necessary equipment and an instructor for three climbs for the price of two. For the experienced climber: Offered only on this one day, MJ readers who have previous climbing experience can purchase a discounted National Day of Adventure day pass to Chatham. Normally $18 for adults, this National Day of Adventure pass is only $10 on October 14th. For more information about The Gravity Vault visit us, here.
  • Gear Drop; #GearDrop Short Hills: A scavenger hunt that takes place in five cities across the U.S. will earn you prized and gear when you find hidden medallions! Check the #geardrop New Jersey page here at 2 p.m. EDT on October 14 for hints to find the medallion hidden around Short Hills. Find a #geardrop medallion to win. It’s that easy! Redeem your prize and/or take on the SAK Challenge for an entry into the Short Hills raffle prize drawings at the Victorinox Swiss Army store at Short Hills Mall. See complete details here.

Pennsylvania

  • Whitewater Challengers; Weatherly: Downstream from the dam-released rapids of the Lehigh River, Whitewater Challengers are offering a discounted $35.95 rafting trip or $28.95 trail bike rental and shuttle (plus taxes and insurance)  when you mention National Day of Adventure. Sign up now: whitewaterchallengers.com/national-day-of-adventure

NORTHWEST

Washington

  • iFly Seattle; Tukwila: iFly is an indoor skydiving experience that creates free fall conditions — indoors. Visit iFly Seattle for 20 percent off all first-time flyer packages Friday, September 20 – December 20 for all of those who sign up for an indoor skydive adventure on NDOA. Sign up now: seattle.iflyworld.com
  • Vertical World; Seattle: Vertical World opened the very first climbing gym in America in 1987 in Seattle. Be one of the first 50 people to arrive at the Seattle or Redmond locations on October 14th for a climbing experience on National Day of Adventure to receive 50 percent of admission. Sign up now: verticalworld.com
  • Gear Drop; #GearDrop Seattle – A scavenger hunt that takes place in five cities across the U.S. will earn you prized and gear when you find hidden medallions! Check the #geardrop Seattle page here at 2 p.m. PDT on October 14 for hints to find the medallion hidden around Seattle. Find a #geardrop medallion to win. It’s that easy! Redeem your prize and/or take on the SAK Challenge for an entry into the Seattle raffle prize drawings at the Victorinox Swiss Army store at Bellevue Collection. See complete details here.

SOUTHEAST

Arkansas

  • Buffalo Outdoor Center; Ponca: The Buffalo Outdoor Center has canoeing, backpacking, ziplining along the Buffalo National River has been. Sign up now: buffaloriver.com.

North Carolina

  • USA Raft on the French Broad, Marshall: On the National Day of Adventure, USA Raft is offering 10 percent off any rafting and caving adventures as well as 10 percent off lodging in the Crockett Cabin Bunkhouse on Friday, October 14th. Sign up now: usaraft.com

Tennessee

  • USA Raft on the NolichuckyErwin: On the National Day of Adventure, USA Raft is offering 10 percent off any rafting and caving adventures as well as 10 percent off lodging in the Crockett Cabin Bunkhouse on Friday, October 14. Sign up now: usaraft.com

Virginia

  • Kayak Nature ToursVirginia Beach: The Dolphin Adventure kayak tour is a 2.5-hour-long trip with, the guides assure us, a 60 to 80 percent chance of having dolphins within 10 to 20 feet of the kayaks. S sign up for the National Day of Adventure and receive 10 percent off for 2 or more people kayaking on October 14, kayaknaturetours.net

West Virginia

  • Bridge Walk, Lansing: Just in time for fall, the Bridge Walk Walking tour under the new River Gorge Bridge is offering $10 off your two–three hour tour, where you’ll walk the entire 3,030-foot length of the bridge, over 875 feet at its peak. Sign up now: bridgewalk.com 

SOUTHWEST

Texas

  • Crux Climbing Center, Austin: This 22,000 sq. ft. facility is stocked with rope climbing, bouldering, strength training areas, fitness, and yoga classes. Mention Men’s Journal or NDOA and receive half-off day passes on October 14. Sign up now: cruxcc.com
  • iFly Austin, Austin: If you’re looking for adventure in advance of a skydiving trip, or in place of one, visit iFly Austin for an indoor skydiving session on National Day of Adventure. Call to make your reservation and mention NDOA for discounted rates of 25 percent off your flight experience. Sign up now: iflyworld.com/Austin

WEST

California

  • Yogaqua, Marina Del Rey: Combine paddle boarding and yoga in Marina Del Rey, where you’ll receive a special discounted rate of $25 (normally $44) when you sign up for the 9 am or 11 am class on their website using promo code: NDOA. Sign up here or go to yogaqua.com
  • iFly Hollywood, Universal City: Fly is an indoor skydiving experience that creates free fall conditions — indoors. Call iFly Hollywood to make your reservation and mention NDOA for discounted rates of $40 for two flights, $80 for four flights (value $59.95 and $99.95). Sign up now: iflyworld.com/Hollywood
  • Rockreation, Los Angeles: Be one of the first ten people to arrive at this rock climbing center on National Day of Adventure and receive free admission and rentals. Arrive later in the day and mention NDOA for a promotional rate of $20 for admission and rentals. Sign up now: rockreation-la.com
  • Trapeze School; Los Angeles: Located right outside on the Santa Monica pier, the Trapeze School in LA will give you an unexpected and thrilling workout. Sign up for the 1 PM or 3:30 PM class on 10/14 and mention National Day of Adventure to receive the base price for entry and waived registration fees. Sign up now: losangeles.trapezeschool.com
  • Tempest Free Running; South Bay or Valley: Get back in touch with your inner kid for a day of organized mayhem at the world famous Tempest Freerunning Academy. Available in two locations from 11am-2pm, at either the Valley or South Bay facility, this special open gym will offer old-fashioned schoolyard games like dodge ball, zombie tag, capture the flag, and obstacle course races set in a giant indoor playground. If games aren’t your thing take a swim in the foam pit or learn to fly on the super tramp! Check out TempestAcademy.com for details. Sign up for South Bay HERE, or call 310-644-7686. Sign up for Valley HERE, or call 818-717-0525.
  • Gear Drop; #GearDrop Los Angeles – A scavenger hunt that takes place in five cities across the U.S. will earn you prized and gear when you find hidden medallions! Check the #geardrop Los Angeles page here at 2 p.m. PDT on October 14 for hints to find the medallion hidden around Los Angeles. Find a #geardrop medallion to win. It’s that easy! Redeem your prize and/or take on the SAK Challenge for an entry into the Los Angeles raffle prize drawings at the Victorinox Swiss Army store at Beverly Center. See complete details here.

Colorado

  • Elk Mountain RanchBuena Vista:  Days at the Elk Mountain Dude Ranch are filled with horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, riflery, fishing, mountain biking, and more. Sign up now: elkmtn.com

MIDWEST

Minnesota

  • Vertical Endeavors, Minneapolis and St. Paul: One of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the country, Vertical Endeavors, is opening its gym up to visitors for National Day of Adventure, offering half off to everyone who comes in to climb at any of these three locations: MinneapolisSt. PaulDuluth
  • Sea Life Aquarium, Bloomington: Stop by the Victorinox Swiss Army store within the Mall of America in September or October to sign up for a $75 (value: $110) snorkeling adventure for you and your friends on National Day of Adventure (this NDOA deal lasts throughout October). Pre-book two weeks in advance at: sales@sealifeus.com or call 952-853-0612. Walk-ups accepted only on October 14.
  • Splatball, Minneapolis: This indoor paintball facility is also low-impact — meaning no welts after your game. Mention National Day of Adventure for a “buy one get one” player package, including admission, air fills, rental paintball gun, mask, and 100 paintballs each. *May not be combined with other offers or promotions. Limit 1 per player. Sign up now: splatball.com
  • Gear Drop; #GearDrop Twin Cities – A scavenger hunt that takes place in five cities across the U.S. will earn you prized and gear when you find hidden medallions! Check the #geardrop Twin Cities page here at 2 p.m. CDT on October 14 for hints to find the medallion hidden around the Twin Cities. Find a #geardrop medallion to win. It’s that easy! Redeem your prize and/or take on the SAK Challenge for an entry into the Twin Cities raffle prize drawings at the Victorinox Swiss Army store at Mall of America. See complete details here.

Ohio

  • Mohican Adventures, Loudonville: Take a Mohican River adventure or relax your day away in the hot tub of a Super Log cabin surrounded by Mohican Beauty. Visit Mohican Adventures Canoe, Camp, Cabins & Fun Center on October 14 and get 10 percent off. Sign up now: mohicanadventures.com

Wisconsin

  • WI River Outings, Sauk City and BoscobelLocated on the Wisconsin River in the Driftless Region, this paddle will take you though tree-covered rolling hills and bluffs of one of the secret regions of the Midwest. Visit canoe-camping.com to learn more. Sign up now: canoe-camping.com
  • Wildman Adventure Resort, Niagara: Wildman Adventure Resort provides guided outdoor adventures to guests from all over the Midwest. You’ll be busy with a full menu of outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, paintball, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and more. Call to secure 20% off a zip lining trip for National Day of Adventure today! wildmanresort.com

To sign up for any of the above events, you can email MJRSVP@mensjournal.com with the your name, contact info, event name, location, and time.

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