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11 Unusual + Extreme Sports to Try in the Portland Area

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Here in Portland, we are no stranger to outdoor recreation of all kinds — from hiking and biking to kayaking and swimming. So why not expand your repertoire of skills and try your hand at one of the more obscure sports out there? We’re talking bubble soccer, archery, indoor sky diving, and even breaking stuff in a rage room. 

Uncover just a few of the many unusual, extreme sports in the Portland area, perfect for a birthday party, company event, or simply a weekend outing for the family! These unique activities in Portland are sure to get your adrenaline pumping — and keep everyone laughing all the while. 


Axe Throwing at Portland Axe Throwing 

Axe throwing while drinking beer is all the rage these days. We know what you’re thinking — that doesn’t sound like a good combination. But once you see it, it makes sense! Portland Axe Throwing was the first axe throwing company in Oregon — and they pride themselves on their original take on this modern sport. Plus, their location at StormBreaker Brewing St. Johns means you have access to incredible beers while you aim your axe for the target. 


Sure, you’ve played dodgeball in a high school gym — but have you played dodgeball on trampolines? Take this classic game to new heights (literally) with Ultimate Dodgeball at Sky Zone in Vancouver. And while you’re there, try a variety of other action-packed sports and attractions, like the Ninja Warrior Coursetug of warSkyHoops, the Foam Zone, and much more. 


Bubble Soccer is as hilarious to watch as it is fun to play. Two teams face head-to-head, adorned in massive plastic bubble balls, which protect them as they ram into one another and sometimes go flying through the airBubble Soccer Portland offers rentals for your next birthday party or event, which includes all the supplies you need for non-stop fun. 


Breaking Stuff at OutRaged Rage Room 


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Do you have some frustration — or perhaps, rage — you haven’t quite dealt with? There’s only one way to solve it: by breaking stuff. That’s right! Vancouver’s OutRaged Rage Room provides a safe, judgment-free environment for breaking objects of all sizes and materials, so you can smash your stress away. OutRaged offers a variety of packages, from 15-minute sessions with a half bucket of breakables to group sessions for up to six people. Book your temporary stay in your very own panic room! 


SuperPlay in Beaverton offers hours of fun for all ages, including bowling, arcade games and laser tag. Their 3,200-square-foot laser tag arena offers an incredible challenge for even the most experienced of laser tag players. The space can hold up to 24 players at a time and each game is a 15-minute experience. Their state-of-the-art system records your score so you can compete against your friends and familyLaser tag at SuperPlay operates on a first-come, first-served basis during their regular business hours. 


Archery at Trackers Portland  


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Channel your inner Katniss by trying your hand at archery! Trackers Portland in Sandy offers archery lessons and bow making courses for both kids and adults, and beginners and advanced students. Their facilities encompass one of the largest indoor ranges in Southeast Portland, in addition to private outdoor ranges. Not sure where to start with your new hobby? Sign up for their Archery Basics course, which offers an introduction into the world of archery, from takedown to traditional wood, at their private outdoor and indoor ranges. 


Rock Climbing at Portland Rock Gym 

Established in 1988, Portland Rock Gym was the first rock climbing gym in Oregon, and the legacy continues today in their state-of-the-art facilities in Northeast Portland. They offer instruction for climbers of all ages and abilities in their indoor studio, in addition to full– or half-day outdoor adventures at local climbing destinations in the Columbia River Gorge and Smith Rock State Park. No matter your ability, check out their indoor classes to get started on your rock climbing adventure! 


Aerial Adventure Course at Tree to Tree Adventure Park 

For a day of non-stop adventure and adrenaline, head to Tree to Tree Adventure Park, an aerial adventure park in Gaston with a variety of outdoor activities. Experience the thrilling zip line canopy tour that includes a 1,280-foot-long super zip. Or move from tree to tree using platforms and obstacles on the aerial playground featuring bridges, tightropes, balance beams, zip lines and more. Tree to Tree has a total of six aerial obstacle courses, each set high in the trees! All activities are self-guided but trained guides are always nearby to ensure everyone is secured in their harnesses for the duration of each activity. 


Indoor Sky Diving at iFLY 

Sky diving indoors? You betchaiFLY in Tigard offers indoor skydiving, a surreal and exhilarating experience! But this time, you won’t be miles up in the air — you’re just a few feet off the ground, but you get the same adrenaline rush you would get from jumping from a plane. With indoor sky diving, you simply float in the air in an indoor tube, following the guidance of an instructor. Each participant gets the opportunity to fly two times and the whole experience lasts just over an hour. 


Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour offers an intense two-hour zipline experience reaching heights of up to 120 feet high, led by highly experienced guides. Take in some of the best views around, as you soar across a canopy of trees in Pumpkin Ridge, just 35 minutes west of Portland. The best part? Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour operates all year long, which means you can go zip lining during the summer (their busiest season) or during the fall and winter, when the crowds slow but the views remain as breathtaking as ever. 


Scuba Diving With Adventure Sports 

Many extreme sports involve being suspended in the air, but believe it or not, there are some adrenaline-pumping activities that don’t involve gravity. Try scuba diving with Adventure Sports, located just outside of Troutdale. Adventure Sports offers a variety of classes, ranging from Beginner Open Water Scuba Certification to Instructor Level Trainingas well as Snorkeling and Scuba Refresher courses. They provide a safe, convenient and thorough training, plus all the equipment you need to start (or continue!) your scuba diving journey. 


What will you try first? 

What extreme sport in Portland are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below! 

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