Published December 28, 2018

10 Nearby Bucket List Activities You Have to Try in 2019

Make It Your Most Interesting Year Yet

The start of the new year is just around the corner. Naturally around this time of year, we pause for reflection on our past year and think about what we want to make of the next one.

No matter what your goals or resolutions are for 2019, enjoy it. Barrie 360 will be by your side to keep things fun, interesting and most of all... memorable.

Here's a list of ideas, in Barrie or close by, to get the ball rollin' on a killer year.

1. Polar Plunge

Brave enough to face the icy cold waters of Lake Simcoe in the middle of the winter? What if we told you it's for a good cause?

On March 2nd, Barrie will be hosting the annual Polar Plunge event. Individuals must either pay a registration fee or collect a minimum total of donations from the community in order to participate. Proceeds will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting Special Olympics Ontario.

It's time to get "freezin' for a reason".

OPP Polar Plunge
Last year 60 participants took the plunge and over $10 000 was raised. Image courtesy of Barrie Police via Instagram.

2. Skydiving... Indoors?

You can cheat the bucket list a little bit with this one. Get skydiving crossed off your list without the commitment of jumping from a plane.

IFly in Toronto is the place to be for indoor skydiving. Experience the thrill and fun of defying gravity in a safe and secure environment.

3. Become a Mermaid For A Day

Yes, you read that correctly. Mermaid school is real and making its way across Canada, the States, and even into Costa Rica.

Just over an hour outside of Barrie you can visit AquaMermaid for lessons in Mermaid 101. The activity is described as both artistic expression and a fun way to keep fit.

Aquamermaid also offers bookings for parties at their place or yours. Now that would be a party to remember!

4. Take A Unique Art Class (4 Cats)

4Cats Art Studio is a great place explore your creativity. They offer workshops/classes in painting, pottery, pouring and more.

Keep 4Cats in mind for upcoming events. You can book parties for workshops featuring all sorts of artistic creations. For more info click here.

5. Harbourfront Skate Nights

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) until February 16th 2019, The Harbourfront Centre hosts DJ Skate Nights. The events are held from 8 pm-11 pm and feature a live DJ, funky lights and gorgeous views of Toronto.

You'll have to make a short drive outside of Barrie but the event is free! Who knew you could have parties outside in the winter too?

6. Take the Leap of Faith

This time we mean it literally. Jack's Urban Jungle is a new indoor playground for people of all ages. There are a number of exciting activities including zorbing, trampolining, zipling, slacklining, aerial course, obstacle course, cargo net wall and more!

If your New Year's resolution is all about taking risks and facing fears, you've got to try the "Leap of Faith". Take a jump into thin air, controlled by a mechanical device and harness attachment.

One of so many thrilling activities at Jack's Urban Jungle.

7. Tough Mudder

Are you up for the challenge? Tough Mudder is an obstacle course event that will make you sweat, laugh and possibly cry all at once.

You can choose from 3 different versions of the course including a 13 obstacle course, 25 obstacle course and competitive race.

The earlier you sign up, the less money you pay. For more info click here.

Posted by Tough Mudder on Sunday, October 21, 2018

8. Hold A Python

Get up close and personal with all sorts of exotic animals with the help of ZooTek.

ZooTek brings a unique, interactive and educational animal experience right to you. Some animals you may get to meet include a python, lizard, tortoise, hedgehog, tarantula and more.

For more info, click here.

9. Sailboat Cruise on Lake Simcoe

If you're already dreaming of warmer days, this one is something to start thinking about. Chances "R" Sailing Excursions offers sailboat cruises around Lake Simcoe.

Explore our beautiful city from a whole new view. Book ahead of time to give yourself a little light at the end of the winter tunnel.

Posted by Chances R Sailing Excursions on Friday, June 16, 2017

10. Escape Room

This is a great idea for resolutions involving trying new things or tackling challenges. Perplexcity Escape Rooms & Board Game Lounge currently has 4 different escape rooms to challenge you and your friends.

Each room has a unique theme and  features team-based games where players discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in order to reach the end of the room.

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