6 Breezy Thrills in Bergen

Feel the wind in your hair as you breeze through these local activities.
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Mention wind this time of year and one might think of parasailing while down the Shore or the hurricane season that is just getting started. A strong breeze might even inspire karaoke singers to belt out a tune by ’70s rock band Kansas. Whichever way the wind blows for you, Aug. 23 is the day to celebrate it—it’s National Ride the Wind Day!

OK, the date technically observes the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize, but there are plenty of ways Bergenites can seek easy, breezy thrills. Here are six ideas that will leave you with wind in your hair:

  • Hit the saddle and cruise the highways with fellow motorcyclists in Bergen County Harley-Davidson’s Saddle Up Saturday! Registration for the Aug. 21 event begins at the Rochelle Park dealership at 9 a.m. followed by the organized ride at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!
  • Ride the Ferris wheel at the St. Philip Church Summer Festival in Saddle Brook. Now in its 62nd year, the fair features popular carnival and thrill rides as well as games, amusements, raffles and plenty of delicious food. The festival is underway now and runs through Aug. 22.
  • Launch a jet ski from Hazard’s Ramp in Fort Lee. Accessible through the Ross Dock Picnic Area, speed your jet ski safely along the Hudson from this small boat launch. Don’t own a jet ski? Head south to Jersey City, where you can rent the equipment from companies like Jersey Jet Ski and sign up for guided tours.
  • Shred the slopes at Big Snow inside the American Dream mall. Fresh snow is made here daily, treating skiers and snowboarders to year-round fun. And don’t worry if your gear is stored away for the season—you can rent all the equipment you need on site.
  • Charter a helicopter or hire one for an aerial excursion around the area. Geo Heli Teterboro, for instance, is a private company based at Teterboro Airport that uses experienced pilots to offer chopper rides to events, weddings—and even an easy bird’s eye sightseeing tour of Bergen County.
  • Hike to the top of Bald Mountain, part of Ringwood State Park in the Ramapo Mountains. The peak, located in Mahwah, is the highest point in Bergen County with an elevation of 1,152 feet. Though an accomplishment for peak baggers, Bald Mountain’s radio tower summit takes second stage to the open air and scenic vistas available at nearby Campgaw Mountain and Ramapo Valley County Reservation.
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