Thermea Nordic Spa, Weekend in Winnipeg, Canada

Our Favorite Urban Adventures of All Time

When we travel, we love exploring both cities and nature, and for this reason, most of our trips consist of both outdoor and urban adventures. We have been fortunate to have so many wonderful experiences over the years. It was hard to narrow down, but we wanted to recap and compile a list of our favorites.

This list is comprised of our favorite urban adventures from our travels around the world, and we will create a separate one for our favorite outdoor adventures. As we don’t plan to stop traveling any time soon, these lists will never truly be finalized and we will update them with new activities as deserved! With that, here’s a round up of our favorite urban adventures to date:

Robot Restaurant

One of the wackiest experiences we’ve ever had was the crazy show at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. Flashing lights flooded the room and thumping electronic techno music blared over the speakers, while scenes of robots, animatronics, and dancers unfolded in front of us. We weren’t quite sure what was happening for most of the show, but the evening was filled with non-stop laughter and ended with the entire room pumping neon glow-sticks in unison. It was sensory overload at its finest.

Robot Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Food and Ferrari Tour in Italy

The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy is home to some of the best food around—we took a tour around the area and visited three amazing food producers and the Ferrari Museum. We sampled Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto and traditional balsamic vinegar and learned how each product was produced. After a full morning of tasting and touring, we had one of the best meals to date. I don’t know how a day can get much better than that!

Food and Ferrari Tour Italy, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Thermëa Nordic Spa

Spas always make for a relaxing day, but there was something extra special about the Thermëa Nordic Spa in Winnipeg, Canada. The tasty onsite restaurant, relaxation areas and circuit of hot and cold cycles melted all of our cares away. My favorite circuit was a toss up between the Aufguss ritual in the Finnish sauna, the Eucalyptus steam sauna and the Fläm fire pit—I’m already plotting my return!

Thermea Nordic Spa, Weekend in Winnipeg, Canada

Indoor Skydiving in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always sure to surprise you with endless opportunities for adventure. One of our favorite experiences in the city was indoor skydiving with Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Basically, the entire experience takes place in a wind tunnel—you throw yourself up into the wind and it simulates the skydiving experience. I would love to go skydiving for real some day, but in the meantime, this was a fun alternative adventure that gave us a taste of flying through the air!

Indoor Skydiving, Las Vegas, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Little Havana Food Tour in Miami

We lived in south Florida for several years, and during that time, I developed a love for Cuban food. There is no better place to sample delicious, authentic Cuban fare than Miami’s Little Havana. We were introduced to the neighborhood’s best spots while on a food tour with Miami Culinary Tours. Every dish we sampled was fantastic and we have been back to a couple of the restaurants several times since to get our fix.

Miami Culinary Tour, Little Havana, Florida, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Creating Art at the Corning Museum of Glass

I always love hands on experiences, and creating our own glass art pieces at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York was so much fun. I made a glass flower and Micah tried his hand at glass blowing. In addition to making art, we watched professionals in a glass blowing demo and explored the museum full of spectacular displays and exhibits.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

When we were in Kyoto, Japan, we decided on a whim to head to a Japanese tea ceremony. The tea ceremony was held in a 100 year old traditional Geisha ryokan. We watched our tea-master gracefully perform the tea ceremony and then learned about the history and culture behind it. To finish off the afternoon, we learned the proper way to make our own matcha green tea before indulging in a piping hot cup.

Kyoto Tea Ceremony, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Caldera Hike on the Greek Island of Santorini

Hiking isn’t typically considered an urban adventure, but our walk along the caldera in Santorini sent us through both beautiful natural scenes and multiple towns along the coastline. We started in Fira and ended in Oia; we fought with some pretty high winds throughout the hike, but it was well worth it for all the gorgeous views overlooking the sea!

Fira to Oia Hike Santorini, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Black Cab Tour Belfast

The Black Taxi Political Tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland, gave us a peek into “The Troubles” throughout Ireland’s recent history. Northern Ireland is divided into two main political groups—the Nationalists and the Loyalists—and these groups have many differing views, one of which is whether or not to remain part of the United Kingdom or join a united Ireland. To some extent, this conflict is still going on today, and the city of Belfast is divided by a Peace Wall and filled with politically charged murals. The tour provides an intense look into the raw culture of a unique city. It’s always interesting to dig deeper into a new culture, which is why this memorable tour makes the list!

Belfast Black Cab Tour,, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

Sailing in Milwaukee

We love the water, when I had the chance to spend an afternoon sailing on Lake Michigan I was super excited. It was a perfect day for sailing in Milwaukee and I loved checking out the views from every corner of the sailboat. My favorite spot was relaxing in the breeze on the bow of the boat.

Sea Dog Sailing on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WIsconsin

Blue Blood Brewing Co. Brewery and Cave Tour

Breweries in general are always fun to tour and explore, but one of our all time favorites was the brewery and cave tour at Blue Blood Brewing Co. in Lincoln, Nebraska. After learning about the brewing process we got to explore Robber’s Cave located beneath the brewery.

Lincoln, Road Trip through Nebraska Photo Essay

Canoeing the Chain of Lakes

Any day we can get out on the water to paddle is a good day. One of our favorite adventures in our hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul is kayaking or canoeing on the Chain of Lakes. The Chain of Lakes is a series of connected lakes in Minneapolis and you can paddle your way through three of them via interconnected waterways. With views of the city skyline from the lake, it’s a great mix of the city and outdoors all in one.

Canoeing Chain of Lakes, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Favorite Urban Adventures, Wander The Map

 

What are some of your favorite urban adventures around the world?

 

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18 Comments
  • Carol Colborn
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    Posted at 08:43h, 26 November Reply

    We did the Black Cab Tour in Belfast and the Little Havana Food Tour! We agree that these are two of our best adventures.

  • anna
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    Posted at 20:08h, 26 November Reply

    I am dying to visit the Robot restaurant. Looks like an incredible time!
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  • Indrani
    Posted at 20:16h, 26 November Reply

    I scrolled up back to the robot restaurant… amazing concept.
    This one sounds a lot more interesting than the others.

  • Gokul Raj
    Posted at 00:15h, 27 November Reply

    Indoor skydiving is something you need to try before you go in for the real deal.

  • Sheena Yap
    Posted at 10:13h, 27 November Reply

    What a fantastic compilation of urban adventures! We enjoy looking for such off the beaten track activities as well, and in particular, the Black Cab Belfast Tour and Robot Restaurant definitely intrigued us the most! I’m just curious – which was your favourite of them all? (:

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 23:14h, 28 November Reply

      Thanks, Sheena! That’s such a hard question, lol! I always have problems picking favorites, but a few that are definitely near the top are actually the first three of the post–I didn’t even realize that until now! But they would be the Robot Restaurant, the food tour in Italy and Thermëa Nordic Spa! 🙂
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  • Trisha Velarmino
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    Posted at 10:19h, 27 November Reply

    These are all exciting urban adventures. If I have to choose one. I’ll pick Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Everybody dreams of flying. Doing indoor skydiving is fun, safe and as you’ve mentioned – A taste of a sky diving experience. If you make it here, i believe you will be more ready to try the real sky diving!
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  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    Posted at 11:12h, 27 November Reply

    We have just returned from the Philippines and visited lake Taal which is a crater within a crater and pretty amazing. Your mention of spas in Canada has me drooling though as we visited a few in Quebec in February and they were amazing

  • Travelling Tom
    Posted at 13:38h, 27 November Reply

    That glass art activity is something I’d love to do! I missed the Black cab tour when I was in Belfast. I’ll have to check it out when I go back!

  • Mike
    Posted at 18:34h, 28 November Reply

    So many awesome adventures! I’m jealous of the robot restaurant. When I went to Tokyo my travel buddies weren’t interested and it made me so sad. Guess I’ll have to go back. Indoor Skydiving in Las Vegas also looks phenomenal!

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