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Find thrills with these 5 glass-bottom attractions

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Step off or in to a one-of-a-kind adventure with a glass-bottom attraction! Experience amazing views from high up in the sky through a glass-bottom floor. Or ride in a glass-bottom boat to check out the creatures or wrecks below the water’s surface.

Get thrills and have fun at the same time while checking out these five glass-bottom attractions.

1. Grand Canyon Skywalk
Peach Springs, Arizona

Grand Canyon Skywalk, Peach Springs, Ariz., glass bottom

Photo: Grand Canyon Skywalk Grand Canyon Skywalk, Peach Springs, Ariz.

Take a walk on the wild side with the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Walk onto this engineering marvel to get spectacular views 4,000 feet (1 mile!) above the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.

The glass bridge is 10-foot wide, shaped like a horseshoe and extends over the canyon by 70 feet. While seeing the Grand Canyon from the Skywalk, save time for Southwest and Asian Cuisine that is combined with Hualapia tribal dishes at the Sa’ Nyu Wa restaurant. The Skywalk Café serves less fancy meals and a variety of snack stations are available. Visitors also can experience the canyon via a water or aerial adventure.

2. Skydeck
Chicago, Illinois

Skydeck, Chicago, Ill., glass bottom

Photo: Skydeck of Willis Tower Skydeck, Chicago, Ill.

Take in views of up to 50 miles at the Skydeck of Willis Tower. Views from the tower cover up to four states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The tower is 110 stories and 1,450 feet tall. The Ledge was added in the last 10 years and gives visitors the chance to step outside the building. Four glass boxes on the 103rd floor face west and give groups the chance to look up, down and out. The boxes extend just over 4 feet out of the tower and are glass from ceiling to floor. Witness the city and people below or peek out for unobstructed views over the city.

3. Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours
Munising, Michigan

Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, Munising, Mich.

Photo: Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, Munising, Mich.

Observe a natural underwater museum in Lake Superior. Go back to the industrial age of shipping history and see a fully intact and rare wooden sailing ship that was built before the Civil War from the comfort of a boat.

“The tour provides breathtaking views of two authentic shipwrecks, a historic lighthouse and rock cliffs on a glass bottom boat,” said Captain Joe Lindquist of Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours.

 The two-hour trip is fully narrated and takes groups to see two shipwreck sites, cliffs, caves and Grand Island. There are several viewing wells on the boat that riders will be able to take advantage of while on board.

4. Key West Glass Bottom Boat Tours with Fury Key West
Key West, Florida

Glass bottom boat tour, Fury Key West, Key West, Fl.

Photo: Fury Key West Glass bottom boat tour, Fury Key West, Key West, Fl.

Looking for a dramatic adventure? Take the Reef Eco Tour in a glass bottom boat.

“Stay cool and dry as you view a stunning array of tropical marine life in air-conditioned comfort aboard Fury’s Glass Bottom Boat,” said Kyra Gorman, marketing coordinator for Fury Key West. “Through our windows to the sea, guests can witness the wonder of North America’s only living coral reef. You may even observe sea turtles, rays and fish of all kinds gliding through the crystal waters they call home.”

Observe the wonder of North America’s only living coral reef and watch the turtles and more than 300 species of fish on this tour.

5. CN Tower glass floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, glass bottom

Photo: Destination Ontario CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Take a breath and look 1,122 feet straight down through the glass floor. The glass floor opened in 1994 and at the time was the first glass floor in the world.

Don’t be afraid to have fun. Walk across, crawl across or even jump — the floor was designed for it.

The tower’s glass floor is 256 square feet, with 42 inch by 50 inch panels that are 2½ inches thick. Each panel is made up of several layers including a scuff plate, tempered glass and air.

Fun fact: the floor can withstand the weight of 35 moose!

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Steph Lulofs, Associate Editor

Steph Lulofs’ career path curved through the daily newspaper world and made a stop in marketing before walking in the front door as Associate Editor at Group Tour Media. Her passion for research and writing is a good fit for her foray into blogging and driving editorial content for the northeast in Group Tour Northeast/Midwest magazine. When not on the road or at her desktop, Steph kicks back with her dogs, at the movies or between the pages of a good book. Meaning? She reads the book and then sees the movie.

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