If you are an athletic adrenaline junkie, chances are you’ve tried parkour at a local park or shopping mall. Parkour can be a fun way to test the limits of your acrobatic abilities, as you and your friends leap, climb and flip from one end of the city to the other. It is a thrilling activity that can be done just about anywhere you find obstacles that need to be vaulted or climbed. There are, however, a few places we recommend you stay away from in your parkour adventures.
Parkour is good fun. So are zoos. Somehow, the two just don’t go together. You’ll start off having a blast, hopping over life-size statues of gorillas, only to find yourself falling into an enclosure, taking a photo-op with the next Harambe. Even if you survive, people will only remember you as the guy who got an endangered animal killed. Trust me, it’s not worth it, not even for the memes.
Do I need to explain this one? Oh wait, you’re an adrenaline junkie. I probably do. If you don’t cut yourself on rusty metal or broken glass, you might have difficulty escaping over the barbed-wire fence. And being faster than your friends won’t help if there is a large pack of junkyard dogs chasing you.
Bridges are nice for driving over, but they are not so friendly for parkour. The few obstacles bridges offer are cars and the side rails that exist to keep you from falling to your death. We both know you would rather not die, because living allows you to keep doing parkour.
Majestic waterfalls are beautiful to behold, thrilling to explore, and dangerous to parkour. Whether you are at the top or the bottom makes no difference: the top offers a steep fall (that probably has sharp rocks at the bottom) and the bottom is going to be slippery due to moss and mist. Don’t turn your skull into an omelet. Stay where the footing is dry.
You know what I’m talking about: that place with bright “NO TRESPASSING” signs. It might look like a place made for some savage parkour, but trust me on this one when I say it’s not worth it. You don’t want to find out the hard way if they own a gun or a dangerous animal. Or both.
Hopefully these 5 ‘Nope’ Parkour Locations guide your adventures and help you avoid some spots that will only end your days of practicing sick parkour tricks.