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Aventura Slide Tower.

Aventura Slide Tower

Field review by the editors.

Aventura, Florida

Shopping malls have a tendency to go to extremes to attract customers. Sometimes that's a good thing. The Aventura Slide Tower, which opened to the public on December 18, 2017, is a welcome example of over-the-top civic/shopping engagement: it's free, it's outdoors (you don't have to go into the mall), and it's big: nine stories tall.

Climbing to the top of the Slide Tower is not for the easily winded. Once there, mall employees hand you a slide mat, you lay on your back, and you're then sent plummeting through a glass-walled tube for a spiraling, 15-second plunge to the bottom.

The slide was designed by German sculptor Carsten Holler. According to his bio, Carsten finds inspiration for his art in amusement parks and playgrounds, and he hopes that the Slide Tower triggers feelings "somewhere between delight and madness." The mall hopes that it triggers impulse purchasing as well.

Aventura Slide Tower

Aventura Mall

Abigail Rd, Aventura, FL
I-95 exit 16. Turn east onto NE 203rd St. Drive 1.5 miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto NE 29 Court. Drive to the stop sign as the road ends at Abigail Rd. Turn left. You'll quickly see the slide tower ahead, on the right. Must be at least 44 in. tall.
Closed for season; reopens in Fall; check Mall website. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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