slide-compressed Photo: queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, the world’s longest tunnel slide looks ridiculously fun. Plans have been approved for a helter skelter to wrap around the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The twisting metal sculpture is Britain’s tallest at 375 feet (93 meters). It was constructed for the 2012 Games by artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond.

Those with a fear of heights may want to skip the attraction, as the slide will measure 249 feet tall (76 meters) and 584 feet long. It will loop around the tower five times, with riders reaching speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). The top and sides of the tube will be transparent, offering a quick look at the park below. The descent lasts about 40 seconds and will cost £5 (on top of the park’s £10 admission fee).

The slide is set to open in spring of 2016, which seems reason enough to start planning a trip across the pond. The city is hoping to attract more visitors to the 560-acre Olympic Park, which also includes an urban beach, green spaces, walking trails and numerous sports complexes.

slide rendering going down-compressed Photo: queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

tower Photo: Aleem Yousaf/Flickr

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