Biplane Rides Over Atlanta, Inc.'s practiced pilots leap into the air in fully restored antique aircraft to grant passengers a glimpse of natural and manmade majesties from above. In the open-air cockpit of a classic antique biplane, adventurers can taste the whipping winds of high altitudes over Downtown Atlanta, glimpsing Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park, where the Farmer's Almanacs of previous eras are put out to pasture. Alternately, they can surmount the igneous crown of Stone Mountain and soar above the Mississippi riverboats that dot the surrounding lakes, or gently flit over the cityscape bathed in a golden aura during a romantic sunset flight.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: P&H, Epic, NDK, Necky, Werner, Kokatat, NRS, Sea to Summit
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Full-day excursions
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Dress appropriately for the weather
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We have a skills-based Quickstart Kayaking workshop for beginners and intermediate paddlers, as well as weekly sunset and sunrise excursions. We offer Epic Kayak workshops where you can try out your sea kayaking skills in these innovatively designed boats. We also provide comfy overnight accommodations.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We like to think that most folks can learn to paddle all day without getting tired, so firstly we'll provide you with an ultra-light carbon-fiber paddle, which is easy on the wrists and arms, and then we'll teach you some of the energy-efficient techniques you can use to help you get the most out of your paddling.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
At the beginning of each excursion, we will plan the day's excursion using a nautical chart and have comprehensive on-the-water training in paddling technique and safety procedures. We also review what to do in an emergency situation. The planning and safety talk will take about an hour.
With an experienced guide at the helm, eager explorers pile into Maine Rafting Expedition’s brightly colored rafts, ready to crash over rumbling rapids throughout Maine’s rivers. Their excursions suit adventurers of all abilities, from more relaxed family- and kid-friendly jaunts through the Penobscot River’s Class III and IV rapids to white-knuckle-inducing trips through Canada Falls’ Class-V rapids and a 20-foot waterfall. The most popular trip runs down 16 miles of the Penobscot River, whose Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pumping ride for paddlers and wild moose aged 14 and up. The seasoned guides also lead overnight expeditions, which break for slumber at fully equipped campsites along the river. On every trip, rafters can fuel up with the included riverside barbecues and commemorate their journeys with photos and videos available for purchase.
As darkness overtakes Bar Harbor, a group of travelers huddle outside the Ledgelawn mansion. Inside, their guide informs them, several centuries worth of spirits patrol the halls, unable to reach the next life due to unresolved earthly business or tragedy. The tour guests shiver, recalling the other stories they've heard that night. One was about a woman whose search for her husband has continued beyond her death. Another described the hauntings of children trapped between worlds. Each legend has a distinct voice, crafted from a mix of folklore, documented history, and post-it notes found floating in front of abandoned fridges. To add authenticity to their storytelling, the guides don costumes for the one-mile trip, which reaches its eerie conclusion in the center of town.
Dan and Maureen McDonald battle the waves on a daily basis. As co-owners of Penobscot Adventures, they and their trained guides steer patrons through Class III–V rapids on the Penobscot and Seboomook Rivers and Canada Falls. During rafting expeditions, the team demonstrates techniques that riders use while paddling through the zigzagging forces of whitewater rapids. Their adventure outpost also supplies riverboarding trips that garb patrons in wetsuits and send them out on oversize boogie boards. Out of the water, adventure takes the shape of paintball games that pit players against one another as they dart through the trees and shoot vibrant pellets until someone draws up a treaty with minimal economic sanctions.
Moose and Photo Safaris relies on the expertise of two expert spotters: Dale, who brings 55 years of residency to the table, and Vicki, a trained professional photographer. Together, the duo whisks vanloads of sightseers to known moose hideouts to set up expertly framed shots of the animals and the puppeteers that control them. Depending on where the action was last, the guides might take their visitors anywhere within Baxter State Park's 200,000 untouched acres on some of the same roads traversed by the stars of the Discovery Channel’s American Loggers. To view the types of snapshots possible on each tour, check out the company’s Facebook page.