The crisscrossed emerald landscape south of Cleveland slips silently beneath up to eight passengers in a balloon’s large basket. A skilled pilot adds or releases pressure to the vessel, punctuating the otherwise still air over the stunning panoramas and placid scenes of sprawling greenery. Guests can also opt to charter private flights, allowing them to experience romantic moments or ask embarrassing questions about where clouds come from. All of HiLife Ballooning’s flights take off in the early morning or evening when winds are at their gentlest, allowing the captain to set the balloons down gently.
Flyboard riders fly yards above the waves, held aloft by the downward-facing, more-than 200-horsepower jets of water issuing from their boards' bases. It sounds like a complicated process, but really, flyboarding and walking take roughly the same amount of coordination—newbies typically learn the basics in 5 minutes and more complex tricks in 15. The learning process is especially user-friendly at Aquaflyboarding USA, where a team of certified flyboard instructors start each flight with a safety overview. Then, they coach flights in real-time.