Strapped into an ultramodern Revo Trike powered hang-glider, FAA-certified instructor Paul Hamilton pilots students above Lake Tahoe?s crystalline expanse, which reveals picturesque reflections of the Sierra Mountains? snow-capped crags.
A light-sport aircraft powered by a purring Rotax engine, the Evolution Revo trike enables the prolonged airtime and weather compatibility not found in flights with a conventional hang-glider or out-of-control umbrella. During Paul?s lessons, intro students swiftly suit up in appropriate flight gear before a quick safety briefing prepares them for the journey.
An emphasis on hands-on training anchors the interactive lessons, which require no previous experience and may even take off in winter thanks to Hang Gliding Tahoe?s heated apparel and midflight campfires.
Inside Bouncerz Indoor Party Center, kids can plunge down cushy slides, vault off of springy bounce-house floors, or reign over pumped-up castle turrets that are spread over a 6,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility. Bouncerz also keeps tykes occupied with an arcade and dodgeball games, and parents can kick back with free WiFi. Each day, staffers clean and inspect the facility to ensure safe, sanitary conditions and to rescue abandoned action figures. It's also possible to set up parties at Bouncerz, or you can turn your own front yard into a mini carnival by renting inflatables from the facility.
Happy Hoofers Service trundles history buffs and nostalgia lovers through Virginia City on a half-hour horse-drawn carriage tour of the famed silver and gold mining town. Cart along your three roommates or the rest of your barbershop quartet as you clip-clop through the Victorian-era burg renowned for its mansions, opera house, and red-light district identifiable by the crimson-hued sun perched directly in the middle of the street.
Engineered by a television broadcast specialist, Grimes Castle enlists a cast of more than 30 undead volunteers to skulk through the 6,000 square feet of its haunted house, where intricate presentation and lighting effects elicit chopper chattering. Plucky visitors embark on a 20-minute tour through the corridors of the castle's dungeon, where condemned spirit hosts regale them with a series of petrifying performances and an adventure as twisted and chilling as the abominable snowman's DNA. Some proceeds from the house are donated to the ROTC to alleviate ghosts of the guilt they feel over haunting so many residences without ever contributing to cable bills.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Closed Tuesdays
Though Comstock Gold Mill no longer produces real currency, the mill itself is still operating. Built in San Francisco in the 1860s, the two-stamp mill still tells the tale of how gold was once processed from ore to recovery, assisted by narrating tour guides. The guides also show off other pieces of historical mining equipment that contributed to the process, explaining the use of now arcane machines like the human hand.
Battle Born Sporting Clays and Shooting School has no real address. That's because its team of NSCA-certified instructors teach clay shooting amid the real-world conditions that only untouched, natural settings can provide. All avid shooters, the instructors started the business after looking for a place to practice with tournament-style targets and chart the migration patterns of clay pigeons. Unable to find such a place, they set up shop amid a slice of Nevada's rolling foothills, big sky, and vast, open terrain. Here, they teach customers the proper techniques needed to blast clay targets out of the sky.