At Tidewater Hit & Pitch, a team of professional baseball and softball coaches pass their wisdom onto future generations of pitchers and fielders in one-on-one coaching sessions and group camps. The staff, which includes former New York Mets pitcher Alay Soler, breaks down the sport into three digestible parts—pitching, hitting, and fielding—which helps players hone discipline with drills while imparting universal skills such as balance, body control, and how to dispose of chewing gum besides swallowing it.
Ocean View Fishing Pier extends 1,690 feet into Chesapeake Bay, enabling anglers to cast their lines into one of the East Coast's most bountiful fishing spots. An onsite bait house and tackle shop equips visitors with the necessary gear, from rods and reels to crab pots and minnow traps. Every day, custom-built vessel the Judith Ann offers the chance to coast away from the pier for half-day fishing adventures, and an onsite restaurant keeps grumbling bellies from scaring away finned targets.
Performers feed off the energy of their audience, and when there is no audience, there is no energy. To stop this problem before it starts, venues turn to FillASeat, a business that supplies its members with tickets to events with a number of open seats left. Members enjoy a year of entry to popular shows, sporting events, comedy shows, and concerts, bulking up the audience more suitably than a litter of chihuahuas dressed in tuxedoes. Upon joining FillASeat, members receive access to a list of upcoming events, which range from large-scale productions to events at local restaurants, golf courses, and coffee houses.
Skydive OBX's experienced instructors escort adrenaline seekers on exhilarating tandem jumps over the Outer Banks' beautiful beach scenery. After a brief demonstration explaining how jumpers should behave midair, brave cloud cutters climb aboard the compact Cessna 182 plane that carries them 9,000 feet into the atmosphere. Once planes have navigated to the sky's jumping sweet spot, passengers leap from the craft and freefall for 30 intense seconds before the instructor pulls the parachute. Breathtaking views of Roanoke Island and the Atlantic Ocean surround jumpers as they soar gracefully toward the ground and avoid awkward chats with small-minded birds. A designated viewing area gives family and friends a place to photograph their loved ones' flying feats, or gives jumpers a place to aim their Nerf darts while gliding.
Apart from the number of respective members and guests, the benefits of the Otter and Crab memberships are exactly the same. Both grant you a year of unlimited admission—including express entry through the mythical members' entrance—and, if you travel in an especially large school, both grant up to four additional guests half-off entry when accompanied by a cardholding member (per day). Although prices vary, today's deal offers you a year's access to the aquarium at a cost comparable to a single day's admission for the same number of people.
Moonrise Bay Vineyard grows several award-winning varietals and serves them in a handsome green-roofed building flanked by rolling fields of vines. You and a friend will sip and savor four of Moonrise's palate-pleasing grapen goodnesses. The current roster includes the crisp and elegant fumé blanc, a chardonnay with light notes of citrus, pear, and eternity; the Boathouse Red Blend (an ambrosial amalgamation of merlot and cabernet sauvignon); and the First Flight White Muscadine Blend. After sampling the wares, choose a bottle of vino to take home.