Horizon Flight Center’s qualified flight instructors accompany airborne acolytes in full-motion flight simulators, where guests can experience the adrenaline rush of flying without the long lines at airport security. For 30 minutes or a whole hour, faux flights zoom through digital clouds, through make-believe wind, and among wisecracking seagulls for students to record the adventure in a first-time-pilot logbook with an instructor endorsement. Pupils familiarize themselves with the Garmin G1000’s glass cockpit, which prepares them to manipulate other switchboards upon actual airborne aircrafts. After its completion, the flight-simulation experience can be counted toward pilot proficiency, instrument proficiency, or a juggling-while-flying plaque.
Hampton Roads Air Tours delights passengers with overhead views of ships drifting in and out of Norfolk's downtown harbor; the centuries-old foundations of the Jamestown Settlement; the lighthouses of Cape Henry; and a sprawling patchwork quilt of lakes, forests, and meadowlands. The company's pilots helm small, wide-windowed planes to grant passengers this unique aerial perspective on day and night tours. They fly passengers over natural landscapes and cities by day and over Norfolk after sunset when the city lights blink to life. Their seasonal flights fill hearts with wonder as guests witness yuletide light displays or a giant cupid scaling a skyscraper with his betrothed. During aerial-photography flights, pilots provide riders with full open-window access for shooting personal, artistic, and business-related projects.
It's one thing to watch a zombie movie, but to actually take part in the horrifying saga is a much rarer opportunity. This is precisely the case during Zombie Wars when, for one night only, the Hunt Club Farm is transformed into a nightmarish landscape filled with obstacles, safe zones, and, of course, zombies. Participants are tasked with saving humanity by locating a cure for the zombie virus all the while dodging zombies and trying to get the song "Thriller" out of their heads. The night concludes with a party, where survivors can revel amid live music, drinks, and snacks.
It's been more than 25 years since American Rover raised its majestic red sails and floated out on its first narrated tour. From April to October of each year, the 135-foot schooner still journeys across the smooth waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River. As its flags ripple in the wind, the three-masted sailboat explores sights such as Old Fort Norfolk and the battleship Wisconsin. Its captain narrates each of these excursions and invites guests to take turns at the helm and man the sails.
At night, American Rover transforms into a floating party. Twinkling harbor lights, live musicians, and a fully stocked bar set the mood for birthday celebrations or everyday outings. Meanwhile, climate-controlled lounges hide passengers who have an awkward history with the man in the moon.