Fun floats by air or by sea with watercraft rentals and aerial rides from Flying and Floating Toys. Zip around Lake Lewisville on the 20-foot Malibu Sportster, a competition boat ideal for water skiing, wake boarding, and lakeside high-fives for groups of up to seven people ($100/hour for first two hours with a two hour minimum, $85/each additional hour). Captained by the boat's owner, the Sportster has a tower that pulls boarders and skiers out of the water at a higher angle and 310 horsepower gets them up faster than an alarm clock made of three roosters. Float leisurely in the 22-foot 12-person pontoon boat ($75/hour for first two hours with a two hour minimum, $60/each additional hour, $10 extra/hour for a driver) or grab two friends for a ride on a Yamaha VX110 WaveRunner jet ski ($75/hour for first two hours, $60/each additional hour). Cloudcuddlers can soar up to 1,000 feet with a powered parachute ride ($150+) or lay a lower 100 feet over the water for a 15-minute parasail ($70/person, two person minimum). Fly solo or copilot a one- or two-person kayak around Lake Lewisville or tow kayaks to another lake or comically oversized hottub ($50/half day, $75/day, $225/week). Rental fees include gas, tax, and life jackets, and all boats feature a CD/MP3 player.
Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch opens its fields each October, welcoming visitors for manifold fall activities. Admission and hayrides are always free, and activity tickets grant families access to additional amusements, with all profits going to charity. After roaming the pumpkin patch or riding one of the farm's friendly ponies, guests can stop and launch a pumpkin at the Punkin Chunkin station for a chance at a prize, depending on where the gourd lands on the target or on the farm's ferris wheel. A petting zoo allows kids to get up close and personal with new furry friends, and a picnic area invites human companions to rest and refuel with fall-themed refreshments.
Boasting more than 26 years in the aviation industry, Breeze Balloons' pilots expertly harness the wind to soar riders over north and east Texas in multihued hot-air vehicles. Pilots helm various sized balloons, which accommodate twosomes or let groups as large as 30 high-five Texan clouds. Pilots also do double duty as safety-training instructors, helping other hot air balloon pilots maintain Breeze Balloons' zero-safety-issue record.
It's a scene you'd expect to find on a private island. A canopy shades a beach party, where guests pull cold beverages from a cooler and munch grilled meats prepared over open charcoals by cooks. Just off the shore, a boat blasts music, giving a soundtrack to the festivities and making nearby pirates regret canceling their satellite radio subscription.
North Texas Lake Charters' crew creates this oasis at Lake Ray Robert's party cove. Another one of their boats ferries party guests to and from the ramp at Isle Du Bois State Park. From this launch point, the company's captains take passengers on various aquatic adventures. Speedboats pull wake boarders and water-skiers, while fishing boats carry anglers out in search of a prized catch.
The chefs at La Buena Vida Vineyards orchestrate symphonies of cheeses, vegetables, and spreads to create four varieties of thematic appetizer boards. Munch on complimentary crackers and tuck grapes into cheeks before nibbling on the tuscan board's genoa salami, manchego cheese, and spinach-parmesan dip. Or, opt for the veggie board, which offers an edible constellation of grilled artichoke hearts, cheese-stuffed red peppers, and a mozzarella that has been marinated in a spice blend whose recipe is heavily guarded, much like the final resting place of George Washington's axe. The strong flavors of olives compliment the subtle flavors of the mediterranean board's all-natural hummus, which steadies palates in preparation for soft, creamy Boursin cheese.