Crown Pointe Marina is a 200-slip marina located on the York River in historic Gloucester, Virginia, just minutes from Chesapeake Bay’s scenic waters. Fishing is a popular pursuit here, as striped bass, cobia, and other fish have been caught in the area. A concrete boat ramp ensures smooth transitions from land to water, and staff at the onsite service center and professional shipyard can help fix any problems with your sailboat or powerboat. The marina also sells non-ethanol gas and diesel fuel at low prices.
Marina members get access to several amenities, including two swimming pools, a screened-in patio, and complimentary pumpouts. The marina’s experienced crew combines more than 50 years of industry knowledge to ensure happy voyages.
The name 3D Sports represents the three "Ds" that fuel athletes and training: desire, discipline, and development. So to foster these three elements, the spacious, 13,000-square-foot facility hosts supplemental training, practice, coaching, and sports for young athletes in baseball, basketball, field hockey, softball, and soccer. Future major leaguers can take to a batting cage or pitching lane to practice hitting home runs or throwing strikes, and a full-sized basketball court hosts individual and small-group lessons, along with seasonal camps and clinics. In addition to lessons, the facility also welcomes leagues and tournaments, as well as pickup games that pit casual participants against robots disguised as retired NBA stars.
While the facility is impressive in itself, 3D Sports is even more proud of its dedicated staff. To ensure high-quality coaching, 3D sports only hires coaches and trainers who excel in the art of coaching itself, rather than just hiring experienced players, like many youth programs. The enthusiastic staff also travels throughout the local area to train athletes on their home fields.
A horse trainer and instructor for more than 20 years, Angie Pfeiffer draws on her experiences handling dozens of horse breeds at farms throughout the nation while conducting riding lessons. During one-hour lessons, students don a stylish, ASTM?certified helmet provided by the stable and hop atop one of the experienced lesson horses or ponies. While at the helm of their steed, riders learn everything from basic horse husbandry to advanced riding skills, thereby gaining confidence and denouncing the notion that horseback riding must be done inverted, under the belly, and with a tight grip around the horse. For clients looking for a more leisurely experience, Pfeiffer Riding Stables offers trail rides through 150 acres of wooded trails, with stunning views of flora and fauna.
Sunlight glints off the glassy water of King's Creek, where it dapples the russet and ebony manes of horses with names such as Trooper and Pepsi as they amble across Triple M Ranch's acreage. Six days per week, the gentle steeds await their saddles, bridles, and visitors as the stables' expert guides lead herds on four daily rides whose routes follow the creek and naturally occurring compass groves through nearby woods and pastures. Triple M also hosts horses for field boarding, where they roam the 150-acre farm and graze freely on hay and other grassy treats while befriending fellow stallions and fillies within the borders of a white picket fence.
From 3,500 feet, you can barely even see the wild horses roaming Chincoteague Island. But when you’re hang gliding alongside an instructor from Virginia Hang Gliding, it doesn’t seem to matter much. What you can see from these towering heights are awe-inspiring views of waves crashing in from both the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay while you feel the adrenaline rush of soaring through the air. Clients help maneuver the glider over Virginia’s scenic beaches, far above the other visitors and the hundreds of bottles containing notes about boring islands. The whole time, they rest safe in the knowledge that they’re in the capable hands of one of the experienced pros who ride along.
Ice skaters of all stripes can find a home at Hampton Roads IcePlex. For budding figure skaters, the instructors offer lessons at 10 different levels. Beginners learn basic pivots and spins, and as skaters reach competitive levels, they cover double-axels, Arabian cartwheels, and turning ice into gold. Hockey players can also improve their skills at the complex?instructors lead leagues and workshops, which eschew figure skating's acrobatics and emphasize skating with speed and control. Even toddlers have a place at the rink?kids as young as 4 can take intro lessons that cover fundamentals such as falling safely. And those who want to just skate for fun can lace up rental blades during public skate sessions.