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.
Inside Stratosphere Trampoline Park, groups of daring jumpers defy the Earth's fierce gravitational grip upon grids of trampolines. Whether leaping through open jump sessions or playing games of dodgeball, visitors aerially traverse the wide arenas, rocketing off angled surfaces and diving into pits full of foam cubes. And since the planet's will cannot be fought forever, the park also contains a set of batting cages, where visitors can work towards their goal of one day sending their spherical projectiles into geosynchronous orbit.
CoCo's Funhouse's colorful 7,500-square-foot interior welcomes youngsters aged 2?10 to play safely as they bounce off air-filled walls and jump on giant inflatables. Private party rooms help groups celebrate birthdays and other events with ample balloons, extra-large pizzas, popsicles, and drinks.
With the help of Relentless Watersports' water-powered jet pack, it only takes a few seconds to go from lazily floating on the surface of the water to shooting through the sky. An instructor engages the jet pack's hand throttles, triggering its 200-horsepower engine to send streams of water coursing through a 10-meter hose, which in turn churns the water around you to launch you gracefully into the air. You can reach heights of up to 30 feet, much like a very tentative and cautious eagle.
This process might sound intimidating, but that's where the certified and CPR-trained instructors come in. They teach aquatic explorers the safety rules and techniques necessary to operate a JetLev jet pack, covering how to literally walk on water, hover above the water's surface, and turn on a dime.
A true golf legend with nine major championships to his name, Gary Player became a highly sought-after golf-course architect once his playing days were over. River Run Golf Course is one of his designs, which he saw to completion in 1991. The golf course exhibits many elements that highlight his skills as both an architect and a golfer, including fast greens that require a deft touch; shots over water that demand steely nerves; and dogleg turns that reward shot shaping and sharp x-ray vision through the trees. Golfers can cap off rounds with a visit to The Players Club, where they can dine on gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and seafood.
With fishing boats, charters, and dolphin- and whale-watching trips departing from dawn until dusk, the captains at Fisherman?s Wharf keep the docks buzzing with activity. This organized schedule of comings and goings can be attributed to the fact that four generations of the same family have been overseeing the fleet and learning the ropes for more than 70 years.