Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
With its toothy alligators and mangrove-filled swamplands, the Florida Everglades is rife with uniquely American landscape and folklore. At Big Toho Airboat Rides, visitors can speed through the storied wetlands aboard airboats powered by brawny aircraft engines. From their perch, they'll search for glimpses of the area's famous wildlife, keeping eyes open for eagles, osprey, and deer donning rain boots. They'll also witness large Florida alligators in their natural habitat, even posing with a smaller alligator for a memorable photo op.
Though it's miles from the shoreline, Fantasy Surf's wave is ready to ride all day, every day?even when it's raining. The indoor FlowRider system keeps the water flowing constantly to simulate the action of riding a wave on a surfboard or gliding behind a powerboat on a wakeboard. The wave is also friendly enough for small riders, making it a fun outing for the entire family. Even kids as young as five can grip onto bodyboards to navigate the rushing water with the joy and ease of a half-man, half-dolphin. On-site instructors teach safety precautions, the fundamentals of wave manipulation, and nifty tricks to guests based on their individual ability levels.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 150 and 172 to a multi-engine jet, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, flights. Lessons depart from nearby airports and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird?s-eye view of the local wildlife, downtown areas, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation?s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.
Inducted into the National League in 1962, the Houston Astros have since netted six Hall of Fame players and a trip to the World Series. In 2000, the club made its home at Minute Maid Field, a 42,000-capacity stadium replete with red-brick walls, natural grass, and a 242-foot retractable roof. Throughout every game, kids can interact with mascot Junction Jack, a rabbit and train conductor who harkens back to the era when Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish sheepdog, controlled half the Union's railroads.
In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.