Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Flyboard by Zapata Racing
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Bring a swimsuit, a towel, and an ID.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Our 30-minute flight package.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Don't psych yourself out. Most people say it's easier than they thought it would be. Just remember to relax and follow the instructions your instructor gives you.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We are definitely the coolest thing to do on Lake Belton. Every time we fly people take pictures or video.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We also offer photo packages.
The steady hum of sewing machines emanates throughout Mrs. Taylor’s Sewing School, where students as young as six patch together skills in the craft. Throughout the week, the school’s flexible curriculum addresses different age-appropriate topics. Some adult classes, for instance, focus on the basics for beginners, and others have students stitch entire outfits from top to bottom.
Although children and teens are welcome to participate in adult sessions, the school makes sure to offer classes geared toward youthful interests. Kids can practice fundamental techniques while crafting pillowcases, and teens can do the same while assembling summer dresses to wear at parties or masks to wear when out in public with an embarrassing parent.
Around harvest time on Rising Star Vineyards' verdant acres, vines of chardonnay, merlot, and other Old-World grapes hang heavy, ready for their transformation into the small-batch wines the vineyard is famous for. As detailed in the Abilene Reporter-News, the grapes are trellised several feet off the ground, which owner Michael Oubre says “produces superior fruit” for their distinctive blends of Old-World flavor and Texan style. Their Salado cheesery and tasting room serves salads and sandwiches on locally baked bread for lunch, while vending cheese and other sundries exclusively made by Texas producers. In addition to cheese plates featuring fresh chevre from Bonney Goat Cheeses and Watonga flavored cheddars, the shop serves frozen wine margaritas to sip as talismans against the Samarian curses of the hot sun. The winery also holds regular wine-education and tasting classes, from a basic Wine 101 session to a food-and-wine-pairing session.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
A historic marker may be all that's left of the original Alexander's Distillery, which washed away in a flood in 1865, but that's not to say that the current reincarnation doesn't aim to recreate its predecessor's ambiance. Amid traditional decor elements such as dark, rich woods and scrolled silver platters, guests dine on elegant dishes from a seasonally rotating menu. Entrees have included everything from coq au vin to Black Angus tenderloin filet, which pair perfectly with desserts such as crème brûlée. Alexander's also offers prix-fixe chef's choice menus that include an appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert for each guest, with optional wine pairings available for those who know the proper way to pull out a wine cork using their teeth.