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.
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