Carefree Boat Club loads groups of up to eight explorers on an eager watercraft for a half day of cruising on the ocean waves. After arriving an hour early and completing a 45-minute training session, captains pocket four-hour boating and fishing licenses, select a seaworthy vessel—such as a Sea Ray 182 bowrider or a Triumph fishing boat—and putter across scenic waterscapes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fishermen can hook flounder and striped bass at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel while water-sports enthusiasts skim past landlubbers on water-skis or develop death grips as they tube within range of historic Williamsburg. After a morning or afternoon of sea skimming and arguing over who should call whom Ishmael, boaters can take shore leave at the various local beaches for a snack or a nap in the sun. Renters are responsible for picking up fuel costs, which can fluctuate daily; water sporters should bring their own equipment, as skis, tubes, and inflatable cabana bars are not available at the club.
Coached by Hall of Fame nominee Marty Schottenheimer—one of the winningest coaches in NFL history—the Virginia Destroyers look to rush, tackle, and pass their way to a UFL championship in their first year in Hampton Roads. Going into their third game with a 2–0 record, the Destroyers will take on the 0–2 Mountain Lions, hoping to rack up another win at home before bandaging their hands, washing their jerseys in neighbors’ pools, and travelling to California for a rematch in Sacramento. Fans can watch as star quarterback Chris Greisen tries to add to his 5–0 starting record in the UFL while he tosses touchdowns with laser-guided precision. The game will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which features as many as 10,000 seats and can accommodate enough spectators to intimidate visiting teams and scare off wandering grizzly bears.
Voted Facility of the Year by the United States Tennis Association in 2009, The George Washington Tennis Center hosts a number of cushioned courts and professional perks that extend well beyond the end lines. A one-month membership provides pros in training with unlimited court access and the invaluable addition of a free hour of advanced ball-machine use each week. Members also have access to the club’s online reservation system, allowing them to stake claim on a court weeks in advance. There are also discounts on the club’s enrolled programs. Whether you're stopping by for an acing challenge with Robo-Sampras or a love-love match with a skillful frenemy, your outing will be enhanced by additional amenities, including ice-cold courtside water, lights for evening bouts, and access to the on-site pro shop. The center offers free shuttle service from the Foggy Bottom Metro. Follow in the footsteps of the nation’s first president, who famously ended the Revolutionary War with a well-placed serve against Cornwallis on the courts of Yorktown, and enjoy a month of match points and volley forges at The George Washington Tennis Center.
For almost three decades, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has harnessed the melodious power of strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion to re-create classical pieces and vivify modern works. Shows speckle the schedule throughout the year, welcoming duos for “Date Night!” performances, delighting the senses with songs by local choirs, and celebrating snowmen’s birthdays with classic holiday tunes.
The Mariners' Museum puts nautical adventure on display with a treasure chest of oceanic artifacts. With either deal, you'll get unlimited admission to the museum. Tickle your grey matter with its outstanding exhibition: artifacts from the USS Monitor, an ironclad ship that battled bravely and sunk during the Civil War’s Battle of Hampton Roads. Or, see exquisite sea-inspired art and thousands of meticulously crafted ship models, which were occasionally used in the Keebler Elves' royal navy. Visitors can also stroll through The Mariners’ Museum Park, which is one of the largest privately-owned and -maintained public parks in the country. Members also receive the following benefits:
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