Led by friendly and professional guides, Independence Helicopters' skyline tours let regional natives and newbies alike see the historical city from a fresh perspective. After you crawl into the cabin of your luxurious aircraft, you'll fly down the Delaware River and over the Battleship New Jersey before getting up close and personal with the Philadelphia skyline, with a brief stop to rescue Morpheus from the Agents. Tours take place in Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, each of which is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, bubbled windows, and the world's biggest beanie cap. Treat two of your oldest buddies to a new view of the city's brotherly love, or avoid the awkward complications of booking two dates on the same night by inviting both of your love interests to a romantic meet-and-greet in the sky.
The experienced pilots and capable ground crew at Horizon Helicopter welcome flight seekers to their state-approved helicopter training facility. The school's top pilots offer an introductory flight lesson that guides hoverbird mimickers through all the checks and balances of airborne operation. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator keeps flyers grounded as they learn piloting techniques, including instrument operation and positional awareness; all hard-mounted switches and controls replicate those in the real aircraft, including operational gumball machines and Wright Brother bobble heads. The combined effect of wide views and the simulator’s accurate imitation of translational lift and torque transports pilot apprentices into the wild blue yonder without fear of cabin-pressure ear pops. Following this 30-minute simulation, pilot pros will set sail above the clouds with rookies in tow for 30 more minutes, allowing novice fingers a chance to twirl the dials and steer the helicopter's course through the sky.
Gales of laughter compete with crashing ocean waves at Steel Pier's scenic location on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Traditional attractions such as a ferris wheel take parkgoers on a spin, while elsewhere, guests get behind the driver's wheel of bumper cars. To get their hearts racing, the most daring visitors climb aboard The Sling Shot, which sends them racing at 100 miles per hour and up to 5Gs, or The Mix, which places guest on spinning arms that reach speeds over 60 miles per hour. Guests can also go on a helicopter ride for a bird's-eye view of the shore and other birds.
While a modern amusement park today, Steel Pier has a historic past. Originally opened in 1898, the Pier hosted top entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, and Frank Sinatra, and famed acts such as The Human Cannonball and the Miss American Pageant. But after years of neglect and a devastating fire, Steel Pier was in need of a makeover. So in 1993, the Catanoso brothers renovated the landmark spot to offer it's nostalgic charm and thrills to families for years to come.