From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with today’s Groupon: for $120, you get a tandem, introductory hang-gliding package from Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia (a $199 value).
Each immersive, introductory hang-gliding experience package begins with basic training in Lookout Mountain's ground school to introduce novice bird imitators to the fundamentals of hang gliding. Following the book learnin', students take to the air, surfing the slopes 5–10 feet above the five training hills, all with the guidance of a certified instructor. The afternoon session supplies the highlights of the experience, as students strap into a tandem hang glider for an aerotow flight 2,000 feet above Lookout Valley. There is no limit on the number of Groupons you can purchase, so make it a family outing or organize your own flock to migrate to Miami for the remainder of winter. The 110-acre mountain resort contains camping, cabins, lofts, and a bunkhouse in the landing zone for extended stays.
- The Lookout Mountain Flight Park is the largest hang gliding school in the country for good reason--they have their operation well-organized and staffed by friendly and competent employees--important considering their line of business! – Benjamin M, Yelp
- This place is AMAZING. I had such a great time learning how to set up the glider and take runs off hills on my own, and my instructor was patient as she kept trying to get me to keep running no matter what. – Michelle, Yelp
Lookout Mountain Flight Park
A U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association–rated master pilot, Matt Taber has been soaring through the skies since 1978, during which time he's managed to design several of his own gliders. He's also devised and constructed other contraptions, such as glider-towing equipment and lightweight tow planes—both of which his company, Lookout Mountain Flight Park, uses to teach new recruits how to surf the skies. Matt leads a team of USHPA-certified pilots and instructors that coaches students of all levels in basics and advanced maneuvers through on-the-ground training and hands-on tandem flights, during which pilots safely guide their charges over the scenic mountains and blurry bushes of Lookout Valley. Conducted on a 55-acre private training facility, lessons can include the overnight use of amenities such as a pool, volleyball court, bathhouse, and cabins.