- $165 for a glider lesson, 30-minute ride, and student log book ($265 value)
Miami Gliders Inc.
The Everglades are known for their sawgrass prairies and tropical trees, but there's another key feature of this region that's completely invisible to the naked eye. The shallow waters retain heat through the night and produce thermal updrafts during the day—which is when Miami Gliders comes in. The updrafts allow the FAA-certified pilots, their passengers and students, and the entire glider to soar thousands of feet above areas, including the Everglades, Florida Keys, and the Redlands. Once towed up in the air, the pilots give lessons or point out sightseeing features, with plenty of opportunities to snap photos and take video. They also give intro flights in regular airplanes, complete with engines and tanks full of fizzy lifting drink.