There are few freedoms as liberating as being able to fly, which is why humans spent millennia inventing the airplane and why penguins are so very, very bitter. Exceed evolutionary shortcomings with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a 30-minute paragliding flight from Paramotor Tours in Beverly (a $225 value).
Paramotor Tours’s guides launch adventures up beyond clouds into the sky’s cerulean expanses, silent except for the hum of the powered glider. To promote safety, a pretakeoff briefing arms brains with vital knowledge and a list of words seagulls find offensive. Customers can choose a route and altitude for the trip, allowing them to reach heights of up to 8,000 feet as the craft glides over a warm, living map of choppy ocean and sandy beaches. The pilot responds readily to requests to alter the flight path and can shift altitude or direction according to the rider’s whims. Thirty minutes after takeoff, the vehicle touches down, and passengers disembark full of treasured memories, like the winner of a yearbook-eating contest.
Paramotor Tours sends adventurers skyward on the wings of motor-powered paragliders. Nationally certified pilots adhere strictly to FAA safety regulations as they strap in for tandem flights, lifting thrill seekers to heights of up to 8,000 feet. To help ensure smooth takeoffs and landings, each glider boasts several safety features, including reserve parachutes, GPS navigation, and a pause button. Adventurers who wish to pilot their own glider can sign up for a solo-flying course, available on select days.