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 $119, you get a 20-minute helicopter tour of downtown Greenville from Shadowhawk Aviation, located at the Greenville Downtown Airport (a $260 value). Though each flight requires a minimum of two passengers, Groupon holders willing to pair up with other solo flyers may reserve single seats.
Having swept up such discriminating celebrities as Kurt Russell, John Hurley, and Kevin Costner, experienced copter operators at Shadowhawk Aviation cast Greenville’s scenic vistas in the starring role of their sight-packed helicopter tours. Passengers strap in to either a Robinson R-44 or a Eurocopter A-Star 350 before adjusting camera angles for upcoming photos, cooling off in the copter’s air-conditioned environs, or coaxing a souvenir poem out of the aircraft’s in-flight bard. After lifting off from Greenville Downtown Airport, whirligigs wend their way through the enchantingly verdant environs of Paris Mountain State Park as passengers snap sky-high shots of the park’s namesake peak. Soaring onward, spectators take in the stately charms of Furman University’s clock tower before peering through the crystal depths of Furman Lake in search of dynamic pictures and the university’s replica of Atlantis’ library. Captivating sites and architecture of downtown Greenville strut their superstructural stuff for photo-documentarians, bringing tours to a close with a panoramic mélange of skyline sights.
101 Tower Dr.
Greenville, South Carolina 29607