In olden times, climbing into the sky was only attainable by finding magic beans and then selling them to buy a blimp. Write your own airy tale with today’s Groupon to Wallaby Ranch located near Champions Gate, approximately 30 minutes away from Tampa. Choose between the following options:
- For $115, you get a tandem-flight package for one (a $195 total value).
- For $215, you get a tandem-flight package for two (a $390 total value).<p>
A tandem-flight package includes the following for each person: * A tandem hang-gliding flight (a $175 value) * A Wallaby Ranch T-shirt (a $20 value)<p>
Veteran hang-glider pilot Malcolm Jones, owner of Wallaby Ranch, has more than 30,000 safe launches under his wings. He and his team of experienced instructors accompany novice sky sailors during aerotow hang-gliding flights. After suiting up, a lightweight plane tows gliders up 2,000 feet in the air, eliminating the learning curve of undertaking foot launches or utilizing comically oversize springs. The veteran instructor takes care of steering, allowing passengers to revel in the feeling of high-altitude gliding and the majestic surrounding countryside. The glider’s captain then ensures a smooth landing on the ranch’s 100-acre field. Commemorate your cumulous field trip with a Wallaby Ranch T-shirt, which proudly displays aerial feats to the world or ironically outfits scarecrows, which can never know the airborne joys of the birds they frighten.
“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Al Roker!” is what someone might have said if they were at Wallaby Ranch when the _Today Show_’s own weatherman chose it as the launching pad for his first hang-gliding experience. Al Roker’s flight was just one of more than 30,000 safe and incident-free excursions launched under the watchful eye of veteran hang-glider pilot and owner of Wallaby Ranch, Malcolm Jones. Together with a permanent crew of nine other pilots, instructors, and technicians, Malcolm leads aerotow hang-gliding flights above the lush Florida landscape of his ranch. The fleet of planes tows hang-gliders into the air, at which point they are released to float above the trees and drift smoothly down to the ground like a sleepy eagle.
Wallaby Ranch has full camping and RV accommodations on site, allowing groups and families to plan extended stays as they learn to master the aerial art. The crew prepares fresh community breakfast and lunch, and a 27,000-gallon swimming pool cools off visitors after a hard day’s glide. Guest can clamor up the climbing wall, while children can caper about the playground. Mountain-bike and walking trails abound, winding through the terrain and plunging hikers into the surrounding, native wildlife.