In the cockpit, amateur pilots guide their aircraft toward the destination of their choice, be it a familiar nearby airport or an exotic locale like the island airport of Hong Kong or the Alps-surrounded runways of Innsbruck, Austria. A highly trained instructor sits beside them, helping with any hiccups they may encounter. And thanks to 180-degree cockpit views, clients enjoy excellent sights—sunrises, sunsets, even banks of fog rolling in—between the highly technical takeoff and landing maneuvers. All told, it's an epic experience. It's also not totally real.
In reality, the cockpit is part of Flight Experience's hyper-realistic flight-simulator version of the Boeing 737NG. It sits stationary on the ground throughout faux flights, allowing clients to learn the ropes of aviation without leaving the world of normal-sized snacks behind. In the pilot's seat, they learn to juggle controls for airspeed, altitude, and flight path, which, combined with the cockpit's lifelike vibrations and digital visuals, create a believable airborne experience.
Sports fans flock to Burlington's Guard Up for a fun day away.
Jab, hook, kick! These kickboxing classes will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a great cardio workout.
Learn how to relax your mind and incorporate sharp and precise movements in this MMA class.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Ask the coed instructors of Streetwise Cycle School to name their favorite roads to ride, and they'll describe places that would rival the pictures in Condé Nast—New England's meandering back roads, South Dakota's arid Badlands, and Oregon's lush Cascade Mountains. Certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and upholding the training standards of the state's Motorcycle Rider Education Program, these instructors ready riders from beginner to advanced for their own open-road odysseys. Courses and private lessons in both motorcycle and scooter riding prepare riders to apply for their licenses. When they're not busy aiding current riders, Streetwise's team members also encourage new enthusiasts to explore motorcycling, arranging incentives through local dealers that include gift cards and discounts on diamond-encrusted helmets.
If you're looking for a great place to disconnect from your daily tasks and get your vacation on, Boston Logan International Airport in Boston is a prime choice.
When you take advantage of the nearby parking, you can maintain easy access to your car throughout your whole stay.
If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include Terminal B Stop 2 (SL1), Terminal A (SL1), and Terminal C (SL1).
In Focus: City Auto School
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese
Class offerings: driving classes, road tests, drivers’ ed programs
Flexible schedule: classes available seven days a week, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Since 1985, the FAA-certified team of pilots and instructors at East Coast Aero Club has shepherded citizens from Hanscom Field airport to the skies above Boston for sightseeing, introductory flights, and pilot-certification programs. The crew oversees a 35-aircraft-strong fleet composed of planes by Piper, Cessna, Cirrus, and Diamond, as well as helicopters by Robinson. The company’s entry-level educational program, Learn to Fly, matches pupils up with one of more than 25 certified flight instructors, who teach students how to read each craft's instruments and back issues of SkyMall.
But passengers don't just learn about flight; they also learn about the area around them. Scenic flights afford aerial views of the city, soaring from Hanscom Field over such sights as the Lexington battlefields, the Charles River, and the USS Constitution. Passengers can bring along cameras to capture the spectacular views and document any crop circles they spot in the outfield at Fenway Park.