Harold "Bubba" Cliver spends more time in the air than some birds. When he's not working as a pilot, he's running Air Adventures Aloft, his hot air ballooning company that takes to the skies for leisurely excursions throughout the calendar year. Below, we've compiled four reasons to clamber aboard one of his company's rainbow-checkered balloons.
1. The sky will change colors during your flight. In good weather, the company's flights soar skyward twice a day: just before sunrise, and two hours before sunset. No matter the time of day, passengers have excellent sightlines to watch the sky puts on its technicolor show.
2. Rides are a little like trips to the zoo. Once they're airborne, passengers can watch North Texas wildlife going about its daily business—whether that means a rabbit poking its head out of its burrow, or a deer heading to spin class in two pairs of bike shorts.
3. You could get engaged in the air. The team offers flights specifically designed for proposals; couples can also opt to get married on their hot air balloon rides.
4. Every flight ends with a champagne toast and other goodies. Even the ones where no one proposes. That is, unless a passenger prefers a non-alcoholic beverage—in which case, orange juice abounds!
For the owners of Hawaiian Falls, a water park is more than just a place to beat the heat and while away the dog days of summer—it's a venue that encourages families and friends to put down their phones or tablets and enjoy an afternoon of real-life fun and fellowship. That isn't to say it's all kumbaya sing-a-longs or heartfelt discussions about that one very special episode of Full House, though. On the contrary, kids and adults of all ages can whiz down one of the many thrilling slides, hit the raucous wave pool, or wage all-out water war with the interactive splash-and-spill apparatuses speckled throughout the park. At certain locations, there's even non-aquatic adventures in the form of rock climbing walls, cargo nets, and high-flying ziplines. All the while, lifeguards and EMTs stand at the ready to ensure safety.
Of course, those who just want to spend the day relaxing and catching some sun can retire to calm, cannon-ball-free zones, including the lazy river or a privately rented cabana. There's also plenty of on-site restaurants and food carts to visit, which serve everything from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and turkey legs.
Private outdoor shooting range
Accommodates handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles
Targets set at varying heights and distances
Steel target configurations
Students are encouraged to bring their own guns
Limited selection of rental firearms
At a Glance
Big Boar Tactical doesn't train its clientele with typical stationary, paper targets. Instead, the trainers—each of whom has more than 12 years of professional armed-bodyguard experience—take beginners through drills that teach relevant skills. These might include learning to draw a gun, move, and shoot during the intro to handgun class or honing one-handed accuracy and using cover and concealment during the tactical combat handgun training course. These instructors can also help customers obtain concealed-handgun licenses or master the use of various other firearms.
Course architect Tripp Davis drew inspiration from both classic Scottish links and California’s famous Monterey Peninsula courses when crafting Stewart Peninsula Golf Course, an 18-hole layout touched on all sides by the waters of Lake Lewisville. Much like the conditions found at Stewart Peninsula’s high-profile muses, ever-shifting winds play a large factor in course play, challenging golfers who struggle to keep balls low or prefer to steer their carts with massive sails. The course also features two terraced par 5s—holes 9 and 18—that recall seaside holes at Harbour Town and Pebble Beach and end both 9s in dramatic fashion. Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can head to the driving range, where warm-up sessions will help prevent them from losing their balls in the abyss of Lake Lewisville or the neighboring ruptures in the fabric of space time.
Kayak Instruction, Inc.'s tale begins in 2000, when Dave Holl and his friends went kayaking in the Grand Canyon. As he paddled through the crashing water and listened to the laughter of his friends, Dave came up with a plan to start his own kayaking school. He'd hire a crew of top instructors—certified teachers with a real love for the sport—and build a fleet of quality kayaks.
Today, Dave's crew of seasoned instructors boasts an abundance of kayaking certifications and awards. When the instructors aren't helping fledgling kayakers achieve mastery over their oars, they're parting Texas waters during tours of scenic landscapes populated by bald eagles, blue herons, and fluttering land sharks. The team also rents out an assortment of recreational, tandem, whitewater, and sea kayaks by the day.
The Liberty by the Lake Festival is back for another round of family-style Independence Day fun. The party kicks off with a trio of races designed to jump-start the patriotism. A parade follows, complete with patriotic music and floats dedicated to America’s famous idols.
The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. with stunt riders on BMX bikes, followed by cirque performers, magic, comedy, food, and live music. Those with a competitive spirit can test their mettle in salsa-making and watermelon speed-eating competitions. Finally, the closing event sees plenty of fireworks casting red and blue sparks at Stewart Creek Park on Lewisville Lake.