Take to the sky via plane, hot air balloon, skydiving, ziplining or hang gliding

Not afraid of heights and want to see things from a bird’s-eye view? Consider one of these daring opportunities.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Balloons Unlimited: Launch sites throughout Winchester, Berryville and
New Market

Blue Ridge Ballooning: Charlottesville

Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons: Front Royal

Boar’s Head Ballooning: Charlottesville

Bonaire Charters: Charlottesville

Monticello Country Ballooning: Charlottesville

Skyline Hot Air Balloons: Flint Hill


DC Skydiving Center: Warrenton

Fredericksburg Skydiving Center: Fredericksburg

Skydive Orange: Orange

Skydive Shenandoah: Shenandoah

Hang gliding

Silver Wings Hang Gliding: Arlington

BlueSky: Manquin

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Airplane Lessons

You can learn to fly yourself at area airports, or you can take a ride in an open cockpit airplane at the Flying Circus before and after the main show on a first-come/first-served basis. You can enjoy a standard ride—8 to 10 minutes of a straight and level course—or an aerobatic ride that lasts about 15 minutes and includes spins, rolls and loops.

American Aviation: Manassas

Av-Ed Flight School: Leesburg and Winchester

Aviation Adventures: Manassas, Leesburg, Stafford and Winchester

Dulles Aviation: Manassas

Zip Line Courses

Zip lining has gone mainstream and is offered throughout the NoVA area.

Adventure Park at Harpers Ferry: Harpers Ferry

Adventure Links: Clifton

Empower Adventures: Middleburg

Evergreen SportsPlex: Leesburg

Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventures: Springfield

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center: Purcellville

(April 2018, Sky-focused Day Trips