My family consisted of 2 little ones 5 and 4 a pre teen 11 and my wife and myself! We went there after I was given a social voucher to HANG GLIDE and have a lesson. What I got was more then promised, the guy in the office was funny and never quit making us feel like family, he was extremely busy though since they apparently had the entire day booked up with flights from what i was hearing. There is a well oiled team there with 1) office, 2) ground crew that shuttles and keeps you hydrated and laughing, and 3) the Pilot which was amazingly enough the same guy int he office who came out specifically to fly my 11 yr/old cause he wanted to make his first flight the best thing he was EVER going to do. OK... So, the place is far away but really well located if you think about it. They are 1.5 hours out of Ft. Lauderdale, St. Pete and Naples and a bit more from Miami and Orlando. This gives them I guess the ability to be less worried about the airspace and take you higher!!! I bought the Mile High Upgrade and I think it was 90.00 from the voucher I was given, and yes of course I bought the 65.00 video package that is shot in HD and make the memories concrete. My kids enjoyed the trampoline they had (with safety net, nice touch), all the citrus trees, and yes even the horse that came through for a little while. We waited the entire hour were were scheduled for but we knew that in advance, you pick an hour and then if you get there first you fly first but if you were the 5th in the office for that hour you fly 5th unless you are good at rock paper scissors.
They take you through a bunch of papers that are required, and show you what you can and can not do on the pictures from a person who just flew, then show you their video and the person was right there! That was cool cause you can see if it really was all that these guys are saying it is, and you know what!? It is...
5300 ft I was taken it took about 18min to even get there, and then another 15 minutes of flying. I got to sight see, fly the glider doing turns and stalls and stuff, and then after doing some aerobatic (sp) I actually did my own! He showed me how to do it and that was the MOST AMAZING THING EVER!
My wife flew and they gave her a huge price break, we didn't pay for a single drink they took great care of us. Sure it was half a day when all was said and done, but it's November and we are still talking about The Florida Ridge Flight Park. Apparently they also have another operation in MIAMI but that only goes up to 1000' not the 5300' I enjoyed.
In hind sight I wish I would have brought a cooler of food to have BBQd on one of the many they had there, and that would have been the cherry on the cake. Still, on the way out we stopped into the clewiston inn for food which was nice (buffet).
Be careful of the speed limits in that town too they change quickly and another couple that were there late were caught speeding in that town.
All in all I didn't say EXCELLENT cause really I wasn't prepared, I thought this was going to be bam wham thank you mam BUT it was an experience with really nice people and they really cared about making it special for us as a whole!!!!
Thank you guys!!!