Hang gliding is truly the experience of a lifetime. It is peaceful and quiet, yet at the same time exhilarating and extremely fun. Wallaby Ranch specializes in tandem hang gliders outfitted with wheels so they can be towed into the air by an ultralight aircraft. Guests are harnessed next to the pilot in a cozy and comfortable sling, then the airplane makes its way down the field and lifts off into the air. Once you reach the desired altitude of 2,000 feet, the cable is released. Suddenly gliding free on the wind, serene and like a bird, you’ll experience spectacular and unobstructed views of Florida’s beautiful countryside. The pilot will show you how to fly the glider and let you control it if you want to. As the glider loses altitude, the pilot guides it to a smooth landing and rolls back to the launch site where enthusiastic spectators and staff applaud your arrival. Taking off and landing from a field is much safer than jumping from a cliff and the experience is not as scary as you might think. As an extra precaution, all of the hang gliders are equipped with parachutes. Safety is a priority at Wallaby Ranch and they do not fly if it is too windy. To schedule a flight, call the day before you want to go to make sure the weather is good. Flights usually begin early in the morning around 7:30 or 8:00am and finish around 9:30 or 10:00am before the wind picks up. After the morning flights have finished, everyone is invited to join the staff for a delicious, hot-cooked buffet breakfast prepared by a chef. Malcome Jones, the owner of Wallbay Ranch, and all of the people who work there, are like a family who goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome.
Last modified: August 30th, 2017