How To Celebrate Your Skydive in Charlotte

You've flown through the air with the greatest of ease and you've landed happily back on earth -- it's time to celebrate! Whether you want to watch your skydiving video with a cocktail, dance it out at a club or smile back up at the sky from a quiet, beautiful perch, you'll find it here!

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Happily, Piedmont Skydiving is really close to Charlotte, NC -- and really convenient to a lot of super-fun ways to celebrate your new status as a skydiver. Whether you want to watch your skydiving video with a cocktail, dance it out at a club or smile back up at the sky from a quiet, beautiful perch, you'll find it here!

Happily, Piedmont Skydiving is really close to Charlotte, NC -- and really convenient to a lot of super-fun ways to celebrate your new status as a skydiver. Whether you want to watch your skydiving video with a cocktail, dance it out at a club or smile back up at the sky from a quiet, beautiful perch, you'll find it here!

1.See the sunset from a canoe. Our area is chock-full of beautiful lakes -- 45,900 acres of water in all, from from Lake Norman at the north down to Lake Wylie at the south. There's almost 900 miles of shoreline spooling around all those lakes, leaving you little excuse not to find a quiet spot to push off and celebrate your jump in maritime style.

2. Shake your tailfeather at a rock show . From intimate spaces to massive amphitheatres, the Charlotte area pumps with every imaginable kind of music. If you've gotta dance out your skydiving excitement, there's a place to do it. Try the mostly-all-ages Tremont Music Hall, budget-friendly Amos' SouthendThe Fillmore Charlotte (sister ship to the famous SFO venue), open mic night at The Evening Muse or the historic, bluesy Double Door Inn.

3. ...or spread out a blanket to watch the symphony. On Sunday summer afternoons, you can join hundreds of locals on the lawn at Symphony Park. There, you can toast to your jump while the 82-year-old Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs a starlit set.

4. Tell new friends about your newfound freefall skills at Happy Hour at Common Market. Depending on the day, you'll find hoppin' beer gardens, wine tastings and/or live music -- and always, a steady rotation of neighborhood food trucks.

5. Celebrate with the very best beer. Beer is the traditional toast for a perfect skydive, and our convenient spot near Charlotte means that we get to clink pure gold. NoDa Brewing Company's Hop, Drop, 'n Roll American-style IPA won top honors at the 2014 World Beer Cup -- but you'd better have three, just to make sure it's good.

6. Cheer for hot, vicious girls on roller skates. (Better know what you're doing first.)

7. Have a Moon Pie ice cream. Eating Moon Pies in the summertime (OK, all year) is hardcore traditional around here. For the flavor plus a bit of extra-specialness, get it by the scoop at local favorite Cabarrus Creamery.

8. Tipple a poshity-posh moonshine at Halcyon Flavors. They have a cocktail called Sparkle ‘n Shine, which the mixologists concoct with Troy & Son's spectacular moonshine, some lemon, some house-made strawberry-cilantro syrup and sparkling wine. It's worth visiting just for the drink, but the local food served there is pretty damn great.

This was my 3rd and most enjoyable tandem jump to date. The staff was great and my jump master (Frank) was very cool guy.  I will be recommending them to my friends who want to try this.

» Philip Greenberg