In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
For more than 30 years, skate wheels have rumbled across the boards at Salem Fun Factory. Skaters strap on classic quads, inline, or speed skates, and do laps around the rink while lively music plays. But when they want to set feet on solid ground, the fun doesn't have to end. Among the laser-tag arena's dim lights and glowing obstacles, players duck and hide as they chase down their enemies to try to win the game or just give them noogies. Meanwhile, in the play area, kids winnow through tunnels and down slides before racing over to win prizes at the arcade. Parents who are just watching can skip the admission charges and jump on the free WiFi to pass the time until their broods are ready for milk shakes and pizza at the concession stand.
When paintballers feel ready for action but aren't sure where they'd like to do battle, they point their browsers to www.paintballpromos.com. There they'll find packages for nearby paintball fields, so they don't have to litter their own backyards with empty oil barrels and fill tiny water balloons with tempera paint. Packages usually include the rental of a marker and mask; paintballs and air fills are an extra charge at the field.
At Dimension Paintball, sharpshooters charge into colorful combat in four different battle zones, including a regulation airball field, an attack and defense base, and two woods fields. Home to the Ohio Havoc team, which competes at the national level, the facility features a cache of supplies ranging from full lines of paintballs to rental equipment. Dimension also offers reduced-impact play, which uses a more fragile style of paintball to diminish discomfort. No matter what style of play they choose, competitors can take aim on their own time or even as part of a corporate team-building outing?ideal for when intra-office snowball fights just aren't cutting it anymore.
Golfers forage for pars and birdies among well maintained fairways and pesky rough as they make their way through a round at Valley Golf Club. The club's nine-hole layout leads players past a smattering of trees that divide fairways and a few small ponds, but not a single bunker for scrawling thank-you notes to course superintendents. The course's short length makes it accessible to all levels of golfer, whether seasoned veterans working on short game fundamentals or beginners still learning the basics.