Diving for more than 30 years, Ron Busch—PADI master instructor and owner of Coral Key Scuba and Travel Center—first decided to share his passion for underwater exploration in 1995 by building a facility that catered to all facets of scuba and snorkeling. Since its construction, the center has been recognized as a PADI five-star training center that offers scuba and snorkeling classes, professional gear, and diving trips to far-off locales such as Indonesia.
An avid traveler, Busch entrusts day-to-day duties to the center's manager, Randy Partch, a PADI master scuba diver and trainer who teaches 16 different diving specialties and boasts certification to repair and service many different brands of scuba equipment and one kind of Xerox machine.
Sips of wine and beer get creative juices flowing during Spellbound Art's painting classes, held at wineries, breweries, and other booze-friendly venues throughout the Denver metro area. Guided by experienced instructors, participants follow a step-by-step process to complete their own colorful acrylic painting, which they can personalize with unique color schemes or love notes to the stranger one row back. Alternatively, daytime Open Studio sessions invite students to work on painting at their own pace in a more casual, kid-friendly environment.
Total Chaos Paintball brings video games into vivid reality, hosting colorful, officiated skirmishes on a 12,000-square-foot indoor battleground modeled after the Wasteland map from Call of Duty 2. Under constant pursuit by the opposing team, combatants duck down alleyways, hide behind urban debris, or outwit fast-moving opponents with quick presses of the pause button. The center can also simulate the stress of nighttime operations, killing the lights while a sound system broadcasts high-octane tunes to keep heart rates accelerated.
Amateur golfers of any age or skill level can test their mettle in their choice of three tournaments during the Golfweek Amateur Tour, which sorts hard-driving participants into different flights based on handicap, then awards Visa cards and trophies to top finishers (not included with this Groupon, prize eligibility must be earned with an additional $20 fee and a verifiable handicap). Face off against a gauntlet of club-wielding foes—each armed with their own special move and elemental weakness—on verdant, well-groomed lawns dotted with hidden slopes and devilish bunkers. Entry fees cover the green fee, range balls, cart rental, and purchase of shrieking novelty putters that you can slip into opponents' bags. Purchasers will also receive $10 off a Denver Golfweek Amateur Tour annual membership (discount valid through January 31).
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Fourteen Huacaya alpacas roam the fields at Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch where visitors can explore the ranch and meet the alpacas at all states of fluffiness. Once they get addicted to ogling the animals' soft fur, they can purchase hats and scarves featuring that same wool in the gift shop. Then, on shearing day, visitors can help coral, clip, and pack alpaca fur from 50 animals to get them ready for the summer in one massive event.