Teams clad in protective goggles scatter into a mountain field thick with laurel, rhododendron, and brier as they seek cover, their markers locked and loaded. Hearing paintballs whiz through the brush, a player dives into prone position. Adjusting her goggles after colliding with the ground, the combatant freezes, notices the silhouette of a whitetail deer crouched in the brush just yards away, and lets down her guard long enough to appreciate the moment before taking new aim.
At Pocono Mountain Paintball, players step onto 12 fields—including three scenario fields—ranging from untouched natural terrain to 1,700 feet of trenches and sandbag bunkers. To maximize players' game time, Pocono's staff maintains a reservation system that limits the fields to 100 players per day. Further touches include camouflage overall rentals, an online FAQ with participant advice, and changing rooms with hot showers so players can spruce up before meeting Mom for a post-game debriefing. Pocono's crew also coordinates rafting, biking, and kayaking packages through partner company Whitewater Rafting Adventures.
One of the world's leading live-entertainment companies, Live Nation connects millions of fans to thousands of performances across the globe. Today's deal can be used for one or more selected Live Nation concerts at the open-air arenas of San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino or Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. These concerts provide fans with aural stimulation of all stripes, which fills ears more pleasantly than the aggressively atonal orchestras that roam the countryside. Upcoming concerts at the San Manuel Amphitheater include such diverse performers as Luis Miguel, Judas Priest, and Rascal Flatts, and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater’s calendar includes the Epicenter Rock Festival and Social Distortion, offering listeners a cornucopia of euphonic options.
Since 1979, the staff of 24-7 Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Nautilus and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs’ personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields and have national certifications from accredited organizations, unlike less qualified trainers certified by arcade arm-wrestling machines.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
Founded by Pilates master Susan Fox, The Core Center is a 4,500-square-foot facility featuring a large space for group classes and two areas for equipment classes. Along with select members of her staff, Fox holds a license in Fletcher Pilates, a variation of the original Pilates method that emphasizes movements that emerge organically throughout the routine. The center also plays host to Zumba, Yamuna, and dance classes, all of which welcome students with two left feet as long as they bring their own pairs of left shoes.
Storied naturalist John James Audubon visited the Pocono Mountains in 1829 to document the lush upper Lehigh River area, which is populated by bluebirds and woodpeckers. Today, there's an added chirping to these woodlands of northeastern Pennsylvania: the slot machines at the AAA Four Diamond Mount Airy Casino Resort. The casino is tucked away into the brush, located about a two-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia. It's possible to watch cards and chips trade hands on the 65,000-square-foot gaming floor and then go for a relaxing hike amid the quiet forests and cabins of the Poconos area.Table games such as blackjack, poker, and roulette make up the casino, just one of the many places to stay entertained in the palatial hotel complex. Comedians and musicians regularly make up the entertainment calendar at Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, where a house DJ spins records over a 10,000-watt sound system in the late hours.Five different restaurants are on hand and satisfy a wide variety of appetites and budgets. Le Sorelle Cucina has a romantic vibe, a cozy Italian bistro that serves up classic dishes such as sicilian baked oysters and fillet alla gorgonzola. Betty's Diner, meanwhile, has the feel of old-fashioned America, as its dining room comes decked out in 1950s memorabilia and all of its delicious malts are eligible for political office. As the night winds down, you can retire to the comfort of the deluxe king or double-queen rooms, which feature pillow-top beds clad in goose-down duvets. Pocono—which translates to "stream between two mountains"—is speckled with hidden lakes and waterfalls. The Delaware State Forest features the Thunder Swamp Trail System, which meanders from lakefronts to mountain crests amid challenging, rocky terrain. Brook trout swim in the mountain streams, while deer, rabbits, and coyotes stalk through nearby groves in search of their cartoon counterparts. As the weather grows warmer, one of the best ways to take in the scenery is by portaging a canoe or kayak through the lowland bogs.About 40 minutes north, the town of Scranton is a living relic of the industrial revolution. Working steam engines puff away at the Steamtown National Historic Site. Starting in April, the Lackawanna Coal Mine will open up for visitors, who can descend 300 feet down into the 1860-era coal-mining shaft.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call 1-800-GAMBLER or email email@example.com.
As the sun rises over Manito Equestrian Center's sprawling farm, horses stir and whinny within their stalls. The steeds blink as they emerge from their stately, centuries-old bank barn to run and jump across 60 acres of land, including indoor and outdoor riding arenas.
A staff of seasoned horsewomen attends these gentle mounts, filling their stalls with fresh straw, feeding them nutritious oats, and reading aloud to them from Black Beauty every night. They also strengthen and expand the equestrian community, teaching students of all ages and experience levels riding techniques and horse-care fundamentals during lessons and camps. These sessions focus on dressage, hunt-seat, Western, and recreational styles, preparing riders for a fun trot through the woods or a career in competitive jumping. The trainers also conduct an innovative equine-assisted learning program that uses horse therapies and exercises to promote resilience and the development of life skills in children and adults recovering from trauma.