Magic Waters' vast expanse of twisting slides, heated wave pools, and colorful attractions accessible to all visitors entertains entire families. While swimmers play, troops of lifeguards with extensive certification and training ensure safety, and mascots stand guard to pose for pictures with children and warn against the dangers of going down a water slide in a full-body costume. After careening through the mysterious darkness of the Abyss tube slide, guests drift down 1,200 feet of lazy river, sun themselves on the shores of the wave pool, or opt for more adrenaline with the Double Dare Drop, which plunges riders 75 feet in seconds. Younger aquanauts puff up their water wings in the interactive complex of Tiki Island or leapfrog over floating lily pads in Little Lagoon.
After exploring the twists and turns of rivers and waterslides, guests refuel with pizza, tacos, burritos, sandwiches or salads at Ocho's Cantina or indulge in cold treats at the Thirsty Turtle. A lineup of upcoming events entertains all ages with activities, while the park stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday Family Fun Nights and Magic Mondays.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Committed to strengthening the local community, Belvidere Family YMCA welcomes visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels to improve their mental and physical well-being by drawing on its many resources. In 1966, Boone County's citizens banded together to raise more than $700,000 for the construction of a modern YMCA equipped with a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, craft room, teen center, and administrative offices. The YMCA was renovated a second time in 1999 to expand the fitness center. Since its last update, the facility has adapted to fit the changing needs of its community by offering affordable membership rates and group workout programs for all ages and fitness levels.
After receiving her BDS and DDS at the University of Illinois, Dr. Thakkar of Belvidere Dental Designs went on to receive training in orthodontics and implant restoration. Drawing on this training, she helms a team of dedicated dental professionals who provide comprehensive exams, remove plaque and tartar, create gleaming smiles, and much more. Belvidere Dental Designs provides general dentistry for all ages. They help patients relax using high-tech Wand anesthesia—a local anesthesia administered via computer.
Regular visits from Aveda trainers keep the stylists abreast of the latest fashions, industry techniques, and products at be SPAcific Salon and Spa. The staff's steady hands slip through newly shorn locks tinted by Aveda coloring products, and patrons strut out confident enough to tell Godzilla about the fire engine stuck between his teeth.