Under the birdie- and albatross-watching eyes of PGA professionals, Afton's spacious course is a verdant putter-pendulating utopia nestled in the majestic foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Lushly colored foliage enwraps swing sultans and novices in a euphoric environment for their driven bouts of spheroid-slamming, and a recently installed Rain Bird irrigation system boasts more than 200 sprinkler heads for watering the greens, fairways, and golf-ball-eating Venus fly traps sprouting throughout the course. Game-induced tummy quakes can be placated at the public clubhouse overlooking the green—with savory salad, deli, and grill fare ($3.50–$7.50) available for purchase and for putting off the outdoor patio.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The year was 1889. Harlow E. Bundy, an entrepreneur by trade and nature teamed up with his brother, Willard Bundy, to market the time recorder. Willard worked as a jeweler and inventor, and combining his expertise with his brother's business savvy, the two founded Bundy Manufacturing Company. After working in Binghamton, the brothers' company moved to Endicott and changed names. Today, people know it as IBM.
The brother's legacy still stands in Binghamton, though, in the form of Harlow Bundy's one-time house, now the center of the Bundy Museum of History and Art. The museum preserves not only the story of the brothers, but also the history and artwork of the region that inspired them. The collection includes a wide array of early manufacturing implements, broadcasting tools, and even a life-sized recreation of the Bundy's booth from the 1893 World's Fair. The curators run an open art gallery that showcases different artists every month, as well as an African Gallery focusing on ancestral and ceremonial African artifacts. There's even a vintage barbershop on the campus, a recreation of the one that stood next to IBM's original Endicott headquarters.
Chuckster's 18-hole course casts balls along the humps and twists of elongated greens and optional watery passages, earning it the honor of hosting the 2010 National Miniature Golf championship, while three other entertainment options encourage climbing, bouncing, and twirling. Chuckster's rock-climbing wall grants geology-enthusiasts a 27-foot ascent, while jumpsters places guests in a bouncy harness to catapult, twirl, flip, and practice future moon landings. Aeroball pits gamers against each other as they bounce on a trampoline to make hoops, combining the hand-eye coordination of basketball with the restlessness of kangaroos in elevators. Delicious ice-cream cones await all golfers, climbers, and aeroballers after they finish putting their final hole or tearfully reuniting with gravity, and Chuckster’s also hosts live music every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m.
Helmed by lifelong Cortland residents Stephen and Patricia Jordan, Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center regales fun-seeking guests of all abilities with three engaging attractions. The 18-hole, indoor black light mini-golf course takes putt-putters on a pilgrimage through a 450-foot labyrinth of smooth faux-greens framed by phosphorescent murals depicting underwater ruins and neon incarnations of each golfer’s embarrassing yearbook photos. Playful music is complemented by emerald corridors that snake through a pirate-themed pastiche of misting waterfalls, wooden ships, and lush palm trees. The scampering feet of kids age 2–10 can bounce, bound, and barrel roll across the cushy floor of the bounce houses that populate Shipwreck’s play area, which also includes a dress-up area, two play houses, and a play office where kids can jubilantly file tax forms.
As instructors move through the flowing postures of the Vinyasa style of yoga, the studio’s vintage oak floors gently creak in time. The constant movement builds up an internal heat in students' cores, reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through picture windows and reflecting off the yellow walls. These open sessions invite practitioners of any ability, although beginner level and advanced courses gear lessons to more specific needs and mats not quite ready to unroll all the way. Mighty Yoga’s mission is to openly welcome those seeking the gifts of yoga practice, lavished on not only the body in the form of increased flexibility, but also on the mind in the form of increased calmness. That’s why the studio’s instructors constantly repay those gifts by hosting donation-based workshops that give back to local, national, and international charities.
Shielded in JT Spectra Thermal Goggles and armed with Tippman 98s and Tippman A5s, paintball combatants rush through Ithaca Paintball and Recreation's fields and crouch in its bunkers, firing colorful orbs at unwitting opponents. The facility supplies players with rental or purchasable gear to use while working their way through the wooded field's buildings or fire rounds on a seven-person speedball field. Around Halloween, Ithaca Paintball and Recreation transforms its acreage into XScream, where gun-toting guests eliminate zombie-impersonating actors and levitating Renaissance portraits from its haunted woods.