Ripe with competition, the atmosphere surrounding New Jersey Motorsports Park provides ample activities suited for South Jersey families. One part of the park is Battlegrounds Paintball?the facility's paintball fields that aim to not only give players a paintball game, but a unique paintball experience. Situated on 10 acres of land, adventurous souls aged 10 and older can partake in splattering game styles, ranging from capture-the-flag to organized scenarios.
At the other part of the park, a track pulses with the roar of engines, a siren's call to professional and amateur racers and the crowds that cheer them on. From spring through late fall, the track?s major events entice fans young and old and range from open-wheel racing to karting. With little to no experience, amateur drivers can arrive and drive with the track's F1 karting program, which sends similarly skilled drivers careening around the bends of a track that features six different configurations and 11 prime spots to throw a well-aimed koopa shell at the competition.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
At High Performance Driving School, students unlearn everything they ever knew about speed limits. When they strap on a driver’s helmet or zip into a racing suit, they’re preparing to hit speedometer-shattering speeds by prodding the 170 horses saddled under the hoods of the official Volkswagen Jettas of the all-diesel, TDI Cup racing series. The Arrive & Ride experience plops students into the passenger seat to tear across the pavement with a professional driver. Other courses prep students with the safety and instruction necessary to plant backsides in an FIA-homologated race seat, grip the steering wheel, feather the accelerator, and feel the shudder of Pirelli racing tires as they slowly but surely carve runes into the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt track.
The High Performance Driving School staff is led by Ryan Arciero and Dennis McCormack, a pair possessing years of experience both behind the wheel and in the pit on racing teams. Dennis has been a crew chief, Indy Car team owner, and most recently, the program director for the TDI Cup. Ryan has continued his family’s 55-year legacy in motorsports by snatching titles in both lapped and off-road races, including the Score Baja series that snakes along Mexico’s Baja peninsula.
Active Fitness prides itself on its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and for the last 20 years, patrons have noticed. A team of certified personal trainers stands at the ready throughout the spacious fitness center, helping guests buff up on the weight-training equipment or burn calories on the rows of more than 50 cardio machines. Their goal is to make each guest feel like they’re part of a team, rather than just another membership number, which they stress in their small-group classes. Their classes include VastForce, an intense circuit-training class that combines elements of rock climbing, suspension training, and rowing, in which they coach each exerciser to complete the routines at their individual fitness levels. They also helm personal-training sessions, in which they push patrons toward their fitness goals—from running a marathon to losing a few pounds to flying 2 feet—with tailored routines and nutrition counseling.
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy teaches children so much more than self-defense. For more than 20 years, instructors armed with at least a bachelor's degree have combined classic fighting techniques with important character-building lessons centered on concepts such as kindness, confidence, personal safety, and the discipline to face opponents armed with cool trading cards. Adult classes instill the same skills, exploring basic martial arts techniques and granting a full-body workout without requiring any previous experience. Beyond their standard karate lessons, the experts also teach other martial arts?such as the self-defense techniques of krav maga, the slow, energetic movements of tai chi, and the somersaults and takedowns of capoeira?and teach general fitness classes, including Pilates.
Nestled in a refurbished loft of a former bank building, Yoga Inspired offers a uniquely soothing space for connecting body to breath. Visitors walk under the building’s imposing entrance and white columns before making their way to an airy loft space painted in an aqua marine color that helps calm pet seals. The carpeted floor adds extra cushioning to yoga mats as natural light filters in through large windows.
The studio’s classes include classic Hatha and Vinyasa Flow and are clearly coded as challenging, beginner-friendly, or gentle. Yoga Inspired’s team of certified instructors leads sessions seven days a week, and in the spring, the studio offers outdoor classes on a 20-acre horse farm in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.