The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment sends children aged 7 and younger running, rolling, and bouncing across 6,000 square feet of open play space. Colorful, imaginative doodads and structures line each wall of the center, inspiring pintsize explorers to socialize or get creative by concocting fictitious worlds or reenacting their favorite trips to the dentist. As kids venture from one themed area to the next, parents and guardians can keep tabs from anywhere in the facility or check out the new consignment shop, where lightly used clothes, baby gear, and toys help restock closets at home.
Stretching across five acres of farmland, this year’s Country Way Corn Maze layout is skulled and crossboned with a pirate theme and treats labyrinth lovers to fascinating trivia about notable piracy practitioners. Adding puzzles within puzzles to the curving corridors of cob are the rubbing stations that families must use to decode the maze’s secret word. Since the maze’s route can be as convoluted and nonsensical as the plots of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, numerous Maize-o-Vision stations give the hopelessly shipwrecked a crow's nest from which they can seek a path back to dry land. A separate mini-maze leads the youngest visitors to stations that teach about farm animals instead.
Since sculpting its first fairway in 1928, The Brookwoods Country Club has earned hosting rights to such prestigious events as a U.S. Women’s Open qualifying tournament and multiple New York State Amateur Championships, each attracted by the pristine upkeep and spectacular views sculpted into the Geoffrey Cornish–designed course. Golfers must navigate the dense forestation lining the fairways and the water in play on all holes except the par 3 14th hole, placing a premium on deft club selection and the use of hydrophobic golf balls.
Afterward, players can head to the 19th Hole and refuel with soups and sandwiches on the outdoor patio that overlooks the course. Indoors, a fireplace warms patrons as they sip on post-round beers and regale each other with tales of the time they putted the entire course.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,806 yards from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Designed by Geoffrey Cornish
The 18-hole layout at Brookwoods Country Club plows through a verdant landscape, highlighted by dense swaths of trees and small ponds. The course was built back in 1928 by architect Geoffrey Cornish, and since then has hosted a number of major competitions. Among these are the US Women's Open Qualifier, a US Amateur Qualifier, and multiple RDGA Championships, to say nothing of the numerous friendly wagers and 5-iron sword fights the course has seen throughout the years.
Course at a Glance:
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet.
In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
An independent arts and crafts studio, Hope in Art invites prospective Picassos in for 2.5 hours of heavy right-brain lifting in an encouraging environment with paint-your-own garden stepping stone workshops. Armed with a 12" x 12" stone and their own imaginations, amateur artists while away an afternoon or evening, accenting the bare slabs with flora-enhancing patterns or faces designed to scare off skunks. Hope in Art enables sketchers in creating professional-looking pieces with an array of patterns and designs to lay down on an almost-finished stone, as well as an experienced artist-scholar patrolling the room to dole out troubleshooting tips, demonstrate new techniques, and block errant flying milkshakes. Groupon customers should call ahead to schedule their workshop.