The Gladiator Assault Challenge confronts racers with a 5- to 7-mile course surrounded by scenic woodlands, cheering spectators, and up to 30 intense obstacles. Gladiators aged 18 and older go solo or join forces with other competitors to ford the waist-high waters of Mud Mayhem, rope-swing through Jungle Love, and use oversize novelty scissors to break the finish tape. Additional obstacles test physical stamina with 12-foot vertical walls, fallen trees, and cargo nets that act as moats blocking the finish line. After the Slideway ushers racers to a skidding finish, a complimentary beer and raucous after party lend ample time to scrawl "wash me" on opponents' backs.
Tucked away amongst the rippling hillsides of rural Harvard, Countryside Christmas sprawls before visitors a winter wonderland of snow-peppered pine trees, winding streams, and meticulously groomed trails. During 30-minute sleigh rides, a duo of belgian draft horses leads a custom-built, luxury sleigh across the picturesque province, where flawless drifts and snowmen playing chess captivate passersby. Guests wrap themselves in cozy warmers and woven blankets, stretching comfortably across the sleigh’s padded velvet seats while seasonal music drifts from speakers to inflate trips with an extra dose of holiday spirit. As the two-horse open sleigh glides gracefully across frosty terrain, snacks and belly-warming beverages such as hot chocolate, cider, and coffee sprinkle yuletide odysseys with homely comforts. Complimentary jingle bells also amplify the magical ambiance by summoning wild herds of antlered Frank Sinatras from the woods. While waiting to board their sleigh, travelers can admire Countryside Christmas’s nativity scene and light display or settle into the Cozy Corral Theatre to take in a holiday television special.
Inspired by the German Turnverein associations of the early 19th century, the Milwaukee Turners first came together in the mid 1800s, gaining their charter from the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1855. In 1882, the group constructed Turner Hall, and the building has housed the organization and its stockpiles of sweatbands ever since. Over the decades, the hall has welcomed in visitors with a mission to help them create sound bodies and minds.
Though they derive their name from “Turnen,” the German word for gymnastics, the Milwaukee Turners teach visitors much more than just how to lasso a pommel horse. In addition to the gymnastic school, the organization schedules classes for fencing and yoga. Their rock-climbing wall's top ropes take climbers up 26 feet as they practice belaying techniques. To strengthen minds, the Turners lead meetings such as the 4th Street Forum, which discusses issues crucial to the community, and host concerts within the Turner Hall Ballroom.
Now a national landmark, Turner Hall echoes the organization's rich history. Sprung from the mind of famed architect Henry H. Koch, the building's design includes an Italianate façade crafted with Cream City brick and panoramic paintings that make visitors think they're trapped inside a cartoon. The hall boasts a full restaurant, beer hall, and two-story ballroom, making it an ideal locale for special occasions.