Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.
What kid doesn't dream of owning his or her own playground? David Zorn grew up storming the fields of Paintball Park, falling in love with the game. In college his childhood pastime turned into a semiprofessional career that took him to cities such as Chicago and Miami, where he made his television debut on ESPN's airing of the Campaign Cup tournament. Shortly after college, David jumped at the chance to purchase his old stomping grounds, where, across 18 acres of pigment-spattered fields, shooters settle good-natured scores as a trained staff ensures safety.
Colorful projectiles tear a zipper-like sound through the air across Paintball Park?s seven paintball fields, which have varying themes. In Paintball Canyon, players hunker down alongside a gorge, stashing themselves inside log forts or under bridges. The simulated nuclear-waste site at Ground Zero provides hiding places in the form of stacks of barrels and pipes; Dodge City simulates an Old West town, complete with a saloon and animatronic tumbleweeds; and players can find tournament-style play among the inflated blue obstacles of the airball field. Between games, paintballers refuel at the snack shop or at the grill pits and picnic tables scattered in the courtyard. At annual events, the staff sets up a scenario that spans all seven fields for an all-day game, designed to re-create battles from history, video games, or the time Sun Tzu?s lunch was missing from the fridge.
Golf Card International holders get discounts at thousands of courses throughout North America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1974 for course-hopping golf enthusiasts, Golf Card offers players discounted tee times and a plethora of other perks, ranging from 15 free rounds of golf at Warrior Golf-owned courses to a USGA handicap card and golf GPS smartphone app.
Golf Card includes access to thousands of courses nationwide, including more than 70 courses in California, more than 70 courses in Florida, more than 125 in Michigan, and more than a 100 in Illinois. Players can enjoy courses in Mexico, Canada, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, and many other locales. Members also receive a free year's subscription to Golf Digest magazine, and more.
Vantage Point Golf Center's driving range features Tif 419 Bermuda grass tees—the same turf found on top-notch golf courses. At 200 yards wide and more than 300 yards in length, the range presents players with plenty of room to work on all sorts of shots, from gentle draws for the long par 5s, to boomeranging slices around a putt-putt course windmill. You can even play after dusk, when the range turns on its lights.
Once players have emptied their range ball buckets, they can head inside to the pro shop to stock up on men's and women's apparel, or grab a bite to eat from the cafe, replete with an outdoor patio and indoor seating by a fireplace and television.
True to its name, Dixie Rents and its subsidiary, Party Concepts, rent out all manner of equipment for construction and landscaping projects along with furnishings and play equipment for big fetes. Dixie's arsenal of machinery, including generators, log splitters, and backhoes, teams up with propane-tank refills and airless paint sprayers to tackle home-improvement and construction goals. For party rentals, Party Concepts' expansive inventory suits most any occasion, from wedding décor such as candelabra, skirted tables, and wine fountains to business-conference gear such as podiums and dunk tanks.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club?where kids aged 8?12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool?to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.