At Fantasea Scuba & Travel, scuba diving can take you to the bottom of a pool, the depths of an ocean. or to Fiji. The company hosts dive trips to far-flung tropical locales, where participants can pair their dives with sunbathing and scenic walks on the beach. However, they also prep new divers for the open water with Minneapolis–based lessons, held in natural bodies of water and swimming pools.
For the past 26 years, the SSI and PADICenter has trained new divers in the basics. The SSI and PADI-certified instructors also impart more specialized skills, such as deep-sea diving and ice diving, which is essential for reaching the very back of your freezer. The gear shop complements the lessons with an array of equipment, from brands such as Scubapro, Cressi, Mares, Sherwood, and more.
Through the tree line at Adventure Zone Paintball, visitors can often hear the scattered reports of paintball markers and the thwack of their projectiles finding their targets. These friendly conflicts take place on seven fields, each ranging in size and configuration to encourage different combat situations. The largest is Hidden Valley, a heavily forested arena interwoven by trails and spotted with cover. The Outback encourages long-distance play with its central clearing, with players hiding in sniper towers, squatting behind plank walls, and standing awkwardly to pretend they are just trees. The small Urban Chaos field facilitates fast-paced games as teams duck behind overturned barrels and underneath the gate of a pretend car wash.
Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.
In 1957, Elmer Sorensen took the $35 in his savings account and spent it on paint and parts to spruce up his six used bikes. His wife sold all six in one day.??I think we are onto something here,??Elmer said. He was right. By 1960, Elmer and his family acquired their first stand-alone bike shop, increased their stock to 700 bikes, and began to deal in new bikes, parts, and accessories. Today, Penn Cycle & Fitness sells and rents the latest bike models from seven different locations and holds numerous accolades for its work.
Rainbow Play Systems’s expansive showrooms introduce kids aged 2 to 10 to a wonderland of gym equipment, all of which is available for purchase. A multitude of swing sets with spiral slides, trapeze rings, and tire swings exercise tykes while preparing them for the physics portion of the SAT.
Gander Mountain Academy's simulators render virtual targets at varying distances and with real-world precision, including accurate bullet holes. The simulators' technology delivers an array of training benefits, such as making the experience less intimidating for novices and letting advanced students choose more sophisticated target scenarios. Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with over 130 stores, it was among the nation's largest retailer of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, a place where technology meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement.