For most of the year, Smithfield Farms is a humble plot of arable land. But as summer becomes fall, it transforms into Fields of Adventure, an autumn-themed fun park. Here, families can ride the old-fashioned wagon to the pumpkin field, where they can pick out the perfect gourds for their porch or stoop. But as the name suggests, Fields of Adventure offers more heart-pounding action as well. Guests can ferret their way through the 7-acre corn maze (the farm also builds a much smaller version for children) or zoom down the 600-foot zipline. The many other activities available here include pony rides, a straw bale maze, and outdoor bowling. Hungry patrons can even choose an ear of corn for staffers to turn into fresh kettle corn. As night falls, guests can gather round the campfires' glow, enjoying snacks, s'mores, and drinks from the concession stand.
At Carlisle Sports Emporium, revelers hone their hand-eye coordination in an arcade with more than 100 games and two whimsical 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Sprawled across 20-acres, the complex houses the 7,500-square-foot two-tiered LASERTRON laser-tag arena alongside multiple go-kart tracks, defining it as a definitive place to play. Guests can shine up their short game on a medieval- or western-themed mini golf courses, practice their best back spins at the roller skating rink, or grab a homemade pizza or french fries at Victory Lane Caf?. Visitors can also stretch their sinews on the computerized indoor climbing wall?which can simulate classic climbs such as El Capitan or Devil?s Tower.
The shores of the Juniata River abound with lofty trees and verdant plants, creating a scenic backdrop for Juanita River Adventures's aquatic excursions. The family-owned-and-operated company saddles guests into quality and clean tubes, canoes, and kayaks while pointing them toward scenic routes, plentiful fishing holes, and cozy campsites. Staff at their headquarters lease fishing rods and tackle, while their campgrounds speckle with picnic tables, horseshoe pits, and a beach-volleyball court. Throughout the trip, guests have the chance to witness diverse wildlife? such as bald eagles, smallmouth bass, and tech-startup employees on wilderness team-building retreats?in its natural habitat.
Nestled amid freshly manicured lawns and lush overhanging greenery, Boiling Springs welcomes swimmers to its family-friendly pools, three waterslides, and full-service snack area. Eschew Crisco-slathered skids down school stairwells in favor of water-sloshing sprees down the enclosed 130-foot Nightmare, the open-flume 232-foot Daydream, or the double-twisted 90-foot USA Slide. Each plummet deposits dunkers into one of Boiling Springs’ four swimming sectors, which include a main 150'x50' pool as well as a miniature lagoon for pint-sized paddlers. Sun-soakers can smoothly tip shades when admiring the newly-installed decks, or indulge in a post-swim feast from the on-site snack bar, chock-full of ice cream, grilled fare, and refillable sports bottles. Boiling Springs Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day; guests can check the calendar for specific hours.
Climbnasium challenges climbers of all experience levels with a 45-degree wall, top-rope climbs up to 40 feet, extensive bouldering areas, and varying grades of belay courses. Neophyte climbers are required to take the approximately 30-minute introduction course included in today’s deal, which teaches the basics of safety, tying in, belaying properly, and which direction to face when ascending the wall, discouraging backward crab-walking up steep surfaces. Prior to class, proper climbing costumes will be distributed, including specially designed footwear, safety harnesses, and tear-away pants equipped with mini parachutes. After completing the class, the day pass grants access to all courses, allowing future mountaineers to taste the adrenaline rush of scrambling, bouldering, and eventually top-rope-climbing their way to yodelayheehoo.
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.