Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
A maze's twists and turns are hard enough to navigate in broad daylight, but Colorado Pumpkin Patch ups the ante with its blindfolded golf-cart maze. While the blindfolded party sits behind the wheel, a partner rides shotgun to shout out directions around the course's tricky turns and obstacles.
Upon emerging from the maze, visitors can check out Colorado Pumpkin Patch's other family-friendly autumnal activities. They can pretend-steer a restored 1957 tractor, or hop aboard a modern tractor for a hayride around the grounds. While kids explore slides, pyramids, and mazes all constructed from straw, guests of all ages can pet live turkeys and alpacas, which are really just llamas in witness protection. And, of course, Colorado Pumpkin Patch showcases local gourds aplenty, which can be launched from catapults or taken home from a pre-picked patch.
Dancer, teacher, lawyer, salesperson. These were the titles held by Functional Strength Pilates’s staff before they ditched their day jobs to pursue their passion for the more-than-80-year-old practice. Out of two Denver–area locations they teach traditional Pilates, which shows students how to breathe mindfully while aligning their spines to strengthen their cores. Continued practice can help students to decompress their joints so they can move more fluidly than the Vitruvian man doing the backstroke. The exercise also integrates well with rehabilitation regimens, which explains why the staff works closely with area physical therapists, orthopedic doctors, and chiropractors and their patients. Each of the two studios bolsters the Pilates curriculum with different supplemental practices—personal training at the Lone Tree location and yoga classes in Castle Rock.
Ten thousand railroad ties surround the par 3 12th green at Plum Creek Golf Club, bringing the contrast between Colorado’s rustic past and the course’s plush confines into stark relief. The course was once included on the prestigious list of TPC courses and hosted a Champions Tour event won by the legendary Gary Player. Today, golfers of all skill level navigate the same Pete Dye design played by past greats, culminating in the par 3 17th and its treacherous tee shot over water that prevents laying up or sneaking the golf ball aboard a passing golf-cart train.
It's almost easier to list which fighting styles they don't teach at Castle Rock Martial Arts. In classes for ages four and older, teachers cover seven different styles including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo. A seven-time winner of Castle Rock Magazine's Best of the Best awards, Castle Rock Martial Arts offers fitness solutions for all temperaments.
Master Scott Carroll, a fifth-degree black-belt division leader and certified instructor for more than 10 years, helms the punchy practice. Courses incorporate a variety of styles including tae kwon do, Brazilian jiujitsu, kung fu, judo, tai chi, karate, hapkido, and seven different weapons. View a complete schedule of classes here. Lessons are taught every day but Sunday, and no experience is necessary. Those opting to continue instruction after the month can purchase a uniform at a discounted price before this Groupon expires.