At Adventure Park USA, visitors amble, shriek, and laugh through a sprawling 17.5 acres replete with Old West–themed rides and attractions such as the Wildcat roller coaster, which dips and curves around a track in order to elicit screams of joy. Outdoor diversions such as bumper boats and go-karts stoke competitive fires, and a collection of little tykes rides invite pintsize riders to spin in teacups or gallop on carousel horseback. Open year-round, a 22,000-square-foot indoor frontier playzone thumbs its nose at inclement weather with laser tag, an arcade, a ropes course, and a climbing wall. Owner Larry Stottlemeyer continues to expand this already extensive list of family-friendly diversions.
Inside Cinema Centers, moviegoers are enveloped in a state-of-the-art film-viewing environment to enjoy the latest Hollywood flicks. Bring a friend or frenemy to catch a new release, such as The Dilemma, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, or The Green Hornet, a quirky take on the superhero genre starring Seth Rogen. Indulge eardrums with the mellifluous luxury of digital surround sound while Cinema Centers theaters’ stadium seating ensures clear sightlines and good angles for not throwing popcorn.
In the world of athletic training, Robert Taylor, Jr.’s resume speaks for itself. In addition to stints as the strength and conditioning coach for two NCAA Division I programs, his expertise also landed him gigs with professional baseball, football, and basketball franchises. Now, along with the other experienced coaches at SMARTER Team Training, Robert shepherds high school athletes toward their full potential at training camps and clinics. Whether they’re honing game-specific skills for field hockey, soccer, or lacrosse, or increasing overall athleticism during the school’s signature Speed, Agility, and Conditioning Camp, students always find a challenging itinerary designed to bring skills to a more advanced level. There's even a college prep training program, which gets high school players ready for the increased intensity and remorseless, cold-eyed referees found at the college level.
The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s range of adoption plans enables donors to contribute to a year's worth of care and feeding for an animal of their choice, including African lions, Amazon parrots, and Bengal tigers. Adoptive animal parents receive guest passes that can be used to visit the sun bears, kangaroos, and galapagos tortoises that roam the preserve's 50 acres. A hundred colorful koi frolic in Delaney's Japanese Koi Pond near Asian plants and a recently naturalized waterfall, and the dozen inhabitants of nearby Alligator Bayou glide and snap through a miniature Louisiana swamp accented with spanish moss and Cajun music. One-hour safari rides, led by reanimated 19th-century British explorers, trek through the preserve's heart, where bison, zebra, water buffalo, yaks, and llamas approach the truck to be petted, fed, and photographed.
Heather O'Neill is a renaissance woman. She started her career as a mathematician, and then developed a strong interest in fitness after becoming a mother. She made a complete career change, racking up certifications and innumerable hours of exercise experience, before becoming the owner of South Pointe Fitness Club. Today, Heather oversees a variety of fitness services ranging from personal training to group fitness classes such as yoga, kickboxing, cycling, Pilates, and just lying on your back and staring at the ceiling fan sessions.
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.