Marsh Creek Lake, lined with verdant shores and rolling hills, bobs with fishing boats, kayaks, sailboats, and windsurfing boards. About 535 acres of azure waters bejewel the surrounding 1,705 acres of hiking trails and picnic areas. Throughout the day, Marsh Creek Watersports leads one-hour pontoon-boat excursions that take guests through a history lesson of the park and surrounding region, leaving time for peaceful moments spent gazing at the natural wildlife. During the summer months, Marsh Creek also hosts kids' sailing camps to acquaint young ones with the techniques and safe practices of aquatic navigation, such as defending against Peter Pan attacks.
Across five full days of action, kids young and semi-young will undergo a comprehensive camp curriculum chock-full of running, throwing, catching, blocking, teamworking, confidence building, high-fiving, and more. If desired, campers ages 11–14 with at least one year of tackle football experience may enroll in the accelerated-skills sections, which feature advanced lessons in the same non-contact environment. All campers are led by professional educators from the high-school and collegiate level, and each day's knowledge bowl soars even higher with visits from Eagles greats, ranging from Fred Barnett to the great Pete Retzlaff (Philadelphia Eagles players vary by camp location). By teaming up with experienced players and coaches, kids will be treated to comprehensive instruction that goes beyond purely mechanical skills.
Combining the best aspects of amusement parks and triathlons, The Golf Zone runs guests through a gauntlet of activities that promotes warm-hearted laughs and icy nerves of steel. Armed with a bucket of 75 balls ($8), golfers slay distant target posts at the driving range or put numbered clubs through the paces at the nearby short-game area. After practicing putts and postputt fist pumps, golfers can take to the roundabout greens of the miniature golf course ($6 per round for adults; $5 for children), where sharp turns and perilous slopes spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Three paintball fields host large brigades or lone soldiers as they blast enemies with colorful projectiles during two-hour firefights ($25 including gear), providing shelter in the form of wooden forts and a replica of the Maginot Line. Challenge land-speed records at the nearby Speed Zone, where the Python go-kart track tests drivers with harrowing twists and sneaky speed bumps that take indiscriminate bites out of single and tandem karts ($7 per race).
Instead of beating players over the head with extreme length, Ingleside Golf Club forces them to rely on accuracy and cunning course management if they want to perform well. Throughout the layout, water comes into play on seven holes, tall grass sways just beyond the second cut of rough, and deep, greenside bunkers are scrawled with "S.O.S." by fallen golf balls. Club selection proves especially important. The par fours and fives may bait players into pulling out their drivers, but a couple successes with the often wiser fairway metal or long iron—or a few errant drives—may show that the extra yards simply aren't worth the risks. Ingleside Golf Club also has a driving range, fully stocked Pro Shop, putting green and short game practice area.
Whether they want to rack up blue ribbons or climb into the saddle for the very first time, students at Innova Riding Stables will find a lesson that fits their needs. Kids and adults alike can enroll in riding lessons, which begin with mastering the proper foundations of riding methods and safety. New riders will learn basics—such as grooming, tacking, and untacking—before they mount their steeds and practice navigating through the stables' indoor and outdoor arenas.
A lighted 240’x85’ sand arena forms the centerpiece for Cold Spring Farm’s more than 100 hilly acres, affording riders plenty of room to brush upon horsemanship technique. Experienced trainers Cindy Gallagher and Sarah Purinton are on hand to aid in that process. They share insights drawn from 35 combined years of industry experience during private and small group lessons, which teach students atop the farm’s reliable horses and ponies. Lessons are conducted in hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions, as well as fox hunting, and pupils move from private to group sessions as their skills advance and their horses’ wings come in.