Shielded in JT Spectra Thermal Goggles and armed with Tippman 98s and Tippman A5s, paintball combatants rush through Ithaca Paintball and Recreation's fields and crouch in its bunkers, firing colorful orbs at unwitting opponents. The facility supplies players with rental or purchasable gear to use while working their way through the wooded field's buildings or fire rounds on a seven-person speedball field. Around Halloween, Ithaca Paintball and Recreation transforms its acreage into XScream, where gun-toting guests eliminate zombie-impersonating actors and levitating Renaissance portraits from its haunted woods.
Ithaca Rod Company's fishing experts provide myriad ways to enjoy the great outdoors. They equip fly fishers with what they need to successfully angle, including custom-built rods or other gear. They teach customers the basics of fly-fishing on guided fishing trips on scenic local waterways. Or they introduce them to the natural splendor of Ithaca through hikes and camping trips.
Rhythm. Melody. Harmony. These are some of the things that turn mere sounds into music. At Music&Motion, instructors introduce these concepts to little ones aged 5 and younger. They play original music and help kids and parents build musical bonds through activities such as playing instruments, singing, and dancing.
When kids get lost in their imagination, they can feel like they’re starring in a movie. So it's apt that when Rachel Long needed a location for KidVentureDome—a kid-focused play center—she chose a nearly century-old movie house. In collaboration with her architect husband, Dan, the mother of four spent years planning and building some of the play equipment in her 8,000-square foot facility, which opened its doors in 2013.
Inside, sock-clad youngsters board a two-level pirate ship or look out over an imaginary ocean from a lighthouse. Nearby, kids climb toward a miniature rock wall's summit; others map out a multi-level play structure's tunnels, tube slides, and cross-dimensional portals; and competitive tykes play rounds of skeeball and air hockey in the arcade. All the while, parents can watch TV and surf free Wi-Fi in the lounge or head to the café for snacks and baked goods.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.
Located in the Waterloo Harbor Campground right on the Seneca River, Fuzzy Guppies makes meandering the river's locks and creeks easy. Those who want to explore a bit further can rent kayaks, canoes, and other equipment to investigate the nearby Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake; Fuzzy Guppies can deliver the watercraft. In addition to renting vessels, Fuzzy Guppies also gives lessons and oversees the Human Waterball. The Waterball gives people the chance to float and run on the water in a ball exactly like a hamster would, if a hamster could pay the rental fee.