Most farms house livestock, cornfields, and vegetable patches. But the crown jewel of Skydive the Farm’s 55 acres of property is something a little less typical: a Grand Caravan turbine-engine plane. Its Blackhawk engine modifications allow it to jet briskly to proper skydiving altitude, at which visitors leap out its doors and parachute to the farm’s spacious landing area. Adventurers can dive tandem-style, strapped to a certified instructor, or opt for more independent freefalls. Available only after several hours of training, these flights earn divers AFF licensing, requiring them to open their own parachute and land with radio assistance. Family and friends can watch their loved ones master the skies from a spacious viewing deck instead of having to find a sturdy enough cloud to climb upon. Divers can also watch themselves afterward via the center’s professionally-made flight DVDs, complete with video footage and photos.
Paulding Bowling Center pumps up arms with adrenaline-packed sessions of pin crushing while filling friends with camaraderie and delicious snack selections. Paulding's well-maintained alley works out hurling muscles with three games of ball-flinging experimentation, in which experts can hone their spins, amateurs can practice a straight shot, and beginners can daydream of a land without gutters.
A slim parcel of grass, only wide enough to walk across, is the only thing preventing Creekside Golf and Country Club?s signature 18th hole from being considered a true island. The par 5 hole?s isolated bentgrass green presents a spectacular finish for golfers after they conquer the Richard Mandell-designed course, which challenges players with eight fairways split by a stream and myriad design obstacles. As difficult as the final hole is, it still doesn?t rank as the course?s hardest?that honor that belongs to the 14th hole, a lengthy monolith whose green is guarded by a lake, three bunkers, two trees, and Hades's erratic caddy, Cerberus.
Before traversing the undulating fairways, golfers can warm up at the club?s driving range and putting green. They can also fuel up at the bar and grill or drop into the pro shop to replace any balls with defunct water wings. Whether digging up divots at the range or on the course, all players must leave their denim at home and wear collared shirts, making sure to conceal the screws that attach their heads to their bodies.
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Behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, Cedarcrest Tavern's bartenders pop caps from beer bottles, pull draft taps, and shake cocktails with top-shelf liquors. More than 20 televisions broadcast sports games throughout the tavern, from their ceiling mounts above the bar or tucked into individual booths. Elegant candelabras, framed mirrors, and wood accents contrast the utter modernity of the sprawling flat-screen monitors.
The TVs aren't the only sizeable rectangles at the restaurant—the large menu presents hand-cut fries, burgers, and steaks, which can be enjoyed over games of trivia on Tuesday nights. Other events—such as ladies' and guys' nights, college football celebrations, and live music or DJ's—make Cedarcrest a leisurely destination, unlike Accounting World, where you get to ride rollercoasters, but only while filling out 1040 EZ forms.
Skydive Coastal California's air-riding experts take first-time and experienced jumpers to the stratosphere for jumps above the scenic vistas of southern California. Tethered to clients, they guide tandem rides to facilitate first tastes of terminal velocity before coasting in for a soft landing. To accommodate licensed skydivers with a current reserve parachute, the staff guides planes over the business's own scenic landing zone so jumpers can take to the air on their own. Beginners who wish to become full-fledged divers can opt for the Accelerated Freefall program, in which aficionados teach the skills necessary to make solo jumps such as how to handle equipment or merge into goose traffic without a blinker.
Paint-n-Party?s staff members are so determined to immerse people in the fun, interactive world of art that they?ll bring the party directly to their patrons. Instructors regularly travel to the homes of fledgling Rembrandts, where they helm private painting parties complete with canvases, paints, and super soakers for Jackson Pollock impersonations. The staff also beckons patrons to Paint-n-Party?s brick-and-mortar establishment, where visitors can unleash their creativity during hands-on classes or artistic birthday parties.