Half the personal trainers at Sport & Wellness left lucrative careers in other fields to become fitness professionals. The other half jumped right into the world of fitness, accumulating multiple certifications. Regardless of background, the trainers share a common love for athletic pursuits. At Sport & Wellness, they work with equally passionate tennis pros, group-exercise instructors, and climbing experts to help clients become healthier. The professionals oversee five DecoTurf hard tennis courts, a 1,000-square-foot climbing wall, a fitness center, and group-exercise studios. They lend assistance when requested and stay mum when it's not, just like robot butlers. At the on-site nursery, attendants supervise kids while parents work out or socialize.
The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden creates a natural journey through an ever-changing landscape. As people follow the curving paths, they come across tranquil ponds, large stepping stones, and wooded hollows, all encouraging contemplation along the way. The museum also stimulates minds with a variety of art exhibits such as contemporary photography, clay sculpture, and Chinese brush paintings, along with programs and events including an annual moon-viewing concert and ceramics classes for kids.
For 1,800 feet, only one thing matters: speed. The indoor track inside On Track Karting stretches out in front of racers, who?strapped into their adult Sodi GT5 karts?zoom around turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. If they prove their mettle behind the wheel, the best drivers may even get access to high-speed super karts that sport nine-horsepower engines and satin capes. ?
Junior karts let younger visitors get in on the racing action, too. Indeed, On Track Karting's locations in Wallingford and Brookfield aim to accommodate all levels of racers with their spread of walk-in racing sessions and competitive racing leagues. An arcade and a snack bar also give visitors something to do between trips around the track.
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.
Baseball is alive all year-round at All Star Indoor Batting Range Baseball & Softball Academy. Started in 1991 by three baseball fans—Kevin and Brian Gilroy and Frank Rizzo—the facility gives players the chance to practice no matter how many inches of snow or packs of rabid umpires are flurrying outside. The 15,000-square-foot sports haven boasts seven tunnel cages for practicing all aspects of the game. Other elements, such as stadium benches and 7,000 square feet of artificial turf, give the academy the feel of an indoor diamond. To help players take their skills to the next level, the academy also offers private and semiprivate lessons, and maintains a pro shop stocked with essential gear.
Between shots, golfers don’t usually get to sit in leather sofas and watch live sports on flat-panel TVs—usually there’s only stumps and squirrels fighting over acorns. At Brookfield Indoor Golf Club, however, these luxuries abound inside private suites along with golf simulators, on which players can conquer digital recreations of some of the world’s most famous courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Rather than hiding foot-long subs in their golf bag to stay energized, golfers can have fresh food and drinks from Maggie McFly’s delivered right to their suite, including items such as pizza, burgers, and other classic fare.