At Boomers!, thrill-seeking families and fun-enabling friends can attack a variety of appealing attractions, including mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and the button-mashing joys housed inside the exhilarating game room. The Vista location entertains families of sharpshooters with a blacklight-illuminated laser-tag arena before little ones climb and crawl through the Kidopolis play area. The El Cajon and San Diego locations let rivals celebrate the spirit of competition as they fly past each other in speedy go-karts or have a snail-paced Ferris wheel race at the kid's county fair. Unlimited pass holders at the El Cajon location can also scale the 32-foot-tall climbing wall, which, like America, enables citizens to climb to the top via myriad routes.
Broward Table Tennis Club's spacious ping-pong studio boasts 16 tabletop courts where mini-tennis buffs can practice their game and face off with competitors on any day of the week. Ample lighting, high ceilings, and red rubber floors provide plenty of room for honing complicated curve balls and perfecting slam serves. The club also has a lounge area for relaxing between games; for an additional fee, you can play your part in the age-old contest of man vs. mandroid by taking on a Newgy Robo-Pong machine ($4 for 30 minutes; $8 for 60 minutes). Private lessons are also available from the center's world-class coaches.
CrossFit is an intense fitness program designed for overall athletic excellence, not specialization. The program, comprised of 45- to 60-minute classes, accommodates all skill levels by adapting load and intensity without the need for changing workouts or bicep-boosting intravenous spinach injections. Among the defining features of this program is the unpredictable, shifting workout of the day, which pinpoints daily exercises scalable for all fitness levels and generalizes for progressive improvement. The CrossFit program starts strong and ramps up in intensity every class, so missing workouts is not recommended.
The professional staff at Divers Direct helps first-time divers develop their sea legs through the Try Scuba Experience, which instructs safe, introductory diving techniques in a nearby pool facility. Before allowing pupils to test the waters, veteran divers outfit their trainees in the proper underwater accouterments––including regulators, snorkels, masks, fins, and narwhal repellent. During about 30 minutes of pool time, new divers learn the basics of breathing underwater and can swim as deep as 10 feet, depending on their comfort levels. Those inspired to brave the ocean depths after the Try Scuba Experience will be rewarded with a $50 voucher valid toward future open-water certification. Participants should bring their own swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen to their diving session.
To beat the all-tackle world record for a yellowfin tuna, you'd have to hook a behemoth weighing in the neighborhood of 450 pounds. Should any angler ever successfully snag such a fish, the record keepers of the International Game Fish Association will be among the first to announce the catch's confirmed stature. As part of their mission to conserve all types of game fish and to promote ethical angling practices, the IGFA representatives also advise fishermen on how to bring the catch ashore, verify its measurements, and release it while causing as little stress to the fish as possible.
The association’s conservation efforts continue with its IGFA Great Marlin Race program, a partnership with Stanford University that outfits fishermen with research equipment to achieve a better understanding of marlin biology and the cause of pruney fingers. The IGFA also keeps the community engaged with ethical game fishing by hosting school groups and summer camps for kids. Beyond this programming, the IGFA maintains a museum that honors the history of sport fishing and its legendary anglers.
The best way to cruise the open road in a classic car is to travel to the 1960s in a time machine—if that were possible. The actual best way is to rent a classic car from Classic Dream Rides. With a fleet of cars that spans the decades, renters can drive off in a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud named Marilyn, a 1965 Ford Mustang named Scarlett, or a 1969 Chevy Camaro named Bumblebee. Drivers can rent one of these or other beauties anywhere from half a day to an entire weekend, arriving in style at a night club, a wedding, or a dentist appointment.