At Mill Creek Sport Center's six-lane indoor handgun range, guests practice their shooting skills by firing rental pistols. The center's other services, however, encourage patrons to revel in the outdoors. During winter, personnel sell parts and services for numerous makes and models of snowmobiles, as well as snow plows from Western and Meyer, which are kept in stock year-round just in case snowmen become immune to temperature change. When the snow thaws, Mill Creek's staff pair customers with jet skis and pontoon boats to take out on aquatic adventures along with an extensive stock of fishing tackle and live bait.
A 34-foot King Cat twin-hull catamaran sets sail on the waters of Lake Erie, its 900-horsepower engine churning up a frothy wake as it leaves port and enters the aqueous abyss. At Sara-J Sportfishing Charters, guests spend a sunny afternoon on the open water casting and reeling in the lake's bounty of fish. With more than 20 years of experience, captain Gary Carpenter is confident enough in his abilities that he promises that charters will either reel in fish by the end of their trip or passengers receive their money back. Tours set out in the morning or afternoon as captains pilot vessels towards schools of walleye, steelhead, or perch swimming beneath the surface. Passengers soak up the sun, nibble on snacks, and regale stories of reeling in their first bluegill or misplaced water-skier.
With decades of experience skimming the shores of Lake Erie, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Sib Randolph has had ample time to hone in on the best spots to nab walleye, bass, and perch. Though he relies on years of successful fishing charters to guide his routes, it doesn’t hurt that his 27-foot SportCraft fishing boat is equipped with fish-finding and navigational equipment. In addition to advice on the likelihood of a fish’s ability to grant wishes, Captain Randolph supplies fishermen with free bait and ice.
Bad Boy Bait, Tackle, and Archery keeps sporting enthusiasts prepared for the unpredictable nature of the outdoors. Marksmen nock arrows in an indoor archery area to aim at 5-, 10-, or 20-yard targets or an interactive range with real video of wild, wily game. From April?November, Bad Boy hosts Lake Erie fishing charters aboard a 30' boat, but the shop also assists fishermen with live bait, equipment, and honest fishing reports so anglers don't waste time trying to snag fish that've stayed home with the flu.
Jim has spent so much time on the waters of northern Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that he knows all of the best fishing spots and the best times to reel in trophy fish. Fish with Jim Outfitters offers fishing trips to local lakes and rivers, with Jim taking time to show his guests the best fishing techniques, including center pin, spinning, and plug fishing. His students most always come back with a plentiful catch of Salmon, Trout, Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass from inland lakes, rivers or at the deli in local grocery stores.
At 30-feet tall, the ceilings at Infinity Athletics can safely contain the towering formations and soaring handsprings that leap from the center's cheer and spring floors and 7'x14' trampoline. More than 350 athletes stream into the 12,000-square-foot gym to pick up tips from the certified instructors, who draw from their own experiences as former cheerleaders, coaches, and figure skaters to choreograph high-energy routines for nationally ranked competitors, as well as those who are just there for fun. To help budding stars improve, the center is equipped with a video-playback system that provides coaches and gymnasts with a visual tool to help them fine-tune each tumble, and it also helps them imagine what their routine will look like once the attacking alien warships have been green-screened in.