Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
StarSportsUs celebrates the skill, speed, and athleticism of bat-based games such as baseball, softball, and catching a bat that’s flying around your cabin. This celebration manifests itself in the form of batting practice, a well-stocked pro shop, and expert coaching in cricket. At the indoor facility’s four well-lit lanes, visitors can fine-tune their pitching mechanics and batting stances or school themselves in the graceful movements necessary for becoming a cricket batsman. With extensive instructor certification and personal experience in the sport, cricket coaches Earl Daley and Malika Frank guide pupils in its finer points, helping them to build agility, strength, and self-confidence through regular warm-ups and practice. An emporium of cricket gear equips batsmen, bowlers, and wicketkeepers with bats, stumps, kit bags, and gloves from brands such as Slazenger, SG, and Kookaburra.
Philadelphia Rock Gyms challenges climbers of all skill levels with 2,000 square feet of climbing terrain, 1,500 square feet of bouldering plains, and more than 30 top ropes. Initiates to the vertical sport can get the hang of climbing basics during the gym’s variety of lessons, which impart skills such as proper technique, safety, and the ability to tell which rocks open a supervillain's secret lair. The gym also features a variety of team-building opportunities and private room rentals, as well as a pro shop that outfits patrons with the proper climbing equipment available for rent or purchase.
In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.
Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson-Bayonne location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
At Tee-riffic Golf Center, things come in twos: there's a two-tiered driving range, a pair of 18-hole miniature golf courses, and ample opportunity to practice toward scribbling more "twos" on the scorecard. A new managerial team recently assumed control of the center, swapping out the old range balls, mats, and dividers for new equipment and upgrading the mini course with new stone and mulch. After clocking out of one of the 80 driving-range stalls or signing mini-golf scorecards with a big red kiss, visitors can amble into the pro shop, where they'll find gear by major golf brands such as Cleveland, Callaway, and Adams.
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