Ithaca Rod Company's fishing experts provide myriad ways to enjoy the great outdoors. They equip fly fishers with what they need to successfully angle, including custom-built rods or other gear. They teach customers the basics of fly-fishing on guided fishing trips on scenic local waterways. Or they introduce them to the natural splendor of Ithaca through hikes and camping trips.
Amid Bowl Mor Lanes' smoke-free environment, friends and families alike toss miniature globes down slick lanes during three games of pin-pummeling excitement. Parties of two or four step into stylish bowling shoes and devise strategies to conquer small armies of 300 pins apiece. Like buying laundry detergent, bowlers selecting a lane have 24 choices that are all pretty much the same. Parties of four take respite at the Lucky Lane Cafe, where a 16-inch cheese pizza awaits division by its conquerors.
As a full-service dive shop staffed by PADI-certified depth delvers, Aquatic World submerges nautical novices deep into the world of scuba. The introductory Discover Scuba class imparts diving fundamentals to pupils as they acquaint themselves with the provided gear and gradually acquire the secret language of sea turtles. After a 15-minute in-class rundown of the basics, aquatic adventurers get to live out their undersea aspirations during a one-hour session in Aquatic World’s on-site pool, using masks, fins, and a respiratory breathing system. Though the class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles.
The dexterous staff of Mello Velo Bicycle Shop crafts delectable café fare and espresso-based libations with their hands while their feet fit bikes with comprehensive tune-ups. Patrons perk up after long nights of googling photos of Donald Sutherland with creamy cappuccinos ($3/12 oz.) and rich mochas ($4/16 oz.), which they can pair with locally sourced snacks such as a smoked gouda, pear, and bacon panini ($6.95) or a couscous salad ($4.99). During the complete bike tune-up, a cycle specialist adjusts the front and rear brakes and correctly positions front and rear derailleurs. Front and rear wheels undergo a truing treatment to straighten them out and ensure they cannot be turned into Communist spies before the ride wrangler adjusts hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets and lubricates chains and cables. The deluxe bike tune-up takes the complete treatment a step further, adding on a thorough cleaning of cranks, chains, cassettes, and derailleurs.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor and gear so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take flamboyant exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Fans can outfit themselves with a hockey or football jersey ($14.99 on average) or a pair of ski gloves ($14.99 on average), while divot devotees can load up on used golf balls ($14.99 per dozen) or disc golf discs ($9.99–$19.99). Otherwise, get started on a random collection of medicine balls, hockey sticks, and 25-pound weights so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.