As a safe haven for injured, abandoned, or neglected exotic pets, the Wild Adventures Zoo works to rehabilitate animals to be released back into the wild. The nonprofit group actively welcomes lemurs, raccoons, otters, and armadillos, providing them with a caring transition from dangerous situations to natural habitats. Since many of the animals have come from social situations, the Wild Adventures Zoo has been able to expand their educational outreach through hands-on petting-zoo experiences. The demonstrations help educate audiences on proper animal care and interaction while also helping to fund endeavors such as a public petting zoo and lemur prom.
Scooter's Pub keeps sports fans feisty by serving up peeper-pleasing match-ups on its 20 flat-screen TVs and game-tested eats on its extensive menu. Kick off chew-a-thons with toothsome appetizers, such as fire-roasted artichokes ($8.75), hand-breaded chicken fingers ($6.99), or the ahi threesome––a harmonious trio of blackened, spicy tartar, and crispy ponzu ahi famous for it’s a capella rendition of "Mr. Sandman" ($12.95). For hearty half-time shows, entrees such as the house specialty Cajun penne pasta, a white sauce-topped hoard of sausage, chicken, and shrimp, ($14.95) and the pastrami-covered char-burger ($9.50), leave mouths mellow, while 1 of 69 varieties of beer keep whistles amply whetted for ref heckling. Cap off victorious dinner bouts with desserts, including the root beer float ($2.95) or deep-fried oreos ($4.50).
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Paradise Sportse offers a wide selection of college-brand merchandise and sports supplies. Fans of athletic competition among holders of high-school diplomas can sport a variety of Nike shorts and jerseys from colleges such as Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova ($32), and fashion-conscious baseball fans can attract JumboTron lenses with Dodgers or Red Sox T-shirts ($20) or MLB team jerseys ($55). Evade vicious sunbeams with Titleist bucket hats ($24), or swat away golf balls, errant geese, and sentient sand traps with clubs from Titleist, TaylorMade, Cleveland, and more ($149+).
Hosted at the Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix water park, The Soggy Jog combines healthy family fun with heat-beating, aquatic entertainment. After the run, guests receive a towel, goggles, and day pass that allows them to spend the rest of the day exploring the water park, chasing thrills by hurtling down towering slides or pantsing Poseidon.
Director of Red Rock Fencing Center Frank Van Dyke is a longtime expert when it comes to the sport, with more than 30 years as a fencer, coach, and referee. He trained under one Olympian and three Olympic coaches before becoming a certified member of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and ascending to the board of the United Fencing Federation. The energetic Van Dyke does not rest on his laurels, competing to maintain world-class A-rated abilities with an épée, which crowns his talent with foil and sabre. In both instruction and competition, he draws techniques from German, Russian, Chinese and American Olympic schools, and specializes in strip and team tactics.
The fencing center embodies both Van Dyke's zeal for excellence and dedication to his community. Olympic and World Cup instructors teach skills in all three weapons to competitive and amateur students, who parry across custom flooring designed to absorb the shocks to joints and muscles caused by forceful lunges and sudden NASA landings. Every Saturday, the team hosts a public tournament for anyone who contributes to its accompanying potluck, and heads beyond the center to work with boy scouts and schoolchildren.
From within Icon Salon Spa, licensed aesthetician Cynthia Thompson keeps bods in elegant shape with eyelash extensions, body waxing, and skincare services geared toward treating acne and blemishes. Though a recent graduate of aesthetic school, Cynthia continues to hone her craft by attending continuing-education courses and practicing each of her services blindfolded every day.