Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game an update. Its incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes alike.
When the founders of Adirondack River Outfitters first took their raft to the shores of Moose River, they didn't know it was widely renowned as one of the wildest, most intense waterway in the region. The spirited New Yorkers were just looking for adventure, fun, and a means to explore their homeland's natural beauty. After falling in love with the river's tumultuous rapids and scenic surrounding wilderness, the trailblazers began honing their rafting skills with regular trips, eventually bringing their friends and family along for the ride.
More than three decades later, the group of adventurous guides continues to lead tours down Moose River. The guides, however, have since expanded their inventory of trips to include three other major New York rivers, each characterized by unique classes of rapids and magnificent rural backdrops. A cheerful bunch, the guides always end trips with a homemade barbecue, along with thrilling stories, good-hearted jokes, and impressive recitations of the first 34 digits of pi.
The Syracuse Chiefs, a AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, win the hearts of spectators with heroic baseball antics. This season, first baseman Christopher Marrero boosts the Chiefs with 13 homers, 62 RBIs, and 287 guitar solos over 111 games. On the mound, southpaw Tom Milone has fanned 120 batters over 117 innings, maintaining a 3.62 ERA while keeping visiting teams cool on hot summer days. A $10 concessions credit lets fans grab the likes of nachos ($4) and cool soft drinks ($3 for a small) as they investigate Alliance Bank Stadium, trying out more than 11,000 seats and re-dyeing Girl Scout uniforms by rolling on the field’s fresh green grass.
The Wall's bouldering-only climbing facility beckons visitors to scale simulated peaks with angles of up to 90 degrees. Technicolor foot- and handholds pepper the walls, creating 62 different routes that challenge everyone from beginners to Harvard-educated mountain goats. To help to scale these manmade peaks, staff leads both introductory and intermediate bouldering classes. Additionally, the staff frequently changes routes to keep each climb fresh.
As the sun sinks below a flat, barn-dotted horizon, Kingston Family Fun World’s three towering movie screens flicker to life. The drive-in theatre is an idyllic sight that dates back to 1966. Each weekend, carloads of moviegoers fill up the parking lots to catch current, popular flicks. Over the years, Kingston Family Fun World has expanded to include other classic, family-oriented diversions: guests can hop into one- and two-seat go-karts and race around an outdoor race track, or duck behind sandbag barricades on the laser-tag field. After a day of diversions, refuel with snacks from the concession stand.
Ground Zero Paintball provokes the most colourful of warfare on its more than 200 acres of land and plays host to teams of dedicated paintball warriors. War games meet high-velocity paint tag in this action-packed test of strategy, stamina, and human-tree blending in which players aged 10 and older compete for the cleanest victory on a variety of fields such as XBall, a fortress, and woods warfare. Collect gear if need be, then proceed to belly-crawl over rocks and dash between bunkers as small paint-filled capsules hum past; then open fire, tucking, rolling, and shouting in slow motion, as enemies, best friends, or coworkers are decimated in a splatter of colour. Ground Zero fosters safe, challenging play, marshalling fairness-fixated referees to remedy wrongful hits and 20-foot-high netting to prevent stray splats from mussing spectators on the five voyeur-friendly fields. In between deploying secret missions appropriately named after Top Gun characters, battlers can heat up competitive spirits at Ground Zero’s grill-laden covered picnic areas.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises' fleet of boats meander the waterways just off of the Kingston waterfront with dozens of different cruise options. From sightseeing and dinner cruises to dance parties, the schedule boasts watery sojourns every day of the week, with late-night shindigs on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer. In addition to their group cruises, the team also runs ships as private charters, each voyage boasting custom music, entertainment, and bar services.