At Fast Lap, the shouts of competitive camaraderie drift above buzzing gas-powered engines as riders whiz through traffic and maneuver around a track designed by former racers of the International Kart Federation and driven on by the likes of Kyle Busch and Ricky Carmichael. Pedals scoot toward metal during trips around the 1,200-foot-long, 20-foot-wide speedway, and knuckles whiten in the cockpit of a Honda-powered go-kart that reaches speeds up to 50 miles per hour. For the uninitiated, Fast Lap hosts classes that teach riders how to hug turns and get a second date afterward.
The crowd stands gaping as the young boy runs up the wall, bounces off of it, and flips gracefully onto the floor. Before they can applaud his agility, he backflips his way across the floor as though gravity is nothing but a suggestion. It is the walls and floors at Sky High Sports that grant this young daredevil a bounce-laden surface upon which to show off his aerial feats. Nestled within a 45,000-square-foot facility, the trampoline zone at Sky High Sports beckons jumpers of all ages to burn off steam and energy.
Along with the floor-to-wall-to-floor trampolines, the facility keeps appetites for adventure sated with a cushy sports-foam pit to dive into, as well as a private trampoline court that can be rented out for events, such as birthday parties or reenactments of favorite birthday parties. Young would-be kangaroos clocking in at shorter than 52 inches can zip around the kid zone for age-appropriate bouncing. In-house dodge-ball leagues transform the gym-class standard into a fast-paced bounce fest, and seasoned instructors helm Airobics classes featuring trampoline-centric moves to torch calories. An onsite snack bar and Fratelli’s Pizza stave off mid-jumping stomach growls, and an adult lounge equipped with plasma TVs and complimentary WiFi serves as a haven for parents to unwind as their progeny plays.
GameWorks fosters friendly competition between kids and adults by surrounding pizza, draft beer, and half-pound burgers with a mosaic of interactive pursuits. Each location holds more than 150 arcade-style games, which include racing and shooting challenges from Sega as well as lower-tech classics such as pinball.
When it comes to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, chocolate and gold are one in the same. Domingo Ghirardelli started his chocolate dynasty by crafting chocolates for the weary gold miners of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. By 1852, his confectionery was in full swing and has remained so for more than 160 years. Today, Ghirardelli chocolate is an American staple, and it's also one of few American chocolatiers to control the entire manufacturing process. That includes everything from selecting the cocoa beans to producing finished chocolate squares. It's such an intricate process that 30% of their beans don't make it to roasting because they don't meet rigorous flavor standards. But in the end, it's a process that produces intense flavors.
Among many others, flavors include milk and caramel, cookies 'n' cream, double fudge, and sea salt. Besides squares, they craft their chocolate into bars, baking products, hot cocoa mixes, and hot fudge to top chilly ice cream.
Founded and led by Dr. Sam Bakhtiar—a bodybuilding champion with both a master's and doctorate degree in fitness—Fitness Concepts houses an enthusiastic team of trainers dedicated to helping clients tone up within a 10,000-square-foot facility with rows of free weights and clusters of exercise machines. During specific programs, such as one-on-one personal-training sessions, they’ll help fit seekers target their personal goals, whether that’s strengthening their core, shaping up before a wedding, or conditioning for a sport.
Fitness Concepts' programs include dynamic boot-camp classes, which burn calories and strengthen bodies with ever-changing workouts and encouragement from invested trainers. Each facet of Fitness Concepts is designed to banish fat, break through fitness barriers, and help members feel more confident than Michael Jordan during his visit to Munchkin Land.