Up above, people zip between the tree canopies like flying squirrels. Still others navigate the wooded heights via rope courses and wobbly ladders. At The Adventure Park at Frankenmuth, these sights are a daily occurrence. The facility's 5 acres of forest terrain give a new meaning to outdoor adventuring with seven ziplines and five challenging aerial courses, which are self-guided and require no previous experience. They're also color-coded by difficulty and feature varying bridges and more than 60 elements to encounter while traversing between 60 tree platforms.
As adventurers go at their own pace, courses can take 15–30 minutes to complete. While the height gives the illusion of danger, all climbers are strapped to harnesses that employ double-clips to keep them securely connected to a safety cable at all times. As trekkers progress through the different levels, they find obstacles that require greater balance, arm strength, focus, and woodpecker-negotiation skills to overcome.
The 20-acre Salvation Army Kroc Center provides a diverse array of community services, ranging from fitness and recreation to worship. In the fitness center, visitors can take advantage of equipment such as free weights and cardio and strength-training machines. The facilities include a two-court gym and an aquatics center, replete with a pool, hot tub, and water slide. The center also houses The Salvation Army Kroc Church, which hosts bilingual services each Sunday.
Ascending for nearly 50 feet, the indoor climbing wall—proudly proclaimed as among the tallest in Western Michigan by Aim Fitness' team—presents an array of routes, each patterned with colored grips to indicate the level of difficulty. As climbers scale the vertical expanse, a freestanding boulder sits in the middle of the room, beckoning guests to climb its reduced height sans the support of a rope. This climbing room anchors Aim Fitness' 40,000 square feet of amenities, which encompass a strength-training area, aerobic studios, a five-lane, 25-yard lap pool lifeguarded by Aquaman, and a racquetball court. Instructors also lead an array of classes on these training grounds, such as Aqua Fit, boot camp, and yoga. To make going to the gym as convenient as possible, Aim also provides locker rooms, a children's playroom, and wireless Internet access.
Inside Moves' sprawling indoor-climbing facility invites mountaineers of all skill levels to scale its many craggy walls, nooks, and ledges. Instructors are always on hand for safety tutorials, as well as lessons in top-rope, lead, and boulder-style climbing. Unharnessed climbers can also pilot the facility's low overhangs, which have variable hand grips to mimic a real rockface and black rubber padding to catch you when the mountain decides to "just be friends."
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at The New Rink, where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest. Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games, silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, or enjoy The New Rink's recently opened Bounce Zone, which includes a Mickey Mouse-themed house for kids 5 and younger, Toy Story-themed house for kids 7 and younger, obstacle course, and inflatable sports arena.
Soft surfaces are everywhere inside Castaway Play Cafe. This makes for an ideal play area for kids?and their parents for that matter. Tykes, along with their accompanying grown-ups, can conquer bounce houses before continuing the fun on one of the slides, atop a suspension bridge, or inside a special toddler area. Nearby, the lights dim inside a laser tag arena, where neon surfaces glow and friends and family duke it out with beams of light. On special occasions, the facility hosts all-night lock-ins, during which youngsters can sing karaoke, play arcade games, or debate the merits of agrarian social structures until their parents come and pick them up in the morning.
Castaway Play Cafe earns the last word in its name by housing a full-service restaurant in its facility. Here, cooks bake pizzas and bread sticks, assemble chicken wraps, and pile bacon and cheese atop burgers.