Just Add H2O's diving experts have guided students of all levels of experience safely through waters for more than 34 years. Providing diving certifications through PADI and NAUI, instructors chart progression from introductory diving lessons all the way up to instructor certification, which comes with a license to ride giant seahorses. Just Add H2O's staff also hosts local and regional dives and leads trips to Lake Michigan shipwrecks, the cool depths of Gilboa Quarry, and tropical destinations such as Truk Lagoon in the Eastern Caroline Islands. To ensure that dives proceed without a hitch, the facility lets guests rent or purchase gear and can help to maintain used equipment.
At Action Park Paintball, paintballers of all skill levels square off in bouts of simulated warfare on 23 acres of outdoor fields. Tire towers, inflatable obstacles, and Mother Nature's secret hide-and-seek spots provide cover for players engaging in shootouts, all of which are moderated by on-field refs. Action Park's 8,000-square-foot indoor arena ensures play can continue even in inclement weather. The facility also hosts regular tournaments and has a winter league for paintball teams. Open-play hours take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The pedal pushers at Albrights Cycling & Fitness have been retailing and custom fitting a sporty selection of bicycles and bicycling accessories for 97 years. Store snacks, bags, and friendly extraterrestrials in a bike basket ($16–$55), or nab a baby seat, perfect for securely transporting tots or smaller, more fragile baby seats ($100+). Lights ($11–$130), helmets ($30–$130), and locks ($9–$65) are also on hand to help ensure a safe ride, and tire pumps will keep a sensitive cycle’s road donuts and their fragile egos from deflating midride ($30+).
When bikes fall ill, they can drag themselves over to The Avenue Bicycle Station, who not only sells bikes but repairs and restores young and old two-wheelers alike. Owner John Hall and his employee Roger?whose shop is an outlet for Schwinn, Mongoose, and GT velocipedes, Star Trac spinner bikes and KHS, Manhattan, Free Agent, and Sun bicycles?have the chops and tools to fix up even the most busted of bicycles while extending the legacy of former store owners, Scott and Hanna Kelsey. Their pick-up and drop-off service lends a helping hand to busy riders on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To aid home bike technicians and entrepreneurs looking to invent Bike 2.0, they?ve amassed piles and piles of hard-to-find and vintage parts in a special salvage yard.
Plymouth Sky Sports staffers coach newbies through every step of the tandem-skydiving process, from prelaunch to postlanding. Before embarking on a skyward voyage, parachuting novices attend a half-hour instructional class going through the fundamentals of skydiving, including which direction to fall and which birds are jerks. Certified diving buddies fit each cadet with a safety harness and a full set of jumping gear before ascending two miles skyward, attaching themselves to their students, and launching both bodies into the blue. After a one-minute freefall, the parachute deploys, and students can use their newfound skills to help steer toward the landing target or nearby half-time show.
Deadwood certainly seems abandoned. A wooden church, saloon, and jail all line the main drag, which looks relatively untouched from the town's apocryphal founding in 1876. But then it happens: a small orb of paint zooms down from the roof of the nearby inn, revealing that you are not alone. The ghost town comes back to life in a high-speed game of paintball.
Fort Knox Paintball looks like something out a paintball player's wildest dreams, assuming their dreams are monitored by friendly judges. The outdoor grounds sprawl across more than a dozen play areas, including "The Town of Deadwood" and the "Bridge on the River Kwai." That long, wooden bridge takes players over water and within sight of the POW Camp, where opponents might lurk inside any building. An 86-foot long pirate ship helps players disappear into the Bermuda Triangle, and then there's the eponymous Fort Knox field. Five towers and three stories form a secure team base?but the surrounding woods offers countless places for invaders to hide.
In addition to walk-on play, Fort Knox Paintball often hosts "big games," during which the best paintball players can compete for victory.