Dan Klemm, the self-professed “Snowmobile King,” reigns over two 6,000-square-foot barns filled with more than 400 snowmobiles and more than 50 motorcycles. His collection includes rare and one-of-a-kind sleds, such as a wooden replica of a 1924 Eliason motorized toboggan and a 1951 Ingham, as well as amphibious tracked machines including a Play Cat and a Ridge Runner, which traverse both water and land in much the same way as an octopus wearing hiking books. After marveling at the 1959 Air Sled prototype whose Lycoming airplane engine was intended to propel it through the skies, guests can wander among motorcycles from the 1900s to the 1970s made by the likes of Harley-Davidson and BMW. A 1922 Henderson Deluxe motorcycle with a sidecar nestles among Klemm’s rides, as does a plethora of mini bikes and scooters, pinball machines, typewriters, classic Crosley radios, and other vintage collectibles.
While visiting the museum, guests can step away from the motorized amusements to commune with farm animals ranging from pygmy goats and emus to guinea hens and ducks. Kids can also run around a miniature hook-and-ladder Crosley fire engine before settling down at picnic facilities to munch on sandwiches.
In the open countryside of the town of Sparta stands a red-brick, 17,000-square-foot training facility. Inside are not the Greek warriors of legend but the sporting heroes of tomorrow, still growing into their uniforms. At DreamField Sports, developing athletes train year-round to unveil their inner champion. The facility houses a spacious, brightly lit indoor field that allows for air-conditioned versions of outdoor sports, including football, baseball, softball, and soccer. The enormous field also divides via retractable curtains or is lifted by a troop of dislocated circus strongmen to reveal polished hardwood basketball and volleyball courts. Away from the courts, waiting areas with flat-screen televisions let parents catch up on the local news when they're not looking in on the training sessions through large windows. Each session is led by a group of experienced coaches, many of whom lived former lives as professional athletes and some of whom train current professional and Olympic athletes. Not only do these gurus provide technical instruction, they also encourage positive attitudes and fair sportsmanship and instill the confidence necessary to enter the Indy 500 on roller skates.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won’t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they’ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants’ kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn’t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs—the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system’s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
A HPA–charged Tippmann 98 marker in hand, paintballers in pursuit of their opponents' flag race among the wooden spools, barrels, and bunkers gracing the fields of Paintball Depot's wooded outdoor arena. As colors fly through the air, Helix goggles with antifogging helix lenses and face masks shield players' faces against the rainbow barrage. In addition to offering open play, Paintball Depot accommodates corporate team-building events, group outings, and airsoft games that often run on one field as paintball sessions commence on other courses.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Ozone Paragliders, Flytec Varios
Pro Tip: Bring sunblock, comfortable clothing, hiking shoes or sneakers, and plenty of stuff to drink.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tandems
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My husband and I started flying in 2001. We love to be in the air and fly from cloud to cloud. We decided to teach to bring this awesome experience to many more people.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our awesome big field, which allows us to operate with any wind direction, making us the North East school that operates the [most] days during the year.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Flying people and seeing their huge smile once we land.
More than 20 years into a career in the fitness industry, RDA owner Rob knows he's in the right field. His passion for helping people realize their full potential is actually why he founded the center. "Allow us," he asks on his website, "to be part of your journey toward a healthier, happier life." A community- and family-oriented gym, RDA is where group fitness and independent workouts are equal partners in success. Free morning childcare services don't hurt, either.
The facility is stocked with everything to help exercisers reach their goals, including treadmills that face floor-to-ceiling windows and certified trainers who help lead the way in 15- or 30-minute sessions. Spacious studios also host a packed schedule of mostly 60-minute classes that help participants get fit and still have enough time to name each of their new ab muscles.