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The exuberant energy of childhood led many youthful explorers to climb their first tree, but the staff of EarthJoy Tree Adventures turned it into a lifetime pursuit. During safety-conscious lessons, instructors combine the rope-assisted techniques of rock-climbing with a few tree-specific tricks honed over lots of practice. They scurry up the trunks of old, vibrant trees, swing, surf and hang amid the branches, and rappel down. They teach students how to bring gear up with them during a climb and string a hammock between branches. Such hammocks provide a restful retreat from the world below—even a place to pass the night as humanity’s ancient ape-like ancestors must have: nestled among the high bows of a tree, waiting for a flash of lightning so they could read a few more words in their book.

1500 Race Track Road
Alexandria,
KY
US

Though Kim Boardman was a flourishing musician who played in prestigious national orchestras, behind her tooting clarinet thumped the heart of a dancer. Kim spent 12 years of her childhood avidly studying dance at local studios and the respected Interlochen Arts Academy, but eventually put away her pointe shoes to pursue a career as a clarinetist. Unable to shake her passion for movement, however, Kim began taking dance classes as an adult, and earned certifications as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Though she continued to teach a variety of fitness classes, she found the most happiness in teaching dance.

Today, she draws from her professional understanding of music and movement to teach classes through Cardio Dance Party, which has received praise from Cincy Chic. Here, she is joined by a staff of seasoned instructors and fellow dance aficionados, leading students of all abilities through high-intensity dance moves as popular music sets bodies in motion. Much like a rollercoaster operated by your childhood babysitter, her dance classes are designed to be fun rather than frustrating, dull, and repetitive.

8150 Mall Rd.
Florence,
KY
US

Boleros Dance Club?s upbeat instructors keep classes loose and lively while teaching students the moves of ballroom, Latin, and swing. They also prep future brides and grooms for their first dance with lesson plans and host dance socials where everyone can mingle and exhibit their spanking new twinkle toes.

8406 U.S. 42
Florence,
KY
US

Situated on 19 acres of rolling Kentucky land, Eque Training works in conjunction with the staff of Flying Hoofs to instruct students on the age-old art of horseback riding. Across the indoor and outdoor arenas, riders mount up on friendly steeds, receiving instruction in the English riding style or learning to hurdle over poles, fences, and other horses.

3005 Camp Ernst Lane
Burlington,
KY
US

Meadowood Golf Course has an unusual quirk: its lone par 5, No. 8, is not its longest hole. That distinction belongs to the par 4 No. 5, which, at 455 yards, is some 40 yards longer than No. 8 from the back tees. Unsurprisingly, this hole is also the hardest on the 9-hole track. Not one of the other par 4s even reaches 400 yards, and No. 9 is a featherweight 260 so long drivers can take a crack at reaching the final green in a single stroke. Taken altogether, the par 35 course is a relatively short and forgiving spot for beginners to learn to play the game, with one lengthy par 4 that permits them some bragging rights or even the chance to take home a divot to place on the mantelpiece.

1911 Golf Club Dr.
Burlington,
KY
US

Amid leafy branches and between gently swaying trees, Tarzan impersonators soar through the air. Dagaz Acres' eco-adventure zipline course lets children, adults, and adult-size children explore woodland canopies up to 70 feet high, and staff ensures that participants glide snugly in their half-body swing harnesses. Adventurers plunge through seven dual ziplines strung over 23 acres of ground and ravines, three canopy-level ziplines, and two bridges. One bridge is a Burma bridge built with varying types of rope, and the other is a plank construction pirate bridge that stretches 90 feet and swings over a ravine to discourage motorcycle-chase sequences.

Dagaz Acres' staff members spread their love of outdoors learning to team-building and leadership exercises held in single-day and overnight programs. They train athletic teams and office groups through ground exercises and on a low-challenge ropes course, which allows participants to engage in physical challenges without the added risk of a bird nesting in their hair. The company reflects this passion in its name, Dagaz, which is derived from a Nordic rune meaning "transformational breakthrough change." Staffers enable others to change through adventure as they design, build, and maintain zipline and ropes courses elsewhere through Dagaz Acres Management Inc. construction division.

12444 Antioch Rd.
Rising Sun,
IN
US