In 2003, QuickShot Paintball set up its base camp in the back of a food mart; since then, its headquarters has grown to feature six playing fields and a fully loaded pro shop. After choosing a game format such as capture the flag, elimination, or scenario play, you can deploy your team to any of five woodsball fields. Obstacles and hiding spots are scattered throughout the arenas; on the Pond field, for example, teams can dart past a number of water features. Meanwhile, inflatable bunkers are speckled throughout the regulation speedball field, which has brightly colored grass thanks to its special irrigation system and regular shower of green paintballs. After matches, players can retire to the pro shop to check out a full stock of markers, equipment, and tactical apparel.
Each of the 16 practice rooms at Music University contains another musical treasure for its students. Yamaha grand pianos, Sonar drum sets, and Fender amps ensure that each visitor gets the chance to work with professional-grade equipment. But these rooms' most important assets are its teachers. The staff, which specializes in instruments ranging from guitar to bagpipes, boasts pedigrees from such prestigious schools as Juilliard, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Conservatory. And, like any university, the school maintains an impressive library of sheet music, including Broadway musical pieces and guitar tablature.
The extensive facilities of the 100-acre Saddlebrook Ridge Equestrian Center enable year-round riding with an indoor arena and access to trails that wind through the adjacent Wharton State Forest. Visitors can get a horsemanship education in the disciplines of dressage, jumping, or trail riding, and skilled trainers oversee every step of their advancement. Beginners start with the fundamentals, and more advanced riders utilize the center’s obstacles, such as a water complex and bank jumps—stair-like elevation changes which can prepare riders for swiftly galloping up and down flights of stairs during bank heists.
Whether the sun shines or hail falls from the sky, kids at Fun Play USA stay safe from the elements while having fun. In this colorful indoor playground, they clamber up the ladder to race down the slide, then glide through the air on the swings before jumping around the bounce house. With other toys and games, the arena plays host to many a birthday party, and the staff also stocks swing sets for purchase and installation at home or in the company break room.
You can't run from your problems. But if you're fast enough, you can run from zombies. That's the idea behind Zombie Fright Run, a 5K that pits runners against the brain-hungry undead on the grounds of Six Flags Great Adventure. As some participants in running gear sprint past roller coasters and around swings, others in full zombie makeup lurch after them, attempting to grab flags from their belts. After the race, participants can spend the rest of the day in the amusement park or boogieing with fellow racers at the after-party.
The Survival Race?s 5-kilometer track challenges racers to navigate a gauntlet of mud-laden terrain. Staggered waves of up to 300 runners each conquer military-style obstacles, wade through murky water, and slide through muddy trenches before reaching the finish line to celebrate at a shindig awash with delicious eats and smitten swamp monsters. Afterward, a Facebook album aids online nostalgia by showcasing dirt-caked athletes and their marshy feats.