Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fitness equipment, specialized CrossFit
Pro Tip: We have 20,000 square feet of fitness equipment to browse through so give yourself some time.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
At Haunted Paintball Park, haunted hayrides take platoons of fear-seekers across 25 acres of haunted forest on missions to shoot paintballs at loitering monsters. During the 45-minute adventure, sharpshooters of all ages keep a steady finger on their triggers as they cruise through darkening tree lines, ever ready to pick off actors convincingly dressed as sharp-toothed werewolves, murderous pirates, and bloodthirsty accountants. Though the monsters use shadowed hideaways and ambush tactics to frighten passengers, they do not return fire, allowing monster bashers to unload on menacing clowns without fear of them returning fire by infiltrating their childhood memories. After the hayride, patrons doff their weapons and enter unarmed into the torch-lined corridors of the haunted trail, a smoky maze through thick woodlands, hair-raising props, and a Transylvania-themed haunted castle, before comforting themselves with hot cocoa.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Bauer, Easton, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and hockey to golf and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including treadmills—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Forest Lake Tennis Club's experienced tennis pros refine serves and strokes on their eight indoor, air-conditioned courts. A tennis pro diagnoses your stroke for the first hour of the clinic, tinkering with your form and process. For the last half hour, racket raisers can test their newfound ability to defeat challengers with topspins, slices, and smashes that provide a more definitive ending to a match than the time Duke Evers knocked out Rocky Balboa with his autobiography. The clinic is geared toward advanced-beginner adult players, and classes hold a maximum of 32 adults, with a student-to-pro ratio of six to one. Throttle pea-green projectiles Tuesdays–Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm.
The archery range residing in the basement of N&M Sporting Goods provides budding bowmen with a safe and fun environment in which to nock their arrows. The range stretches to 20 yards and features drawings of deer, hogs, and piles of unwashed dishes lurking amongst branches and foliage, lending the space an outdoorsy feel. The targets can be moved as requested, and novice archers can move in a step to the 19-, 18-, or 10-yard lines.
Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.