Equipment: Cybex, Woodway
Students should bring: Water, Towels, Yoga Mat
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
One hour from New Orleans, Splendor Farms sits on 75 acres near the Bogue Chitto River. The working farm houses goats, horses, chickens, and a miniature-long-haired-dachshund kennel; guests can gather eggs and pick vegetables from the garden or just relax by the pool. Each of the bed and breakfast’s rooms has a private entrance and its own personality—the Ponderosa room has a distinct cowboy theme, with Western prints on the walls and an equestrian quilt, whereas La Louisiane is more romantic, with flowers and candles scattered around the room.
Every morning, you’ll wake up to a farm-hearty breakfast, with eggs, grits, and bacon making regular appearances on the menu. After eating your fill, head outside to visit the farm’s petting zoo, which has friendly miniature horses, alpacas, and burros. In nearby Covington, five-star restaurants abound, as do art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques.
In a fun twist on traditional campgrounds, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park supplies visitors with amenities and creature comforts such as WiFi and a video arcade. Two swimming pools and two fishing lakes can be found on campus along with playgrounds, a baseball field, and a basketball court. There are 12 types of cabin that come with kitchens, beds, heat, and air conditioning or 374 campsites and RV sites that can accommodate those traveling via saddled wooly mammoth. When not fishing the nearby lakes, families can board a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat for a leisurely float under the sun. After picnicking beneath the trees or relaxing poolside, guests can challenge each other to a game of mini golf or take a tractor-pulled hayride. Onsite laundry facilities ensure clean clothes, and seasonal activities keep kids occupied.
Guests use punch cards to access a 3,000-square-foot multilevel laser-tag arena, a climbing course, and human-sized hamster balls in Safari Quest Family Fun Center's jungle-themed facility. Good-natured warriors harness beams of light as spectacularly as a shadow-puppet production of My Fair Lady while doing battle on the laser-tag course. Replicas of towering coconut trees beg to be climbed nimbly, and pool-bound human-sized hamster balls allow patrons to walk across water or orchestrate delicate twirling ballets.
Within the springy confines of Space Walk’s Vertical Rush, tykes ricochet like excited electrons across tunnels, slides, and climbing walls. The springy obstacle course is one of hundreds housed inside Space Walk of Greater New Orleans’ 43,000-square-foot facility. Though those bounce houses typically measure 15’x15’, the facility can supply revelers with inflatables that measure up to 23-feet tall.
To ensure safe gravity defiance, trained bounce experts help parents hone in on an inflatables that suits tykes’ ages, interests and varying Buzz Aldrin impersonations. Additionally, the staff not only delivers and sets up houses, but happily trains party throwers in proper bounce-house technique, along with scrubbing down the houses before and after use.
Wedgewood Golfers’ Club and North Creek Golf Course serve as memorable landscapes for Southern swingers looking for a challenge in a professional, etiquette-enforced environment. Each of the 18-hole, par 72 championship courses boasts more than 6,000 yards of creatively laid out play space from the back tees. Like the last four measures of “Oh! Susanna,” golf was meant to be played at the appropriate pace. Wedgewood Golfers' Club is the home of the four-hour round, in which golfers are required to finish 18 holes in less than four hours, 10 minutes, perfect for golf carts with a schedule to keep. Wedgewood's sister course, North Creek Golf Course, strives to create an accessible round of play that can still challenge the putt reflex of experienced golfers. The champion bermuda-grass greens and Mississippi Choice bermuda fairways make North Creek easy on the eyes and soles alike.