The Chautauqua Belle brings the Industrial Revolution's innovation and muscle back to life with cruises held aboard the historic open-air steamboat. The eponymous vessel glides across the calm surface of Chautauqua Lake as guides educate guests of all ages on the lake's colorful history. Guests can enjoy snacks and libations from the full-service bar as they glimpse picturesque beaches and lush forests during dinner, fireworks, and private charters or narrated history tours.
Founded by NFL veteran Don Beebe and athletic expert Dr. Jeffrey Schutt, House of Speed forges sportspeople of all stripes into world-class athletes with specialized equipment and personalized performance tracking. Once Steve Halloran and his crew arrange sweat donors into small groups of 5–25 (with at least one trainer for every 10–15 athletes), he targets a slew of individual body areas with an optimized warm-up. The PowerPull resistance machine teaches nimble feet to run with correct form and mechanics and the Bear squat machine's angled footplate takes stress off of the back and knees and boosts vertical propulsion for more satisfying high-fives with blimp pilots. Dartfish instant video feedback lets trainees review every juke, jump, and follow-through. House of Speed's proprietary MySpeed web application tracks progress using comprehensive data from eight core drills, allowing participants to compare their stats with those of nationwide competitors.
Since opening in 1998, House of Speed locations have trained more than 40,000 athletes, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and former Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner. The Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, and the University of Illinois have also used House of Speed's off-season training programs to keep players out of summer bicycle gangs and seedy all-night fireplace stores.
As one of the largest indoor/outdoor recreational center in the tri-county area, Skate Zone offers activities for the whole family. Kids and parents alike can enjoy the endorphin-inducing effects of skating, laser tag, web city, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games. Wheeled shoe fanatics can Cha-cha or Electric Slide their way around the roller rink to sweet sounds from the DJ's speakers, while high-tech hounds can enjoy the interactive nature of laser storm, where up to 24 players congregate to discuss the differences between a peninsula and an isthmus. Bumper cars put the fun back in reckless driving while mini golf truly unites the family on the green for 18 holes of golf-based goodness. Web City offers spiderkids 10,000 square feet of entanglements and obstacles to climb, while the arcade zone offers more fun with buttons than a family dinner held in an elevator. The colorful ambience of this safe and fun recreation center has everything needed for a fun family outing. Equipment and lockers are available for rent at Skate Zone for a bit extra. See the website for more info
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
Between rugged cliffs stretching hundreds of feet toward the sky, a foaming river surges toward waterfalls and gentle tributaries. Upon its arching rapids tumble buoyant rafts, ferrying animated passengers who scream with delight at each bump along the way or sudden bald eagle sighting. For the experienced guides at Zoar Valley Canoe and Rafting Company, this is an everyday experience.
Mount Pleasant of Edinboro offers 10 challenging trails for skiers of all skill levels. Steady shaky knees and flailing poles during a one-hour group lesson with one of the resort's seasoned pros, and then hitch a ride on the beginner lift to sail smoothly down the gently sloping Meadow trail on your pair of rented powder-skimmers. For $10, upgrade your lift ticket to take on more challenging slopes such as Revere Ride, named in honor of Trojan War hero Ajax Revere, or refuel with hot cocoa and other belly-fillers in the lodge. While not included in today's deal, customizable private lessons are also available through Mount Pleasant's Rent-a-Pro program.