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Diving doyenne Una Stites leads a team of nine other PADI-certified instructors, who deploy more than 100 years of combined experience to guide scuba students toward a future of underwater adventures. During the six-person class, instructors impart techniques and tips for subsurface paddling before escorting pupils to the on-site saltwater pool, where tanks and other necessary equipment stands at the ready. Behind a fence painted with a jovial blue octopus, students practice their newly acquired diving knowledge and Morse code dolphin clicks in a safe and friendly environment.

1730 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington,
DE
US

Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.

100 Fitness Way
Hockessin,
DE
US

With two locations, the Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Clubs allows guests of all fitness levels to work toward getting healthy with a range of amenities. Members can raise heart rates using cardio equipment, tone muscles during water aerobics classes, relax in the sauna, or sample a soothing yoga class. Personal trainers can work one-on-one with members to help customize a workout routine, or just supervise the overly confident free weights when they attempt to lift themselves.

1646 W Chester Pike
West Chester,
PA
US

Now celebrating 130 years of health, fitness, and community, the YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids. Staff members at the YMCA of Gloucester County uphold the organization?s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community?s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic-fitness classes, a martial-arts studio, and personal-training sessions. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.

235 E Red Bank Ave.
Woodbury,
NJ
US

Part theme park, part water park, Clementon Park and Splash World thrills visitors whether they get wet or stay dry. With attractions ranging from a lazy river to a 10-story free fall, families will find a heart-racing adventures for all ages, and located just 20 minutes from Center City, the fun is easy to access as well. Visitors can relax during the quarter-mile lazy river, wade through South Jersey's biggest wave pool, or descend a cool 100 feet on Thunder Drop. Thrill-seekers can turn upside-down and backward in The Ring of Fire roller coaster, or hop on the world's tallest dueling trap door speed slides, Torpedo Rush. After emptying out their stomachs with screams, visitors can refuel with an array of juicy burgers, fresh-baked pizza, and crispy chicken tenders. Funnel cakes and cotton candy complete the carnival experience, or guests can choose to bring their own food to be enjoyed in the picnic areas near the parking lot.

Inside Tip: Families who would like to avoid crowds should visit Monday?Wednesday.

144 Berlin Rd.
Clementon,
NJ
US

A fitness center that’s stocked top to bottom with equipment and amenities offers an array of options for clients looking to get in shape, but it can also be a little intimidating. That’s why the staffers at Club La Maison work tirelessly with clients to build personal fitness routines that help conquer any initial trepidation. Group classes are just one of the many ways they acquaint newcomers or longtime goners to a habit of health, leading sessions in spin, yoga, and BarreAmped-ballet-inspired workouts. Within a separate Pilates studio, they make use of multiple tools such as Reformers, combo chairs, and ladder barrels. Meanwhile, instructors in an on-site pool lead cardio-centric aquatics classes and intense training sessions for the Marco Polo portion of the Goodwill Games. For a one-on-one fitness experience, Club La Maison’s army of personal trainers are always on hand to help clients develop and maintain a custom workout regimen as well as wring out overworked sweatbands. Their facility is also home to several racquetball and tennis courts and youth programs such as dance and martial arts.

Club La Maison also offers birthday parties, camps, and swimming lessons throughout the year.

215 Sugartown Rd.
Wayne,
PA
US