BounceU welcomes kids to descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they can bounce and ricochet in safety. Along with birthday parties and group outings, BounceU hosts open-bounce sessions that let sock wearers of all ages imagine they're synchronized leapers in a futuristic moon performance as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Adults are welcome to act like 8-year-olds and join the vivacious youngsters in the playground.
With Orange County Airport (KMGJ) serving as their launchpad, the FAA-licensed instructors at Take Flight Aviation host introductory flights, scenic airplane rides, and private pilot certification programs. As future pilots earn their wings, they enjoy use of a pair of runways measuring approximately 3,660 and 5,000 feet in length and KMGJ's status as a non-towered airport, which means no waiting for Air Traffic Controllers to finish their sandwiches before giving the go ahead. When inclement weather keep aircraft grounded, students can train with the FAA-certified Redbird FMX simulator, which recreates a wide variety of flying conditions and portrays them on 200-degree wrap-around visuals inside a fully enclosed cockpit.
Whether it's your first or your 100th time going paintballing, MSG Paintball Field can handle your level of expertise. There are multiple outdoor fields on which groups can play anything from a simple game of Capture the Flag to more advanced strategic missions. Referees are on hand to share the rules of play and show people how to use the equipment, which includes both beginner and advanced markers, as well as goggles and full-face masks. The eco-friendly paintballs are 100% biodegradable, which makes games a lot more fun than just slinging spoonfuls of wheatgrass at opponents.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
More than thirty years ago, Patricia and Jack Baldwin plunged the stakes of their first vineyard into the fertile soil of their newly purchased parcel of land. By 1985, the couple was hard at work building the foundation for what was becoming a successful microwinery and began to create a many different varietals, from their velvety chardonnay to their tart black-raspberry wine. Today, the vineyard produces more than 15 wines, including its beloved strawberry wine, which has won Best Fruit Wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition several times. Baldwin Vineyards also sponsors a Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival, which showcases the pairing of its wines with desserts during tastings.
Situated at the foot of the Ellenville Mountain site, Mountain Wings has readied students for safe, engine-free flying since 1981. A staff of USHPA-certified instructors shares much of its knowledge on the facility's two training hills—a grassy, gently sloped concave for beginners, and a 180-foot hill used by intermediate gliders and a handful of pretty insane paper-airplane competitors. Sprinting, stumbling, and hovering across those hills, groups practice with Condors—slow-flying, easy-to-handle training gliders that work in zero-wind zones. Upon ascending to greater heights and skill levels, students can also snag their own equipment at Mountain Wings' full-service aero-sports shop.