Start Skydiving owes its ranking as the number-one skydiving location on dropzone.com to its staff of master skydivers, pilots, and instructors. The team navigates its aircraft thousands of feet in the air for tandem or AFF solo skydives, and the jumpers help novices in obtaining their own USPA B, C, or D licenses. Newly inducted divers can gear up with Start Skydiving’s online store, which carries everything from altimeters and flight-specific shirts to tickets for rides on hot-air balloons or twin-engine pterodactyls.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Forest Hills Country Club invites golfers of all skill levels to drive, chip, and putt their way around its private nine-hole course, buttressed by the Great Miami River and native forestation. The course measures 2,267 yards from the back tees and boasts five par 3s and four par 4s. Though it may not have any par 5s, Forest Hills makes up for distance in scoring difficulty, with just one par 3 measuring fewer than 150 yards and cups that sneeze every time a ball comes near them. After a round, players can visit the concession stand to replenish calories lost from swinging clubs or cartwheeling from hole to hole.
Michael Scoggins firmly believes that anyone—young, old, nimble, or clumsy—can become a great dancer. A talented dancer himself, Michael has spent more than 20 years on stages across the globe, performing in professional theaters, on television, and before the Japanese royal family. Today, he pulls from his years of training and experience to captain his own private dance studio, where he joins with a staff of fellow professional dancers to lead students of all abilities in a variety of partner-based dances. On the dance floors of local athletic clubs, community centers, and opera houses, instructors guide intimate groups of no more than five couples through swing dances, waltzes, and tangos. The teachers also conduct dance lessons for special events, including weddings, university parent nights, and musical civil-war reenactments.
Cincinnati Golf Center immerses visitors in practice for golf both miniature and normal-sized with 36 holes of mini golf as well as a grass tee area and a two-tier mat tee area. The two 18-hole mini-golf courses slink past obstacles such as water fountains, rocky areas, sloth-like groups ahead, and tricky upslopes and downslopes. A two-tier driving range features open air and covered mats and a natural grass area for players to hone their iron approaches and booming drives, while a pair of putting greens give them space to perfect long lags and tap-ins alike. With a heated bottom floor, customers can practice their golf game all year long.
For the first time ever, the Western & Southern Open—one of the nation's oldest professional tennis tournaments still played in its city of origin—will host top-tier men's and women's matches during the week of August 13–21. Two single session tickets offer up 300-level seating to the first rounds of session 5 held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, a venue stocked with three televised match courts and nets containing snap-happy lobsters. Live music, food vendors, and racket-slamming action captivate the crowd before announcers crown male and female winners. Past victors of the Western & Southern Open include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and an out-of-control tennis ball-launching machine.