Housed in a handsome Georgian-style mansion since 1963, the Morris Museum educates and delights visitors with its vast array of interdisciplinary exhibits and collections. A true polymath playground, Morris Museum’s permanent exhibits include the Mammal Gallery and the Digging Dinosaurs exhibit, where patrons are able to touch a real dino egg within a gallery dominated by painted hadrosaurs and acid-washed velociraptors of Cretaceous-era New Jersey. The permanent Musical Machines & Living Dolls collection showcases 19th century mechanisms from The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, springing to life daily at 2 p.m. for a mechanical revue performed by a selection of melody-making automatons that include antique player-piano rolls and turn-of-the-century wind-up musical dolls.
At Parisi Fitness Center, visitors boost their health and well-being not only through the professional guidance of a staff of fitness specialists but also through the support and motivation of their fellow members. In this friendly group environment, guests give their lower back and core muscles a tune-up during Nancy Gorra's Pilates Reformer classes. In one-on-one personal-training sessions, a team of extensively certified personal trainers and fitness experts ensure that clients maximize their workout efficiency and refrain from accidentally swallowing any free weights. After sweating to Latin tunes during Zumba sessions, or targeting and toning problem areas with boot-camp workouts, members can pick their kids up from the complimentary childcare center, or enjoy a muscle-building shake or light fruit beverage from the juice bar.
Within the 5,000-square-foot Ballplayer’s Edge facility, baseball and softball players train to swing the bat faster, throw the ball harder, and play the game better. The facility’s crack team of coaches—led by Joel Burgos, hitting coach for Rutgers University-Newark—improve strength, agility, and instincts with training tools that include four adult-size batting cages and the ProBatter PX2 hitting simulator. The simulator immerses players in game-like situations, complete with virtual pitchers delivering strikes from either the windup or the stretch. Meanwhile, RightView Pro video analysis captures each home-run cut, shown bunt, and taunt lobbed at the computerized player, allowing for side-by-side comparison with major-league swings.
Centercourt Athletic Club of Morristown has been named a USTA Regional Training Center and it's easy to see why. Rather than shooing pigeons off public park courts, players at Centercourt can swing their racquets on 8 climate-controlled indoor Rebound Ace courts, 12 outdoor Har-Tru courts and 4 year-round platform tennis courts. And when winter comes, the Har-Tru courts are covered by a climate-controlled dome, so players have access to 20 indoor courts as the snow falls. After matches, players can retire to the field house and clubhouse to relax in overstuffed leather chairs, grab some food at the café, and shoot a game of pool.
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