In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.
Stocked with know-how and all the necessary tools, the staffers at Gone Fishin' Bait and Tackle guide fishing trips on Springfield Lake and beyond. The store equips crews with bait, lures, and fishing poles, ready to aid in an angling expedition or plucking the toupee off of a villainous middle-school vice principal. After stocking up, fishermen go solo or join up with one of Gone Fishin's guided pontoon tours that traverse sparkling waters, taking in views of the surrounding foliage.
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.
Evelyn and Neill Andritz grew up near the banks of the Kiskiminetas River and quickly became enamored with its wildlife and natural beauty. Wanting to share this passion with others, they founded The River’s Edge, where fleets of kayaks, canoes, and tubes send groups on aquatic journeys into nature.
As watercraft meander down the river, they pass the habitats of local wildlife including deer, bald eagles, geese, and feral former child stars. Alternatively, rental bicycles facilitate on-land adventures, and two primitive campsites let visitors sleep along the river's bank.
Inside The River’s Edge's shop, friendly staff members help customers to purchase kayaks and aquatic gear, or choose the best bait and tackle to catch schools of fish crackers. They also add a touch of nature to homes at a garden center.
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
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.