Divided between two locations in Manchester and Nashua, Vertical Dreams' 15,000 square feet of simulated mountainside are packed with obstacles and tough sections to challenge climbers of all skill levels. At the Manchester gym, gutted elevator shafts lined with hand grips extend four stories upward, creating 70-foot vertical surfaces. The Nashua location boasts 10,000 square feet of wall space, with textured surfaces that respond realistically to climber's hands and feet and fill their nostrils with simulated rock smells.
Vertical Dreams' staff of veteran climbers teaches students one-on-one or in groups. In beginner lesson packages, instructors show aspiring climbers the figurative and literal ropes involved in belaying, climbing, and knot tying, and the teachers in advanced top-roping and sport-climbing classes push their students' abilities to climb solo or in a lead position.
The swimsuit-clad guests at Skyventure New Hampshire's Surf's Up attraction may not be going anywhere, but they're having lots of fun along the way. Designed to be the largest indoor wave park of its kind, the new venue from simulated-extreme-sports specialists sets surfers atop a standing wave that can?depending on the settings of its modular SurfStream machine?reach heights of 6 feet. Surfers with experience can use it to stay conditioned and improve their balance on barrel waves year round, while beginners can more easily learn to mount their boards in a 100% jellyfish-free setting. As reported on the Discovery Channel, the machine can release a rush of 750,000 liters of water per minute. And because the water temperature is kept at a mild 83 degrees, no wetsuits are necessary.
At 32 feet wide?making it the largest in North America, the owners say?the surf pool is a star attraction. But it's not the only one. There's also the FishPipe, a wildly spinning water-filled sphere that replicates the thrill of an ultra-steep water slide, a 24-foot Nicros art rock wall with an auto-belay system, and SkyVenture itself. The last provides the surreal thrill of falling slowly through the air with no need for a parachute?it's an indoor, vertical wind tunnel, of a kind used not only by everyday thrill-seekers but also by pro skydivers.
Right beside the rolling waters and powerful winds is the Oasis Cafe Restaurant, which completes the beachy experience with a thatched roof and tabletop shakers of sand. Even approaching the wave park puts surfers in a tropical mood?its exterior is bedecked with towering palm trees and other tiki trimmings.
With a focus on individual progress, Pedal and Pose pushes workout mavens to new levels of physical excellence with a wide variety of indoor workout classes. Classes span all approaches to body-bettering, ranging from traditional spin and yoga instruction to intense boot camps and kickboxing. Intentionally small class sizes place an emphasis on personalized instruction, and each shape-shifter will receive a complimentary consultation with a trainer to organize their goals and fitness agenda, as well as coordinate 80s-inspired aerobic attire. Please complete Pedal and Pose's required consultation and medical release forms before arriving for your first class, and bring water, a towel, appropriate footwear, and favorite Rocky training montage to relive. Classes, which range from 30–60 minutes, are scheduled by appointment only, so register and book online.
The Motorsport Lab lets drivers tame and test a fleet of classic American muscle cars and exotic, foreign sportsters. Drivers receive instruction before sampling the speed and handling of vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT, and Lotus Elise. Instructors either compress racing experiences into 60-minute agility tests or prolong the rush by guiding drivers on three-day excursions to Tampa, the Berkshires, or the nearest no-contact demolition derby. The Motorsport Lab also runs an advanced driving school, teaching students the subtleties of controlling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Escaping the hustle and bustle of city life usually means hopping on a plane or driving until skyscrapers shrink into the horizon. Sandlot Sports & Entertainment strives to change all that. Their staff maintains recreational facilities where families can enjoy much-deserved getaways, just without all the traveling. During summer months, members spend time on Sandlot’s private, four-acre pond and beach area where they can avoid crowded city beaches and soak up alien messages coded into the sun's rays. Nearby, full-size football and soccer fields, baseball fields, and a performance stage play host to parties and special events. Sandlot uses those same venues during various children's camps throughout the summer, including musical theater camps and the popular Camp Sandlot—weeklong sessions of creative, educational, and athletic activities.
A former art teach of 30 years, owner Patti Spinelli welcomes students of all ages into her studio to superimpose colorful imagery upon three-dimensional figurines and placards. More than 100 unique pieces beckon to painters, who are encouraged to don aprons, brushes, and paints to festoon pottery pieces with colors they draw from a vivid palette or channel through a past life as a kaleidoscope. The studio's lively instructors roam the workspace doling out encouraging words and helpful techniques. Patti also hosts intimate art classes, opens her studio to group parties, and stocks traditional canvases for those who prefer rendering still lifes or globes from a time when the Earth was flat.