Things To Do in New York

Cook and Eat a Delicious North Indian Feast

North Indian Cooking Class

Brooklyn

Veteran cook teaches you how to craft North Indian cuisine, such as chicken tandoori or palak paneer, and then you dig in during dinner

$60 $60

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Bike Rental for One, Two, or Four with MCNY Admission from Bike Rental Central Park (Up to 71% Off)

Bike Rental Central Park

Manhattan

Take a leisurely ride around Central Park or other landmarks at your own pace and stop by MCNY during your adventure

$42 $15

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Bike Tour for One, Two, or Four from WNY Tours (Up to 57% Off)

WNY Tours

Waterfront

Bike tours weave through Buffalo's downtown and along the waterfront, passing such landmarks as City Hall and Delaware Park

$35 $17

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$36 $17

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$6 for One Movie Ticket at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Up to $12.25 Value)

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Yonkers

Watch first-run blockbusters and classics free from distractions such as texting as servers bring food and drinks directly to your seat

$12.25 $6

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$25 for a Round-Trip Ferry Ride to Sandy Hook Beach from Seastreak ($45 Value)

Seastreak

Multiple Locations

A 40-minute ferry ride takes passengers to Sandy Hook Beach, where they can explore the scenic shoreline, woodlands, and fishing spots

$45 $25

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Flashback Monday Movie Night with Popcorn and Beer for Two or Four at Palace Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Palace Theater

Eastwood

Upcoming screenings include "Pulp Fiction," "Deliverance," "The Shining," and "L.A. Confidential"

$28 $16

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$15 for a Ghost Tour from Ghosts of Albany ($30 Value)

Ghosts of Albany

Albany

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal interwoven with historical facts

$30 $15

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$17 for Two One-Hour Jump Sessions at Flight Trampoline Park ($26 Value)

Flight Trampoline Park

Colonie

Guests bounce off of more than 50 connected trampolines, tumble into an air bag, and dunk basketballs

$26 $17

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BYOB Painting Class for 1, 2, or 4 Adults, or Private Party for Up to 10 at Picasso's Corner (Up to 78% Off)

Picasso’s Corner

Elmsford

All materials included; students craft 16"x20" paintings while sipping on brought-from-home beer or wine

$50 $15.99

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Five or 10 Barre-Fitness Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Energie Barre (Up to 62% Off)

Energie Barre

Larchmont

Energetic tunes set the mood for workouts that blend yoga, pilates, and ballet dance to improve balance and develop lithe, toned muscles

$100 $45

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$35 for Two to Visit Frightworld America's Screampark ($50 Value)

Frightworld America's Screampark

Cheektowaga

Expertly trained scare-actors lurk around corners of unique Screampark hosting 5 attractions and polished lighting, sound, and technology

$50 $35

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Standup Comedy at Rockwells American Restaurant Through October 31 (Up to 87% Off)

Rockwells American Restaurant

Pelham

Every week, three comedians entertain guests dining on hearty American cuisine such as gorgonzola-bacon burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches

$20 $4

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One Private 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lesson with Optional Two Group Lessons at Winter Glen Farm (51% Off)

Winter Glen Farm

Rotterdam

Beginner through advanced riders learn English-style riding techniques, whether they're practicing for fun, fitness, or show

$45 $22

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90 Minute Make-It-Fit Sewing Class for One or Two at Divas Design Studio (Up to 64% Off)

Divas Design Studio

Herkimer

Learn to alter your own clothes during a 90 minute sewing class led by an experienced fashion designer

$75 $27

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One- or Three-Month Dance Class at DeNapoli's Dance Center (Up to 63% Off)

DeNapoli's Dance Center

Brentwood

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$120 $45

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"Girls Night: The Musical" at St. George Theatre on Friday, October 10, at 8 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

Girls Night: The Musical

St. George Theatre

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"Girls Night: The Musical" follows five women sharing life stories during a night of karaoke filled with bawdy laughs and classic songs

$62.55 $40

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Wild-Food and Ecology Tour for Two, Four, or Six from "Wildman" Steve Brill (Up to 63% Off)

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

$40 $20

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Project turning point (67% Off)

Project Turning Point

Hempstead

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$15 $5

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Kids’ Dance Camp or Classes at Nancy's Dance Factory (Up to 60% Off). Five Options Available.

Nancy's Dance Factory

Nancy's Dance Factory

Kids can enjoy such dance classes as jazz and tap during a summer dance program or fall dance classes

$450 $225

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Swim Membership or Admission to Iceberg Adventure at Webster Aquatic Center (Up to 52% Off)

Webster Aquatic Center

Webster

Membership grants unlimited access to Olympic-sized pool; Iceberg Adventure invites swimmers to scale a giant inflatable with climbing grips

$177 $85

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$55 for a Food and Cultural Walking Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake for Two ($98 Value)

Taste the Town Tours

Greaves Jams & Marmalades

Local jams, imported cheeses, and rich fudge tantalize groups of up to 12 during a 2.5-hour cultural stroll through the historical downtown

C$98 C$55

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Survivor 5K Mud Run, Zombie Run, or Zombie Paintball at Wilderness Survival (Up to 53% Off)

Wilderness Survival

Troy

During the 5K survival mud run, participants tackle 12 military obstacles; zombie run incorporates a simulated uprising

$95 $45

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Admission for Two or Four or Membership for One or Two at Bundy Museum of History and Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bundy Museum of History and Art

Westside

Memberships grant free tours and discounts for guests passes, programs and events, and use of the facility as an event space

$14 $7

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One or Two Months of Karate Classes at Shaolin Self Defense Centers (Up to 65% Off)

Shaolin Self Defense Centers

West Babylon

Karate students gain self-defense skills, discipline, and confidence at a family-oriented dojo

$140 $59

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Seal-Watching Cruise for Two or a Family of Four from Freeport Water Taxi & Tours (50% Off)

Freeport Water Taxi

Freeport

Captains chart a course along the harbor's seal-filled waters during two-hour tours

$50 $24.99

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Tactical Shooting Course for One or Two at Israeli Tactical School (51% Off)

Israeli Tactical School

Multiple Locations

Students learn to disarm attackers and receive an introduction to semi-automatic weaponry, firing at targets with a simulator laser gun

$200 $99

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Coram Country Lanes (Up to 53% Off)

Coram Country Lanes

Coram

Family-owned bowling alley has multiple lanes to host competitive or friendly games

$35 $17

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$20 for 20 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Two Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 63% Off)

Kempo Martial Arts Dojos

Multiple Locations

Get fit while mastering the self-defense techniques and skill sets of karate across a two-month period in up to seven classes per week

$100 $39

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$12 for $25 Worth of Pet Supplies at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Multiple Locations

Pick up pet supplies, food, treats, and gifts for pet lovers, with every purchase directly benefiting animals in need

$25 $12

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Five or Ten Kickboxing or Krav Maga Classes with Gloves at Innovative Martial Arts (Up to 78% Off)

Innovative Martial Arts

Commack

Achieve a full-body workout in fitness kickboxing or learn practical self-defense techniques originally developed for Israeli Defense Forces

$85 $19

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Unlimited Classes at Moti Horenstrein's Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Moti Horenstein's Mixed Martial Arts

New City

Black belt staff instills students with confidence as they learn practical, real world self-defense techniques such as krav maga

$199 $59

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Fitness Through Kickboxing (Up to 81% Off)

Fitness Through Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

Fun, energizing fitness-kickboxing classes whip students into shape

$75 $15

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Training Program for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon at Golden Touch Boot Camp (Up to 60% Off)

Golden Touch Boot Camp

Jamaica Estates

Fitness assessment, fitness program, and personal training prepare runners for races ranging from 5K to marathon

$340 $149.99

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Miniature Golf for Two or Four at Station Sports (Up to 50% Off)

Station Sports

Huntington Station

Players vie for holes-in-one on the undulating greens of 18-hole miniature golf course surrounded by fountains and waterfalls

$16 $8

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Haunt Night for Two on October 18, or Fun Pass and Fudge for Two or Four at Barton Orchards (Up to 53% Off)

Barton Orchards

Dutchess County

Expansive farm hosts fall activities like a haunted house, hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze, and a fun park full of slides and games

$20 $10

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10 or 20 Classes with Gloves at Kickboxing.com (Up to 82% Off)

Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

$148 $29

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Nutrition Consultation, Intro Class, and One or Two Months of Classes at CrossFit Centereach (Up to 77% Off)

Crossfit Centereach

Centereach

After a nutrition consultation and fundamentals class, students jump into high-intensity workouts that incorporate functional movements

$250 $59

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$63 for $140 Worth of Martial Arts — Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley

Traditional Okinawan Karate Of Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley

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$140 $63

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at Dipson Theatres (Up to 30% Off)

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

Everything from summer action flicks to independent dramas, arthouse films, and family features lights up a network of 29 screens

$32 $23

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fang Shi Do Self-Defense Classes at Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts (Up to 80% Off)

Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts

Franklin Square

After setting the right mindset, instructors incorporate martial arts with lifestyle goals

$125 $29

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10-Day Program or Four-Week Program for One or Two at Port Chester Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 81% Off)

Port Chester Fit Body Boot Camp

Port Chester

Experienced trainers lead cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$97 $29

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Trail Ride for Two, Four, or Six at My Saddle Brook Farm (Up to 64% Off)

My Saddle Brook Farm

Montgomery

Seasoned trainers guide guests on horseback through idyllic Hudson Valley trails before winding down with cup of cocoa or other beverage

$130 $59

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$46 for $125 Worth of Music Lessons — Momentum School of Music

Momentum School Of Music

West Islip

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$125 $46

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Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival for Two or Four at Baldwin Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Baldwin Vineyards

Pine Bush

Festival pairs 12 types of wine with chocolate-covered strawberries and desserts

$24 $12

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Flying Lesson at Icon Aviation Group, LLC (Up to 67% Off)

Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Multiple Locations

Take to the skies with a licensed certified flight instructor and log your journey in the accompanying logbook

$299.25 $99

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Haunted House Visit for Two or Four at the Deer Park Community Center (Up to 60% Off)

Deer Park Community Center

ZombieWorld Haunted House

Riddled with bloodthirsty clowns and zombies, this highly rated haunted house sends visitors scurrying through the hallways of an old school

$30 $12

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Open-Skate Admission and Skate Rental for Four or Six at Reva Rollerdrome (Up to 50% Off)

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

Groups strap on skates and circle the rink before refueling with pizza and soda

$28 $14

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Six Self-Defense Classes or Eight Weeks of Classes for Kids, Adults, or Seniors at Modern Warrior (Up to 71% Off)

Modern Warrior

Lindenhurst

Instructors led by a retired NYPD sergeant teach kids, adults, and senior citizens how to defend themselves against an attacker

$45 $19

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Essence of Yoga Studio (Up to 71% Off)

Essence of Yoga Studio

Holbrook

Gain strength and flexibility in these open-and-accepting yoga classes for all skill levels

$150 $49

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One or Three 60-Minute Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Hobby Horse Riding (Up to 61% Off)

Hobby Horse Riding

Watertown Center

Students learn basic riding and horse-handling skills during one-on-one lessons with a certified instructor

$50 $25

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One- or Two-Day VIP Pass with Unlimited Attractions for Two or Four at Bayville Scream Park (Up to 45% Off)

Bayville Scream Park

Bayville

Unlimited access to 15 attractions and events, such as a pumpkin patch and kid-based haunted rides, at a Halloween-themed park

$59.90 $32.99

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Foam-Ball Play, Laser Tag, and Rock Climbing at TreePaad Fun Center (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

TreePaad Fun Center

Tree Paad

Thousands of foam balls and twisting slides pack three levels of the Fort Ballocity attraction; center also has laser tag and rock climbing

$9 $4.50

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$490 for $890 For Full Season of Dance for 8-10 Year Olds — The Corner Dance Studio LLC

The Corner Dance Studio

Smithtown

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$890 $490

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$41 for $75 Worth of Activities or Open Play at Seeds of Love Creative Enrichment Center

Seeds of Love Creative Enrichment

Bay Shore

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$75 $41

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One Month of Unlimited MMA or Adult Karate Classes at Busto's Martial Arts (Up to 51% Off)

Busto's Martial Arts

Plainview

Learn hand strikes, kicks, & effective self-defense skills in the workouts of MMA classes or reduce stress & gain confidence through karate

$100 $49

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"Tango Lovers Company Show" at Queens Theatre on October 14 or 15 at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

Tango Lovers Company Show

Queens Theatre

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A celebration of the world's cultural heritage showcases staccato footwork and spirited music

$37 $20

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$33 Toward 4 Salsa-Dance Classes — my on2 crew

My On2 Crew

Next to Starbucks, basement level

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$60 $33

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$49 for Shooting-Range Outing with Safety Course and Gun Rental ($250 Value)

Valastro International Academy

East Garden City

Experienced law-enforcement officials teach students proper firearm shooting and safety techniques; package includes gear and ammunition

$250 $49

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10 or 20 CrossFit Classes at Grassfed Crossfit (Up to 90% Off)

GrassFed CrossFit

Medford

These intense daily workouts test physical and mental strength using functional exercises such as pull-ups and squats

$250 $29.99

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5, 10, or 20 Adult or Kids' Fitness Classes at L.E.A.R.N. (Up to 87% Off)

L.E.A.R.N.

Baldwin

45- or 60-minute classes, such as cardio conditioning or boot camp for adults or Kidz Kardio and Wacky Weights for kids

$75 $15

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One Month of Unlimited Kids' Classes or Adult Fitness or MMA Classes at Alpha Omega MMA (Up to 81% Off)

Alpha Omega MMA

Rockville Centre

Students tone their bodies and learn self-defense skills in one-hour kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, muay-thai, MMA, yoga, and boxing classes

$149 $39

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Artrider Productions' Rhinebeck Arts Festival for Two or Four on September 26–28 (Up to 53% Off)

Artrider Productions

Dutchess County Fairgrounds

Craftspeople and artists from around the country come to this long-esteemed fair to show their housewares, jewelry, and painted masterworks

$20 $10

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10, 20, or 30 Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, or Yoga Classes at East Coast United Westchester BJJ (Up to 89% Off)

East Coast United Westchester BJJ

Multiple Locations

Martial arts courses for the entire family include combat sports of kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the healing practice of yoga

$225 $45

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$28 for $80 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Campbell's Kickboxing

Campbell's Kickboxing

Copiague

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$80 $28

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$25 for a Two-Hour Kids' Intro to Tennis at Sportime ($40 Value)

Sportime

Multiple Locations

During the two-hour session, pros introduces kids aged 10 and younger to tennis through drills and games; followed by pizza

$40 $25

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5 or 10 "Fitness in a Chair" Classes at The Dance Treatment Rx (Up to 88% Off)

The Dance Treatment Rx

The Dance Treatment

Nurse-led fitness routine designed specifically for those who have trouble standing

$125 $19

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$45 for $75 Worth of Music Lessons — Daves Guitar Studio

Daves Guitar Studio

Merrick

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$75 $45

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Four or Eight Jiu-Jitsu Classes at American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa (Up to 84% Off)

American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa

Massapequa

Students learn basic, effective self-defense techniques and gain confidence, discipline, and self-control in American jiu-jitsu classes

$160 $34

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$40 for an Apple Orchard Tour for Two at LynOaken Farms ($80 Value). Five Dates Available.

LynOaken Farms

Medina

Two-hour tours track the path of an apple as its grown and harvested, with take-home apples and a panini lunch

$80 $40

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Haunted House Entry With No Wait Time at Chamber of Horrors NY, Sponsored by Applebee's (Up to 50% Off)

Chamber of Horrors NY

Hauppauge

Three haunted attractions filled with zombies, monsters, creepy clowns, and other scary adventures

$60 $30

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Wine Tasting with Fruit and Chocolate Platter for Two or Four at Altamont Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Altamont Vineyard & Winery

Guilderland

At a vineyard that produces multiple grape varieties, a tasting room hosts sampling sessions of fine wines accompanied by fruit & chocolate

$30 $15

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5 or 10 Shaolin Kung-Fu Classes, or One Month of Classes at Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters (Up to 78% Off)

Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters

Multiple Locations

Shaolin kung-fu classes blend meditation with physical training; Qigong sessions build strength with gentle exercises

$125 $30

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Corn-Maze Admission & Tractor Rides to Pumpkin Patch for 2, 4, or 6 at The Wright Family Farm (Up to 56% Off)

The Wright Family Farm

Warwick

Wander through an elaborate corn maze, take rides behind a tractor, or peruse the pumpkin patch for the perfect jack o' lantern

$18 $9

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15 or 30 Boot Camps Sessions at Team Extreme Health & Fitness Bootcamp Express (Up to 83% Off)

Team Extreme

Lake Ronkonkoma

Military-inspired boot-camp classes challenge every muscle in the body during intense and efficient workouts; personal training available

$115 $23

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5 or 10 Krav Maga Classes at Kelevra Krav Maga (Up to 82% Off)

Kelevra Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

Krav maga classes employ techniques used by the Israeli Army to help athletes burn calories and learn self-defense

$125 $25

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$49 for $89 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — long island asian studies center

Long Island Asian Studies Center

North Bellmore

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$89 $49

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5 or 10 Cardio Kickboxing Classes at MPBBC (Up to 83% Off)

MPBBC

Selden

Clients square up with heavy bags, punching and kicking their way to slimmer frames with cardio-boosting drills and self-defense techniques

$75 $15

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Yes, Hill Country is a restaurant, but no hostess will seat you and no server will come by to take your order. Instead, arriving patrons are given a meal ticket, which they carry into a Texas-style market. At one counter, they order meats by weight, watching as pitmasters pull their selection from smoking pits fueled with Texas post oak and the menus of lesser barbecue restaurants. The menu includes the signature moist brisket—juicy, fatty morsels that New York Times’ reporter Pete Wells is said to order a pound of every time because it shows “Hill Country’s rotisserie barbecue pits at their finest.” Whatever meat guests choose, it’s carved onto sturdy sheets of butcher paper they carry with them as they stop at additional counters to collect sides and desserts.

Though all meat is served with white bread or crackers, a lineup of sides includes corn pudding, Longhorn cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet potato bourbon mash. The dessert case displays temptations such as banana pudding, which Wells gushed is “built upon a custard so thick with eggs and cream it brings Paris to mind.” Guests can return to the counters as many times as they like; each item ordered is noted on their ticket, which they turn in to the cashier at the end of the meal. The menu has some devoted culinary fans—renowned food critic Frank Bruni named Hill Country one of his five favorite restaurants, for instance—but the eatery attracts a musically inclined audience as well. Downstairs in the Boot Bar, a state-of-the-art stage hosts nationally touring blues, alt-country, and honky-tonk acts that have included Dale Wilson and Roseanne Cash. The shows take place Tuesday–Saturday nights, and are often free of charge.

30 West 26th Street
New York,
NY
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Pete Lawson's passion for the martial arts is more than 30 years old, reaching all the way back to when he took his first karate lesson in Jamaica when he was 13 years old. His love for the discipline blossomed, eventually earning him five black belts, a spot in world tournaments, and the opportunity to spar against master martial artists. He also studied Brazilian jiujitsu under renowned master Renzo Gracie, one of the sons of Brazil's famed family of martial artists. As a believer in the saying "to whom much is given, much is required," Lawson decided to put his accolades and experience to good use founding and teaching at his own academy, Brooklyn Martial Arts. Today, he offers classes for all levels of Brazilian jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, preparing students for everything from self-defense to competition.

Lawson also imparts lessons of discipline and perseverance to little ones in kids' classes, using martial arts as a platform to improve their schoolwork, teach them nonviolent ways to deal with bullies, and strengthen their listening skills by having them perform pushups with their ears. They even host birthday parties for kids, where the birthday boy or girl cuts the cake with a real sword and competes in fun and friendly martial-arts-based games and activities.

289 Livingston St, 3rd Fl
Downtown Brooklyn,
NY
US

During New York's golden age, when big-band music filled the streets and Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie reigned supreme in regal zoot suits, Ellsworth Statler held court at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Known as much for its delicious food as it was for its swanky shows, the hotel became the standard of swingin' cool by which all others were measured. Today, the same spirit that propelled Ellsworth Statler to greatness inhabits his namesake: the Statler Grill. Using classic midcentury charm and more than four decades of experience in the restaurant business, the owners of Statler Grill reanimate the New York of decades past, time-warping diners as they sit at tables cloaked in white linens amid muted lighting. Artwork festoons the walls, adding warm hues and a jubilant air while frosted glass and earth-toned walls segment the dining room for more romantic dining and more covert fantasy baseball meetings. An adjoining bar serves up a similar sophistication, with a menu of light fare appropriate for an after-work snack, or after a game, being located across the street from Madison Square Garden.

For dinner, the kitchen lines classic new york prime sirloins and porterhouses with the marks of the char grill. Seafood arrives fresh daily to offer the best flavors of the deep blue, including Prince Edward Island mussels, Long Island clams, and fried calamari. The chefs' traditional and inventive American fare complements every meal of the day, from eggs benedict for brunch to filet mignon for supper and Maryland crab cakes for late night sleep eating. All of this fancy fare doesn't get in the way of friendly service, though; the restaurant's friendly waitstaff and knowledgable bartenders earned glowing praise from the foodies at Midtown Lunch.

136 W 33rd St
New York,
NY
US

Since 1861, the Buffalo Society of Natural Science has culled more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts from around the world. These treasures now reside in the Buffalo Museum of Science which opened its doors in 1929. The museum allows visitors to explore anthropology, paleontology, and zoology, with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara region.

Special exhibits inspire curiousity in guests by exploring the world around them through hands-on education. Nano, for example, explains the basics of nanoscience and the way it impacts our lives. Opened in March 2012, the Explore YOU health science studio teaches visitors about their own bodies as they study recent medical technologies that help keep the human race healthy. Our Marvelous Earth, on the other hand, focuses on geological phenomena, extreme weather, and alternative forms of energy via displays and interactive exhibits where guests will have a chance to experience tornado-force winds. The newest exhibit to explore is In Motion which motivates children to learn how things move by interacting with gravity machines, car races, and a fluid dynamics simulator. Elsewhere, Seymour (a 10-foot tall mastodon) and Stanley (a 16-foot long albertosaurus) give kids a glimpse of some really, really, really old bones. For a more relaxing experience, visitors can check out the National Geographic 3D Cinema presented by M&T Bank for rotating titles. During the next few years, the museum will continue to add new exhibits and improve others with interactive technologies.

1020 Humboldt Pkwy
Buffalo,
NY
US

When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition.

But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America?

Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits."

Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.

1350 University Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Strongman competitor William Harris opened his gym to help exercisers achieve ultimate physical conditioning with an innovative approach to fitness that eschews the mirrored walls, isolated machine workouts, and pie-eating competitions of standard gyms. His cadre of personal trainers—most of whom are certified Level 1 CrossFit coaches—draws on real world athleticism: trainer Phaidra Knight was named the women's' rugby player of the decade 2000–2009, and Rob Gutierrez works as a physical trainer for the NYPD. For CrossFit sessions, certified trainers design intense, ever-changing workouts that safely push members while providing motivation and support. Classes rotate through various challenges such as calisthenics, weight lifting, kettlebells, and sprinting, relying on both intensity and variety of motion to improve comprehensive fitness. To bolster long-term health, coaches dispense nutrition tips that keep bodies fueled and give clients the tools to spur fat loss and muscle gain. The results build bodies that function in real-world tasks, such as running to catch a bus, lifting a sack of dog food, or throwing a discus and riding it to work.

2 Bridge Street
Yonkers,
NY
US

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