Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
It may seem like there's no better way to explore Monroe's Museum Village than on a walking history tour. But there are a few catches?namely deranged lunatics, monsters, and a few dozen dismembered bodies. Courtesy of a Hollywood special-effects team, Pure Terror ScreamPark offers up two miles of such lifelike horror, all beginning at a historically haunted house.
From there, the Trail of Terror winds through dark woods where grotesqueries wait in every shadow?and the end of the trail is only the beginning. Four additional indoor and outdoor haunted attractions wait beyond the trail's exit, treating attendees to an eclectic sampling of fear. While Terror in the Dark plunges guests into complete darkness, the Sanitarium keeps the lights on so they can scream alongside the insane residents.
And then there's the House of the Dead, which is filled with either nightmarish creatures or Jerry Garcia look-alikes?all feeding on the cold sweat of anyone who enters. Naturally, Pure Terror ScreamPark recommends that children stay home.
The organizers of Out-Fit Challenge, the first national LGBT mud run obstacle course, aim to spark new friendships between its runners by creating challenges that require not only personal perseverance, but the occasional helping hand. Obstacles such as barbed wire crawls or mud pits force racers to get dirty, and tandem climbing walls make runners rely on each other to progress.
After making it to the finish line, participants mingle with newfound friends or long-lost parents at the after-party. After showering, racers can don their finisher?s award with pride. Each participant can pick up their complementary beer from one of the bars, before mingling, dancing to live music, or chowing down on the food vendors? grub.
Each of the 200-plus attractions at WeeZee - The Science of Play! has been scientifically proven to enhance cognitive, social and physical development in children. Here, kids aged 0 to 12 are free to explore more than 18,000 square feet of adventures and experiences designed to spark all of their senses. In the Groove Grove, they can listen to music and jam on instruments; in the Rain Room, they can feel what it's like to be caught in a storm or on a playdate with a sad cartoon character. No matter what stations they visit, children always have the guidance of WeeZee's sensory coaches, who are hired for their expertise in fitness, music, art, food, and new media activities.
Palisades Climb Adventure presented by WonderWorks lays claim to the title of the world's tallest indoor ropes course, and you might not feel like arguing with them when you're 85 feet above the ground. Guests traverse 75 different obstacles that test the climber's mettle, whether they're trying to balance while walking across tremor bridges, maintain their grip on the rope ladder, or fight back the urge to eat the alternating spaghetti handline. Once an adventurer is buckled into the safety harness, they can leap, totter, and dangle through the entire course with the option to leave at any time. The only requirements are a minimum height of 3'6" and a maximum weight of 300 pounds.
At The Cliffs at Valhalla, professional setters map out more than 200 new climbs every three months. It’s part of the gym’s mission to keep routes as challenging and engaging as those found outdoors.
Though ideal for skilled climbers, the gym caters to first-timers too. Certified instructors lead adult classes in climbing basics. Staff members guide customers to the proper gear and yodeling song books at the pro shop, and they even created a fitness area with climbing-specific cardio training equipment and yoga classes to complement the climbing terrain.
The Cliffs at Valhalla also readies kids for climbing. Climbing camp lets kids experience indoor and outdoor climbing, and award-winning birthday parties furnish groups with private climbing walls and a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.