The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
You might have been ziplining before?but chances are it wasn't on a skateboard. Luckily, Go Ape is ready to remedy that oversight, offering ziplines ridden via specially wired boards at some of its parks. It's part of Go Ape's ongoing effort to make its courses unique from any others in the country. For starters, you don't just zipline?you conquer a course that includes rope ladders, swings, bridges, and other crossings. As you navigate the courses, you're heading higher into the treetops, seeing parks from vantage points that would otherwise be inaccessible. Thousands of feet of zipline bring you back down to Earth more effectively than trying to build an elevator in a nearby tree.
Safety is just as important as adventure. Each excursion begins with a 30-minute safety briefing, and instructors constantly patrol the grounds. Guests can move at their own pace, making a trip to Go Ape an ideal team-building adventure for corporate and school groups. And every zipline trip helps the environment as well?Go Ape gives a portion of their proceeds to the public parks they call home.
When Skydive Myrtle Beach’s instructors say that their careers are plummeting, they aren’t being pessimistic about their employment prospects—they’re telling the literal truth. Many of these professional plungers boast a background in the military and Special Operations, putting their extensive airborne experience to work helping civilians learn the art and thrill of free falling. They provide one-on-one instruction on the ground for new skydivers before loading them into a Pilatus Porter airplane for a 15-minute ride to altitude. At a height of a little more than 2 miles, they strap onto their students and execute a high-altitude jump, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour before deploying the chutes. The resulting drift to earth lasts about five minutes, allowing students the perfect opportunity to capture photos of Myrtle Beach or very incautious birds.
With more than 170 participating courses stretching from New Hampshire to Georgia, MyGolf’s membership card grants golfers stationed throughout the Atlantic coast an opportunity to tour the region’s diverse links. Specific discounts vary from course to course, but all participating links honor the discount for members as well as their playing mates, encouraging social play while freeing up funds to send serrated sand wedges to culinary school. Affiliated golf academies prepare players for their rounds with discounted lessons, and clubbers can upgrade their equipment at participating golf shops. Along with cut-rate pin-hunting expeditions, the membership facilitates golf-centric vacations with discounts at restaurants, hotels, and Cold War-era bomb shelters near participating golf courses.
It's not every day that you get to swim off the coast of your own private island. But thanks to Living Large Party Barge, you can to do just that. That's because the company whisks its guests on cruises aboard open-air boats that make their way to uninhabited islands. Once there, guests can swim, sunbathe, and learn historical tidbits about the area from the boat's captain and a wise old sea turtle that communicates telepathically. Guests can also charter boats for bachelorette parties and weddings or cruise around to water-adjacent watering holes during a boat bar hop.
Spread along the shore of Lake Tabor, Adventure Beach Scenario Paintball encompasses 108 acres of varying outdoor terrain. Areas ranging from forests to rolling hills to land with battle-scarred buildings become the stage for large-scale paintball and air soft games. Meanwhile, private parties let teams of friends or coworkers challenge each other on their own field. At an onsite pro shop, technicians provide all the necessary safety gear and equipment by Tippmann and Planet Eclipse, and do repairs if needed.