After spending hours on the faces of outdoor boulders and overhangs, the crew at Niagara Climbing Center brings back inspiration as a souvenir. With toughened fingers and memories of these natural rock formations, they return to their indoor facility to lay climbing routes on 6,000 square feet of vertical terrain. The gym's walls reach up to 20 feet above the ground and their features include bulges and slopes to help climbers prepare for real rocks or real trophy rooms of big-game rock hunters.
Almost every step reveals some new horror within the spooky confines of Frightworld America's Screampark, which the Travel Channel's America's Scariest Halloween Attractions described as "a macabre circus of shocks." It typically takes around two hours to navigate the labyrinth of ominous hallways and monster-infested rooms. The park consists of five themed attractions?with new frights introduced each season?which are all connected to create one massive, pulse-elevating experience.
The designers base these frightening exhibits on inherently unnerving locales?such as an abandoned asylum, an isolated cabin, or a hotel room without access to HBO. In each setting, costumed actors lie in wait to burst forth and startle passersby. After successfully braving all five areas, groups can spend the evening swapping stories of their favorite scare while enjoying a bite from Frightworld's concession stand.
Niagara Falls North KOA attracts tent-toting campers with its numerous amenities and proximity to popular attractions, including Niagara Falls. With a fire ring and picnic table, each campsite affords campers the opportunity to cook and eat their dinner rustic style (additional charge for firewood). Outdoor adventurers can plug in their hair dryers, phone chargers, or cotton-candy machines with the included electricity, and clean campground restrooms and showers and free WiFi help ensure a pleasant overnight experience.
Sprawling across a combined 50,000 square feet, Buffalo’s revamped House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs delivers fright after fright for those brave enough to enter their doors. Foggy hidden passageways cradled in darkness give way to a menagerie of monsters, from zombie soldiers wielding sledgehammers to demonic surgeons hungry for the under insured. An occasional strobe light illuminates secret passageways and a maze of doors designed to befuddle visitors as the house’s demons circle ever closer. Once through the labyrinthine hallways of the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs, thrill-seekers can tread carefully through additional attractions including Hellhouse: Possession, Bodyharvesters: Bloodfeast, Wicked Freakshow in 3D, and Killer Theater.
The best climbing gyms have a strong sense of community, and Toronto Climbing Academy's diverse group of beginner and expert climbers engender an encouraging atmosphere throughout the gym. With 11 distinct climbing areas, climbing walls that simulate real-world climbs, and scaling route difficulty, the vast academy accommodates climbing styles of all types. Inverted caves are a siren's call to skilled boulderers, while large holds and 120 extended routes challenge beginners and experts alike. Training tools such as a campus wall—a wall that works only the arms—supplement workouts between climbs. The gym's classes prepare novices for tougher routes with lessons in the fundamentals.
True North Climbing's helpful staff and professional indoor rock-climbing facilities encourage vertical scramblers of all skill levels to engage in enjoyable, unconventional exercise. During a one-hour intro lesson, helpful rope wranglers acquaint the uninitiated with the basics: how to safely yet fashionably don a harness, how to knot up the rope like a competitive pretzel maker, and how to confidently operate the belay device. After your lesson, scale the walls as long as you would like to pop-quiz bodies on newfound knowledge and skills. Rental of climbing shoes and harness are included in the lesson, as well as for the one-month membership.