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.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum gives visitors a view of the inner workings of a company whose products became part of the American amusement landscape throughout much of the twentieth century. A network of seven different interconnected structures, the museum occupies the production facilities of the Allan Herschell Company, the carrousel cartel credited with thawing icy relations between humans and horses. Examine exhibits such as the Lockman Collection, an assemblage of 20 different hand-carved creatures that illustrates the stylistic evolution of carrousel animals, and the Wurlitzer Music Roll Shop, showcasing manufacturing equipment and more than 1,600 hand-punched music rolls designed to coax wooden beasts from their lumber slumber. Admission to the museum includes a complimentary ride on one of two on-site carrousels: a 1940s-era aluminum ride equipped with miniature mounts for kids only, and a carrousel sporting 36 adult-sized steeds that dates to 1916, the year it was discovered that horses aren't poisonous.
The friendly staff at Waterbike Adventures sets up visitors on pedal-powered watercraft to navigate the lengths of the Erie Canal while entertaining their eyes with scenic visuals. Spend an hour astride a pontoon water-bike and enjoy the experience of cycling without having to wear a helmet and street floaties. Each waterborne odyssey departs from the docks at the intersection where the Ellicott Creek feeds into the Erie Canal. Although not included with today's deal, the nautical outfitters also rent out kayaks and nine-passenger electric boats.
The historic 85-year-old Riviera Theatre welcomes moviegoers to experience the show-stopping splendor of an original 1920s movie palace, boasting no less than 1,150 seats and myriad perching possibilities for taking in a roster of Streisand's most beloved films. Beginning June 30 with What's Up, Doc? and concluding with The Way We Were on September 1, the film series presents nine of Babs's best flicks for ultimate fan perusal and trivia-night upsets at Fran Drescher's house. Bask beneath the crystal-laden chandelier on July 21 and August 11 to chortle along to Barbra's portrayal of famed comedienne Fannie Brice in both Funny Girl and Funny Lady respectively, and mark your calendar for July 7, when A Star is Born examines Streisand's brief foray into celestial midwifery. Pummel your senses in The Main Event (July 28), extend greetings to Hello, Dolly! (August 4), witness the charged banter during The Owl and the Pussycat (August 18), and don cloudless glasses during On a Clear Day You Can See Forever(August 25).
Fitness 19's health emporiums sculpt diamond-hard physiques nationwide with a focus on maintaining quality equipment and eschewing unnecessary health-club bells and whistles for a simple, effective workout. Handily located workout facilities brim with free weights, resistance machines by Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness cardio equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills, and cycles. Skilled trainers remain on site to carve paths toward fitness goals such as being able to do 30 pushups in a row or being able to wrestle a refrigerator into submission. While parents flex and sweat, wee ones can socialize with toys and games or hunker down in front of a TV under the supervision of Fitness 19 staffers.
More than 200 firearms are on display inside Niagara Gun Range's showroom. Luckily, nearby shelves and display cases also contain the requisite accessories—including cleaning supplies and holsters. At an onsite classroom, instructors lead training sessions, including NRA classes for pistols, rifles, and shotguns.