Surrounded by the leafy trees and green lawns of Overpeck Park, the 22-acre Bergen Equestrian Center is designed to keep both humans and horses happy. Locker rooms and showers, a lounge area, and a full kitchen cater to the humans, while 100 custom-built stalls supply the horses with all the creature comforts they could ask for. Each stall is equipped with padded flooring and automatic water dispensers, and each receives a daily cleaning. Climate-controlled tack rooms and 21 grass turnout paddocks are just icing on the hay bale.
The facility is equally impressive when it comes to training. Two indoor and three outdoor riding arenas serve as the stage for horseback-riding lessons for students as young as 5. These lessons teach beginner through advanced skills, all while allowing students to move at their own pace. A Grand Prix field and medieval jousting ring, meanwhile, allow for higher-level training.
The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum concentrates its exhibition program on solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists.
At Winter Garden Ice Arena, families slice ice during public skate sessions or slap pucks into goals during adult or youth hockey leagues. There are also figure-skating programs, and the center’s icy confines and private party room make ideal meeting grounds for children’s birthday parties.
Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
A quartet of regulation-size NHL ice rinks live inside Ice House. There, attentive zambonies smooth things over for hockey players, figure skaters, and recreational skaters. Youngsters, high schoolers, and adults can each sign up for amateur hockey leagues, and anyone can learn to turn, stop, and avoid flying flower bouquets in U.S. Figure Skating Association-sanctioned programs. If they stick with it, students may be able to follow in the blade-steps of Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski, Oksana Baiul, and Sarah Hughes?each of whom used the Ice House as their primary training facility.
Since 1971, the Bronx Museum of the Arts has amassed a diverse collection of 20th century and contemporary art that reflects the eclectic cultures of the Bronx and New York. Featured exhibits include Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio, a collection of 20 gravure plates that represent the artist's involvement with Mexican art and revolutionary politics. And currently running through December 31, 2010, the Yankee Stadiums exhibit commemorates the history of the storied stadium, including the iconic moment when Yankee fans saw the new stadium open after the old one became self-aware and launched itself into space.