The legend of Brighton Asylum says that the facility was once just a chain of warehouses. It was converted into a brutal asylum, which was eventually overrun by the patients. Ever since, those nearby have said mysterious screams drift on the wind from the sprawling buildings, which were closed for good in the 1950s. The legend also suggests that the closure had something to do with members of the staff, who would disappear, never to be seen again.
The professional actors at Brighton Asylum bring them vividly into the corporeal realm, assisted by movie-quality makeup and sets. The 13,000-square-foot space is open all year round, and it takes the average person about half an hour to get through. But, the staff says, "that depends entirely on how fast you can run."
It’s easy to find the party at Aventura Lounge & Grill—just follow the sparks that fly from the necks of bottle-service liquors or the beats pulsing from the DJ booth. Patrons can groove beneath the colorful lights that swirl on the dance floor or relax on a couch in a VIP lounge sectioned off by velvet ropes and a force field visible only to those wearing sunglasses. To fuel up for the night, order dinner from the barbecue-centric menu; apricot-brandy sauce glazes center-cut pork chops, and sides such as corn on the cob or baked sweet potatoes pair with hickory-smoked ribs.
The Garden State Rollergirls, New Jersey's premiere all-female roller derby league, boasts a roster of over 40 skaters during their seventh season. Equipped with four-wheeled skates, the athletes crush competition during bouts of two 30-minute halves. While designated jammers—typically the fastest skaters—attempt to lap opposing rollers, blockers use a lethal combination of shoulder and hip checks.
John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society?certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.
At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.
Hot on the heels of its own renovation, Fun Force houses a whole menagerie of family-friendly, indoor activities. Folks can get active and practice some friendly competition inside the laser tag arena, which includes an indoor "forest"?or fauxrest?and a complex labyrinth. Guests who wouldd rather shoot the moon can pop on over to the roller skating rink, where families can rent skates and take to the smooth surface to show off their moves. Birthday party packages are also available, as well as bounce-zone full of inflatable playscapes for younger kids.
What's better than an Olympic-size swimming pool on a summer day? One that doesn't send chills up your leg when you dip your foot in it. At Washington Township Swim & Recreation Club, swimmers don't have to worry about frigid waters because the pool is heated. On top of that, the club features a kids' pool, locker rooms with showers, and a clubhouse that can be rented for events such as shark rodeos.