Things To Do In Phillipsburg

$20 or $40 Toward Admission at Big Wheel Roller Skating Center (50% Off)

Big Wheel Roller Skating Center

Pocono Mountains

$20 $10

Kids and adults glide around an expansive rink during daily open skate sessions

One or Two Weeks of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Martial Arts University (Up to 63% Off)

Martial Arts University

East Stroudsburg

$20 $10

Karate teaches discipline to kids, teens, and adults, and cardio kickboxing helps students improve self-defense skills and cardio endurance

60-Minute Horseback Trail Ride for One, Two, or Four at Horses 4 Hope Equestrian Center (Up to 54% Off)

Horses 4 Hope Equestrian Center

Upper Mount Bethel

$80 $40

Guides from a certified nonprofit and therapeutic riding center lead riders along picturesque trails

$60 for Three One-Hour Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Remembrance Stables ($120 Value)

Remembrance Stables

Washington

$120 $60

Students aged 4 and older learn the basics of horseback riding during private one-hour lessons

Entry for Two or Four to the Vintage North Jersey Wine Festival on August 16 or 17 (Up to 55% Off)

Vintage North Jersey

Four Sisters Winery

$40 $19

Sample wines developed all over North Jersey, along with artisanal bites of food pairings

One-Day Boys' Basketball Camp for One or Two, or Four-Day Camp for One at Five-Star Basketball (Up to 45% Off)

Five-Star Basketball

East Stroudsberg University

$99 $59

Elite basketball camp with notable alumni like Kevin Durant teaches boys aged 10–18 technical skills and includes athletic conditioning

Introductory Rock-Climbing Course for Two or Four from Northeast Mountain Guiding (Up to 63% Off)

Northeast Mountain Guiding

Delaware Water Gap

$190 $79

Certified guides introduce basic climbing skills on the ground before students—with provided helmets and harnesses—amble up outdoor cliffs

$29 for a Winery Tour and Tasting with Appetizers for Two at Villa Milagro Vineyards ($60 Value)

Villa Milagro Vineyards

Pohatcong

$60 $29

Vineyard tours include a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and two souvenir wine glasses

$25 for $45 Groupon — TNT Karate School

Tnt Karate School

Franklin

$45 $25

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$19 for a Vineyard Tour for Two at Sand Castle Winery ($42 Value)

Sand Castle Winery

Tinicum

$42 $19

Private events can take place in large tasting rooms or an outdoor pavilion

3 Months of Unlimited Group Fitness Classes from Chamber MMA (65% Off)

Team Chamber Mma

East Stroudsburg

$285 $100

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The Manhattan and Philadelphia skylines are just specks in the distance, as your plane slowly climbs. Once it reaches the proper altitude, the cabin doors fling open. It's time to jump. The instructor strapped to your back gives you a nod, and you tumble through the sky, free-falling at 120 mph for nearly a minute before the parachute opens and you drift gently to the ground.

This scenario fills some with fear and others with an intoxicating wave of adrenaline, but for the instructors at Skydive Jersey, it's just another day on the job. That's because for more than 20 years their company has been specializing in tandem jumps, which retain all the thrill of solo jumps without the months of required training. In fact, this group of experienced skydivers can teach first-timers all the essential skills and safety precautions necessary to take the big leap in only an hour. Skydive Jersey even offers group rates for folks who want to skydive with their friends or bring a pet emu along so it can finally experience the sensation of flight.

63 Airport Road
Alexandria,
NJ
US

Planted by hand in 1990, 56,000 special seedlings spiral toward the sun, spawning bundles of grapes that wait to be plucked and transformed into casks of delicious libations. The owners of the elegant winery and castle welcome guests to meander through the scenic vineyard or delve into the cool, climate-controlled cellar to sample wine or rifle through Dionysus’s old storage boxes. Large tasting rooms and an outdoor pavilion can also host private events on the regal grounds.

755 River Road
Pipersville,
PA
US

Gi: The Duds of Discipline

People often joke that the robes worn by martial-arts practitioners resemble pajamas, but that may not be such a far cry. Read on to learn more about these ancient garbs.

Though its proper name might not spring to mind, the customary outfit of a dojo sensei, commonly known as a gi, is eminently recognizable: a jacket called an uwagi tied by a belt (or obi) over a pair of short pants (shitakabi), the whole ensemble draped loosely to allow for swift and acrobatic movements. The particular materials used to make the gi follow the needs of specific martial-arts styles. A karate master who relies on quick strikes and powerful blows, for example, will likely don a lighter gi, whereas a judo fighter might enlist heavier, more durable fabric to endure the endless grapples and throws. In Japan, the catchall term for the customary robe isn't gi but rather keikogi?keiko translates to "practice." The name might also take on a prefix according to its intended discipline: judogi, karategi, aikidogi, and so forth.

Despite being a symbol of martial-arts culture for centuries, the gi's origin remains unclear. Some speculate that the airy uniform was simply designed to accommodate the lifestyle of the Okinawan farmers and fishermen who invented it. Others contend that, in light of a 13th-century imperial ban on the possession of weapons, warriors trained at night to avoid detection. In a pinch, the robes could pass for sleepwear, concealing their transgression.

2035 Milford Rd
East Stroudsburg,
PA
US

Tolino Vineyards makes it easy to try the handcrafted wines made from its own grape harvest. For one, its tasting room is open seven days a week; it also occupies a booth at the weekly Easton Farmers' Market so visitors can pick up a bottle to pair with their fresh produce. Tolino's seven varietals, many of which are available in bottlings from seasons as early as 2010, include the bright, citrusy pinot grigio, the off-dry Mama's Ros? with notes of strawberry and raspberry, and the easy-drinking Papa's Red, which pairs well with pasta and is giving the silent treatment to the ros? at the moment. At the rustic tasting room, enophiles can sip samples at the bar or enjoy a glass on a covered patio that looks out over the rolling landscape.

280 Mount Pleasant Road
Bangor,
PA
US

Held at Four Sisters Winery?one of the state's oldest wine producers?Vintage North Jersey brings together some of the area's finest food and drink producers. There to celebrate great wine and pairings, many of the vendors bring along unique products that are handmade at their facilities, ranging from fresh honey to Greek-style dips. Each is served alongside their handcrafted wines and showcase some of the best artisanal treats the region has to offer. Live music also sets a soundtrack to festivities, with bands playing instruments to accompany the wine.

33 County Road 627
Phillipsburg,
NJ
US

At The Grid Code, an 11,000-square-foot arena lays the field for bouts of recreational trigger pulling. The indoor NERF arena shelters players from the elements as they duck behind tires, wooden structures, and poles to elevate these Hasbro instruments, which expel soft foam ammo, to a truly competitive degree. The Grid Code rents out all necessary safety gear, masks, and supernatural force fields, and can organize spaces to accommodate parties and corporate teambuilding.

690 Allegheny Road
Mount Bethel,
PA
US