Things To Do In Phillipsburg

50% Off at Big Wheel Roller Skating Center

Big Wheel Roller Skating Center

Pocono Mountains

$20 $10

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

Up to 63% Off Classes at Martial Arts University

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

Up to 56% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Horses 4 Hope Equestrian Center

Mt. Bethel

$80 $40

The instructors at the certified nonprofit and therapeutic riding center teach students ages 2 and older riding fundamentals

51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Remembrance Stables

Washington

$120 $59

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

Up to 48% Off River Tours with Lunch

Delaware River Tubing

Frenchtown

$34.57 $18

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Float along the Delaware for up to four hours, passing tree-lined banks and a riverside eatery that doles out burgers and hot dogs

44% Off Martial Arts / Karate / MMA

Tnt Karate School

Franklin

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 63% Off Rock-Climbing Course

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

65% Off Fitness Classes

Team Chamber Mma

East Stroudsburg

$285 $100

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 45% Off a Boys' Basketball Camp

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

Up to 49% Off River Trips on a Canoe or Raft

Edge of the Woods Outfitters

Delaware Water Gap

$76 $39

Choose from 4-, 10-, or 14-mile trips along the Delaware River, with stretches where you can stop to swim, fish, or have a picnic

55% Off Wine Tasting with Tour and Food for Two

Sand Castle Winery

Tinicum

$42 $19

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

Up to 55% Off Wine and Cheese at Four Sisters Winery

Four Sisters Winery

Belvidere

$164 $79

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Following an informative wine-cellar tour, guests sample several of the winery's 25+ wine varieties paired with specially chosen cheeses

Up to 37% Off Sublime Tribute Concert

Sherman Theater

Sherman Summer Stage at Mt. Airy Casino

$27 $17

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Tribute band pays homage to the '90s ska and reggae rock outfit while attendees enjoy grilled fare and brews

52% Off Tours and Tastings at Villa Milagro Vineyards

Villa Milagro Vineyards

Pohatcong

$60 $29

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

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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

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

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

As a teenager, Sarah Heward suffered two herniated disks, which left her literally crawling out of bed throughout her teenage years until she was 30. Because her demands as a mother of three young children made it impossible to take time off for surgery, she sought an exercise modality to help heal her damaged back. Sarah found Pilates, which brought her fast relief from the years of pain. Now completely rehabilitated, she leads students of all fitness levels in finding physical wellness at her own studio in both small-group classes and private lessons.

The studio is lined with Pilates machines including reformers and springboards, designed to build patrons’ strength without adding bulk by utilizing the practitioner's own body weight as resistance. She also translates the exercises to mat-based routines, where students need nothing more than willing abdominals and their lucky spandex ascot to complete the full-body-toning regimen.

62 Trenton Ave
Frenchtown,
NJ
US

Even though the sprawling, bright-red barn that sits on Remembrance Stables holds 75 stalls, it doesn't take up much space. That’s because the farm—home to riding lessons, horse boarding, and day camps—sits on 100 acres of rolling, emerald hills, lined by a thick of trees and white picket fences. The expanse of land also houses two indoor arenas and an outdoor show ring, lesson ring, and plenty of wide-open space for riding, training, and reenacting the opening sequence to The Sound of Music. Riding students can opt to learn English-style equitation or hunter and jumper training under the tutelage of instructors specialized in each field, while the farm also hosts day camps for kids aged 6–13, which include lessons in horse care, grooming, breeds, leading, and handling.

2557 Ackermanville Rd
Bangor,
PA
US