For the past several decades, Bowl-O-Rama has been carefully tended to by the Genimatas family. Over its history, the alley has retained much of its original 1950s charm but, as co-owner Dale Genimatas says, "We are always updating and doing new things." Dale operates the alley with her husband and sister-in-law, who she says have been involved with Bowl-O-Rama their entire lives. Dale began working at the facility in 1979 and has since seen it grow to include a total of 28 candlepin lanes, computerized scoring systems, and a food-and-beverage kitchen where chefs bake hand-tossed pizzas and appetizers that include chicken tenders and cheese sticks. Throughout the year, the family hosts open-bowling hours and special events, closing only on Christmas Day to let the pins celebrate with their families. With each weekend comes the return of cosmic glow bowling, and each year brings annual fundraisers such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-A-Thon. "It's a very electric environment," says Dale, reflecting on the scores of players and benefactors that come together each year to support the organization.
Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
Before they journey down Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror, riders sit facing each other aboard a two-person tube. But they won't actually see one another for long, since the aptly named doctor has designed a 300-foot jaunt whose twists and 40-foot plunge unfold in complete darkness.
The pitch-black tunnel is just one of many heart-pounding attractions at the more than 26-acre Water Country that have helped make Water Country the Parenting NH Magazine's Family Favorite Award for Best Water Park in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Additionally, visitors can dash down the 422-foot-long Racing Rapids slide, navigate a quarter mile of waterfalls and caves along Adventure River, or float in a wave pool with 700,000 gallons of water. Water Country likewise caters to youngsters with giant tipping buckets and a 40-foot-long pirate ship complete with slides.
During full days of sliding and splashing, guests can rest at one of the park's shaded cabanas and enjoy an array of tasty snacks and sweets from nearly 10 food options scattered throughout the park, including stands specializing in Dippin' Dots and fried dough.
When they hear the churning Atlantic surf lapping at the edge of the store, located directly across the beach in Rye, just outside the metro area, the trained staffers at Summer Sessions don't just hear the ocean—they hear the call to adventure. To that end, they equip customers with wave-taming equipment ranging from surf- and skimboards to standup paddleboards. They purchase new boards from Rusty, Riviera, and Costa Rican Customs and wetsuits from Rip Curl and O'Neill each season, ensuring that customers can learn using their own gear. In addition to housing a coffee shop and convenience store, Summer Sessions also maintains a stable of rental boards and, on special demo nights, lets visitors test out its stock of boards to find a fit from varied lengths and styles.
The team members' commitment doesn't end with gear. They also help new beach-goers ride their first waves, guiding students of all skill levels into the water to teach basic surfing or paddling mechanics. Coaches also lead camps for children and adults and always maintain a ratio of one teacher to every five students to allow proper individual instruction.
Equipment: Weights, mats, stability balls, suspended wood floor
Students should bring: Cross training sneakers, water bottle (also available for sale)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get ready to have some fun.
Honore Laflamme, owner of Jubilation, espouses a simple fitness philosophy: "As long as you are moving, sweating, and smiling, you are doing it right," she says. She describes her mission as making exercise fun. She couches hard work such as Zumba, yoga, and Pilates in an energetic atmosphere of low lighting and funky tunes that are akin to "being at a party with your friends." She leads every class in a space with a suspended wooden floor, which helps absorb impact to lessen the strain on joints and avoid bothering the mole people that live downstairs.
Gundalow Company likens its namesake to the tractor-trailer rigs of today. Flat-bottomed cargo barges with a single mast, gundalows once sailed down shallow rivers, carrying fish, lumber, bricks, and coal to towns in the Piscataqua region. The company’s mission is to preserve the history of this ship and the maritime life it once facilitated. They are aided in this mission by two vessels. The Captain Edward H. Adams is a historically accurate replica of the Fanny M., the last commercial gundalow. It was helmed by Captain Adams, who was also known for gathering awareness for the health of the Great Bay Estuary. Visitors can hop aboard this permanently docked ship and participate in an array of hands-on educational programs. The Piscataqua, on the other hand, offers on-the-go lessons, as it is US Coast Guard–certified and available for public and private sails. During two-hour tours, passengers travel along six inland rivers, picnicking, helping the crew pull up lobster traps, or searching the water’s surface for a third eye in their reflections.