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Planet Rock challenges novice and experienced climbers to discover the depth of their willpower in order to conquer their ever-changing collection of routes. The gym's two locations each host more than 50 top-roping routes and more than 15 lead-roping paths for experienced indoor mountaineers, as well as lower-hanging bouldering paths and caverns. Climbers better themselves using 21st-century technology such as a rotating treadmill climbing wall with adjustable speeds, angles, and frequency of charging mountain goats. Staff members keep extensive and updated guidebooks for both the Ann Arbor and Pontiac locations and can point guests toward quality gear sold at the in-house pro shop. Planet Rock also works one-on-one by appointment with climbers who have special needs, assisting individuals with hearing, visual, or physical impairments, and the climbing gym has hosted the climbing portion of the Extremity Games for individuals with amputations.

34 Rapid St
Pontiac,
MI
US

The five acres seem like a normal forest?that is until you look up. Nestled amongst the treetops are ziplines, bridges, ropes, and other obstacles, all connected by various cables and more than 100 wooden platforms. This is Adventure Park in West Bloomfield: an aerial forest attraction where visitors five years of age and older zip, traipse, and climb through treetop canopies.

Ten trails stretch in different directions, presenting visitors with difficulty levels from yellow (the most basic) to double black (for the most squirrel-like). The treetop routes were designed to facilitate self-discovery; though some guides are available for hire, most people explore and conquer the challenges on their own. To ensure safety, a double-connected climbing system stays locked in at all times.

6600 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield,
MI
US

It's dark within Scare House Windsor, and visitors never quite know what lurks down the next hallway or within the next room. A maniacal clown might elicit screams, or a madman may wield his chainsaw until he's offered a job as a lumberjack. Or maybe visitors will run into Shawn Lippert, one of Scare House Windsor's sinister creators. Along with a band of volunteers, Mr. Lippert has crammed horror into every inch of the 20,000-square-foot haunted house, which has become an annual Halloween staple. Mr. Lippert's creation is so authentically spine-tingling, in fact, that he's using it as the setting for a horror film of the same name.

400 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor,
ON
CA

Up above, people zip between the tree canopies like flying squirrels. Still others navigate the wooded heights via rope courses and wobbly ladders. At The Adventure Park at Frankenmuth, these sights are a daily occurrence. The facility's 5 acres of forest terrain give a new meaning to outdoor adventuring with seven ziplines and five challenging aerial courses, which are self-guided and require no previous experience. They're also color-coded by difficulty and feature varying bridges and more than 60 elements to encounter while traversing between 60 tree platforms.

As adventurers go at their own pace, courses can take 15–30 minutes to complete. While the height gives the illusion of danger, all climbers are strapped to harnesses that employ double-clips to keep them securely connected to a safety cable at all times. As trekkers progress through the different levels, they find obstacles that require greater balance, arm strength, focus, and woodpecker-negotiation skills to overcome.

1375 Weiss St.
Frankenmuth,
MI
US

With an impressive list of alumni that includes actresses Katie Holmes and Adrianne Palicki, SB Entertainment Group lays the groundwork for aspiring singers, actors, and models to hone their talents, make industry connections, and ensnare casting agents' attention. Whether refining established skills or making first-time forays into the entertainment world, clients of all ages can benefit from ongoing workshops tailored to teach the art of auditioning, the fundamentals of improvisation, the nuanced swagger of the runway, or the dulcet tones of professional bird calling. Graduates of SB's workshops and training programs have gone on to grace the small screen in television shows, such as Scrubs, CSI, and Smallville, and national magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, GQ, and Seventeen.:m]]

5700 Monroe Street
Sylvania,
OH
US

The entry door slams shut, and you immediately plunge into a world of terror and macabre. Skeletons hang from a dungeon's walls, maniacal clowns run through a fun house, and a blood-spattered bathroom horrifyingly runs out of soap. This is Dimensions of Darkness, a haunted walk-through that takes brave souls across a maze of terrifying rooms with even more terrifying inhabitants. The fright fest has caught the attention of USA Today and the Toledo Free Press, which noted that "each room, hallway and prop is so well-crafted that if you’re not being stalked by one of the resident ghouls, your focus is on how real everything feels."

Thoroughly immersed in their roles, live actors pop out at guests, thus filling every room with an orchestra of screams. Meanwhile, fog creeps over the floors and creepy sounds build tension between every scare. But despite this terror, visitors are never trapped. Security officers, each thoroughly vaccinated against zombies, stand ready to lead guests to the nearest exit should they wish to depart early.

2523 Parkway Plaza
Maumee,
OH
US