After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
After spotting vacationers parasail over Florida's beaches, the founder of Put in Bay Parasail decided to create a way for North Coasters to get the same thrill above Lake Erie's waters. Since then, thousands of parasailers have taken flight and sailed up to 300 feet over the water, enjoying beach views and attempting to touch the sun while USCG-licensed captains safely steer. Setting forth from South Bass Island, Captain Jason Hall outfits guests with life vests and valuable knowledge nuggets, gleaned during more than two decades of water adventuring. Alternatively, high-quality paddleboards send aqua explorers on adventures closer to Erie's water. Staff point boarders in the direction of great spots for sunbathing, bobbing, or surfing based on their skill level and fluency at communing with lake trout.
Vehicles leisurely roll across African Safari Wildlife Park's landscape, yielding to a host of friendly creatures. Camels, giraffes, zebras, forest-dwelling bongos, Asian sika deer, and Scottish highland cows await you. Guests can hold cups filled with feed, which exotic muzzles devour, and a walking area provides an up-close look at enclosed species such as the rare white alligator. Warm-weather months bring out additional activities, including animal rides, pig races, and educational animal shows where guests can interact with small animals. Food and beverages from African Safari's ice-cream shop, snack bar, and grill help sate midday hungers caused by watching a guanaco sneeze.
Snugly resting against the scenic shores of Lake Erie and the borders of a 500-acre nature reserve, Sawmill Creek Resort houses a 240-room lodge and a slew of fun-inducing recreational activities. Before or after catching 40 winks during a one-night stay, use a $25 amenity credit to sample the resort's numerous entertainment bone ticklers. Obliterate dimpled orbs on the 18-hole par 71 golf course, or smooth out knots and sass-mouthed grapes with a one-hour massage or winery tour. The resort's marina hosts the Sawmill Explorer, which guests can board for a Saturday-evening sunset cruise on the lake ($12/person), as well as rentable jet skis, kayaks, and curmudgeonly sea captains. Although the amenity credit is not valid for entertaining bored stomachs, the resort boasts a diverse smattering of restaurants teeming with seafood, steaks, and casual fare.
Fast1Charters' 35-foot, high-speed cigarette boat, helmed by Captain Greg, whisks passengers on an exhilarating and breathtaking jaunt over Lake Erie's tranquil waters. During your cruise west from Edgewater to Rocky River, you'll enjoy the rush of 70 mph speeds while the sun bobs atop the water like a perfectly safe yet radioactive buoy. On the way back, you'll get dramatic views of Cleveland's lit-up skyline pitched against the water. As you watch the sun melt into the ripply waters, pair your eye feast with an occasional cooling freshwater spritz. Fast1Charters' sunset cruise is BYOB, so bring along a couple of beers and toast your pals as you snuggle into the wind's exhilarating embrace. Daytime seafarers may enjoy the afternoon cruise, departing Saturdays from Kelleys Island or Catawba at 1 p.m.
Get cozy with Lake Erie on the back of a splishy-splashy water beast. North Coast Parasail launches waverunners from the sandy shores of Cedar Point Beach, directly behind Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers. Before taking to the open waters, riders will receive a brief equipment orientation and safety run-down. Your Groupon is good for a full hour of wave riding, during which you will feel the wind in your hair-piece as you rip along the Ohio coast, taking in views of Sandusky and Cedar Point while leaving that pesky paparazzo in the dust. North Coast's waverunners are big enough to seat two—twins and well-timed comedy duos are welcome to redeem their Groupons simultaneously and ride together, and sexy loners can opt to fly solo on the two-seater.