Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Carved out of 640 acres of Wisconsin farmland, the 4.048-mile, 14-turn racetrack at Road America allows roadsters of all size and stripe to careen the original track design throughout the raceway’s full season of stock-car, motorcycle, and vintage-car collecting events. The iconic raceway, one of the fastest permanent road-racing tracks in the world, nurtures aspiring Andrettis through its driving school and accommodates gatherings with group outings, such as go-karting, snowshoeing, or geocaching adventures. On race day, guests can take advantage of golf-cart rentals to enjoy the action and fill up on snacks at some of Road America’s 13 concession stands.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Though Maple Lanes' main attraction is its 24 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, visitors can also step away from the pins for games of volleyball and rounds of golf on world-famous courses. As bowlers roll spares and strikes indoors, teams carry out sets and spikes on the outdoor sand volleyball courts, which host leagues and tournaments throughout the summer months. All year long, golfers hit the links on a Full Swing golf simulator, which transports them to 40 championship courses that emulate real-life wind and greens conditions. When not accidentally rolling volleyballs down the lanes or teeing up 16-pound balls, guests can order steak sandwiches, burgers, and bratwurst from the full kitchen or kick back in the lounge, where several large-screen HDTVs broadcast sporting events.
When it comes to choosing a location synonymous with adrenalin, Hi-Liner Dual Racing Zip Lines couldn't have picked a better spot. Road America, Hi-Liner's home, plays host to high-octane NASCAR races, the Ferrari Challenge, and the AMA Pro Racing Superbike Doubleheader. And while zipliners don't quite reach the speeds of the vintage Ford Mustangs that often race at the track, they've been known to blow past the 50 mph mark along the 1,200-foot course?all while taking in views that pro racing couldn't hold a candle to.
Though most of us will never get the chance to walk in space, Great Lakes Aerospace Science & Education Center gets visitors closer to the wonders that exist beyond our atmosphere. The education center inspires scientists, engineers, and mathematicians of all ages with a variety of hands-on exhibits. For example, exhibits detail the history of space exploration, showcase artifacts from NASA, and introduce visitors to the culinary delights of liquid nitrogen without having to leave Earth.