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Diving doyenne Una Stites leads a team of nine other PADI-certified instructors, who deploy more than 100 years of combined experience to guide scuba students toward a future of underwater adventures. During the six-person class, instructors impart techniques and tips for subsurface paddling before escorting pupils to the on-site saltwater pool, where tanks and other necessary equipment stands at the ready. Behind a fence painted with a jovial blue octopus, students practice their newly acquired diving knowledge and Morse code dolphin clicks in a safe and friendly environment.

1730 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington,
DE
US

Hockessin Athletic Club is an innovative facility sprawled across 12 acres that border an accessible state park. Members can enjoy access to more than 100 group fitness classes weekly (yoga, zumba, aqua fitness, kickboxing, and more), 90 pieces of cardio equipment complete with personal viewing screens, a five-pool aquatic complex, plus steam rooms, saunas, and facilities for basketball and soccer. To recoup after any sweaty session, members can soothe muscles over with professional massage services (for an additional cost) or snacks at the full-service café. For complete info, view the schedules for all activities online.

100 Fitness Way
Hockessin,
DE
US

Now celebrating 130 years of health, fitness, and community, the YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids. Staff members at the YMCA of Gloucester County uphold the organization?s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community?s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic-fitness classes, a martial-arts studio, and personal-training sessions. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.

235 E Red Bank Ave.
Woodbury,
NJ
US

With two locations, the Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Clubs allows guests of all fitness levels to work toward getting healthy with a range of amenities. Members can raise heart rates using cardio equipment, tone muscles during water aerobics classes, relax in the sauna, or sample a soothing yoga class. Personal trainers can work one-on-one with members to help customize a workout routine, or just supervise the overly confident free weights when they attempt to lift themselves.

1646 W Chester Pike
West Chester,
PA
US

Part theme park, part water park, Clementon Park and Splash World thrills visitors whether they get wet or stay dry. With attractions ranging from a lazy river to a 10-story free fall, families will find a heart-racing adventures for all ages.

  • Size: 20 theme- and water-park attractions
  • Must-visit attractions: Big Wave Bay, a 23,000-square-foot wave pool that's as large as the Atlantic Ocean on a poorly labeled map, and The Ring of Fire, a single-loop roller coaster that goes backward and forward, and even stops mid-loop-de-loop
  • Special events: Clementon occasionally hosts concerts, celebrity meet-and-greets, and days with SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters
  • Food options: Guests can enjoy burgers, pizza, and carnival treats such as cotton candy and funnel cakes in the park, or they can pack a picnic to eat in areas adjacent to the parking lot.
  • Inside Tips: Families who'd like to avoid the crowds should visit Monday?Wednesday.
144 Berlin Rd.
Clementon,
NJ
US

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park invites dippers, divers, and lazy river rafters to their 58,000-square-foot splash factory that houses boat loads of tube slides, family raft rides, and other poolside attractions. Ungilled patrons ages 8 and older can challenge man-made waves with their mighty boards on the Flowrider surfing simulator, or play a pickup game of b-ball in Sam's Slamdunker pool that has hoops positioned in the center. Daycationers need not leave the premises for lunch, as Sahara Sam's houses a café with a menu buoyed by pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Aqua-loving visitors who plan to stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Mount Laurel will receive a discounted nightly rate of $79 when they reference "Sahara Sam's Groupon" upon booking. This rate applies based on availability and possible blackout dates.

535 N Route 73
West Berlin,
NJ
US