From its origins in the Uinta Mountains’ Washington Lake, the Provo River descends to Utah Lake. On its way, thousands of years’ worth of the river’s water has carved the nearly 7,000-feet-deep Provo River Canyon. The water carries adventurers as well, bearing expeditions toward the landmark’s geological contours in vessels furnished by Runoff River Adventures.
Owned and operated by its guides, Runoff River Adventures has attracted some of the best river navigators in the business. Each guide has personally traversed more than 200 rivers, whose collective currents criss-cross countries across the world. The aquatic experts wield this experience as they guide kayaking and rafting expeditions down courses that can pass through roiling rapids or stick to calmer areas, such as goldfish bowls. Instructors also helm paddling and rafting courses, which focus on oar work and the art of the lake roll and river roll. Once they have mastered the basics, adventurers can confidently sally forth for self-guided tours in inflatable or non-inflatable kayaks, rafts, and innertubes that function as both flotation devices and very large headbands.
After years of training and diving around the world, owners Colby, Darren, and Tony decided to spread their love of scuba by opening North American Divers. They instruct classes such as Discover Scuba Diving, where be-finned students try breathing underwater for the first time. During Advanced Open Water classes, more experienced divers earn certification across five dives at locales such as Sand Hollow and the California Channel Islands. They also rent out gear such as regulators, oxygen tanks, and wetsuits. Additionally, the trio’s team of in-house certified technicians fixes nearly all makes and models of scuba and snorkeling equipment with a simple twitch of their nose.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged four months–three years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers and kindergarteners to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes set to their ability, not age, and dance and cheerleading classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway and the vocally enthused to yell things other than other people's Social Security numbers.
Thrill seekers and people looking to be moderately entertained can take the four arcade tokens and also choose any combination of the activities Trafalga has to offer. Aspiring kings and queens of the home-run derby can get 50 swats at the batting cages, and golf-ball haters can punish an orb throughout 18 brutal holes of mini-golf. Trafalga has two courses, one under the stars on the late-night cosmic golf course and the other beneath the glowing waves on the indoor undersea jungle black-light course. A round of five minutes or 25 laps on the go-karts will satisfy speed demons more than 60 inches tall, but shorter adrenaline junkies will have to ride shotgun and have it administered by a taller chaperone. Trafalga has four different XD theater rides to choose from, taking participants through four-dimensional experiences in outer space, under the sea, in the tunnels of a haunted mine, or on the kids' favorite urban flight alongside some jetpack-sporting companions. You can also trade one activity in for 25 tokens to bolster the four free ones and spend some time with the classic arcade machines such as skeeball. Take your adopted family of loving chimpanzees for a day of entertainment at Trafalga Fun Center and enjoy the simple pleasure that beating a relative at skeeball or hitting 50 home runs in a row in front of your date can afford.
Pistes stripe the floor at Utah Sport Fencing Center, allowing coaches Ross Hansen and Kimberly Durtschi plenty of space to teach the fast-paced and discipline-heavy sport. For more than 10 years, they have taught fencers of all ages how to polish attacks and perfect parries until their students can out-fence their own reflections. During lessons, students can choose to learn on all three of the sports weapons: foil, épée, and sabre.