The shores of the Juniata River abound with lofty trees and verdant plants, creating a scenic backdrop for Juanita River Adventures's aquatic excursions. The family-owned-and-operated company saddles guests into quality and clean tubes, canoes, and kayaks while pointing them toward scenic routes, plentiful fishing holes, and cozy campsites. Staff at their headquarters lease fishing rods and tackle, while their campgrounds speckle with picnic tables, horseshoe pits, and a beach-volleyball court. Throughout the trip, guests have the chance to witness diverse wildlife— such as bald eagles, smallmouth bass, and tech-startup employees on wilderness team-building retreats—in its natural habitat.
The Challenge Family Fun Center regales children and adults alike with a dizzying array of fun-filled games. Perfect backswings on a 22-hole miniature golf course, whose diminutive fairways are lined with blooming flowers and peppered with water hazards such as fountains and a bubbling stream (children 12 and younger $5.50; adults $7). Batters can step up to the plate to improve technique, hone reflexes, and practice telling the difference between slow-pitch softballs, high-speed hardballs, and dive-bombing pigeons in the batting cages ($2.50/round). The Fun Center’s arcade invites competition with skee-ball, air hockey, and a lineup of video games, and fortified duckpin lanes inflate with optional gutter bumpers to thwart the escape plans of crooked bowling balls ($3.50/game).
Extending up to 140 feet below ground level beneath a foothill of the Allegheny Front, the natural limestone formations of Indian Caverns yield beautiful glimpses of the Earth's inner geological mechanics. The majority of the cave's stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstone are actively growing at a pace of 1 cubic inch every 120 years, just like the hair of a petrified cave mouse. Knowledgeable guides lead tours along nearly 1 mile of the cave's length in an hour, pointing out limestone formations and such cave wildlife as brown bats and salamanders from the comfort of an artificially lighted walkway. Guides recommend that visitors wear comfortable walking shoes and a light sweater, jacket, or the warmer half of a two-person horse costume as the cavern stays a constant 56 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year.
As tour-goers gaze on the cave's beautiful features, a guide elucidates its rich history from the first limestone deposit formed 405 million years ago to its opening to the public four months before the stock-market crash of 1929. Many Native-American artifacts were found in the cave during development and can be seen both inside the cavern and at the gift shop.
Climbnasium challenges climbers of all experience levels with a 45-degree wall, top-rope climbs up to 40 feet, extensive bouldering areas, and varying grades of belay courses. Neophyte climbers are required to take the approximately 30-minute introduction course included in today’s deal, which teaches the basics of safety, tying in, belaying properly, and which direction to face when ascending the wall, discouraging backward crab-walking up steep surfaces. Prior to class, proper climbing costumes will be distributed, including specially designed footwear, safety harnesses, and tear-away pants equipped with mini parachutes. After completing the class, the day pass grants access to all courses, allowing future mountaineers to taste the adrenaline rush of scrambling, bouldering, and eventually top-rope-climbing their way to yodelayheehoo.
Nestled amid freshly manicured lawns and lush overhanging greenery, Boiling Springs welcomes swimmers to its family-friendly pools, three waterslides, and full-service snack area. Eschew Crisco-slathered skids down school stairwells in favor of water-sloshing sprees down the enclosed 130-foot Nightmare, the open-flume 232-foot Daydream, or the double-twisted 90-foot USA Slide. Each plummet deposits dunkers into one of Boiling Springs’ four swimming sectors, which include a main 150'x50' pool as well as a miniature lagoon for pint-sized paddlers. Sun-soakers can smoothly tip shades when admiring the newly-installed decks, or indulge in a post-swim feast from the on-site snack bar, chock-full of ice cream, grilled fare, and refillable sports bottles. Boiling Springs Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day; guests can check the calendar for specific hours.
Momentum Fitness Center embraces guests of all ages, shapes, and sizes, with one stipulation: they must be female. At the women-only gym, the owner—a woman tired of trying and failing with fad diets—and more than 40 female employees foster an atmosphere of encouragement to help other gals get in shape. Like minimalist interior designers, they believe a simple approach yields the best results and incorporate this philosophy into nutritional counseling and women-only fitness classes. The instructors lead almost 100 classes per week with something for all tastes and skill levels, from Intro to Mat Pilates to BodyCombat, a fast-paced sequence of karate, boxing, kung fu, and tai kwon do moves.
The ties of camaraderie also seep into the common workout areas, two of which host cardio and strength equipment. That’s in addition to four studios for classes and group training, a private Pilates Reformer studio, and a sauna. While moms are in class or enjoying a mani-pedi or massage at Breathe Salon, kids gather at the childcare center.
Bettering your golf game is what's at the center of the fun at Bumble Bee Hollow— and it all comes back to director of golf Lorraine Klippel, an LPGA Master and Hall of Famer. Starting with the facility's driving range, golfers come to launch practice shots from more than 50 upper and lower hitting stalls. That's a lot of space dedicated to the long game, yet Lorraine still made sure to carve out areas where players can work on their softer swings. You can encounter that action in Bumble Bee's pitching and putting areas, or on the 18-hole mini-golf course, where the putting tracts were designed to mimic the gentle contours of real greens.