Activities in South Utica

40% Off Self Defense Lessons

Empowering U Self-defense

Sherrill

$10 $6

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2014 Glimmerglass Festival – Up to 54% Off Opera

"Carousel" or "Madame Butterfly"

Alice Busch Opera Theater

$76.50 $35

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2014 Glimmerglass Festival presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical and Puccini's tragic opera

Up to 50% Off Hang-Gliding Lessons

Susquehanna Flight Park Inc

Middlefield

$199 $109

40-acre flight park helps hang-glider pilots hone techniques with five practice hills and a mountain launch pad

50% Off Pontoon Rentals from Boat Oneida

Boat Oneida

Multiple Locations

$265 $132

Aboard a Sunchaser pontoon boat, passengers glide across Oneida Lake, with an mp3 connect stereo

50% Off at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

Chittenango

$12 $6

See where canal cargo boats were built more than 100 years ago at this award-winning historic site instrumental to New York's history

Up to 50% Off at The Ridge Golf Club

The Ridge Golf Club

The Ridge Golf Club

$64 $32

Sculpted into a thick forest, 9-hole course creates tie lies and tricky landing spots for golfers to contend with

Up to 54% Off at Canajoharie Golf and Country Club

Canajoharie Golf and Country Club

Canajoharie

$70 $35

18-hole course features forests of mature trees and picturesque views of the rolling hills in the distance

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – 79% Off Lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Fayetteville

$145 $30

Learn to waltz, salsa, and tango during private dance lessons and a group class

Up to 54% Off Sailing Lessons or Rental

Palmer Point

Adirondack Park

$50 $25

An instructor guides aspiring sailors during 60-minute private lessons, or customers rent a sailboat and take it on the water

Up to 61% Off CrossFit

CrossFit Dewitt

Shoppingtown Mall

$100 $39

Ever-changing workouts built around functional movements such as pull-ups and squats help build strength and endurance

Up to 64% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Tia Falcone Fitness

Shoppingtown Mall

$90 $35

Certified personal trainer Tia Falcone integrates everything from circuit and weight training to cardio exercises into customized workouts

Up to 78% Off Boot-Camp or Karate Classes

Central New York Karate Schools And Kobudo Schools

East Syracuse

$49 $19

Instructors whip adults into shape with intense boot camp classes and impart down the art of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate to all ages

Up to 71% Off Open Gym or Fitness Classes

VB Performance

Syracuse

$49 $19

Open-gym sessions allow exercisers access to the gym's equipment while they workout solo; classes lead students through intense routines

Up to 63% Off Fitness Kickboxing Classes

Karate John's Martial Art Center

Cicero

$98 $39

One-hour kickboxing classes at a martial arts center that promotes self-improvement by helping students shed inches and gain confidence

Up to 86% Off at Villari Martial Arts Centers

Villari Martial Arts Centers

Syracuse

$95 $19

Celebrating their 45th anniversary, classes sharpen focus, encourage discipline, and boost fitness in family-friendly environment

Up to 51% Off Kids' Dance Classes

DMB Dance Productions

Cicero

$40 $20

Students aged 2–18 learn to dance at a school supervised by a So You Think You Can Dance contestant

Up to 52% Off Flying Lesson at Adam Towne Aviation

Adam Towne Aviation

Fulton County Airport

$205 $99

Fly a plane during a 30-minute in-air session that follows classroom instruction and info on how to get a pilot’s license

55% Off Music Lessons

Guitar Lessons In Syracuse

Redeem from Home

$160 $72

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Up to 91% Off Online Guitar or Bass Lessons 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

Up to 53% Off at Metro Fitness

Metro Fitness

Syracuse

$59 $29

Group fitness classes include boot camp, Pilates, yoga, Zumba Express, spinning, and more

Yanni – Up to 54% Off Concert

Yanni

Landmark Theatre

$80.05 $37

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Globally famous composer and pianist performs classic favorites and new album tracks backed by a full orchestra

Up to 50% Off Virtual Golf at OptiGolf Syracuse

OptiGolf Syracuse

Lakefront

$36 $19

Simulators recreate the conditions of over 100 championship golf courses at this indoor facility complete with a full bar

54% Off Martial Arts

Peaceful Warrior Arts

Lakefront

$100 $46

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62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Onondaga

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 78% Off Boot-Camp, Yoga, or Kickboxing Classes

Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu

Liverpool

$80 $20

Students stretch and bend their way through yoga poses or gain strength and endurance in high-impact boot-camp or kickboxing classes

Up to $106 Golf Lessons at Hales Mills Country Club

Jonathan Hines at Hales Mills Country Club

Johnstown

$65 $32

Instructor Jonathan Hines teaches fundamental swing mechanics using video analysis

70% Off Autocross Racing Experience

Extreme Bucket List

Syracuse

$499 $149

Learn the ins and outs of autocross racing before hopping into a Mazda RX8 or MX5 for nine laps around the course

Up to $1,001 Off Round-Trip Winery Tour

Black Bear Winery

Multiple Locations

$180 $115

Visit to upstate winery includes tastings of fruit wines, pairings of local Amish cheese, lunch, and round-trip transportation

51% Off Fitness Classes

Dynamic Health and Fitness

Clay

$100 $49

Classes utilize the principles of applied functional science and include Functional Fitness, 3D Yoga, Condition to Run, Mud Run, and more

Up to 80% Off Kickboxing Classes

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Greg Tearney's All American Martial Arts

$75 $19.99

Classes combine kickboxing exercises with high-intensity interval training to help clients burn calories and lose weight

Up to 52% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Greg Tearney's Martial Arts & Kickboxing

Camillus

$49 $24

Instructors pass on martial-arts knowledge during classes for kids and adults that include karate, Thai kickboxing, and Krav Maga

45% Off Horseback Riding

Lane Cove Dressage

Cortlandville

$75 $41

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Up to 48% Off at NVP Paintball 

NVP Paintball

Syracuse

$40 $22

Paint altercations sprawl across indoor and outdoor speedball fields as players unload 100 paintballs apiece

67% Off Karate Classes or Birthday Party

Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing

Baldwinsville

$149 $49

Karate classes for students ages 4 and up; birthday party features a martial-arts demonstration and cake-cutting with a sword

Up to 52% Off Martial-Arts Classes

One Inch Punch Jeet Kune Do

Cortland

$99 $49

Adults and youth take martial-arts classes including the Bruce Lee brainchild Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Juitsu, and Filipino Kali

Up to 82% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Team Andrello

Team Andrello

Multiple Locations

$150 $35

Classes for ages 3 to adult instill discipline and build fitness through a variety of martial-arts techniques

40% Off at Merlin’s Ice Cream and Bounce House

Merlin's Ice Cream and Bounce House

Van Buren

$30 $18

Kids can jump around on the bounce house and leap about on inflatable castles slides and an obstacle course

Up to 51% Off Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Black River Outfitters

Watertown

$111.99 $59

On a 7-mile route, adventurers aged 14 and up conquer 12 Class III and IV rapids with the help of a trained and licensed guide

Up to 61% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Hobby Horse Riding

Watertown Center

$50 $25

Students learn basic riding and horse-handling skills during one-on-one lessons with a certified instructor

Up to 52% Off Museum Admission or Membership

Bundy Museum of History and Art

Westside

$14 $7

Memberships grant free tours and discounts for guests passes, programs and events, and use of the facility as an event space

40% Off Mini Golf

Lakeview Lanes

Fulton

$20 $12

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Up to 58% Off Classes at Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont

$65 $29

Husband-and-wife team of black belts leads defensive combat hapkido classes, a self-defense style that prepares students of any age or size

Up to 51% Off Racing Experiences

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Oswego Speedway

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 55% Off Bowling, Soda, and Pizza

Lighthouse Lanes

Oswego

$52.75 $25

Bowlers work up an appetite playing two friendly games, which they can satisfy with pitchers of soda and large pizza

Up to 41% Off at Pioneer Hills Golf Course

Pioneer Hills Golf Course

Milton

$64 $39

Pairs tackle par 70, 18-hole course that spans 5,371 yards of Saratoga County's lush landscape

51% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Winter Glen Farm

Rotterdam

$45 $22

Beginner through advanced riders learn English-style riding techniques, whether they're practicing for fun, fitness, or show

"Menopause: The Musical" – Up to 44% Off

"Menopause: The Musical"

Auburn Public Theater

$44.50 $25

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Four women deal with menopause to the tune of parodies of well-known songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s

Up to 45% Off at Whispering Pines Golf Course

Whispering Pines Golf Course

Rotterdam

$64 $36

Most golfers can play this 18-hole, par 55 executive course in under 2.5 hours; all-grass driving range

52% Off Kids' Music Classes at Music&Motion

Music&Motion

Ithaca

$165 $79

Instructors lead call-and-response songs and oversee unstructured play as kids and parents explore the fundamentals of music

Up to 50% Off Rollerskating Session

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

$28 $14

Groups strap on skates and circle the rink before refueling with pizza and soda

Up to 82% Off Classes at Kelevra Krav Maga

Kelevra Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

Krav maga classes employ techniques used by the Israeli Army to help athletes burn calories and learn self-defense

50% Off Dance Lessons

Rhythm Expressions Dance Studio

Ballston Spa

$120 $60

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65% Off Fitness Classes

Alabny Complementary Health

Westmere

$60 $21

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Up to 51% Off from Adirondack Tubing Adventures

Adirondack Tubing Adventures

Adirondack Tubing Adventures

$49.90 $26

Guides lead groups down calm waters of an Adirondack river on colorful inner tubes amid verdant mountains and wildlife

Up to 49% Off 18-Holes of Mini Golf or Unlimited Par-3 Golf

Players Park Family Fun Plex

Clifton Park

$18.50 $10

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Eighteen holes of mini-golf or nine holes of Par-3 golf create friendly bonding for twosomes or foursomes with ice-cream cones for all

Up to 45% Off Scenic Adirondack Train Ride

Saratoga & North Creek Railway

Saratoga Springs

$50 $29

Train offers scenic views of the Hudson River and Adirondacks

Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow – Up to 53% Off

Rewind Tour 2014: Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

$42.85 $20

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Country hitmakers Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, and Gloriana bring their award-winning stylings to outdoor audiences

50% Off at RAW Fitness

RAW Fitness

Saratoga Springs

$30 $15

Boxilates classes combine core strengthening and intense cardio; small-group yoga classes vivify bodies, focusing on breath and alignment

50% Off Dance Museum Admission and Memberships

National Museum Of Dance And Hall Of Fame

Saratoga Springs

$26 $13

Museum celebrates the history of dance and dancers with stunning exhibits

Up to 71% Off at North Park Tae Kwon Do

North Park Tae Kwon Do

Clifton Park

$50 $19

Tae kwon do students learn practical self-defense skills while building strength and discipline

55% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Evolution Fitness

Evolution Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

Indoor and outdoor interval routines use an array of mats, free weights, and nearby playground equipment to build strength and endurance

Up to 53% Off Dance Classes

Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre

Colonie

$60 $32

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Skilled instructors lead students through ballroom, salsa, flamenco, hip-hop, breakdancing, belly dance, and kickboxing

59% Off Martial Arts

Upstate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Albany

$300 $123

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Up to 87% Off at Saratoga Karate

Saratoga Karate

Greenfield

$119 $39.99

Certified instructors and black belts; expansive and equipped dojo hosts classes for both kids and adults

Up to 59% Off Group Fitness Classes

The Court Club

Colonie

$60 $29

Classes such as Cardio Boxing, Bodypump, Pilates, and Zumba keep students fit and energized

Up to 52% Off at Bounce Around

Bounce Around

Clifton Park

$24.99 $12

Kids hop and crawl through inflatable bounce houses bedecked with colorful decorations and stocked with slides and obstacle courses

56% Off at Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes

Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes

Colonie

$63.15 $29

Bowling games and rental shoes on self-scoring lanes with cheesy pizzas and choice of soda

45% Off Boot Camp

Brass Knuckle Boot Camp

Delmar

$120 $66

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Up to 53% Off Wine-Tasting Package

The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room

Saratoga Springs

$30 $14

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Sip on five handcrafted wines and snack on gourmet cheese at an Adirondack-style tasting bar

56% Off at Schott's Boxing

Schott's Boxing

Albany

$112 $49

Boxing classes designed to simulate the physical challenge of a real 12-round match

Up to 48% Off a Full-Day Pontoon-Boat Rental

Saratoga Boatworks

Saratoga Springs

$475 $249

Wile away the day with your friends and family aboard a pontoon boat on Saratoga Lake

Up to 46% Off Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Revolution

The Egg Performing Arts Center

$35 $19

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A world-premiere science-fiction ballet with choreography from Leonard Ajkun pits dancers against the forces of tyranny

53% Off Obstacle-Course 5K with Beer for 1 or 2

Urban Raid

Times Union Center

$85 $45

Monkey bars, tire fields, and marine hurdles threaten to keep runners from the climbing-wall finish line, where beer awaits

50% Off Ghost Tour from Ghosts of Albany

Ghosts of Albany

Albany

$30 $15

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal interwoven with historical facts

Fort William Henry Museum – Up to 51% Off Visits or Ghost Tours

Fort William Henry Museum

Lake George

$33.90 $16.95

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Interactive history museum guides guests through Fort William Henry's bloody past with live reenactors and candle-lit ghost tours

Up to 54% Off from Lake George Shoreline Cruises

Lake George Shoreline Cruises

Lake George

$39.98 $19

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Scenic sails of Lake George pass by the Adirondack Mountains, Dome Island, and Sagamore Resort

65% Off Yoga Classes

In Harmony Yoga

Cohoes

$75 $26

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Up to 59% Off Saber-Fencing Classes

Beaches Sabre Club

Troy

$75 $35

Instructors teach the fundamentals of saber fencing during all-inclusive group classes designed for students aged 6 or older

Up to 55% Off Bowling Outing or Tune-up

Uncle Sam Lanes

Troy

$86 $39

Sixsomes enjoy bowling with pizza and soda; technicians refurbish bowling balls to remove scratches and surface imperfections

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When Utica Zoo opened its gates 98 years ago, three fallow deer comprised its entire animal population. Today, visitors can traipse the zoo's walking trails to view more than 200 animals, including alligators, bald eagles, zebras, and an African lion. The zoo also provides a safe haven for threatened species such as snowy owls and mexican spider monkeys. Staff members guide tours and conduct presentations, allowing visitors to get a close look at animals.

99 Steele Hill Road
Utica,
NY
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Tanning Bed bronzes bodies with a bevy of beds calibrated to control the ideal combo of UVA and UVB light. The tanning center's tanning beds offer a better way to copperize your chassis by allowing you to control your exposure to the sun's trilogy of UV rays. Thanks to a set of beds sporting bulbs that are regularly changed, tanners receive the maximum bronzing benefit from the warm, relaxing bath of vitamin-D rich light. Customers can choose to generate a golden bod through an array of options, including one-week ($9.99), one-month ($39.99), and three-month ($89.99) memberships. Packages of two ($9.99), 10 ($39.99), and 20 visits ($69.99) are also available, helping turn your skin bronze more efficiently than wearing a dress of living goldfish.

72 Kellogg Rd
New Hartford,
NY
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Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.

1 Mill St
New Hartford,
NY
US

As October shrouds trees in red leaves to mark Italian Heritage month, the NY Sash–hosted A Taste of Italy food festival draws lovers of mozzarella and marinara to browse booths of cuisine and wine before attending a cooking extravaganza from the Singing Chef. In the afternoon, vendors open booths to the public, showcasing desserts, ambrosias, and wares as local dance instructors Gina and Luca Esposito team up with a hologram of Marie Taglioni to demonstrate classical moves. At night, the audience takes its seat in the historic Stanley Theater for a cooking performance from the Singing Chef Andy LoRusso. Recording albums since age 22, the chef decided to prepare his suppers with a side of operetta, a tasty twosome that turned him into a bestselling author and cameo star more seasoned than Alfred Hitchcock covered in peppercorns.

259 Genesee Street
Utica,
NY
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The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.

After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.

Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ‘50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.

321 Main St
Utica,
NY
US

Steeds, including Saddlebred, Morgan, and Hackney ponies, gallop across the idyllic pasture around DarMaur Manor, a full-service equine facility with 24 stalls in two barns. Show-winning instructors Christopher Carrick and Laura Denale each draw from more than 20 years of equestrian experience to enlighten blossoming riders on saddle-seat equitation and cart driving in sprawling indoor and outdoor arenas. The veteran staff also trains all horse breeds, breaking young colts and helping seasoned stallions brush up on Renaissance art history.

2858 Old Rte. 12
Sauquoit,
NY
US

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