When Frank Wheaton Jr. first visited the Corning Museum of Glass in the early 1960s, it caught his ire. On display were many marvelous works of glass?treasures forged of sand, wood, soda ash, and silica that represented the dawning of the American glass industry. Frank's problem? Those shiny, fragile masterpieces were being exhibited in New York and not where they were birthed: New Jersey.
As the grandson of glass magnate Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton?whose glass pharmaceutical bottles were instrumental in giving rise to the Millville glass monarchy of the Wheaton company?Frank claimed his birthright and created Wheaton Village now known as Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. The organization has a mission to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity, and has appealed to audiences of all ages for over four decades with its diverse traditional and contemporary arts programs, classes, workshops and exhibitions. Also on-site is The Museum of American Glass, housing one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the country, from the first glass bottles made in America, to celebrated works by Dale Chihuly and other contemporary artists who work with glass. Visitors can also experience the art of glassmaking, ceramics and flameworking in the Artists Studios, and the museum stores offer traditional and contemporary art in a variety of mediums.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.58 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.25 value).
Any coach will tell you that teaching absolute beginners requires patience. As luck would have it, Marissa Theobald of Marissa's Bit O' Luck Stable has patience in spades. She needed it to complete her equine industries degree at the University of Massachusetts?Amherst, earn a license as a riding instructor and trainer, and work with problem horses, especially when they would ask, "Are we there yet?" from the trailer. Novice riders enjoy her calm, levelheaded approach as they learn the German method of riding, which emphasizes a balanced seat and developing a relationship with the horse?core tenets at any experience level. As riders advance, they can continue their education in dressage, jumping, and eventing under Marissa's tutelage, occasionally sneaking off to enjoy the miles of trails that abut the 9-acre ranch.
Children do a lot of learning in school, but many of today's classrooms aren't properly equipped with blow-up slides and bounce houses that are essential to teaching lessons about fun. Monkey Town picks up where schools have failed, giving kids the freedom to stick themselves to a Velcro wall or frolic on the jungle gym. Under close staff supervision, obstacle courses challenge kids to use their wits to overcome impediments and solve the riddles of an obstructive sphinx. A snack area and four private party rooms provide an oasis for celebrating birthdays and refueling from the day's fun with pizza and sodas.
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.
The extensive facilities of the 100-acre Saddlebrook Ridge Equestrian Center enable year-round riding with an indoor arena and access to trails that wind through the adjacent Wharton State Forest. Visitors can get a horsemanship education in the disciplines of dressage, jumping, or trail riding, and skilled trainers oversee every step of their advancement. Beginners start with the fundamentals, and more advanced riders utilize the center’s obstacles, such as a water complex and bank jumps—stair-like elevation changes which can prepare riders for swiftly galloping up and down flights of stairs during bank heists.