Within a nineteenth-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum exhibits an extensive collection of artwork from three generations of Wyeths as well as myriad other American artists. Three floors of galleries display collections of American landscapes, still-life paintings, and other works. Stare intently into James Wyeth’s Portrait of Pig or peruse the featured exhibition, which is currently an intensive look at N.C. Wyeth’s artistic interpretations of the Civil War. Lobbies of glass walls supply visitors with sweeping views of the river to accompany the museum’s collection. For additional purchases, Brandywine is home to its own museum shop and a restaurant to appease artful appetites.
Andrea Cousins holds advanced certifications in Pilates, having mastered everything from mat work and Reformers to chairs and barrels. She is also well-versed in TRX, BarreAmped, and functional anatomy. Whether you're old, young, or somewhere in between, Cousins and Platinum Pilates can help you sculpt muscles, get over an injury, or even relieve the stress of pregnancy.
There's a reason why fourth-degree black belt Master John Pasquantonio goes by Master P—it's easier to say. That's especially important when you teach tae kwon do to kids as young as four, which he and his staff do at Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do.
Club Fit 247's two floors of fitness machines, free weights, and private training studios reverberate with the clangs of dumbbells and the clops of running feet on treadmills equipped with individual TV screens. Amid this bustling round-the-clock activity, a staff of professional bodybuilders, fitness models, and trainers—which collectively boasts a prestigious clientele that includes NFL defensive lineman Bob Kuberski and figure skater Claire Tannet—work one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their exercise goals. During personal-training sessions, they craft sport-specific conditioning plans that combine plyometrics and strength training with hopes of improving balance, speed, and agility. Additionally, this talented team offers nutritional counseling as well as coaching for aspiring or current competitive body builders.
The gym presents clients with a key card that grants them 24-hour access to the facilities and the international cabal of bodybuilders' top-secret lair. The facility also peddles workout supplements, including protein shakes and Ionics powders.
Atlantic Edge Dive Center's dive-masters might technically be classified as land mammals, but they spend enough time under water to earn the honorary title of amphibian. They spend days and nights teaching and leading dives, whether they're arming curious beginners with basic skills in one of their on-site swimming pools, or conducting open water certification tests off the coast. They go beyond simply certifying students for adventure: they provide rescue diving, dive master, and instructor training as well.
Their passion for the aquatic pastime draws them to all kinds of watery outposts. They lead excursions to the Florida keys to help rehabilitate the coral reefs surrounding the islands, and dive into the relatively calm waters of the tanks in the Baltimore National Aquarium, where they have a chance to see 53 species of fish feed in the secret underwater cafeteria.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.