An endless amount of stories flicker across the screen at these cinemas, which offer stadium seating and digital sound. The theater plays films chosen from Hollywood’s newest releases, featuring stars just plucked from the vines where they grow in the California hills. Between whispered critiques of each preview, audience members can wash down fluffy kernels of popcorn with soda from the concession stand. The theater also opens its doors for birthday parties and large private screenings for up to 300 guests.
For Armando Maestre and his family, vacations always meant a trip to play laser tag. In their hometown, however, options were scarce, so in 2005, Armando designed his own arena. Pulling together all his favorite aspects of other battlefields, he converted a warehouse into a 3,300-square-foot maze of fog, obstacles, and hideouts. Now, the pounding beat of techno rattles ribcages as blacklights blink to the bassline in Fusion Zone's arena. In the darkness, the walls seem to disappear, except for day-glo paint tracing graffiti-like images. Up to three teams fire green beams of light, with each hit rumbling in the target's vest. Players avoid detection by ducking behind barrels or learning the native language of barrels, and 10 variations on basic play invigorate competition. Zone Ball sessions borrow some rules from basketball, and in Vampire games, players attempt to fire at the designated bloodsucker before being turned themselves. Through games such as these, Armando says, laser tag teaches the concept of teamwork. Ready to rest weary trigger fingers, warriors wander towards the digital babble of video games with 42-inch screens and thundering soundtracks. H2Overdrive and Terminator Salvation elicit happy squeals, and racing simulators prepare drivers to deal with sharp corners and motorcycle gangs that refuse to wear their glasses. A photo collage surrounds the Road Trip prize machine, commemorating winners of standout prizes that have included an Xbox Kinect.
Having set up camp at The Mount Brace Outdoor Club and Flight Park, Let’s Go Paragliding sends its students skyward under the guidance of owner Benoit Bruneau. A certified instructor, Benoit was named the 2010 paragliding instructor of the year by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. At his facility, Benoit oversees introductory paragliding lessons, and for more advanced students, tandem flights, personal training, and training programs. Let’s Go Paragliding also stocks high-quality paragliding equipment and gear.
Internal Network Group’s Fly Fishing Adventures introduces anglers to the Farmington River. On half- and full-day fly-fishing trips, guides and their charges wade through its tree-lined waters, casting for trout, which run rampant in the river. The guides boast intimate knowledge of the fish’s favorite gathering spots and help their fishing adventurers capture them with ease. Fly Fishing Adventures also serves the community at large by donating a portion of its profits to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Our mini-yacht is an Aquarius 21: safe, comfortable and fun.
Pro Tip: Our boat has a big cockpit, a bow sundeck and a swim ladder. Bring sunscreen, hats and smiles.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Evening sails: Twin Lakes, Salisbury CT
Recommended Age Group: Adults