Climbing in Woodstock

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Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.

824 S Main St.
Crystal Lake,
IL
US

Adrenaline rushes often lead to addiction. Having developed a tolerance through many a marathon and obstacle course, the elite athletic team of Adrenaline Games wanted to capture the thrill of the first rush. To that end, they crafted a treacherous trail that gets the pulses of even the most hardened adrenaline junkies pumping. The details of the course are kept top secret as not to spoil the element of surprise, but it can be revealed that elements of mud, foam, and water play their part in keeping competitors adrenalized and dirty as they vie for the top Junkie prize. After the finish line has been slathered in mud, participants can catch their breath while celebrating their victories with food, drinks, and live music.

19 N. 479 US 20
Hampshire,
IL
US

Tucked away amongst the rippling hillsides of rural Harvard, Countryside Christmas sprawls before visitors a winter wonderland of snow-peppered pine trees, winding streams, and meticulously groomed trails. During 30-minute sleigh rides, a duo of belgian draft horses leads a custom-built, luxury sleigh across the picturesque province, where flawless drifts and snowmen playing chess captivate passersby. Guests wrap themselves in cozy warmers and woven blankets, stretching comfortably across the sleigh’s padded velvet seats while seasonal music drifts from speakers to inflate trips with an extra dose of holiday spirit. As the two-horse open sleigh glides gracefully across frosty terrain, snacks and belly-warming beverages such as hot chocolate, cider, and coffee sprinkle yuletide odysseys with homely comforts. Complimentary jingle bells also amplify the magical ambiance by summoning wild herds of antlered Frank Sinatras from the woods. While waiting to board their sleigh, travelers can admire Countryside Christmas’s nativity scene and light display or settle into the Cozy Corral Theatre to take in a holiday television special.

10009 Lilja Road
Harvard,
IL
US

The Gladiator Assault Challenge confronts racers with a 7+-mile course surrounded by scenic woodlands, cheering spectators, and 30 intense military training obstacles. Gladiators aged 18 and older go solo or join forces with other competitors to ford the waist-high waters of Mud Mayhem, rope-swing through Jungle Love, and use oversize novelty scissors to break the finish tape. Additional obstacles test physical stamina with 12-foot vertical walls, fallen trees, and cargo nets that act as moats blocking the finish line. After the Slideway ushers racers to a skidding finish, a complimentary beer and raucous after party lend ample time to scrawl "wash me" on opponents' backs.

7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva,
WI
US

Ticket Reserve rewards football fanatics of all collegiate allegiances with the opportunity to reserve plaza-level tickets to witness the hard-hitting action of the 2012 Sugar Bowl game. Pigskin fanciers can reserve big-game tickets with the hope that their favorite team of chin-guarded play practitioners gets invited to play January football amid the arctic-like conditions of a New Orleans winter. Fans can choose their favorite team, alma mater, or imaginary alma mater and then sit on a chair made of pins and needles until the team selections are announced on December 5, 2011. If the team they picked gets chosen to play, reservations will transform from a fancied fantasy into a fancied reality that will take the shape of two tickets and be delivered straight to their mailboxes or beckoning hands.

840 S Waukegan Rd
Lake Forest,
IL
US

Between the dark, black walls at The Lazer Maze, green beams of light stretch from one wall to another, striking anyone willing to venture through their neon labyrinth. Levels of difficulty vary as beginners and pros nimbly crouch, tumble, and Macarena over and under laser beams, trying to beat the best time. The staff also equips a 3000-square-foot party room with party lighting, music, fog, and bubbles for birthday parties and other social events.

7200 Harrison Avenue
Rockford,
IL
US