Whether they're gliding around a polished roller-skating rink or carefully lining up putts on the Swamp Golf course, kids are never at a loss for fun at Skate Station. The fun center compiles a variety of attractions at one location so families can spend a day playing together. The arcade areas holds air-hockey tables and all sorts of ticket games to rack up high scores on, and kids can bust out pretend parkas and oxygen masks to scale Skate Station's rock-climbing wall.
Modeled after The Amazing Race, The City Scramble is a hyper-local adventure that pits teams of two against one another to complete a series of tasks and clues with a cash prize waiting at the end for the winning team ($250 for each person on the team, a $500 total first-place prize). Check-in on the day of the race begins at 7 a.m. at Mill Top Tavern, where racers will don matching T-shirts and mingle with the competition before setting out on the adventure at 8 a.m. Cameras, maps, running shoes, and cell phones are recommended racing paraphernalia. A portion of the registration fees are routed to Art Breakers, a foundation of artists dedicated to supporting the needs of local cancer patients. Check the rules, and pre-register online by Wednesday, August 4 with this online form.
During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.
Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
On The Edge Climbing Gym's full-service facility elevates novice climbers and seasoned gravity defiers with more than 10,000 square feet of safe climbing arenas laden with routes created by nationally certified route setters. The introductory package grants guests a one-day pass to explore the vertical space while learning how to conquer new heights in a top-rope class. In the class led by a knowledgeable wall walker, students strap into a provided harness and belay device, and a chalk bag provides paws with traction for shimmying up perpendicular partitions or creating handprint turkey portraits.
Up to 22 gas-powered go-karts at a time can hug the twists and turns of Skate Station Funworks' more than 800-foot track. While the go-kart course is the park's longest attraction, it's not the tallest?that honor goes to the indoor rock-climbing wall. Besides climbing and driving, fun at Skate Station ranges from hitting homers in batting cages to putting balls past a landlocked airboat on the swamp-themed mini-golf course. Children aged 10 or younger can explore the three levels of the Kid's Adventure soft play space, whereas guests of all ages can compete in classic games such as air hockey at the arcade. All these attractions share a home with Skate Station's namesake, an indoor roller-skating rink where visitors can groove to Top 40 hits or learn skating fundamentals during lessons.
The Gainesville Rock Gym staff cultivates years of international climbing experience as they shepherd visitors up the sheer faces and overhangs of their spacious gym. The facility's array of classes instruct single or small groups on all aspects of cliff facing, from anchor setting to lead climbing to yodeling SOS distress calls. Instructors help trainees hone teamwork and technique on special retreats or boost range of motion and flexibility during challenging workout sessions. To lift the sport to even greater heights, Gainesville Rock Gym also sponsors the UF Climbing Team, which placed second in the nation two years in a row.