Off the Wall Adventures answers the call of extreme sports enthusiasts across multiple platforms. Their compound includes a 15-acre paintball field, complete with inflatable bunkers for speedball, a three-story fort, and a 5,000 square-foot castle capable of hosting battles of royal proportions. They offer scuba lessons, camps, and trips via their on-site scuba school, as well as kayak rental for on-the-water exploration.
A round of miniature golf on Ace?s tropical-themed course, complete with waterfalls, streams, ponds, and lush Floridian vegetation, fills afternoons with fairway fun for friends and family (children ages four to 10 are admitted for $4.99, and kids under four get free admission). PGA pros and sand-trap stragglers will enjoy the upscale practice range, with covered swinging areas to protect golfers from weather, as well as stadium lighting for nighttime play and elaborate Field of Dreams fantasies. For harder hitting, baseball batters and softball sluggers step into batting cages, where professional pitching machines can vary speeds from lightning-bolt throws to lackadaisical lobs.
The Hitting Academy's instructors help players of all ages and levels train at the same level as pros. Coaches and retired baseball players have a secret weapon when training their subjects: batting cages built extra large so players can track the pitch and see the distance and trajectory of their hits. At one end of each cage stands an Iron Mike Pitching Machine, which can be set to pitch anywhere between 40 and 90 miles per hour. The nets that separate each cage can be pulled aside to create extra large spaces for a variety hitting or even fielding drills. The entire 12,000-square-foot indoor facility boasts an AstroTurf playing surface that acclimates players to the feeling of cleats on grass.
Every cage supplies the cool breeze of an air conditioner. Cages used for private lessons also contain cameras, which feed video into RightView Pro software suite housed on the facility's computers. The software allows players receive corrective advice from trained instructors who use video analysis of swings, and even has the capability to compare a player's swing to that of modern pros.
Equipment: Three indoor batting cages, L-screens, ball machines
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Orlando Athletics is fully air conditioned with three regulation batting cages
X-Treme Challenge seems like it was built with high-energy, easily-bored kids in mind. At the gym, youngsters don't just get a good workout—they constantly test their limits, achieving physical feats they never knew they could, all while having a blast.
Rather than pint-sized versions of adult workout classes, the gym packs its sessions with foam jousting, ropes courses, and American Gladiator-style events. For two-year-olds, the gym's youngest clientele, classes are filled with simple activities that hone balance, motor skills, and social skills. For older kids, the going gets wackier. Teens, for instance, can experiment with vertical climbing, clamber indoor spider webs, and play games of human Jenga—all with a coach overseeing to make sure they're safe.
Golf balls, baseballs, and good conversation fly through the air at DeRanged Drinking Pub and Driving Range, thanks to its trio of offerings. Club swingers get 50 golf balls in each driving range session, while bat jugglers dodge 60 pitches per batting cage session. For some post-practice R&R, athletes head to the onsite pub, where a friendly staff and thirst-quenching menu awaits.