In 1987, Brian McInerny was careening around Italy in a four-wheel, multipassenger Surrey cycle. An avid cyclist, he fell in love with this quirky contraption that he'd never seen in the United States and he immediately sought out the manufacturer and purchased a crate of them. Wheel Fun Rentals traces its origin to this very moment, as Brian changed his surrey-distribution company into a rental and tour company that spans the nation. In spite of a general suspicion of unicycles and their ulterior motives, the company's corporate philosophy espouses "Supporting active healthy lifestyles for our customers and maintaining a healthy environment for all." Wheel Fun's fleet of rentals now includes bicycles, multipassenger Surreys, scooters, surfboards, and paddle-based watercraft. They also promote green communities by offering free rentals to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Milwaukee Kayak Company offers kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards for rent at its launch point at the Milwaukee River. The calm and clear waters are perfect for beginners or anyone trying to reclaim their sea legs, and offer prime views of local sights like the Hoan Bridge.
No ski lessons. No beginners allowed. All ungroomed terrain. Averaging 273 inches per year, Mount Bohemia is a snow-covered haven for seasoned skiers, eschewing bunny slopes for 500-plus acres with two chair lifts filled with 90 runs?most of which are rated for experts. The mountain's 900-foot vertical drop, noted for being the tallest in the midwest, has won it many fans, including MSN Travel, which named it on its list of 10 Undiscovered Ski Spots in 2006. They were also rated number one for best powder skiing east of the rockies by Powder Magazine.
Regardless of the season, Fontana Paddle Company prepares its clients for outdoor adventures around Geneva Lake. The store's private floating dock serves as a convenient hub for kayaks and standup paddleboards from its inventory of brands, which includes Bic, Amundson, Starboard, Surftech, Pau Hana, Pipeline, Old Town, and Ocean Kayak. When colder months arrive, the shop focuses on winter activities, stocking up on Terramar winter apparel and MSR snowshoes. For those who want to spend a day exploring the surrounding waters or snow-crusted terrain, Fontana Paddle Company also rents kayaks, paddleboards, rowing shells, sailboats, and snowshoes.
Timber-Lee sprawls across 600 acres of campgrounds, and visitors are hard-pressed to find a square inch that isn't devoted to some sort of outdoor adventure. Rolling fields, forests, and two beaches along a lake set the stage for activities from canoeing and fishing to paintball and building campfires.
During summer months, counselors lead more than 50 camp programs, including ones for both parents and kids. Other days might focus on sports, visual arts like photography and music, or maybe adrenaline-packed thrills including rock-climbing and zip-lining, an activity that makes most forest animals question why they ever took up walking. Beyond its human staff and visitors, Timber-lee gives home to more than 50 horses ready for riding, over 30 animals at the animal farm, as well as other animals at the onsite Science Education Center.
Situated on Bangs Lake, Wauconda Boat is a full-service marina with certified and master technicians on staff. In addition to renting out paddleboards, kayaks, and pontoon boats, Wauconda Boat can also supply boat motors, parts, and mermaid repellent.