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Best of Wintertime Indoor Adventures

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Do you have the winter blahs? Ready to experience the great INDOORS? When Seattle gets soggy, those who thirst for adventure find it. Here are some of our favorite indoor winter activities.

Vertical World
2330 W Commodore Way
Seattle, WA 98199
206.283.4497
http://www.verticalworld.com

With locations in Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Bremerton and Tacoma, there’s probably a Vertical World Gym near you. Vertical World provides a unique training facility and specialized programs for youth and adults within the community.

Vertical World can happily boast that they opened the very first rock climbing gym in America in 1987 on Elliott Ave in Seattle. The gym was no more than rocks glued to painted plywood panels. Today, with more advanced facilities, Vertical World can accommodate a variety of custom group climbing needs. With lots of classes and programs, you can come in just for the day or take a class for the winter months. Whether you want to work your way around boulders, or go vertical, it’s your choice and your workout.

Seattle Virtual Golf Club
Hotel 1000
1000 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.hotel1000seattle.com
206.957.1000

Play a round on 50 of the world’s best courses at Hotel 1000′s Golf Club – a virtual golf setting comprised of an infrared tracking system with two planes, each with over 680 sensors calculating the velocity, spin and trajectory of the ball. It also provides real-time ball flight, interactive practice sessions and multiple hitting surfaces.

Renowned courses Pebble Beach and Pinehurst come to life through panoramic fairways, crosscut greens, galleries of fans, water hazards and wildlife. The Director of Golf can assist with tournament play including longest drive or closest to the pin contests. Private instruction with a golf professional can also be arranged. Snacks and beverages are available at any time during your round.

Cycle University Indoor Cycling
5440 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.523.1122
http://www.cycleu.com

Check out the best Indoor Cycling classes on the planet, complete with power analysis, expert coaching, Inspirational environment, regular assessments with corresponding wattage zones and more. So much more than just another spin class. Cycle U lets you bring your own bike, and hooks you up to computerized cycle machines. Know how many calories you’ve actually burned, your heart rate and your fitness level. Come away with a personalized workout and a sense of true accomplishment. Don’t have a great bike? You can rent one for the day or for the season.

Cycle U also has great availability from many of their top Bike Fitters to get you dialed in for 2012. Road, Time Trial, Cyclocross, Endurance riding. They do great fits with the deepest experience in the NW.

iFly Seattle
349 Tukwila Pkwy
Tukwila, WA 98188
206.244.4359
http://www.iflyseattle.com

Experience indoor skydiving at iFLY Seattle. It is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. No experience necessary and it is great fun for all ages, three and up. You will soar on a column of air inside a vertical wind tunnel. iFLY uses superior technology and is unique. Using multiple fans at the top of the flight chamber, a wall-to-wall airflow is produced that is smooth and fun to fly in. The air flow is totally controllable. You will go through a pre-flight safety class and be fitted with all the equipment you need for your flight. With professional instructors, iFly makes for the most exciting flight experience possible. iFLY is not a ride or a simulator, it’s actually flying!

Flyers do not need any previous experience to fly. At iFLY, you will learn how to fly your body in a controlled manner with the assistance of your instructor. Skydivers love freefall because it’s the closest possible thing to true human flight. Now everyone can experience the same exhilaration, in a safe environment, in full view of family and friends!

Laser Quest
2210 S. 320th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003
253.946.4500
http://www.laserquest.com

With locations in Federal Way and in Spokane, Laser Quest is a fast paced game for ages 5 to 85 – a high tech combination of tag and hide and seek. With the world’s most advanced laser tag equipment available, Laser Quest is played in a large, multi-level arena with specialty black lighting, fog and heart pounding music. Players, whether individually or on teams, use their lasers to tag their opponents’ sensors, and score as many points as possible. Play one round or several. Bring friends or co-workers to make it a group activity!

Mini Mountain
1900 132nd Ave NE #A-3
Bellevue, WA 98005
425.746.7547
http://www.minimountain.com

This year round indoor ski ramp is a continuous belt of soft material. Hop on and learn to ski or snowboard! All ready know how? Get in condition or keep yourself in condition for your next trip to the snow. Mini Mountain has a ramp available for Skirobics the vast majority of hours that they are open. Get in the best ski shape of your life by skiing indoors!

Grand Prix Raceway Indoor Kart Racing
11015 Pacific Highway Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499
253.272.9000
http://www.grandprixraceway.com

Come and experience the thrill of one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country! A wide racing surface means adequate room for passing and race maneuvers, and a couple of long straights result in high speeds and fast lap times! There are real Italian made racing karts, designed for competition. Identically-prepared racing chassis that are equipped with powerful 200cc Robin/Subaru engines. Race your friends, or just hop on the fast track for an adrenaline rush yourself.

The track also features a barrier system, computerized timing/scoring using a state-of-the-art AMB scoring system to keep accurate scores and results. The new facility includes a climate controlled viewing lounge with video display for your friends to watch.

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