The cracking sounds of line drives and fly balls spread throughout Stolen Bases's indoor facility, where baseball and softball players can hone their game. Eight batting cages challenge athletes to step up to home plate and hit pitches hurled by automatic machines, real-life players, or enchanted bobble heads posing as real-life players. Visitors can train on their own or request help from Stolen Bases's baseball and softball instructors who guide swings during private lessons and camps. The faculty includes former collegiate and professional players, such as Fontella Jones, who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Away from the batting cages, an onsite pro shop stocks enough apparel and equipment to make any baseball mascot molt with glee. Staffers can help customers select gloves and bats from brands such as Easton, Rawlings, and Rip-It.
CineStar Outdoor Movie Company turns backyards and parks into open-air cinemas, supplying high-quality, widescreen movie screens for events ranging from weddings to block parties. The staff does more than just drop off a big screen at each customer's desired location: from the moment a customer calls, they get to work planning the event, setting up the screens—which can be prepped for live feeds playing local sports, UFC matches, or other Pay Per View events—and providing optional accompaniments such as popcorn, glow sticks, and even beanbags or couches. To ensure every event is a success, they help customers with licensing, promoting, and scheduling, and will even talk to neighbors to prep them for the event and gently explain why Movie Godzilla shouldn’t be feared, but Real Godzilla should be.
At Collin County Paintball Park, teams go to head-to-head in paint-slinging combat during weekend open-play sessions outdoors. As players simulate the drama of warfare, they duck behind trees, forts, and larger teammates while trying to escape colorful pellets shot by the opposing team. A watchful referee moderates each game to make sure players adhere to field rules and play safely. In addition to public open-play games, groups of 10 or more can rent the park for events, birthdays, and other private parties. Collin County Paintball Park is a field-paint-only facility and does not allow players to bring in their own paintballs or liquefied Picassos
Eisenhower Yacht Club (EYC) gathers boat lovers to share their passion for and knowledge of runabouts, cruisers, houseboats, and sailboats. Members of EYC have access to factory-trained mechanics and upkeep services at the Eisenhower Marina, which is nestled in the lush greenery of Eisenhower State Park along Lake Texoma.
Boat-less patrons can visit the harbor and rent a pontoon, which holds up to 10 people for on-water parties, sightseeing, or fishing. To take in the jagged shoreline marked by numerous inlets, visitors can also rent a bicycle and cruise bike paths before stopping at the beach for a picnic or a swim. EYC also sells everything from boats and yachts to small watercraft and boat slips that fit under boat evening gowns.
• For $35, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with 100 targets (a $35 value) and golf-cart rental (a $35 value; a $75.78 total value, including tax). • For $45, you get admission to a 12-station sporting clays course with 100 targets (a $35 value), golf-cart rental (a $35 value), and gun rental (a $20 value; a $97.43 total value, including tax).
Supreme Golf makes maintaining an oft-pricey golf addiction a bit easier on the wallet by granting golfers discounts at golf courses and golf schools, as well as cutting the price of books, golf clubs, and nutritional supplements. Golfers can enjoy relaxing, discounted rounds at area courses in cities across the country including such area courses as Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in Atlanta, soaking in the sights and badgering local pros for analysis of the annual caddie draft.
The calls of more than 100 exotic and endangered animals fill the air at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, an educational, nonprofit wildlife reserve licensed by the USDA and featured on the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs. Knowledgeable staffers pilot a fleet of safari trams that ferry guests across the park's 126 acres of sprawling pastures, dispensing enlightening wisdom as they pass zebras, kangaroos, emus, bears, and monkeys. The staff brings patrons face-to-face with many of the exotic critters and often stops to allow guests to pet and get to know the animals. Interactive presentations and small-animal habitats further educate visitors on the menagerie of rare creatures.