NASCAR Racing Experience plops fans inside the roll cages of authentic cars that have been revved by pedigreed speed demons. Experienced racing instructors spearhead a spectrum of racing experiences that range from pace-car rides to the guided NASCAR Ride-Along to the free-wheeling World Champion Experience's six side-by-side racing sessions. Traveling to racetracks across the country, the racing experiences allow drivers to spike speedometers without obeying the pace of a lead car or the math of a speed-limit sign.
Born and raised in Denver, JumpStreet's owner and designer, Tim Crawford, realized there was no place that children could let go and bounce off the walls without annoying their parents. This seed of inspiration grew, until he took the idea to its literal extreme, creating an environment filled with trampolines where kids could expel their energy safely. Today, his family-friendly arenas have expanded to Texas and Arizona, but the basic concept remains the same: burn off tons of energy, have fun, and disprove Newtonian haughty laws of gravity. With attractions such as foam pits, wall-to-wall trampolines, and trampoline dodge-ball courts, JumpStreet accommodates people looking for high-flying antics.
Hundreds of animals from around the world roam the spacious, natural habitats on Out of Africa Wildlife Park’s 104 acres. Tours of the Wildlife Preserve jaunt past gray wolves and spotted hyenas, while a 30-minute African Bush Safari travels through a 22-acre high-desert-plains habitat where lions and tigers roam the hillside. Caretakers, colorful toys, and brain-tickling games of chess entertain Bengal and Siberian tigers in the Tiger Splash’s 35'x50' pool. Guests eager to interact with the park’s critters can hold anacondas and boas at the Giant Snake Show or tag along with caretakers feeding lions and tigers with 800 pounds of raw food.
The Pirate Cove Resort & Marina grants families, groups, and thrill seekers a year-round fix for the adventure itch. A lineup of four heart-jolting attractions populate the resort's grounds, including the giant Bosun Swing, which oscillates riders gently above the Colorado River, granting picturesque views of mountains in the distance. Standing eight stories high, the Plank Walk plunks adventurers 80 feet to a soft, sandy landing, and the Rum Runner, a motorized zipline, whisks riders through the air at 50 mph, or the same speed as Superman's groggy shamble to the bathroom in the morning. The resort's latest addition, the Pirates Quest zipline tour, consists of five ziplines that run as long as 1,300 feet, supplying explorers an adrenaline-infused vista of the land.
Family-friendly and fully loaded, Vantage Bowling Centers boast lane after lane of well-maintained surfaces, modern scoring, and bumpers primed and ready to boost any youngster's score and attitude. Bowlers can fuel bowling ball–lifting and expressive victory dances with a large cheese pizza. The alley snack bars also dish out other snacks alongside a variety of adult beverages such as draft beer and milkshakes made entirely of Wall Street Journal clippings. While select locations keep the action rolling as late as 1 a.m. on weekends, this Groupon is not valid for cyber-bowling nights.
Jeff and Deb Bitton began blazing the trails of Idaho in 1969, leading horseback expeditions into the mountains and hills of the American frontier. Thirty years later, the couple fulfilled their own manifest destiny by expanding their operation to Arizona, where they help equestrians trot along the public lands of Cave Creek Regional Park and Estrella Mountain Regional Park, the headquarters of Corral West Adventures. There, groups of riders mount up with Jeff and Deb to explore the rolling hills and mountains as the region’s first settlers did—taking cell-phone photos from their saddles. By settling in Estrella Park, Corral West has been able to extend its services beyond trail rides, hosting yearly festivals, teaching rodeo techniques, and hosting romantic wagon rides ending with campfires that blaze against the beautiful matte-painting backdrop of the Estrella Mountains.
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