Stretched across 77 acres, the Waco airfield launched in 1997 on the wings of the Waco Historical Society, a nonprofit organization on a mission to tote the Golden Age of Flight safely into the future. Today, continual upgrades and improvements, plus countless hours from volunteers, have packed the site with more information than ever before. Vintage Waco aircraft, displays, and the history of the Waco company pilot museum visitors through time inside the museum hangar, which joins forces with other buildings—such as a 150-year-old barn¬—to bridge the past and the present. An onsite gift shop stocked with mementos helps soup up memorabilia collections, and, instead of trying to squeeze information from the museum's tightlipped biplanes, visitors can attend the historical society's lectures and workshops throughout the year for extra doses of education.
Working from an outpost a quarter-mile from Captain’s Cabin, the attendants at SUP 101 Lakes equip people with paddleboards and kayaks and send them off to the lakes in and around Steuben County—but not before making sure they're ready. In fact, after patrons select an epoxy or soft paddleboard to rent or buy, the company's experts can provide them with a complimentary lesson if they desire, a practice that allows paddlers to begin enjoying the sport.
Veteran golf instructor Jennifer Lymangood, Zollner's director of golf, enlightens plaid-clad neophytes seeking to grasp the sport's fundamentals while teaching secret techniques to accomplished putters. Lymangood played on two Division III championship golf teams, spent three years coaching the Trine University women's team, and never blinks, because bunkers see it as a sign of weakness. Against the lush backdrop of the 18-hole Zollner course, learn how to streamline ragged form while curbing your ball's pathological urge to bury its face in sand. Use refurbished swings to quickly clip grass and send balls sailing to spots you pointed out with a giant foam finger.
Gravity Powered Sports owner Tod Molter has jumped out of an airplane more than 3,700 times, plummeting through the skies as the force of gravity pulled him back toward earth under a vibrant parachute. Each jump, the experience is as thrilling as it was the first time as freefall speeds hit up to 120 mph, and Tod hopes to share that thrill with patrons of Gravity Powered Sports. Serving customers from across the northeast Indiana, southern Michigan, and western Ohio areas, he teaches a variety of freefall skills ranging from basic jumps to barrel rolls. In addition to running classes for the community, Gravity Powered Sports provides one-time free training and tandem freefalls to veterans to give them the chance to fly.
Cricket's Tavern is known just as much for its food as for its friendly confines and ample selection of brews. The menu is chock-full of soups, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, and noodles served in heaping helpings. Warm up from the inside with hearty spoonfuls of new england clam chowder ($2.25 for a cup, $4.25 for a bowl) with a side of garlic texas toast ($0.75), which contains more oil derricks than other toasts. Or, dunk mozzarella stix ($3.95) and cheddar pints ($3.45) in a cup of spicy cheese ($1.25) to put enough cheese in your tummy for it to declare itself related to a cow. Seafood options include crab cakes ($7.25), two-piece beer-battered cod ($8.95), shrimp gumbo ($8.95), and barbecue beer-battered shrimp ($8.75). The jukebox is free every Wednesday night, and there's Karaoke on Tuesday nights.
The National Military History Center celebrates the contributions of the American military through the service and sacrifice of all individuals involved from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War. Exhibits detail the events of Pearl Harbor, the Women’s Service Corps, and the War in the Pacific. The Pearl Harbor exhibit features artifacts and education materials including photos of the attack and copy of President Roosevelt’s speech to Congress on December 8. Visitors can see how soldiers survived in their day-to-day lives with displays about medical practices and combat rations, and in-depth stories about maintaining relationships during war. Located in a 200,000-square-foot facility that also houses the Automotive and Carriage Museum, admission includes access to both museums. The automotive museum boasts professionally-restored carriages, movie cars, custom cars, monster trucks, motorcycles, a local racing gallery, and more.