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.
Apocalypse Games has carved its 37-acre site into four different fields to test the marksmanship and dodgemanship of paintballers in a variety of game types. On the speedball field, teams of three to five paint pugilists take to the air-ball fields for quick five-minute bouts of target practice. The large woods field offers plenty of bunkers for repelling flag capture attempts. In the swamp, however, paint-privates will search in vain for any underbrush to save them from oncoming paint orbs and paint-bear attacks. Perched on top of Bunker Hill, a large castle provides ample fortifications for the defending team to protect itself against the advancing enemy, who have 20 minutes to take the fortress. A ref is always around to make sure players aren't lying about their multicolored badges of courage or mother's maiden names. Call ahead to check availability.
Noble Hawk Golf Links brings the haggis-flavored flair of Scottish course design to Northeast Indiana. Hole 1 (par four) is a moderate-length opener with gently rolling slopes that make it seem deceptively simple to bypass the fairway bunkers. From there, a round gets rowdier with diverse challenges such as a huge mound bisecting the green at Hole 5; a drive between water at Hole 4; a large, undulated green at Hole 15; and a narrow, three-tiered green at Hole 13. Click here to take an online tour of the course, or let the innovation, diversity, and deer napping on the luscious greenery surprise you while you play.
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.
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.
Inhabiting the former Auburn Automobile Company's national headquarters, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum brings visitors up to speed on highway history through interactive exhibits and a collection of more than 120 cars from the 19th and 20th centuries. Six galleries of fine automobiles adorn the space, each with a different theme and rotating assortment of retro roadsters. The Gallery of Classics houses a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan, one of only 32 such examples bodied by the Walter M. Murphy Company that year. Non-automobile galleries range from a Clay Model Studio and a Hall of Technology to the original Auburn conference room, honoring art deco ingenuity with classic built-in banker’s lamps and chalkboard sketches for a flying car powered by the sound of jazz trumpet.