Sprawled across Ed Martinek's 63-acre family farm, Adventure Acres cultivates a wholesome harvest of activities for pintsize and full-size visitors alike. Five corn mazes snake across a combined 11-plus miles of land, challenging navigators with twists and turns as onlookers and overly concerned scarecrows shout directions from an elevated watchtower. Scenic 30-minute hayrides explore the winding creeks and wildlife that meander peacefully across the grounds, and air-powered corn cannons equip trigger fingers with the power to launch ears up to 500 feet. After scouting the farm's outlying features, guests wrap back around to the petting zoo, where they can play with or try to elicit stock advice from tightlipped goats, horses, and cows.
Ritter's Frozen Custard satisfies sweet teeth with a menu of more than 90 rotating custard flavors and an array of sundaes, shakes, and smoothies. A Glacier, a custard cup served upside down to demonstrate its thickness, sends gustatory explorers trekking through a candied landscape studded with myriad toppings including nuts, fruit, and candy ($5.82 for a regular). Besides classic treats, such as banana splits ($6.49 for a regular) and milk shakes ($4.55 for a regular), the custard counter whips up decadent specialty blends including the Mud sundae ($5.82 for a regular), a mélange of chocolate custard, syrup, crushed Oreos, and a plop of real marshmallow that makes mouths feel richer than eating Scrooge McDuck à l'orange.
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet?s Pizza, a carry-out and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jett?their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust?s charms don?t end there; diners can ?flavorize? it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet?s pizzas special; John Jett says ?If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet?s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.
After whisking flavors such as lavender blossoms, tea leaves, and liqueurs into imported Belgian chocolate, Signature Confections' head chocolatier Cynthia Boles crafts confections such as truffles and assortment boxes of nuggets shaped like hearts and leaves. Along with baking other desserts such as gourmet cakes, crème brulee, and fresh fruit tarts, Cynthia prints pieces of white chocolate with custom designs, from business cards and portraits to the entire text of Ulysses in 0.0001-point font.
With its scenic garden views, steaming cups of coffee and tea, and free WiFi, Busy Bee Cafe, located within Berns Garden Center, is an ideal place to while away the afternoon. When hunger strikes, the cafe whips up salads and sandwiches including the turkey ruben and Italian chicken. It also supplies patrons with fruit smoothies made from a variety of flavors.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.