An abundant number of recreational activities fill the space at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf. With black lights illuminating patches of neon paints, the indoor and always air-conditioned cooled mini-golf course bends the mind with challenging greens and mind-bending visuals such as aliens and floating satellites. As they navigate the course?s vortex tunnel and fog-filled corridors, golfers wear 3-D glasses, making obstacles appear to pop out and transforming every hole into an even deeper hole. Purple Planet visitors can also hone their billiards skills with games of pool or try their hand at the games at an on-site arcade.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Some artists spend months working on huge canvases, but the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden one-ups them all?its canvas is the earth itself, and it hopes to paint approximately 380 acres of it. In fact, the organization has a 50-year blueprint for cultivating gardens, streams, forests, meadows and other grounds along the banks of Lake Wylie.
The mission is already well underway: more than 110 acres are open for visitor exploration. During fall, hundreds of plants bloom and cover the Encore Azalea Garden in a vibrant display. The white petals of the West Gardens make for an idyllic summer wedding locale, whereas the tunnel fountain in the Allee Garden delights younger visitors with its whimsical, overhead streams. The Orchid Conservatory, meanwhile, defies seasons and geography. Inside the glass house's 8,000 square feet, orchids grow alongside an ever-changing collection of tropical plants.
These are but a small sampling of the flowers, trees, and other wonders on living display at the garden. Visiting groups of 15 or more can sign-up for a guided tour in advance, or visitors are free to search the garden on their own, which affords behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming trails and interviews with butterflies in their dressing rooms.
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: No parking
Most popular offering: Family package
Pro Tip: Learn a lot of history about the area
What makes your business stand out?
I'm a member of the local historic society and have studied the paranormal for more than 40 years.
What inspired you or the owner (if that?s not you) to start or run this business?
I love to interact with people, and I love history.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Showing people that Charlotte is as rich in history?and ghosts?as any other part of America.
Has your business won any awards?
Muddy River competed in The Big Sip Cup Drink Expo in Greensboro, North Carolina. We won Best Spirits in 2012 and 2013, first overall in 2013, and 2nd overall in 2012 to beat out many other breweries, wineries, coffee, and tea.
We also won Best Locally Made Spirit in the Best of Charlotte Awards by "Creative Loafing" Magazine in October 2013.
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
Yes?Muddy River Distillery recycles the water used to cool down our stills to make our mash. We're glad we can reuse the water and not waste it.