Despite the changing seasons, Lexington Ice Center holds strong as an unflappable polestar for family-friendly recreation. In the summer, each of three 18-hole mini-golf courses features a different Biblical theme, placing obstacles such as Noah's ark amid a landscape of streams and waterfalls. An indoor ice rink helps skaters escape the blizzards of candy canes and stinging tinsel that plague the winter months; coaches lead beginner lessons, and crowds hit the ice for public skating sessions. After detaching the skate blades from their tennis shoes, visitors can head to the center's three full indoor courts to practice basketball or soccer, or simply sit and ponder the flavors of Gatorade that have once graced their hallowed floors.
The 18-hole mini-golf course at Adventure Falls weaves through panoramic fields, around lily-pad-filled ponds, and past a 40-foot waterfall with an overlooking deck, setting a scenic stage for challenging tournaments. The first 10 holes of the 18 are ADA-accessible, and many boast tee-off challenges such as water obstacles and the heckling ghost of Sam Snead. With all-day passes for two, mini-golf enthusiasts can play an unlimited number of games, honing their swings, settling long-standing sibling rivalries, or letting dad win with a Father’s Day handicap. After golfing arms grow weary, players can explore the lush Lake Reba and see the park’s walking trails, fishing lake, and playground while reliving the glory of a game-winning hole-in-one or an effective heckling face.
27 Drive-In carries on the classic American tradition of watching the silver screen from the reclined seats of an automobile. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at around 8:30 p.m., two towering screens show recent cinematic releases to audience members cozily nestled in laughing Hondas, transfixed Volvos, and sobbing Saturns. Movie-goers motor through a two-lane ticket booth before parking and dialing the radio to an FM station broadcasting the movie’s sound. Anticipated flicks such as Contagion enthrall viewers this September, and the Twilight sequel, Breaking Dawn: Part I will cause theater grass to do sit-ups to withstand getting flattened by the horde of oncoming vehicles.
Andover Golf and Country Club’s Clyde Johnston–designed bent-grass fairways and bluegrass roughs blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, swathing duffers in natural splendor as they swing. The 18-hole championship course caters to golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees that range from 5,075 to 6,952 yards and several adjustable mini windmills, and water features threaten to engulf dimpled orbs on 11 holes. Additionally, a practice area whips players into shape with a putting green and a driving range. Though not included in this deal, Andover provides a full-service pro shop that purveys brand-name equipment and pairs of plaid-resistant sunglasses.
Nature lovers feed their scaly critter fascinations with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo's collection of more than 80 types of snakes, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures. Various vipers, cobras, rattlesnakes, and an 18-foot reticulated python entrance snake-charmed visitors. Kids get a kick out of shell dwellers in the Turtle Tracks area, a habitat for both tortoises and aquatic turtles.
J.D. Legends nourishes entertainment-hungry families with a massive facility stocked with bowling, a restaurant offering Southern-style fare, a bar, and an arcade. The 24-lane bowling alley features a new-and-improved scoring system to better capture lane-skipping curveballs and light-speed strikes. During open-play hours, shoes gently cradle the feet of their temporary masters as lanes brace themselves for the hurtling of bowling balls down their slender midsections. The lanes frequently host themed parties and events, including cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday night.
The facility’s art-deco carpeting and citrus-colored decorations invigorate bowlers with game-enhancing visions of early 20th-century French heydays and afternoons spent lazing about under yellowed skies.
The McDowell House Museum is the home and apothecary shop where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked between 1795 and 1830. In 1809, Dr. McDowell performed history's first successful ovariotomy on a Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford, cementing his role in medical history as "The Father of Abdominal Surgery".