The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.
Outside of saddling a flying squirrel or constructing a eagle-drawn chariot, there’s nothing quite like zipping from tree to tree through a blur of branches and leaves, hearing the fresh forest air whiz by. To bring the experience to central Ohioans, Jerrod and Lori Pingle built a network of ziplining platforms in the forest canopy of Camp Mary Orton and began leading ZipZone canopy tours. During the company’s signature two-hour tour, professionally trained guides lead guests through the sky-brush and over ravines and streams, just out of reach of leaping sasquatches. To protect the natural scenery that surrounds the 20-acre tour, ZipZone implements a number of eco-friendly measures, such as building hiking trails in lieu of roads, limiting tree intrusions, and reducing soil compaction.
A total of 120 tees?80 grass, 40 covered?await golfers at Westerville Golf Center, each ready for practicing booming drives, gracefully arcing iron shots, and finely tuned wedge play. Founded in 1970, this driving range specializes in helping players perfect their game before they head out onto a golf course?or, if they can't perfect it on their own, matching them up with PGA-certified instructors who can offer some assistance. Alternatively, visitors who don't derive enjoyment from hitting a crisp drive or stabbing the ground repeatedly with a pointy tee, can grab a baseball bat for some swings in the batting cages or pick up a putter for a round on the 18-hole miniature golf course.
Animal expert Jack Hanna is still the public face of this zoo, whose quality he elevated while serving as director throughout the '80s. These days, more than 10,000 animals from around the world roam through natural-looking habitats. Notable residents include Colo, the first gorilla born in captivity; asian elephants; large monitor lizards; giraffes you can feed; and stingrays you can pet.
Powered by a custom-built, no-emission technology, single and double go-karts race down straightaways and hug the turns of THE WEB Extreme Entertainment?s more than 500-foot electric track. Heart rates race in the indoor laser-tag arena, where games unfold on eight upper-level platforms, each with their own open-grid floor. Meanwhile, guests can conquer the pins and pretend to be giants at a Hawaiian-themed miniature-bowling alley replete with six wood-grain synthetic lanes, score monitors, and optional bumpers. More miniaturized fun kicks off at Jurassic Par, a black-lit nine-hole course where guests putt past such prehistoric creatures as a 17-foot-long apatasaurus and 6-foot-7 disco enthusiast.
At the Winners Caf?, chefs reenergize visitors with oven-baked dishes such as 100% ground-chuck burgers and cincinnati chili. The Web accommodates groups of up to 600 guests in its spacious party rooms and keeps the fun going until midnight every Friday and Saturday.
Kids bounce off the walls of inflatable bouncers, cascade down air-filled slides, and squirm through plush obstacle courses at Pump It Up's indoor playground. Designed with safety in mind, this staff-supervised funhouse excites children's imaginations while they burn off extra energy at open jump.
Also designed as a party venue, the interactive party experiences involve interactive themes such as Pirate Quest and Superhero Training Camp, which challenges kids to decode secret messages as they listen to an adventuresome soundtrack. To fuel parties, parents can purchase pop, pizza, and cake, alongside balloons and goodie bags. Strengthening both imagination and body, Pump It Up also offers Jump-N-Art summer camps, where kids replicate Picasso's creative process of painting, then getting dizzy in an inflatable mansion.