The sound of cracking bats echoes throughout the batting cages at Batter's Box, where home-run-hungry hitters make a feast out of screeching fastballs and slow-pitch softballs served by the facility's eight pitching machines. Each batting cage accommodates up to five batters at a time; it’s furnished with a pitching machine that can emulate various game conditions with its adjustable pitching speeds that can reach up to 65 miles per hour and a mannequin head that nods before every fastball.
Seizing an opening, a boy manning a motorized boat slams into the boat in front of him. Before the other driver has time to retaliate, he turns the wheel 90 degrees and high-tails it to the other side of the bumper-boat pool. Safe, for the moment. Nearby, similarly minded motorists intent on reckless cruising race laps around a go-kart track, bounding off the track’s walls and off fellow drivers trying to practice their parallel-parking skills. High-pitched screams in the distance indicate that the Tiger Terror rollercoaster has begun its decent, and the swift crack of a baseball bat indicates the batting cage has met its match.
As the sun sets on another day at Route 66 Carousel Park, park-goers take in the twinkling lights of a towering ferris wheel and the smells of sweet and savory park confections wafting through the summer air. Whether at the park on a whim or celebrating a birthday, corporate event, or puppy’s first words, guests can keep the revelry going late into the evening.