Nestled among the roads weaving through the south edge of Colman lies Sunrise Ridge Golf Course, a 9-hole course open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The 2,825-yard links challenge golfers and club-wielding gophers to navigate difficult obstacles while attempting to stay under a par 36 goal.
Burnside Game Place entertains thrill seekers with a full-fledged casino, complimentary beverages, and affordable American eats. Gamers gunning to strike gold try their hand at the casino's video-bingo machines, which notoriously killed antiquated radio-bingo machines, while gulping free beer and soda in the casino area. After a hearty helping of gaming excitement, patrons refuel with favorites from Burnside's kitchen menu. Nosh on one of the savory appetizers, simultaneously juggling cheese balls or tossing onion rings onto waiting tongues. Chefs perfect the circular simplicity of the personal pan pizza and salute the classic pairing of bacon cheeseburgers and fries. Breaded shrimp and chicken-salad sandwiches round out the menu, leaving its edges smooth and unable to puncture low-flying blimps.
Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
The rambling, picturesque paths in Yankton Trail Park are quiet at night—until they're lit up with neon and lighting effects for the Electric Glow Run. Featuring upbeat music and some multicolored flair, the all-ages 5K run follows a course lined with themed stations that include eye-opening special effects and inflatables. An after party keeps the light show going at a main stage featuring live bands and DJs and an outdoor beer garden for guests aged 21 or older. Though everyone receives a T-shirt, participants are encouraged to get creative with their outfits and glowing accessories are available for sale. A portion of the event proceeds benefit Feeding South Dakota.
For the third year in a row, Country Throwdown stampedes into wide-open outdoor venues with a dream team of current and future country-music superstars. With 7 million records sold and a stable of Top 10 hits, rowdy honky-tonk wrangler Gary Allan headlines the festival with raucous energy. Firing off wildly popular cuts such as “Tough Little Boys” and “Get Off the Pain,” Allan performs with outlaw swagger and a voice as deep and rugged as Sam Elliott’s wallet. Rodney Atkins brandishes an everyguy grin as he plows through monster-truck anthems including “Watching You” and “Cleaning This Gun.” Rising stars and harmonic raconteurs Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney, and Eric Paslay fill up the Throwdown’s two main stages, along with the hard-rocking duo Florida Georgia Line and brassy songstress Maggie Rose. Meanwhile, a crop of acoustic singer-songwriters occupies the Bluebird Café Tent in intimate sets throughout the day.