Though it's an airy indoor facility, The Crag Indoor Rock Climbing gym gleans its name from the jagged outdoor cliffs that climbing enthusiasts often strive to summit. Designed by a respected indoor rock-wall builder, The Crag safely recreates the excitement of inching up a punishing rock formation. However, not every wall at the facility is so challenging. It's frequently populated by skilled youth climbers and kids as young as 8. The younger climbers at The Crag often become adept through joining the youth climbing team, or by attending the gym's skill-building summer camp, where campers learn to scale walls by practicing belaying, top roping, and stealing Batman's utility belt. The facility's designer also kept adults and seasoned practitioners in mind by creating more than 100 routes that range in difficulty from beginner to more advanced.
Before 1958, the only audible sounds on the grounds of Lucas Oil Raceway were rattling tractors and mooing cows. Nowadays, the 267-acre farm-turned-auto-racing-center roars with thunderous racecar engines on three different racetracks: a 0.686-mile oval track, a quarter-mile drag strip, and a 2.5-mile road course littered with 15 turns. Using this abundance of pavement, the staff stages an array of events and races, including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and Wild Wednesdays, where drivers can drag race their own street-legal cars, provided they have a driver's license and their cars have a clean pair of running shorts.
After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. ?Each client is a direct reflection of me,? he says. ?Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.?
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-?em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
All three bowling centers provide ample hours of open bowling time and, for any alley-based hunger attacks, a lineup of tasty snack spots serving up eats for turkeyers and gutterballers. Roll your way through prime spare real estate—Brownsburg hosts 28 smooth synthetic lanes, Sunset knocks down 16 of the same, and, on the cozier end, Country Lanes features 12 classically wooden lanes. For sphere slingers over 21, Brownsburg Lanes serves up adult beverages at the Dog House Sports Bar, and for players of any age or level of mathematical prowess, all three centers feature Brunswick automatic scoring. If you buy five Groupons, you'll have 15 games in which to impress your father-in-law by picking up a 7-10 split.
Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze's fields yield up a bounty of seasonal fruits and veggies, including carving pumpkins of all sizes, specialty gourds and white pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and Indian corn. As of 2014, the farmers put their corn harvest to a new use when they constructed their first corn maze, a complex sprawl of twists and turns that follow the shape of barns, tractors, and grain silos from a bird's eye view.
In addition to growing their own you-pick pumpkins and corn maze, they offer guests tours of their farm. Visitors learn about various farm animals' roles in farm life, and even watch sheep dogs at work, steering flocks, responding to verbal commands, and taking breaks around the water cooler.