Staffed by experienced fly-fishermen, New River Fly Fishing offers both a wide selection of fishing gear and a wealth of local-waters knowledge to help customers master trophy-trout waters. Guides lead day trips to a private trout stream for dedicated fishermen looking to haul in prize-worthy specimens, as opposed to just lackadaisically drifting down the currents and pointing out which clouds look like Burt Reynolds. Staffers also provide tips on casting during day trips or half-day workshops that cover everything from casting and fly selection to water reading.
At Adventure World Skate & Fun Center, kids and adults alike entertain both muscle and mind-matter in through a variety of heart-pounding activities. In the laser tag arena, players strap on receivers, holster a laser-emitting gun, and re-enact the galactic phase of the Crimean War on a phosphorescent battlefield. Competitors have the option of playing the four 10-minute games consecutively or spacing them out to fuel grudge matches or plan for potential roommate border disputes. With an additional admission fee ($3–$6), zapped compatriots can take backward victory laps around the skate rink ($3 skate rental) or purchase tokens to conquer the arcade room.
Designed by Ray Vaughn, Sr. in 1955, Meadows Golf and Swim Club is among the oldest continually-run golf courses in the New River Valley. That distinction doesn't just mean the course is a good role model for younger courses: it also means challenges here are a bit different than modern-day facilities. Water comes into play on 15 holes, and fast greens make reading and executing putts a necessity for lower scores. No matter what happens from one hole to the next, though, the layout incorporates mountain views and lush rippling terrain. Away from the links, visitors can also warm up and stock up at the practice range and pro shop, or they can take a dip in the heated pool.
The festival masterminds of Across-The-Way Productions are experts in the art of fun. By pairing meticulous planning with celebrated vendors, delicious food, and lots and lots of music, the production company makes every one of their outdoor festivals an unforgettable event. For the past three decades, The Vintage Virginia Wine Festival has highlighted vintages from the state’s most acclaimed winemakers amid cooking demonstrations and other entertainment. The company also hosts the three-day FloydFest, a family-friendly music festival in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains that features folk musicians, bluegrass bands, DJs, performance art, and food.
At NRV Superbowl, bowlers of all ages and skill levels hurl spheroids down 32 sleek lanes during birthday parties, bowling lessons, and friendly matches. During breaks between games, families and friends can munch on pizza or win prizes in an arcade filled with more than 30 redemption games. For an additional challenge, crews of up to twenty-four guests can battle it out in an otherworldly two-story laser tag arena decked out with eerie glowing walls, giant robots, and alien plant life.
Ride a Rescue at Winterfrost Farm is Reagan Miles's dream fulfilled. The outfit rescues horses from abusive or neglectful situations, and gives them a new lease on life as trusty mounts for sightseeing equestrians. Trail rides allow visitors to scale the farm's rolling hills, traverse open fields, and wind through tree-lined paths in groups of no more than 12. Proceeds from the Ride a Rescue program go toward caring for other rescue horses.