Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
On any given weekend at BattleCat Sports, there can be a robbery, hostage rescue, bomb defusing, or VIP escort in progress. The BattleCat staff specialize in these adrenaline-pumping scenarios as well as team eliminations and last-man-standing games inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, which was designed by military and law-enforcement members as well as airsoft enthusiasts to create a challenging experience. Players grab specially outfitted rifles that shoot BBs in a game that is similar to paintball but without the mess. And to ensure that everyone aged 10 and up can enjoy their time in the arena, the staff enforces rules and provides safety briefings to all participants.
Grove Station Farms' skilled instructors transform the casually riding-curious into ride-ready equestrians with technique and safety lessons on a stunning 65-acre plantation-style farm. During the one-hour horseback-riding session, experienced teachers guide herds of eager students through English riding techniques, including proper posture, balance, and balancing a tea set on one knee while ahorse. The spacious indoor arena protects classes from the elements as pony passengers of all ages and skill levels learn the grooming basics necessary to properly care for their hoofed charges and protect their vestigial wings from prying zoologists' eyes.
With 20 years of experience greenifying yards with a vast selection of wholesale plants, Landscaper's Market Wholesale Nursery gives aspiring green thumbs the tools they need to turn their outdoor spaces into jungles of flourishing foliage. Planters can fill yards with Knock Out roses, which are specially bred to resist disease, perfect for low-maintenance gardens and worry-free outbreaks of rose zombie viruses ($21.75/3-gallon container). Soft-touch holly lines walkways with dense evergreen shrubbery ($12.75/3-gallon container), and Encore azaleas brighten up dreary yards with multiseason-blooming buds ($26.25/3-gallon container). Pine straw can be used to cover muddy paths during planting ($3.99/bale), and Crape myrtles can be planted for flowery privacy, blocking nosey neighbors' views of backyard games of strip Axis & Allies ($87/15-gallon container).