Binder Park Zoo hosts an exotic coterie of more than 140 animal species, all administered to in accordance with the exacting standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Navigate the map of habitats, or hop on the free Wilderness Tram for rapid transit straight to the Wild Africa portion of the grounds to glimpse an impala's prancings, a mangabey's antics, or an ostrich's rude refusal to acknowledge visitors. Fans of gargantuan gullets can drop some food into the stretched esophagi of seven reticulated giraffes at the Twiga Overlook, and a red kangaroo displays its preternatural quad strength by jumping and deadlifting a tree trunk. Once casual backpackers work up an appetite on the 1.3-mile hiking trail, they can refuel with the two combo meals from either Beulah's Restaurant or Kalahari Kitchen. Use the two tokens for rides on either the Z.O. & O. Railroad or the Binda Conservation Carousel.
SkyWalker Flying helps students learn to fly during in–the-air flight lessons as well as ground school classes. Their trio of experienced flight instructors focus on providing students with an individualized experience to help them achieve their goals such as training for a commercial pilot certification. In addition to lessons, SkyWalker Flying also rents out private planes, sells Allegro Light Sport aircrafts, and has a staff of FAA certified mechanics capable of repairing practically any model of aircraft.
Counterpoint Pilates uses Balanced Body Pilates and Stotts fitness equipment in combination with fully certified Stott Pilates training to promote noodlelike flexibility, chiseled core muscles, and brawny backs. Classes on the schedule are designed to benefit all fitness and age levels, including sprightly teens, stiff-bodied seniors, and middle-aged cupcake muggers. For one-on-one muscle molding, private sessions are customized to the needs and goals of each Pilates patron, promoting personalized feedback for brisker betterment of the body. Located in the historic Rose Street Market Building, Counterpoint Pilates provides validated parking across the street. Click here for more details about parking and classes.
Geology guru Bill Rotay stocks The Golden Apple's shelves with sterling silver and semiprecious-gemstone jewelry, drawing from his University of Michigan degree and lifelong adoration of sparkling baubles. The shop's name alludes to the Greek myth that amber was harvested from the garden of Hesperides, where immortality-bestowing golden apples grew. Over the course of more than a decade, the store's original, predominantly amber, inventory blossomed to include a collection of Chinese freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and gemstones from Thailand, Mexico, Bali, and India. The Golden Apple also peddles a variety of mineral rocks and pottery, as well as fossils of ancient organisms and Betamax tapes.
The neighborly nourishers at Beamer's Sports Grill whip up an extensive menu of homemade tasties amid the comforting glow of 12 high-definition sports-showing screens. A charming cast of muscle-bound meats populates each All-Star Platter ($8.49), including the chicken strips and cheddar nuggets. As you take in a little college football, NFL action, or mixed martial croquet, test the flame-proof fortitude of your flytrap by snagging your choice of Beamer's fiery hot-wing sauce ($5.49 six-piece, $8.99 12-piece, $10.99 18-piece). Otherwise, challenge a friend to a game of digestive pinball by shoving a savory Beamer burger ($6.49 quarter-pound, $8.49 half-pound) into your coin slot. Indiana State Representative Phil GiaQuinta casts his vote for his namesake rib-eye sandwich, the Phil-E Steak ($7.99), and protein proposals such as the all-meat pizza ($13.49 12-inch, $17.99 16-inch) await ratification from the state senate's cheese majority.
The Courthouse Athletic Center helps pintsize athletes build sports skills, friendships, and healthy lifestyles at six-week-long basketball and volleyball camps. Instead of playing full-contact Rubik's cube on Friday evenings, kids can burn off energy with a full hour of games and drills led by a friendly, experienced instructor. Youngsters play with campers near their own age and skill level, building confidence as they discover how to levitate volleyballs and putt basketballs into the hoop. The coach encourages each athlete along the way, sharing tips on form, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In addition to becoming better competitors, camp-goers develop perseverance, deepen their love of the game, and learn not to clone the ref, even in the event of a double-dog dare.