Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Go-karts
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
At Putt-Putt Fun Center, there's no shortage of fun activities?all of which are family-friendly. Mini golf gives groups the chance to hone their whacks on an 18-hole course, and the go-kart track offers cars designed for kids, grown-ups, or both parent and child. The batting cages are another way to take on some friendly competition, as participants practice their swings in hopes of sending a ball soaring across the cage or back into the tube it came out of to teach it a lesson. Those activities can also be rolled into a birthday party package, which may include access to a private party room and pizza.
The National Military History Center celebrates the contributions of the American military through the service and sacrifice of all individuals involved from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War. Exhibits detail the events of Pearl Harbor, the Women?s Service Corps, and the War in the Pacific. The Pearl Harbor exhibit features artifacts and education materials including photos of the attack and copy of President Roosevelt?s speech to Congress on December 8. Visitors can see how soldiers survived in their day-to-day lives with displays about medical practices and combat rations, and in-depth stories about maintaining relationships during war. Located in a 200,000-square-foot facility that also houses the Automotive and Carriage Museum, admission includes access to both museums. The automotive museum boasts professionally-restored carriages, movie cars, custom cars, monster trucks, motorcycles, a local racing gallery, and more.
Apocalypse Games has carved its 37-acre site into four different fields to test the marksmanship and dodgemanship of paintballers in a variety of game types. On the speedball field, teams of three to five paint pugilists take to the air-ball fields for quick five-minute bouts of target practice. The large woods field offers plenty of bunkers for repelling flag capture attempts. In the swamp, however, paint-privates will search in vain for any underbrush to save them from oncoming paint orbs and paint-bear attacks. Perched on top of Bunker Hill, a large castle provides ample fortifications for the defending team to protect itself against the advancing enemy, who have 20 minutes to take the fortress. A ref is always around to make sure players aren't lying about their multicolored badges of courage or mother's maiden names. Call ahead to check availability.
Veteran golf instructor Jennifer Lymangood, Zollner's director of golf, enlightens plaid-clad neophytes seeking to grasp the sport's fundamentals while teaching secret techniques to accomplished putters. Lymangood played on two Division III championship golf teams, spent three years coaching the Trine University women's team, and never blinks, because bunkers see it as a sign of weakness. Against the lush backdrop of the 18-hole Zollner course, learn how to streamline ragged form while curbing your ball's pathological urge to bury its face in sand. Use refurbished swings to quickly clip grass and send balls sailing to spots you pointed out with a giant foam finger.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Stretched across 77 acres, the Waco airfield launched in 1997 on the wings of the Waco Historical Society, a nonprofit organization on a mission to tote the Golden Age of Flight safely into the future. Today, continual upgrades and improvements, plus countless hours from volunteers, have packed the site with more information than ever before. Vintage Waco aircraft, displays, and the history of the Waco company pilot museum visitors through time inside the museum hangar, which joins forces with other buildings—such as a 150-year-old barn¬—to bridge the past and the present. An onsite gift shop stocked with mementos helps soup up memorabilia collections, and, instead of trying to squeeze information from the museum's tightlipped biplanes, visitors can attend the historical society's lectures and workshops throughout the year for extra doses of education.