Equinox Laser Tag is helmed by a team of laser-tag aficionados who have been playing since the sport's inception in the mid-80s. In their 7,000-square-foot indoor arena, they let visitors choose from a wide range of scenarios to play games of capture-the-flag, humans vs. zombies, or kittens vs. laser pointers among a variety of inflatable obstacles. Their facility also features outdoor battlefields where players can raid a mobile laser-tag trailer, equipped with enough barricades and infrared taggers to create a tactically challenging combat zone that suits up to 20 combatants.
Cooks at The Flinn Springs Inn sizzle up hearty pub grub, including cheeseburgers and tacos, as tap masters pour cold draft beers or expertly mix cocktails within a bar and grill replete with exposed-brick walls and leather-topped barstools. Guests can play a game of billiards inside, or make their way to the sprawling outdoor patio to watch live music and college-level math lectures on the stage or hurl horseshoes in the regulation pits. After dancing, singing karaoke, or playing beer pong all night, patrons can return the next morning for pancakes and bloody marys.
Recently brought under by new management, The Comedy Palace spotlights a rotating cast of six to eight headliners for its Thursday through Sunday evening performances that are backdropped by a signature red curtain. Flash your Groupon VIP entry, skip the line, and head toward swanky preferred stage seating, optimal for dodging pointed punch lines from comics looking to single out your taste in ring tones from the stage. Peruse a calendar of talent in advance and reserve a space for yourself, your date, your soon-to-be tickled funny bones, and your two drink minimums.
Press Box Sports Lounge is a premiere play palace for sports enthusiasts entertained by a stylish menu, some 32 craft beers, and 15 HD TVs. Five-star kitchen king Jesus Frias preps palates with a starting line-up of appetizers, such as coconut shrimp ($10.95) and Kobe sliders coronated with gorgonzola cheese ($11.95). Turn side dishes into meals with piles of Press Box fries, six varieties come dressed in saucy lapels, cheese fringe, and rows of snap-on onions. In addition to his burger and sandwich stars ($10.95+), Frias sizzles 10-ounce cuts of new york strips steaks ($23.95) and lamb chops ($23.95) to soothe rampaging appetites or well-done black eyes.
Named one of Sunset magazine's Top 10 Western Gardens, The Water Conservation Garden promotes wise fluid use through educational exhibits and instructive programs. Nearly 5 acres of beautifully themed flower beds, vegetable plots, and native plant patches showcase ways to enhance the landscape and make the most of your yard without slurping the world's aquifers through a sprinkler-sized straw.
Pumpkin Stations turn pumpkin shopping and family-park excursions into a one-stop trip. Each of the five Pumpkin Station locations houses a variety of family-fun activities, from giant slides and mini-trains to sky fighter rides and carousels. Mission Valley, for instance, enables visitors to get their sea legs with an on-site boat ride, while the El Cajon game zones gives them a place to rest in between activities. No matter the location, families, friends, and groups can stroll through an asphalt pumpkin patch to seek out a large, plump gourd to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern.