A family-owned emporium of alley-based athletics, Prairie Bowl combines the well-loved pleasures pin-pugilism and hot food to provide fuel and fun for every member of your familial strike force. After filling pie-shaped stomach vacancies with delicious slices of pizza, lace up and slip-slide out onto one of 16 lanes with up to three teammates to vie against one another for the title of best turkey-trotter. Saturdays are host to cosmic bowling, illuminated by black lights and set to hypnotic beats as bowlers toss their balls into an infinite void of milk bottle impersonators. Although not included in the Groupon, Prairie Bowl also boasts an arcade room to allow guests to reconnect with comforting un-reality, while late hours on Fridays and Saturdays make the alley a safe and friendly place to spend quality time with your brood until 1 a.m.
Spurred by a mutual dream of owning oodles of creatures out in the country, animal lovers Robert and Kathy Harris swung open the gates to Four Points Ranch and Petting Zoo in 2010. Today, the facility invites families onto its grounds to learn about the natural world while interacting and playing with a variety of furry, four-legged residents. For a quarter, guests receive a handful of grain to use in designated feeding areas, and can enter some of the pens, where goats, sheep, and miniature horses wait to be patted on the back or spoken to in words of no fewer than five syllables. Face painting, inflatable play zones, and a fire pit for roasting s’mores accompany each visit to Four Points, which also hosts birthday parties and field trips and offers a mobile petting-zoo service.
In Prairie Trails Golf Course, the City of El Dorado has orchestrated an 18-hole layout that's welcoming to locals and out-of-towners alike. Water hazards and dense foliage hem in the bluegrass fairways, and the creeping bentgrass greens produce a true roll on high-pressure putts. After groups hole out and shake hands on the 18th green, they can head into the course grill to add up their strokes and toast whoever has the most irons over sandwiches and cold drinks.
For more than a decade, True Lies Bar and Grill has kept it simple, serving up spirits and steaks. The steaks come in myriad styles—sirloin, ribeye, and chicken-fried, among others—and they're only the beginning of the eatery's hearty meals. The culinary team also serves up chicken-fried chicken, and grills classics like hot dogs and cheeseburgers, which patrons often eat to the tune of live music.