Fairway farers flock to Ascarate Golf Course's practice facilities to hone their swings and improve their all-around golf game. Golfers can begin a bold new training regimen with a punch card for 15 large buckets of practice balls to use at Ascarate's driving range, where grass hitting areas emulate on-course conditions and allow for players to properly bury discarded tees under deep divots. The driving range is also equipped with ample lighting that facilitates late-night practice sessions for gung-ho golfers.
Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads groups on an informative trek through El Paso's famed, and oftentimes spooky, past during the Downtown History and Mystery Tour. Each traipse through time begins at the Camino Real Hotel, where ominous tales of a distressed bride and the lingering presence of Pancho Villa cast a spectral tone upon the outing's onset. Winding through city streets, Ken and crew stop at the Cortez Building, the Plaza Hotel, and the very first Hilton Hotel, which has hosted several celebrity weddings. As night falls and shadows begin to dance and pants unsuspecting patrons, a stop at the Mills Building—constructed on the site of a hotel that burned to the ground—rounds out the tour's itinerary.
A member of the independent Premiere Cinemas circuit, Montwood Movies 7 regales patrons with the cinematic landscapes of the latest block-busters within the cool, dark surroundings of a newly renovated theater. Guests can saunter into the vibrantly colored lobby and eschew old-fashioned deviled eggs and pickled-herring movie snacks in favor of popcorn, Nestlé's candies, and soft drinks. Commodious thrones cushion moviegoers as professional Horizon film projectors emblazon cinema screens with vampire heartthrobs in the upcoming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 , and stage- and digital-surround speakers project the merry melodies of The Muppets.
At any given time, Dream Arena's ceiling might echo with several collective sounds: the squeak of shoes pivoting on a basketball court, the slam of a perfectly spiked volleyball landing in bounds, and the soft crunch of soccer cleats digging into the indoor turf. Within the mammoth indoor gymnasium, athletes of all kinds run amok, shooting soccer balls just feet away from hoopsters sharpening their free throws. The staff manifests its main goal—unleashing everyone's potential—in a variety of programs, from open pickup games and team practices to youth leagues that teach kids the value of healthy competition as they see who can chug the most Gatorade.
A member of the conservation-oriented Association of Zoos and Aquariums, El Paso Zoo fashions a multispecies haven to educate and entertain visitors about the earth's amazing array of wildlife. Throughout a 35-acre sanctuary, the 220 species form a cross-section of four continents' animal life, illustrating a breadth of environmental adaptations as varied as the culinary inspirations found in a single packet of Combos. Parent-and-child duos can peruse animalia offerings via the African Star Express train, a red locomotion engine cruising through the lion, giraffe, and meerkat-lined lanes of the African exhibit. The special animal encounters sprinkled throughout the day give patrons a close-up look at the zoo's troupe of mammoth animals, encouraging interspecies friendship as well as opportunities to find out which elephant stole your sunglasses.