Plano Super Bowl lets the pins fall all night long with round-the-clock, 24-hour lane availability for bowlers of all levels. The alley keeps its doors open year-round, encouraging bowlers to stop by for competitive league nights or noncompetitive gatherings at the game room, bar, and snack bar. Rollers can also gather for kids' and adults' lane-side parties, enjoyable for both beginners and seasoned veterans who know the differences between strikes and spares.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
The screech of burning rubber is everpresent at the Texas Motorplex, where a quarter-mile, all-concrete track has been a destination for drag racing since 1986. But for one special day in November, those roaring sounds come from inside one of history's most iconic automobiles?the Ford Mustang?which signals the return of the Fun Ford Weekend. The annual event, which travels to some of the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country, celebrates all things Ford with itineraries full of drag races and other events, like speed brake challenges and car shows. At the latter, visitors find everything from compact trucks to Mustangs from every decade since the '60s?all vying for awards such as Best Paint or Most Likely to One Day Learn to Fly. Meanwhile, a swap meet and a Manufacturers Midway let automobile enthusiasts track down hard-to-find parts and kids stay busy building their own model cars.
Southwest Heritage Racing Association and Beat The Heat join Fun Ford Weekend this year, with SHRA featuring six categories such as heads-up to dial-in with some of the fastest cars around. Beat the Heat will feature drag racing police departments from around the country in its World Finals.
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
BADASS Dash?s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 30+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.