Whether sinking a putt or demolishing a high score, Walther's Golf & Fun surrounds visitors with the trappings of the tropics. On the dual miniature golf courses, one indoor and one outdoor, waterfalls and banana trees give the feel of golfing through a vibrant jungle. The laser-tag course is similarly themed, with tangles of neon lights washing over palm trees and weathered ruins. Jungle-print carpet coats the floor of the fully stocked arcade, and golfers practicing on the driving range wait impatiently for one droopy toucan to collect and return their golf balls.
A full moon casts pale bands of light across the calm waters of Hovey Lake as canoes weave silently through a half-submerged forest of bald cypress trees. Like most Canoe Evansville trips, this moonlight paddle transports paddlers to an area accessible only by watercraft. A subsidiary member of the Wesselman Nature Society, Canoe Evansville embodies the Society’s mission to cultivate an appreciation of local nature and a healthy respect for the tyrannical river god. To that end, guides certified by the American Canoe Association educate paddlers about the ecological importance of local waterways and are quick to identify the cormorants, ospreys and egrets that roost along the shore.
In the summer of 1980, more than a foot of water flooded CJ's Willow Bowling Center, warping the floors and ruining the equipment. But faced with catastrophe, owners Charlie and Jean Rayburn used the incident as an opportunity to outfit the alley with 16 new lanes and revamped scoring systems. Today, a second generation of the family runs the business with the same resolve that has defined it since 1955. On weekends, bowlers pummel pins amid the fluorescence of cosmic bowling lights, or stop by the snack bar to fuel up with pizza. At the pro shop, patrons can renovate bowling balls with resurfacing, hole drilling, and initial engravings, saving them from the hassle of having to carve their faces into the sides.
The gauntlet of ramps, windmill blades, and dastardly drawbridges at Midget Links Golf has been challenging players for more than half a century. Originally opened in 1947, the 18-hole course is most famously known for the goldfish-filled, 1,500-gallon aquarium that serves as the focal point of the course’s circular layout. Other noteworthy course features include the unofficial 19th hole, which gives players the chance to win free rounds, prizes, and the polite applause of onlooking goldfish. With so much history embedded in its greens, Miget Links Golf even plays host to the annual Indiana State Open, a tour event for the putt-putt pros of the United States Miniature Golf Association.
Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course offers a range of holes that vary in difficulty and remain open all year. Load up into new Club Car Precedent carts for a tour around the 18-hole course, dubbed the Thunder course. As players make their way along the 18-hole loop, they can take scoring advantage of the numerous short par 4s, but must demonstrate control on the par 3s if they want to post a low score.
18-Hole Course at a Glance: * Par 70 * Length of 6,145 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
It's easy to get lost in Two Bit Bandit Family Fun Center's massive arcade, and even easier to spend the entire day aiming for the high score on everything from air hockey to Jurassic Park pinball. But do yourself a favor and save a few hours to explore the non-virtual fun zones, which include eight batting cages and four one-on-one basketball courts. The family fun center is a popular place to celebrate a birthday or office MVP award, as two-hour celebrations include a thematically decorated party room.