The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery?s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse?s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.
For more than 15 years, summer in Indiana has meant ribs in Headwaters Park. BBQ Ribfest typically draws more than 40,000 people, all of them hungry for a mix of ribs, pulled pork, and barbecued chicken. Barbecue teams from around the country cook the food in their trademark styles, then serve it fresh off the grill, dousing the meats with sauces that range from hot and spicy to sweet and tangy. The festival isn't all about food, though?blues and jazz musicians perform live throughout the weekend, and on Saturday morning, festival-goers can run the Ribfest 5k, a healthier alternative to hoisting ribs like dumbbells before eating them.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
The instructors at ASP Diving train every day of the week so they can bring the most current knowledge to their students. They offer a full menu of courses that range from PADI open-water scuba certification to other specialty certifications such as cave diving, ice diving, and wreck diving. They also service and repair equipment at the shop, or allow customers to peruse a vast line of gear and apparel from brands such as Trident, Dive Rite, and Scuba Pro.
Putt-Putt Fun Center combats the doldrums with the triumvirate of putt-putt golf, go-karts, and arcade games. The center boasts three themed putt putt golf courses, one of which rumbles the ground under golfers? feet with a volcano that regularly spews a ball of fire 20 feet into the air after the sun sets. Meanwhile in the Race Zone, go-karts zip around a track designed to accommodate all ages of driver, and double-seated family karts allow underage riders to tag along. The arcades allows guests to continue the simulation of extreme experiences with games such as Big Buck Hunter Safari, which helps players to feel the hunter-gatherer?s feeling of elation at a kill or shame at having to return home with rock stew. After a long day of activity, the center?s Snack Shack facilitates the scarfing of pizza, hot dogs, and soft pretzels, which can be washed down with a bottled Coke.:m]]
Spiece Fitness is like the exercise world’s Library of Alexandria, holding a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment. And much like the ancient library, Spiece Fitness also houses sweeping hardwood basketball courts and a 25-yard pool. To help navigate the sprawling array, certified fitness trainers walk guests through operating the equipment or direct them to the saunas. In three exercise studios, they lead fitness-seekers through personal-training sessions and a variety of energetic group classes—including Pilates, Zumba, and spinning. Meanwhile, coaches oversee adult and youth basketball games along the four hardwood courts as runners race around an indoor track. After workouts, jog-weary exercisers can replenish over protein shakes at the onsite bistro or unwind with massages in the day spa.
The fitness center is housed in the famous Spiece Fieldhouse—a 150,000-square-oot facility that is home to a variety of diverse tenants—from a martial arts studio to a hair salon. The walls of the facility pop with rare autographed jerseys and more than 200 autographed Hollywood collectables, and marble statues and antique furniture make playing paintball games virtually impossible. The Fieldhouse has played host to a variety of visiting celebrities, including Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player.