Within the castle at King Richard’s Family Fun Park, the monarch has decreed one simple rule for all his subjects: have as much fun as possible. And he’s made it easy by packing his kingdom with rides and attractions that include laser tag, bumper boats, roller coasters, and rock climbing. While traveling from ride to ride, guests may wander inside the enclosed arcade and café, where a menu of sizzling-hot burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and chicken wings mingles with the constant chatter of video games. Throughout the park, medieval-themed statues and palm trees mark the very spot where King Richard himself discovered the state of Florida and told nobody. The grounds also house an alligator pit chock-full of the aquatic reptiles on display.
The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida traces its origins back to a middle-school classroom exhibit curated by teachers and their students. More than a decade since its opening, the museum’s modest initial exhibit has expanded into a permanent collection of more than 1,000 artifacts and original photos from the Holocaust and World War II, arranged chronologically from Nazism's rise to the Nuremberg Trials. In addition to these historical artifacts—a majority of which have been donated or loaned by local survivors and liberators—the museum regularly hosts special exhibits and tours.
On loan to the Museum from the Nortman Family is a 10-ton railway boxcar from the Holocaust era, which travels to local schools as part of an exhibition known as the Boxcar Transportation & Education Project. Additional educational programs include talks from survivors and liberators, teacher training, and a film lecture series.
Staffed by professional drivers and stocked with a fleet of luxury vehicles, Naples Elite Transportation LLC delivers clients to their destinations with promptness and class. Its vehicles run the gamut from luxury sedans to 27-passenger party buses, decked to the gills with club-like lighting, bars, and large-screen TVs. In between sedans and party buses are limousines of the stretch and Hummer varieties, giving them the versatility to accommodate groups of all sizes and destinations that range from a business meeting to a bachelorette party.
Palace Games offers the sense-overloading sensibility of a Vegas casino across 250 slot machines. Open seven days a week from early morning to 1 a.m., fortune-seekers will delight at the free daily drawings, tournaments, and short-term arm-strength gains, which pave the way for careers in professional fist-pumping. A free dinner keeps limbs nourished and ready to continue pulling levers and high-fiving the staff, whose arms brim with complimentary snacks and beverages.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum's colorful exhibits and collection of rare specimens entertain and educate visitors on a wide range of nature's shell-encased organisms. The multi-chambered museum houses about 150,000 lots of mollusks from all over the world and 28 exhibits that give museum goers a glimpse at notable shell collections, fossilized shells from Florida, and humans' use of shells throughout history. Inside the exhibit Calusa: the Original Shell People sits a life-sized statue depicting a father showing his son how to use tools fashioned from scavenged shells. A short walk across the building takes patrons to the Children's Learning Lab, where interactive displays, games, and a live shell tank prove to youngsters that shells don't only exist in mermaids' underwear drawers.
For more than 30 years, Friendship Lanes’ family- and friend-friendly bowling facility has provided orb-lobbers with professional-quality lanes, complemented by a snack bar, lounge, and full bar. The family-owned-and-operated joint houses 24 slick and shiny Brunswick lanes and automatic score systems ushering in genial competition from morning until night. Friendship hosts a legion of daily specials, all of which can be used with your Groupon. Stop by from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for $2.25-bowling games or after 9 p.m. on Thursdays for unlimited games and shoes for $8. Or bowl like the bourgeoisie by renting a lane in the new VIP Pinz Club ($25/hour for up to six bowlers, including shoes), featuring black-leather sofas and chairs perfect for hiding loose change and naggy cell phones.