Hailing from successful careers in the service and hospitality industries, the Skydive Lake Wawasee staff care as much about each guest’s comfort as they do about their safety. They lead a team of experienced instructors who begin each jump with a thorough lesson on safety and techniques. They accompany both beginning and advanced skydivers high into the atmosphere, where they safely perform exhilarating tandem jumps. To challenge their most experienced customers, they oversee single jumps. As skydivers gracefully float to the ground, they soak in views of Lake Wawasee, Indiana's largest natural lake.
A pilot mans the cockpit while an optional videographer captures the airborne adventure. They harness multiple camera angles to catch every bit of action on film, which guests can use as evidence to teach the neighborhood sparrows a thing or two about flight. The jumper’s entourage of friends and family can "oooh" and "ahhhh" as they watch the thrilling descent through the soft landing in the grass fields of Lake Wawasee Airport.
Eby’s Family Fun Skate-Laser Tag has gone through many changes in the last century. Harry Eby began planting the land with trees during the dust bowl in the ‘30s. With the soil protected and cool beneath the broad branches, the park eventually served as a Christmas-tree farm, and later, a campsite. In 1953, he converted it to a family-fun center. Now, the buildings on the edge of the pine forest entertain visitors with arcades, laser tag, and skating.
Future conscripts in battles against extraterrestrial invaders suit up and crouch amid the Day-Glo obstacles in Eby's laser-tag arena, firing practice shots at one another or at alien foes in the 4,800-square-foot center. The sound of music drifts from the skating rink, punctuated by happy shrieks and the sound of wheels kissing the gleaming floor. Visitors can also commandeer the area for private skating or laser-tag parties or attempts to cheer up a tipped-over turtle.
It can be hard to keep track of how food is produced when it comes from the other side of the country. That fact, along with a desire to support the area economy, explains why chefs at Constant Spring––a non-smoking bar––attempt to source their ingredients locally. Hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and veggie patties shaped by hand fill sandwich buns. In the kitchen, chicken marinates in buttermilk before a trip to a deep fryer, and pots of housemade jerk sauce pour forth steam like a supercomputer trying to write a birthday card. More than 50 beers run in sudsy rivulets from glasses, hinting at the hard work of brewers at Left Hand, Founder’s, and 3 Floyds.
Maple City Bowl's 24 bowling lanes have a bit more versatility than your average stretch of hardwood. The Pro-Anvil synthetic lanes can take impact after impact from bowling balls without complaint, and the Brunswick Frameworx scoring system keeps track of every strike and spare. Bumpers provide a more forgiving game for youngsters, oldsters, or middlesters who might enjoy the weekly cosmic-bowling events held on Friday and Saturday, as well as solstices that coincide with planetary alignments.