Founded in 2010, the EHCL's Greenville Road Warriors don't have the rich legacy of their parent squad, the NHL's legendary New York Rangers. But judging from their first two seasons, the team is eager to make up for lost time. The Road Warriors took the league by storm in their debut season, earning the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference before losing in overtime of Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs. Their quest for Kelly Cup glory continued in the 2011–2012 season, when they yet again made it to the playoffs and fell in the conference quarterfinals. Although championship hardware may have eluded the Road Warriors in their short history, the squad has produced enough top-notch regular-season performances to keep NHL scouts, fans, and trophy-case carpenters on their toes.
Outdoor Family Fun Center nurtures the various swing-based abilities of its patrons with multiple driving, putting, and batting facilities. Customers can exchange batting-cage tokens ($1.75/each) for 15 pitches from an arm-style machine. The batting cages launch line-drive ammo at various speeds that range from slow-pitch softballs to 80-mph baseballs. Throughout the year golfers can calibrate their crosshairs with buckets of balls ($6+) on the driving range's covered and heated hitting stations or the artificial mats and grass tees. The 3-acre Bermuda grass short-game area ($8 for all-day play) includes target greens and uphill lies while enabling golfers to practice picking the locks on sand traps. The 18-hole, par 42 miniature golf course ($5 for kids younger than 12, $6 for adults) challenges putters with slopes, turns, and professionally landscaped ponds and waterfalls.
Combining science education with interactive entertainment, the Butterfly Pavilion houses five exhibits, 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, and a multitude of creepy, crawly creatures. Begin your day with a Tropical Odyssey, a bilingual adventure complete with larger-than-life caterpillars and butterflies and a zip line that allows children to sprout wings and soar like a penguin. Crab-walk to the Crawl-A-See-Em exhibit where brave souls can hold Rosie, a Chilean tarantula, and discover leaf insects, scorpions, beetles, and giant millipedes, and head to the Water's Edge to touch sea stars and more. Furthermore, levitate to the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to admire butterflies from around the world as they rest on your eyelashes. End your safari with a hike on the Butterfly Pavilion's half-mile natural trail teeming with prairie dogs, rabbits, ogres, herons, hawks, and eagles.
• For $25, you get two tickets, two T-shirts, two sodas, and two hot dogs at the game on Sunday, August 14, at 4 p.m. (a $57 total value). • For $25, you get two tickets, two T-shirts, two sodas, and two hot dogs at the game on Tuesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. (a $57 total value). • For $50, you get four tickets, four T-shirts, four sodas, and four hot dogs at the game on Sunday, August 14, at 4 p.m. (a $114 total value). • For $50, you get four tickets, four T-shirts, four sodas, and four hot dogs at the game on Tuesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. (a $114 total value).
Featuring more than 90,000 pounds of chunky automotive muscle, the Monster Truck Nationals rumble over boredom with myriad feats of loosely controlled motor mayhem. Nationally known monster trucks with intimidating monikers like Bigfoot, El Perro Loco, and Lord Chauncey von Axelborg will engage in contests to prove their car-crushing, wheelie-popping, and drag-racing adroitness. While the beastly trucks pause to catch their breath, patrons will be entertained with freestyle Moto X stunt jumps, a demolition derby, and Monster Bear, a half-sized monster truck driven by a 7-year-old hood-crumpling phenom. VIP seats provide an up-close view of the automotive carnage, while party loft tickets shelter truck lovers in a suite with a server.