When Kandace Martin and her husband began their weekend business of renting inflatable jump houses for children's parties, they dreamed of being their own bosses on a full-time basis and having more control over their busy schedules. As luck would have it, their collection of bouncers, wet and dry slides, and obstacle courses became so in-demand that they were booked every weekend—prodding the couple to finally quit their day jobs and focus on bounce houses full time. A few months later, they expanded their business model by setting up permanent, air-filled residence inside an 8,000-square-foot building. Hoppity Hop Inflatables' indoor playground hosts nine inflatable obstacles for sock-footed kids to climb, bounce, and slide on. A 15-foot slide introduces children to the nonpunitive aspects of the law of gravity, which is further explored by walking the plank of the pirate-ship-themed bouncer. Toddlers, meanwhile, romp in an exclusive area filled with soft toys and miniature bounce house. Free wireless internet access keeps adults occupied, and the snack bar fills bellies with a vast selection of concessions, including chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pizza.
Golfers teeing up at Country Hills Golf Course motor across the emerald hills of Middle Tennessee aboard electric golf carts while giving chase to their dimpled white orbs. Each player attempts to navigate the 18-hole course in less than 70 strokes, a feat impeded by hazards such as sand traps, elevation swings, and a smattering of ponds. Dense foliage directly abutting the fairways further complicate matters, especially if a previous group has shamelessly scratched a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem into the tree bark.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,174 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees
Amid the sprawling halls of Hendersonville Expo Center, outdoor enthusiasts wend through upwards of 100,000 square feet of displays helmed by thousands of local and regional purveyors of outdoor recreational equipment for land and sea. Fleets of RVs and personal watercrafts sit patiently as visitors daydream about future fresh air adventures or daring action movies they could film aboard the crafts. An onsite food court prevents stomachs from interrupting leisurely strolls through the show with whining growls.
An annual celebration of everything athletic, the Music City Sports Festival treats both fans and athletes to a schedule packed with local, regional, and national sports programming and personalities. Instructional clinics anchor the two-day event, inviting kids aged 5?18 to try their hand at traditional sports, such as baseball and tennis, or more niche sports including lacrosse and archery. Away from all the swinging and sprinting, the festival's speaker series showcases current and former pro athletes and coaches. As they speak, attendees gain in-depth insights while getting close enough to their heroes. A host of other activities rounds out the event, from autograph sessions to giveaways, and vendors doling out gear and goodies.
Surveyor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Commissioner for Indian negotiations??plenty of obligations kept General Daniel Smith away from home for long stretches. When time off presented itself, however, he retreated to Rock Castle. Starting in 1784, Daniel built the limestone abode himself over an 11-year period; his family remained there well into the 20th century. The oldest building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Middle Tennessee, the rechristened Historic Rock Castle now houses numerous authentic period items, from quills to china. On the house's 18-acre property, meanwhile, visitors can hike wooded trails, explore an aromatic herb garden, or gaze upon Old Hickory Lake, the only body of water that can also smoke bacon. The grounds likewise host year-round events, from weddings and live music to historical reenactments.
Drakes Creek Activity Center entreats groups and families to explore its numerous, family-friendly activities. Nine batting cages hold batters as they practice their homeruns, as an 18-hole mini-golf course strewn with fountains challenges putters. Meanwhile, an outdoor laser-tag area spans five acres, as others sup on soft serve or play aeroball, a mix between volleyball and basketball played on trampolines.