Just across the bay from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky Dam Village is a modern campground comprised of 210 campsites, each equipped with water and electricity hookups. There's a cluster of service buildings at the center of the campground that offer modern amenities, too, including showers, restrooms, three dump stations, and a grocery store.
The 17,000-acre recreation area near the campground is a popular spot for bird watching as well as canoeing and bass fishing at its two lakes, Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. More than 200 miles of hiking trails crisscross the peninsula, ranging from short walks to lengthier routes. You can hike shorter portions of the 58-mile North-South Trail, which spans the entire length of the Land Between the Lakes. While hiking, you may catch a glimpse of wildlife including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, foxes, and coyotes.
As the summer sun dips lazily into the horizon, the air fills with an orchestra of buzzing go-karts and humming ziplines punctuated by floods of laughter. The revelry lasts into the night only to start anew the next morning, a cycle that will continue until Labor Day’s arrival sends Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center’s attractions into hibernation. Guests of all ages romp around the park’s verdant grounds, orchestrating aquatic collisions in the bumper boats or hopping aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a trip back in time without the hassle of having to arm-wrestle your past self. The 36-hole mini golf course adds a touch of the majestic to putting outings thanks to its two waterfalls and stainless steel sculptures forged by renowned artist George Bandarra. Indoors, an arcade beckons guests to video games and rounds of skeeball, and a snack bar staves off hunger pangs with frozen treats and gooey pizzas.
Crystal City Underground isn't your ordinary cave. Not unless your cave has disc golf, live music, and laser tag. Carved out of a former sand mine located at the intersection of Plattin Creek and the Mississippi River, Crystal City is a six million square-foot, climate-controlled, subterranean space that plays host to a wide range of underground activities. That includes walking tours, treasure hunts, and sand volleyball games. In addition to hosting weekend music and laser tag, the cave also boasts screens for watching live sporting events, as well as a 150-acre lake that visitors can explore on a kayak, canoe, barge, pontoon, or friendly hippopotamus.
Rows of red, green, and golden lights stream above the solid maple skating rink at Fun Spot Skating Center, where guests glide along during open hours and special skating events. Much like the popular video game Extreme Hoop Trundler 2012, Fun Spot blends classic and modern entertainment, filling the retro space with computerized light sequences set to digital stereo sound. A full-service pro shop works to outfit guests with well-fitting skates, and an onsite snack bar fuels festivities with pizzas, soda, and other eats.
With a staff that boasts a combined 90 years of riding experience, Four Winds Stable creates custom lessons for riders young and old. New clients aged six years and older will climb aboard one of the stable’s home-trained Arabian show horses and get comprehensive tutelage in proper tacking, grooming, horse care, and the latest trends in open-toe hoof ware.
With dozens of lanes that boast auto-scoring capabilities and plenty of on-site amenities, the St. Clair and Bel-Air bowling centers set the standard for high-tech bowling. With feet comfortably ensnared inside a pair of bowling shoes, bowlers will be able to topple phalanxes of uppity pins with the perfect fusion of style, power, and grace—dazzling onlookers with the flashy footwork and skillful tosses of ice-skating pizza makers. To prevent premature conclusions to a night of merrymaking, 10 arcade tokens will extend the entertainment past your double bout of ball-hurling. At St. Clair, bowlers can select from 50 different lanes, and the Bel-Air facility is permeated with free Internet beams that can only be perceived by WiFi-enabled computers and tinfoil-hat-enabled heads. Food and beverages are available at both locations.