Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging's guides enable clients to explore the second largest lake in Indiana and its animal inhabitants during boat tours on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located near Hoosier National Park, the area teems with wildlife, including ospreys, loons, herons, and the elusive bald eagle. Climb aboard the marina's new 60-foot Patoka Voyager for a two-hour tour of the picturesque lake, and relax as a guide takes you along the scenic shoreline, detailing Patoka Lake's history and singing children’s lullabies. There's a cash bar available as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Children five and under can partake of the scenic water fun for free when accompanying a ticketed adult.
With federally licensed flight instructors, quality ground facilities, and well-maintained aircraft, Tri-State's flight school provides a stable base for serious students or an enabling experience for those simply following mankind's innate urge to fly. Amateur aviators spend the first half of the lesson on the ground learning the principles of flight, including basic aerodynamics and how the craft works. Before takeoff students assist in the preflight inspection, then help check the weight and balance to ensure the plane is in shape to fly and has finished its vegetables. During flight, students will be allowed to briefly take the controls and pilot the plane, and then review their voyage in a postflight debrief.
Though equipped with an automated wash tunnel, All American Car Wash begins all of its treatments with a hand pre-wash. Only after technicians have loosened dirt from the paint and whispered soft nothings into the side-view mirrors can cars, trucks, and SUVs roll inside. At the end of the tunnel, the All American team dresses tires and swings open the doors to swiftly clean the interior.
Steve Jones Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep's team of ASE-certified technicians replenish oil, review vehicular conditions, and rotate tires in 30-minute consultations. During the service, mechanics drain off dirty, aged oil before funneling up to five new quarts into parched-lipped autos. Next, a 40-point inspection assesses car safety by checking that lights are properly glowing, brakes are properly braking, and side-view mirrors are properly reflecting objects to appear ghostlier than they actually are. Steve Jones' technicians top off the treatment with a quick tire rotation to ensure each wheel has an evenly worn shoe to boldly face the roads ahead. While rides undergo fine-tuning, customers lounge in the shop's comfy waiting area, replete with cable TV and WiFi, freshly brewed coffee, and popcorn popped daily.
For two decades, First Avenue Car Wash had helped to rid Evansville vehicles of the dust and detritus that result from a life on the open road, winning the Platinum Award for Best Car Wash from the Evansville Courier & Press Reader's Choice Awards for nine years in a row and a two-time winner of Evansville's Best Car Wash in Evansville Living Magazine. Open Monday–Saturday from the early hour of 7 a.m. and remaining open to catch commuters until 6 p.m., First Avenue performs full-service washing, professional detailing services, and other dirt-banishing and rust-inhibiting services. Delivering fast, friendly service, this community-oriented car wash also offers a comfortable lounge to enjoy while you wait.
Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
An Evansville institution since 1960, Master Tire assists drivers with automotive repair and accessories, informed by three generations of vehicular wisdom. During a standard oil change, Master Tire's ASC-certified mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid (a $36.95 value), straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. After its insides have been quenched, the friendly techs will turn their attention to its exterior, repositioning all four tires to ensure even wear and tear (a $20 value). Master Tire also offers a free pickup and delivery service (call ahead for availability), allowing customers to attend to their buggy's health needs without cutting into their rigid work, school, or butter-churning schedules.