Under the helm of the eponymous Captain himself, Captain Mike Fink's Marina’s friendly crew of youthful staff––well-versed in the art of boating––helps guests sprout their sea legs with a well-maintained fleet of rental boats and jet skis. Nestled alongside the fish-filled waters of Lake of the Ozarks, the marina serves as a jumping-off point from which nascent captains can pilot their buoyant steeds out onto the serene lake to partake in sun-bathed revelries or practice their sea-monster-lassoing skills. As longtime locals, Captain Mike and his team happily dole out thoughtful recommendations regarding area attractions and restaurants to inquisitive guests, pointing out all manner of hidden gems and waterfront restaurants.
The artificial-pond curators at Washington Park Ice Arena cultivate winter sports with a smooth, indoor ice rink designed for blade-footed glides. Public-skate sessions pop up day and night, and private rentals make for memorable birthday parties or helping pet rocks make the curling team. Ravenous ice dancers can gently stride over to an attached food dispensary to replenish on a sampling of food available for purchase. In addition to daily public-skating sessions, the arena and its helpful staff offer lessons for youth ice trotters, speed skaters, and pubescent snowmen learning to shave with skate blades. The oft-zambonied arena also plays home to a yearly smattering of University of Missouri hockey games, entertaining recitals, and seasonal festivals.
Since launching off from the shores of Fort Myers Beach in 1982, Paradise Parasail’s signature smiley-face parachutes have become an iconic image in the sky, now flying high above the waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Lake of the Ozarks. USCG-licensed captains navigate each of the company's boats as riders trail behind at heights of up to 500 feet. With feet flopping in the wind, thrill-seekers are free to wave to their friends, family, and nearby migratory birds. Parasailers can also pose for photos and videos captured by the company's onboard photographers.
Practice, practice, practice. That's what it takes for golfers to shave strokes off of their scores or for a caddie to learn a player's theme song. Thankfully, Eagle Flight Driving Range lets visitors swing on end and hone specific parts of their game, whether they need to practice with a driver or an iron. The range encompasses 12 fixed AstroTurf tees, as well as a grass hitting area, which simulates real game conditions.
Bob and Tonya Brison impart their equestrian enthusiasm to the community through riding lessons, youth camps, and children’s birthday parties. The husband-and-wife owners of Fairview Farms LLC specialize in American Saddlebred horses, a breed originally registered in 1891 and prized for its easy gait, affectionate personality, and ability to read and write. Open since 2004, their 40-acre farm can accommodate more than 30 horses and comprises a climate-controlled arena and fenced-in outdoor riding area for lessons and training. In addition to offering lessons to riders of all ages and skill levels, the experienced team of trainers keeps show mounts in top form with daily rides and personalized feeding schedules.
At Oak Hills Golf Center, golfers traverse an 18-hole golf course that loops around Hough Park Lake and hone their skills on the driving range. The City of Jefferson keeps the course open year-round, so long as frost doesn’t accumulate on the greens and vacationing nudists don’t show up in the sand traps unannounced. At the end of rounds or practice sessions, players can refuel with hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers at the course concession stand.
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