Water streams from wooden aqueducts and cascades down rock formations as families putt through Colorado Canyon's two 18-hole mini-golf courses. After rounds, guests can visit the arcade to play skee ball, build their own stuffed animals, or mine for gemstones and fossils, then hit the snack bar for some Noble Roman's pizza.
Seven acres of mini golf, bumper cars, paddleboats, and other attractions enthrall the young and young-at-heart at Adventure Kingdom. The park's Renaissance theme pervades 18 holes of mini golf, where colorful plaster knights joust, and a period stockade locks up players deemed criminally over par by a jury of their opponents. Fueled by gas, the bumper cars swivel and smack, and paddleboats shaped like swans gracefully float along tranquil waters. Hot days make Water Wars a must-see, as visitors hurl water balloons toward targets that trigger an onslaught of noise, splashing, and spontaneous melting.
Nearby, a log cabin built in 1932 hosts the opening scenes of birthday parties and field trips. As the birthday child tears into gifts atop a throne bordered by rich hardwood paneling, a rough-hewn wooden table sports guests' goblets and supplied tiaras. Field trippers enjoy a history lesson about Texan frontier life or about the Renaissance before racing toward free volleyball courts and horseshoes or picnic tables and tents perfect for outdoor feasts or meetings about new recess-line etiquette.
Brentwood Country Club is a case study in effective land reclamation. A spot that was once fallow fields and rice paddies now houses a stunning golf course ringed with palm trees and native plants, where players of all skill levels master the challenges of the landscape’s shifting winds and winding creeks. PGA professionals help visitors select perfectly matched clubs and gear in the pro shop, outfitting golfers with footwear, bags, and casual attire from brands such as Callaway, Polo, Titleist, and Ping. The clubhouse also welcomes players for postround unwinding, inviting them to share stories of their exploits or select from shelves of leatherbound Arnold Palmer fan fiction in a lounge lit by a crackling fireplace. In addition to spotless fairways, the 140-acre facility boasts an extensive tennis and pool complex and a rustic, wood-raftered restaurant ready for weddings and banquets.
Spa Belleza's seasoned aestheticians treat blemishes and dissolve the signs of aging with the customized ministrations of the Bioelements spa facial. Skin sessions begin with a detailed analysis, during which face wizards note a face's tendencies toward dryness, acne, and ventriloquism. Skin staffers then reboot complexions with a deep cleansing before coating visages in a customized mask that aims to oust acne colonies, rehydrate dry skin, or iron out pesky wrinkles. After an exfoliating scrub peels back rough outer layers, an extraction treatment cleans out pores to create a complexion clearer than a nudist ghost. The soothing treatment takes place in a spa nestled amongst the scenic foliage of the nearby historic Garden District.