The indoor and outdoor attractions at Easy Street Family Fun Center make it their mission to entertain visitors both young and old. Driven to succeed by Honda motors, single and double gasoline-powered go-karts whip around an outdoor track during seven-minute heats, speeding down straightaways, roaring through turns, and dodging spiked tortoise shells. The 18-hole mini golf course draws the eye with creative scenery such as a downed, half-submerged plane, and each hole takes players up hills, around rocks, and over bridges in search of low scores. Inside Easy Street lies an arcade with 60 games and an indoor gym where kids 8 and younger can pretend to be intrepid explorers climbing a mountain made of jungle-gym parts. After fun and games, the snack bar kindly offers to refuel families and friends with pizza, burgers, and high-octane ice cream.
On Wayne's World of Paintball's 60 acres of land, safety-mask-clad players square off in a variety of different games coordinated by trained referees. Strewn about 15 distinct areas of play, multilevel forts, shacks, and abandoned aircrafts provide ample cover from opposing enemies and unwanted kisses blown from fans on the sidelines. Wayne's battlegrounds include open fields, a woodsball area, and a 2-acre post-apocalyptic town replica. Those seeking fast-paced showdowns can also test their reflexes on a full-size speedball playing field. Wayne's World of Paintball is also known for its regularly scheduled, 24-hour scenario games. Between battles, a covered pavilion gives players a place to rest up, and a pro shop provides paint slingers with reloads of air cartridges and hoppers. Patrons must be at least 10 years old to play at Wayne's.
The playful steeds with Makin Tracks Trail Rides appear to love swimming just as much as riding. On certain trips, the horses will ford spots along the Oklawaha River, and horses and their riders can swim and splash. This is just one example of the interesting quests the Makin Tracks horses embark on. The company also offers guided trail rides through the woods along the Cross-Florida Greenway trails, horseback rides by moonlight, and overnight camping trips, and sometimes the horses go on the ultimate adventure: getting adopted. Makin Tracks rescues many horses, and while some live there the rest of their lives, charming Makin Trails' owners and customers alike, others are adopted into loving families.
With more than 18,300 square feet dedicated to all manner of bounce, Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena's original location in Longwood invites guests to leap and bound across more than 10,400 square feet of specially engineered indoor trampolines. After working up a sweat during rounds of air dodgeball or plunging into foam pits, bouncers can take a break with a game of ping-pong or hit the arcade games. A café refuels visitors and bakes up pizzas for birthday parties, which are an ideal way to celebrate kids for surviving this cruel world thus far.
Maybe it's the themed activity areas. Maybe it's the vibrant color splashed across each of the walls. Whatever the reason, kid stepping into Amaya Papaya's play lounge know that they're not walking into your average play date. Instead, they pass their time in a hybrid lounge that combines the best elements of indoor playgrounds, event and party spaces, and local shops for kids up to five years. Seven themed areas fend off boredom, with a creativity corner allowing kids to color on the chalk and paint walls and a construction corner letting them design cost-effective skyscrapers out of wooden blocks.
While kids play during drop-in playtime Monday-Friday, parents pass their minutes browsing the toys, games, and educational resources that populate the center's shop. After ringing up purchases, they can also kick back in comfy seats, keeping an eye on their child's play session while taking a break for themselves.
Amaya Papaya's staff also leads classes before open play and after closing time for both parents and adults, such as art and language classes and CPR training. To keep things fresh, they constantly rotate toys and pull out their etch-a-sketches to plan special events such as meetings with children's authors. Amaya Papaya is also available for private birthday parties on the weekends.
The only way to get into Gatorland is to walk straight into an alligator's toothy maw. The giant mouth provides entrance to 110 acres of marshy wildlife preserve––home to a vast ecosystem populated by thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds, including rare wading birds and four rare white alligators. Among these, more than 130 gators splash and lounge in the park’s breeding marsh, which visitors can view safely from a three-story observation tower or while sitting on the shoulders of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Yet one of the biggest thrills of Gatorland is the reptile's raw power. Visitors can see this on full display during the Gator Jumparoo show, where alligators leap four to five feet out of the water to snag food directly from a trainer’s hands, or during the Gator Wrestlin' Show, where a handler demonstrates survival skills. True thrill-seekers can even dangle over the breeding marsh while riding the 65-foot-tall Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. And to experience the unsettling sensation of stumbling upon a swamp filled with alligators at night, the Night Shine takes participants deep into gator territory armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs.