McDermont Field House wears a lot of hats. It's a fitness center that houses more than 50 cardio machines. It's an indoor soccer field that hosts open play and league games and a skate park that lures skateboarders with ramps and rail slides.
Elsewhere, its Eagle Mountain rock-climbing wall challenges visitors to scale more than 50 feet. But it's not a traditional wall. Instead of colorful foot and handholds, the indoor wall looks much like a real mountainside: the grey, cragged peak is unmarked, and climbers must figure out their own ways to the top. The field house also brings the ocean to the San Joaquin Valley with a FlowRider wave simulator that buoys surfers and body boarders.
The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.
Hole in The Wall Pizza is doing something right. That something earned the eatery the 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best Pizza from the Porterville Recorder. Piping-hot pizzas piled with toppings emerge from steaming ovens, including The Hole pizza, a 28-inch behemoth that serves up to 14 people?or 7 ravenous werewolves. Besides pizza, diners can opt for hot sandwiches and calzones or pair their pies with draft beers.
Inside Exeter Hobbies, off-road RC cars zoom around the indoor track, and hobby planes and helicopters await clearance for take-off on nearby shelves. A treasure trove for both child and adult hobbyists, the full-service shop also stocks R/C boats, plastic models, and trains.