When Farmer and Mrs. Guffey opened Guffey Acres in 2009, they wanted to create a community outlet that combined education, agriculture, and fun. A trio of mazes winds across more than 7 acres, coaxing guests on a labyrinthine journey that can last up to two hours, and nightfall brings spooky figures around every twist and turn as one maze transforms into the haunted Field of Screams. Outside the maze, the corn-related reveling continues with hayrides, cobs launched from the corn cannon, and playtime in the farm’s corn box, which is like a sandbox but more delicious, according to many goats. When the corny carousing has run its course, head to the barn to learn fun facts about animals or tour the pumpkin patch on a 10-barrel train. If all that farm fun conjures up an appetite, visitors can reenergize with treats on Cole's Concessions' dining porch.
Picturesque landscaping and above-average speed greens mark the challenging 18 holes at Honeywell Golf Course. Established in 1944 as a private course situated on the elegant Honeywell estate, landscape architect Arthur Hills expanded the terrain through the family's formal gardens in 1980, blending the old and new styles as seamlessly as a miniskirt made from buffalo-head nickels. Bunkers shelter the undulating front nines from errant shots and scantily clad sunbathers, and emerald fairways wend through the old garden's flowering shrubs and trees toward short, tighter terrain. Swingers looking for a challenge will enjoy testing their club’s mettle on Hills's addition, confronting some of the only back-to-back par-3 holes in the state.
Tall, stately pines and deciduous oaks have been flourishing at The Golf Preserve at Frankfort’s 18-hole, par 71 course since its first flagstick sprouted in 1926. Prairie Creek poses scenic obstacles as it meanders through multiple fairways, and avian species found only in central Indiana frequent the course’s emerald alleyways to enjoy lush vegetation and sage advice from feral caddies roaming the land. Golfers must avoid strategically placed white sand bunkers to conquer lengthy par 5’s on holes 3, 12, and 15. After a challenging round, clubbers can unwind at the course’s restaurant while plotting strategies for dominating the course with a new bag of trick sticks made entirely of recycled pool noodles.Course at a Glance:
Today’s Groupon offers an upgrade from your biography audio books. For $25, you’ll hear legendary lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s candid confessions at The Long Center on Thursday, November 12; the Austin Chronicle’s Robert Faires will prompt the esteemed composer to reflect on his career, collaborations, and creative process during the 8 p.m. event.
Navigate the skill-taxing 18-hole course while steering clear of numerous rocks, water hazards, and sand traps, which golf balls covet for their naturally exfoliating properties. Before or after hitting the mini-links, guests also can head to the bank of 11 batting cages that collectively feature six baseball pitching machines, four slow-pitch softball machines, and one fast-pitch softball machine. The fully automatic system tosses baseballs at speeds from 40 to 85 mph, giving even seasoned baseballers cause for perspiration.
Toward the back of Great Skates Fun Center, techno blares and thick clouds of fog waft through a 3,500-square-foot laser-tag arena. Black lights and a glowing maze pierce the miasma, as do lasers racing toward the vests of competing players. Like those speedy lasers, pucks zoom across air-hockey tables in the 2,000-square-foot game room, which includes billiards, skee-ball, and motorcycle-racing video games. Once they accumulate enough tickets, players can visit the game area's toy store to exchange stubs for prizes or a plot of land on the frontier.
In addition to laser tag and arcade games, the fun center houses an 80-by-130-foot wooden surface across which skaters can coast to the rhythm of upbeat tunes. To recharge after skating sessions, they can swing by a snack bar replete with pizza, nachos, cotton candy, and soft drinks.