In the early 1950s, it seemed that everyone was gazing toward the western horizon, waiting for a cowboy to appear. While Hollywood stars filmed classic Westerns such as High Noon and Broken Arrow, real cowboys wrangled cattle in Sonoita, Arizona. It was hard work, and the herdsmen grew hungry quickly. Their growling stomachs sparked an idea in the mind of a local shopkeeper: Why not add a restaurant to the general store? Before long, grills were blazing beneath a covered patio, dubbed The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon. Since then, the eatery has grown into two dining rooms in two towns, where guests flock for mesquite-grilled beef and cold, refreshing beers. Six types of steak, including 16-ounce rib eyes and 32-ounce porterhouses, are cut and seasoned in-house, then plated with a helping of cowboy beans and a choice of potato or coleslaw. Barbecue, another specialty, is available in beef, pork, chicken, or salmon form. Chandeliers made of wagon wheels swathe the dining room in a campfire-inspired glow. Here, guests can kick back in studded leather chairs as they admire wood-framed art and decorative cattle skulls. Private dining areas welcome events of all kinds, from business meetings to birthday parties to horseback limbo tournaments. On the patio, diners can sip margaritas as they watch the sun set into a 10,000-gallon hat.
On the Riptide slide, brave park-goers grip small, yellow rafts as they descend down a nearly vertical 35-foot drop into a long alley of water. This thrilling ride is one of the Breaker Water Park's main attractions, joined by the twisting and turning Bonzai Pipeline?which propels bodies through a large jumble of pipes?and a massive wave pool filled with more than 1 million chlorinated gallons. The sprawling Breakers compound also has two food and refreshment stands and plenty of space for dining or relaxation. Sunbathers and those afflicted with wicked-witch syndrome can plant their beach towels and collect sunshine at one of many seating areas, and families with children too small for larger water slides can escort the tykes to Captain's Kidd's Surfari. A designated kids' area, the Surfari gives littler kids an oversized and waterlogged playground outfitted with wading pools, tamer slides, and elaborate sprinkler fountains.
Across Disruptive Paintball?s six battlefields, teams splatter blotches of color across 18 acres of dry desert landscape. Amidst the shrubs and sparse trees, they slink behind giant wooden spools and up stairs into watchtowers, where they pick off opponents belly crawling up dirt mounds. Players can also post up inside a dilapidated helicopter and various forts or challenge their aim and reflexes on the small speedball court furnished with large inflatable obstacles. Because the center's varied and exciting arena attracts players of virtually every age and skill level?from 7-year-old girls and boys to elderly grandparents?staff members divide participants by skill level to ensure every player has a safe and fun experience. Disruptive Paintball also hosts airsoft nights, a game similar to paintball that uses soft pellets in place of paintballs.
At the offices of Goodman Dental Care and Tangerine Dental Care, dentists Pierce Goodman, Aaron Goodman, and Robert Brown help patients maintain and beautify mouth bones with general, preventative, and restorative dental services. During exams and cleanings, hygienists snoop through mouth caves in search of cavities, gum disease, and year-old everlasting gobstoppers, whereas Lumineers and professional Zoom whitening services brighten dulled teeth so patients may flash bright, sparkling smiles. Also specializing in pediatric dentistry, the friendly tooth techs care for budding chompers while setting little minds at ease through education and fun games.
Three baseball cages and three softball cages housed in the indoor Batters Box facility hurl their best stuff into the strike zone so that baseball players can polish their cuts. Various settings enable all levels to improve, serving slower pitches to younger and less-experienced players and transforming into hecklers so experienced players can master their game faces. Batter’s Box also employs a couple of decorated instructors in Jerry Hairston Sr., a 14-year major leaguer and father to two current pros, and Autumn Champion, a former standout at the University of Arizona and current record holder for the fourth-highest softball batting average in the nation.
Saguaro Aquatics' indoor and outdoor swimming pools double as recreational venues and classrooms. Instructors guide swimmers 6 months and older in group or private swimming lessons that cover the techniques for mastering strokes and growing gills. The noncompetitive synchronized-swimming club practices their aquatic art form twice weekly, and boot camp participants jump in and out of the pool for boxing, cardio, and swimming exercises. During Kids' Night Out, little ones enjoy themed games, crafts, and snacks while a projector showcases a kid-appropriate movie on a 15-foot screen. The club recently expanded its portfolio to include the landsport tennis.