At Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing, which earned CityVoter's Best Sports and Recreational Activity title in 2009, visiting motorists whirl around a 1,200-foot indoor track designed by former IKF racers. Drivers suit up with protective helmets and neck collars before strapping themselves into Sodi karts, whose gas-powered Honda 200-cubic-centimeter engines and miniature horses power them through 10- to 12-minute races. The indoor facility?s professionally engineered exhaust system ensures safe, clean air for all racers as they wind through the course with up to 11 other competitors. Computerized timing systems accurately record photo finishes, and video helmets and race suits are available to enhance the experience. A slew of celebrity guests have been known to frequent the track, giving visitors a rare opportunity to outwit IndyCar drivers or trade high-speed knock-knock jokes with Hollywood comedians.
A New Year's resolution is a slippery beast that easily dodges in and out of the grip of your resolution fingers. For $40, today's Groupon lets you staple down your 2K10 desires to forge a fitter physique with six intense group workout sessions at CrossFit Inland Empire, MyFOX Los Angeles' pick for Best Personal Trainers of 2009. Stretch yourself with new activities that push you to your body's limits and begin molding your frame into a highly athletic machine capable of slithering through duct work and lifting naturally fallen trees.
The title of the stable Everything Equine is something of a misnomer. Sure, the stable offers a compendious assortment of saddled activities, including lessons, pony parties, and trail rides, but the fun does not end with the horses. The stable also treats curious minds to a petting zoo, filled with pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens, ready to be fed and adored.
But if visitors show up with horseback riding on their minds, they won't be disappointed. The team of instructors leads lessons in English- and Western-style riding and basic jumping, which prepare students for competitive shows or leisurely trail rides. The stable's location offers trail riders a wide variety of enjoyable excursions, including those that make treks across the Santa Ana Riverbed, through the streets of Norco, and up to Pumpkin Rock.
At Black Horse Tavern & Grill, the decor is not surprisingly centered around framed pictures of horses and horse head statues?all black, of course. The equine-heavy furnishings surround the eatery?s main star, the bar?also horseshoe shaped?which sits in the center of the room. There, bartenders pull from taps of Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and a handful of craft brews. Back in the kitchen, chefs celebrate all things American with large-portion entrees that include made-from-scratch fish and chips, potato croquettes, marinated hanger steak, and bacon wrapped meatloaf paired with mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. A number of flat-screen TVs are tuned to the day's big sporting events, and the bar supplies handheld electronic trivia games that can be played against strangers or your split personality.
The beautifully manicured golf course at Hidden Valley carefully incorporates the existing flora, streambeds, and outcropped rocks into its 6,860 yards of dimpled ball habitat, making players of every skill level feel as if they're teeing off in an unspoiled national park. A GPS-enabled cart will keep you from accidentally driving onto the Autobahn as you journey through a pleasantly challenging round of recreational golf (up to a $67 value, cart included). To warm up wrists before the game, guests can flick through a large bucket of balls on the practice green ($10), and once the 18th green has been conquered and purged of its mini-dragon guardians, it's off to the Villa Amalfi Ristorante to refuel. Sip on coffee, tea, or soda, and choose one food item from the breakfast or lunch menu, which includes tasty breakfast burritos ($6.95), mushroom-swiss burgers ($7.95), fried-chicken salad ($10.95), and more (up to $17.95 value). Customers also get their choice of either a hat ($20) or a golf shirt ($65), giving them a change of clothes when their astronaut suit is being dry-cleaned.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.79 value).