With more than 140,000 square feet of indoor activities and attractions, The Pit provides visitors of all ages with plenty of of ways to enjoy a party, a group outing, or just an afternoon with family and friends. Here are some of the attractions available at The Pit:
Indoor Go Karts * Biz Evo2 LeMans karts for adults and Sodi karts for kids * Can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour * Track runs slightly more than 1/3 of a mile and includes 20 turns * Wider track leaves room for safe, speedy passes * Typically no more than 10 karts per race
Mini Golf * 18-hole, medieval-themed course * Neon-colored balls and obstacles glow beneath the room's black lights * Golfers follow the story of a wizard seeking treasure protected by a dragon
Arcade * More than 65 arcade games * Many reward players with tickets that can be redeemed for prizes * Foosball, air hockey, and four pool tables
Laser Tag Arena * 10-minute matches within an arena illuminated by 72 black lights * As 20 participants per game, divided into four teams * Pulsing, adrenaline-boosting soundtrack
Climbing Wall * Towers 24 feet above the floor * Six climbing stations with routes for beginners as well as experienced climbers * Cutting-edge automatic belay systems
Batting Cages * 10,000-square-foot training area for individual or team practice * Three pitching machines that can fling baseballs, softballs, or thrill-seeking gnomes at pre-set speeds between 45 and 65 miles per hour * Helmets and bats available, although visitors may bring their own equipment
Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.
At George Pappas' Victory Lanes, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to take a lane, from morning coffee-and-donut get-togethers for seniors to evening leagues for youths and adults. Reservations are available for birthday and corporate parties. Although bowling takes top billing, customers can check out billiards, the arcade, and The Finish Line restaurant, a full-service eatery with an extensive menu of breakfast, salads, pizza, dinner entrees, and cups of warm milk that will make your bowling pins so tired they'll fall over on their own.
Race City Raceway houses an arena for hobbyists of all ages and abilities to compete in fun, high-intensity slot-car racing. Visitors can bring their own tiny-scale speedmobile—or borrow a loaner from the raceway’s collection—and slip it into the groove of one of five racetracks for a casual jaunt or a competitive relay. Warm up on the drag strip, a trackway designed to test the true speed and potential time-traveling abilities of each car. Racers can whip around the 155-foot Thunder Road or traverse the 110-foot Beast, a track laden with hairpin turns and ant-size streakers haphazardly darting into the middle of the street. Speedsters who are new to the thrill of slot-car racing can challenge drivers of similar skill on Fridays at 7 p.m.
The amicable staff at The Wine Dive prepares a tailored menu of bistro fare that reels in hungry passersby and warms them like the reassuring glare of a grandmother’s laughing emerald eyes. The panini club ($8–$10), part of a revolving roster of paninis, tightly enfolds savory selections such as salami, ham, turkey, and provolone in a bear hug of hearty italian bread, enabling one-handed or even hands-free munching. Diners can elegantly sip on port-wine cheese dip ($6) or nibble a plate of colby and pepper-jack cheeses and zesty olives ($6). The Wine Dive supports local artists by decorating its crimson interior with their paintings and sculptures, and live musical performances each Friday inspire passionate, beat-driven chewing and sipping solos. Outdoor patio seating presents guests with a direct view of the Lake Norman Marina and a viable escape route for those pursued by bee swarms.
Members in Point Blank Range's Patriot Gun Club can spend hours just relaxing in the exclusive club lounge. The facility houses private restrooms, showers, lockers, and entertainment areas such as a card table and a giant, 63-inch HDTV. It also contains a viewing area of the indoor shooting range. Here, 18 NRA-certified instructors work with groups and individuals working to develop in pistol, rifle, and other shooting and sport skills through group classes or one-on-one instruction.