The rolling terrain at Willodell Golf Club of Niagara's 18-hole course may lull golfers into a false sense of security, but allowing the landscape to do so would undermine the course's chief threat: water hazards. The 6,481-yard, par 72 layout, voted "Best Golf Course in Niagara" in the Niagra Falls Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, features several sneaky waterways that come into play on 10 holes, showcasing ponds of all sizes and the watery guise of Lyon's and Tee Creeks. Some water features are difficult to spot, obscured by brambly depressions and trees walking to the shores for a drink. A 484-yard par 5, the first hole eases golfers into the round, and a 300-yard, grass-tee driving range lets golfers warm up their swings.
Off the course, made-from-scratch soups, stocks, and sauces add a flavourful punch to dishes at Willodell Golf Club's dining room, which offers 10-ounce burgers alongside savoury entrees such as sweet-chili salmon and vegetable stir-fry. Along with a dining room and lounge, the restaurant offers patio seating for guests who prefer to dine in the company of their solar-powered caddies.
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The Aerospace Museum was founded by a group of aviation enthusiasts to preserve Amherst's aviation artifacts. Set in the former terminal of the Niagara Falls Internantional Airport, the museum showcases a variety of planes including a Curtiss JN-4, a P-39 Aerocobra, and a Bell Model 47??the first U.S. commercially licensed helicopter. Patrons can examine these aircraft up close and peruse the documents and records relating to their history.
Beneath the fluorescent lights of Zap Zone Niagara's laser arena, glowing players fan out into labyrinthine halls in search of the enemy. As they keep an eye out for the distinctive lights of an opponent's vest, the sci-fi soldiers train their phasers around walls outlined by neon accents. Birthday hosts and their guests may retire to the party room, where they can compare stats on printed scorecards.
The aquatic-minded architects behind Fallsview Indoor Waterpark stocked their three-acre splash zone with family-friendly amusements that simulate the sun-soaked days of summer year-round. With both kids and adults in mind, the park's designers included two large, adults-only jacuzzis, where grownups can marinate in relaxation while the tots zip down 16 waterslides up to six storeys tall, or high enough to make Aquaman feel like a damp Godzilla. After the kids bodysurf in the wave pool or get caught in the deluge of the 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, families can refuel at Planet Hollywood Beach Club. Located across from Niagara Falls and near Hornblower Niagara Cruises, on the site of the Falls Avenue Resort, the waterpark, which has been named the top amusement park or water park in Canada by TripAdvisor this year, encourages families to retire to 20 acres of luxury for the night and return the next day to shake their fins beneath faux palm trees or traipse through Jungle Beach Playland, a dry indoor playground.
Operation Milsim Paintball equips sharpshooters for four hours of weekend walk-on play on its 10 acres of outdoor fields. Pretend-mercenaries of all skill levels arm themselves with premium markers, air tanks, masks, and hot air balloon exit strategies before charging onto three fields dubbed TacTown, Bush, and OAS. There, players evade pigment-projectiles as they dodge behind stacks of tires, plywood structures, and abandoned cars, while referees maintain clean, safe games in adherence to Operation Milsim's rules and regulations. Visitors can restock their paintball palettes for an additional cost ($40 for 500 rounds) and check out the company's FAQs before arrival to enhance their experiences.
Ripley?s has enthralled audiences for more than nine decades with its dedication to revealing odd and unexplainable rarities from around the globe. But it all began with one man: Robert Ripley, a wildly successful and eccentric character who rose to fame during the first half of the 20th century. After selling his first cartoon to Life magazine at age 14, he set out on a quick-paced career of drawing sports cartoons for the New York Globe. During a slow day at the office, he sketched nine unusual sporting events and finished his work with a title: ?Believe It or Not!? It became immensely popular, allowing Ripley to travel the world in search of more bizarre stories to put into his comic strips. While visiting relatively unknown areas in locales such as India, China, and the inside of his neighbor?s chimney, he picked up a slew of unbelievable souvenirs that later became fixtures in several of Ripley?s museums, or as they?re affectionately called today, Odditoriums. Ripley?s now encompasses publications, attractions, a television show, and a blog, all of which carry Ripley?s tradition of reporting on the world?s curiosities.