Designed as an oasis of family fun, Putt-Putt Golf and Games entertains all ages with three 18-hole Putt-Putt Golf Courses, more than 50 arcade and prize-redemption games, and a snack bar packed with pizza and soda. On the outdoor courses, kids putt past giant tortoises and colorful mushrooms as adults hone their short games. Additionally, a game room rings with the bells and whistles of Fruit Ninja, Monster Drop, Deal or No Deal, Big Bass Wheel, Skee-Ball, and more, and a snack bar filled with treats makes the center a memorable birthday-party location or presidential-inauguration site.
Fire and wind: that’s all it takes to fly. Hot air ballooning’s sheer simplicity sparked pilot Scott Appelman’s interest in the sport 30 years ago. “In a lot of ways, it’s the exact opposite of the way the world is today,” says the Rainbow Ryders, Inc. founder. “And I think that gives it a certain degree of romance.”
Further evidence of ballooning’s inherent romance can be found in the number of proposals and weddings that have taken place aboard Rainbow Ryders’ fleet of 19 balloons, earning the company a spot on Yahoo’s list of top five places in the nation to pop the question. Even if engagement is not on passengers’ agendas, the crew still strives to ensure a memorable expedition. Guests can join the launch crew to help inflate the balloon before takeoff, and upon landing, pilot and passengers clink glasses in a champagne toast to celebrate another successful flight.
Though whimsy and romance may prove the biggest draw, Rainbow Ryders’ untarnished safety record is what ultimately keeps the balloons hovering. Since 1982, experienced pilots have safely floated 160,000 people over the Rio Grande Valley. Pilots not only helm top-tier equipment, but carefully monitor the region’s weather patterns to ensure smooth thermal drafts and minimize hitchhiking requests from migrating geese.
For nearly 30 years, Sluggers has given countless children and adults an arena in which to practice the universal pastime of hitting a ball with a stick. After fastening a complimentary helmet and selecting a bat, players step into outdoor cages where they can hone their skills on pitches of various speeds. Players can purchase gear onsite or borrow a bat from the center's stash of rental equipment, negating the need to whittle down a bat from one of their bedposts.
This fun center offers a world of excitement for the whole family, with an arsenal of arcade games, appetite-pleasers, and other activities awaiting all guests. Renounce the sky with indoor amusements such as the road-rage-inducing bumper cars, laser tag, and ten pin bowling. Visitors recovering from recent pixel-reduction surgery can ease the transition with iT'Z’s 150-plus video games, including the veggie-friendly Sega Extreme Hunting Deluxe, which features only tofu-based livestock. If 90 minutes of arcade games has helped you realize computers' dominance over humanity, your 200 prize tickets will improve your mood, since they're prime currency for obtaining neon erasers, alien rubber finger puppets, and VHS copies of Eraser.
The instructors at Deep Blue Scuba teach aquatic proficiency through the rigorous and comprehensive ANDI certification system. ANDI certification imparts pupils with the skills necessary to dive self-sufficiently or with companions, and trains students via pool sessions and open-water dives set in the crystalline Lake Travis. After mastering descent and ascent techniques, students can expand their knowledge base through a slew of specialty courses including underwater navigation, night diving, and wreck diving. Scuba instructors map out the best local dive locations and host periodic Discover Scuba outings where divers sample new gear and reacquaint themselves with watery skills. The diving enterprise also hosts expeditions to far-away waters, piloting trips that explore Australia and Mexico, and confront the notorious gangs of clownfish that lay claim to the Florida Keys.
Albuquerque Indoor Karting plays host to open-wheeled, road-course racing action no matter the weather. A one-year membership (a $20 value) entitles holders to a $5 savings on each race, after the first two included with this deal. The fully covered racecourse boasts a series of twists and straights that demand a g-force junkie’s total attention. A single race (a $15 value) or "heat" consists of 12–18 laps and lasts up to 10 minutes or until an engine taps the mat in surrender. Three different types of karts supply the appropriate size and horsepower for drivers of all experience levels. Sporting a helmet sock (a $2 value) keeps noggin protectors clean for sharing purposes and makes an ideal chimney-hanging gift receptacle during certain holidays. At the snack bar, a trained gelatier makes fresh, cool treats daily, serving up a variety of gelato by the scoop (a $2.50 value).