The ping of golf clubs and baseball bats rings out across the grounds and rises above the thrumming engines and squealing tires of go-karts at Golfland USA. Part training ground, part recreational respite, Golfland invites golfers to hone their game at a driving range or enjoy more laid-back par-hunting at a mini-golf course. Guests can also perfect a different kind of swing at the batting cages, which sling baseballs at three different speeds and offer two slow-pitch softball machines. The fun center also encompasses a quarter-mile go-kart track where drivers speed down straightaways and drift around tight turns. In addition, Golfland also offers a weekend bouncy house, a giant slide, and bungee trampolines for guests to enjoy.
Outside Owensboro, Kentucky sits 48 acres of pasture. This is where Ramey Riding Stables gives guests the incomparable experience of horseback riding. The experts offer riding lessons and guided trail rides, as well as birthday parties for young horse lovers and centaurs seeking to return to their roots. There's also an equestrian school where horse owners can learn proper riding techniques during an overnight camp.
Mama Lea's Kids Zone is aptly named. With fun games for all ages (including toddlers), plus pizza, this is the place to keep the kids happy. But the grownups should leave content, too, thanks to a menu packed with buffalo chicken wraps, philly steak and cheese sandwiches, and build-your-own pizzas. Along with being the spot for everyday family meals, Mama Lea's Kid Zones also hosts birthday or sports team parties.
The two-bedroom, newly renovated farmhouse at Blue Heron Vineyards safeguards guests in a rural, picturesque setting amid turn-of-the-century barns and vintage outbuildings. Guests have their choice of enjoying a homemade breakfast in the farmhouse, from the tree house-like deck of the winery, or lakeside while served by a wait staff of bullfrogs trained at L'Ambroisie in Paris. Spend an afternoon casually strolling through the vineyard grounds spread across a high bluff near the Ohio River, or visit the property's large Celtic cross, carved from natural stone over a 23-month period by local sculptor Greg Harris. Visitors calm their outdoors obsessions by fishing and canoeing at the nearby Deer Creek or exploring the Hoosier National Forest along scenic hiking and biking trails teeming with towering trees, wildlife, and ringleted porridge thieves.
PizzAroma’s expert pie slingers have combined special sauces and dough into a toothsome menu for almost half a century. Use today’s deal to dine in, carry out, or take and bake a specialty pizza such as a 14-inch Firecracker, which scorches kissers with a spicy giardiniera mix and hot italian sausage ($14.59), or craft a custom disk with a combination of 23 high-quality toppings in four size options ($7.29+). Hot cheese sticks ($3.95) help ignite salivary engines, which then race through a selection of wraps, calzones, and hot sandwiches ($5.15–$13.95) before finally waving the shortbread-crusted, cheesecake-checkered flag ($3.59). PizzAroma also serves up pastas, such as the shrimp scampi, which populates a garlicky butter ocean with plump crustaceans, waves of cheese, and lactose-tolerant pirates ($8.99).
Boasting PGA pros at both locations, Golf Plus multiplies driving and hitting enjoyment with a legion of golf and baseball essentials and services for cleat-footed sports. Eschew blindfolded driver purchases by patronizing the club-fitting Vector Pro launch-monitor system, which analyzes your swing for a precise club recommendation, ensuring future selections have the appropriate length, shaft flex, and lie angle for your game ($50 for 20- to 40-minute evaluation). Palm-punished handles feel young again after a re-gripping, during which expert staffers install limited-edition and brand-name grips ($3–$20), and a variety of club-repair options re-work the entire length of favorite irons.