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.
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.
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.
Ranked second on the Kentucky edition of Golf Digest's Best in State list, the golf course at The Falls Resort & Golf Club makes use of the 2,500-acre resort's size with a verdant layout of varied terrain and historic flavor. Architect Jody Kinney encapsulates the bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens with rough of pure Kentucky bluegrass, yielding a layout that incorporates elements of wooded parkland, open links-style design, and galleries of chirpy avian. The course ranges from 4,200 yards from the front tees up to 6,900 from the back, and players of all skills must negotiate with the land's lakes and rivers. Between shots, idle players can wonder at the simple beauty of flowers populating the landscaped areas between holes or prepare their putters for a jousting duel in case of a tie.
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Neon lights create an eerie atmosphere at The Ozone Laser Tag. The 4,000-square-foot arena hides warriors firing laser weapons back and forth, striking opponents in an all-out spree. In addition to high-energy laser battles, the center provides arcade games and snacks to help fighters rejuvenate, and handicap-accessible play helps get everyone involved in the fun.
Boasting 24 fully equipped lanes, Bowlodrome celebrates its 60th year of uniting friends, families, and amiable strangers in a shared passion for hurling dense plastic orbs into precisely configured wooden obelisks. With two hours of alley time (up to a $20/hour value), up to four sphere-slingers have ample opportunity to rehearse artful approaches, hone fluid follow-throughs, and master delivering the ball down the lane in fewer than six bounces. Because nimble footwork accounts for 87% of proper pin-pummeling technique, Bowlodrome outfits patrons in chic shoes (a $2.50 value/pair) expertly cobbled by retired professional bowlers.