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.
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.
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.
Held in Rivermont Park in downtown Owensboro, the Legendary Live Music Fest will showcase a symphonic assemblage of seven country stars in an all-day, outdoor extravaganza. Appease insurgent eardrums with a live set from household names such as Montgomery Gentry, LoCash Cowboys, and Jason Michael Carroll, or scope out lesser-known talents including Owensboro's own Jaclyn Graves. The open air of Owensboro will also be bathed in the dulcet croonings of Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, and Brett Eldredge, ensuring that the show features the seven-act minimum anatomically proven to literally melt faces.
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course * 6,900 yards from back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Designed by Jody Kinney