Housed in a bright blue barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm of batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. Two adults ($5 each) and two children ($4 each for children younger than 15) may take on tropical-themed Adventure Island, which packs full-sized athletic competition into 18 scaled-down holes. As miniature golfers move their teensy feet throughout the greens, they are peppered with putting obstacles that include fountains, erupting volcanoes, and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow.
With your arm armed with a wristband, you'll be free to revel in unfettered access to all of Sam's Fun City's rides and special attractions. Start by getting your vroom-vrooms out at Kart City, a lawless land of underage driving whose mayor takes bribes of red Starburst. Children nostalgic for the simple joys of early infancy can take a trip to Yesterville and go for a spin on the Jitter Bug Swinger. For those who'd rather reminisce about the more recent past, bring back the sandwich you ate an hour ago with a ride on the Give Peace-a-Whirl tilt-a-whirl. A round of Hollywood mini-golf gives you 18 opportunities to hone your victory dance's jazz hands and pirouettes, while an indoor play area provides welcome relief from the sun's crushing gravity with two giant inflatables and a three-story play structure.
The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.
A selection of four go-kart tracks ensures kids will have an exciting ride suited to their age, size, and ability. The Junior Racers track gets little ones between 4 and 7 behind the wheel of a perfectly sized one-pedal fun machine, and children who meet a 54-inch height requirement get a crack at the challenging curves and bridges of the Crazy 8 or Spinnin' & Grinnin' tracks. Racers 16 and older can compete on SuperKart Speedway, the Center's fastest track that mirrors the experience of fast-action racing with high speeds, a computerized scoreboard, and timing system.
Double-ride karts are available for kids who prefer to be chauffeured by an adult or a demanding imaginary friend. Seasoned weekend golfers get the chance to flaunt their skills for awe-filled offspring of all ages during a nine-hole game of mini golf. At the end of a long day, four buckets of water balloons await at Water Wars, a battleground set amid personal battle stations soon to be littered with the rainbow shrapnel of giggle-filled war. Inside the game room, players take on arcade-style games for tickets that can be exchanged for prizes at the redemption center. Other visitors, meanwhile, enjoy snack-bar refreshments on a covered patio and celebrate birthdays and jury-duty summonses in the air-conditioned party room.
Vortex Spring, dubbed "the Mecca of dive training" by Southern Diver magazine, is more than just a scuba diver's dream destination. While its 68-degree clear spring waters and lack of weeds thrill swimmers, its picturesque grounds also accommodate landlubbers with biking trails and a bevy of camping sites. A staff of PADI-certified instructors helms the family-friendly water emporium, leading students through scuba classes that help bolster their confidence while exploring aquatic environs or searching for underwater real estate.
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf welcomes land-loving children, adults, and seniors for a high-seas putting adventure. Pirate ships, dungeons, caves, and waterfalls adorn the two 18-hole courses of challenging angles and tricky terrain. Play all 36 holes with this all-day pass for multiple chances to win the ultimate hidden treasure—mini-golf bragging rights to lord over your family, colleagues, or date. Experienced club swingers can practice their short game while novice putters can strive for that elusive hole-in-one or the zen-meditation exercise of the hole-in-none.
Before entering the upside-down laboratory of Professor Wonder, visiting scientists must pass through the psychedelic, spinning lights of the Inversion Tunnel, reorienting themselves in preparation for a day of activities both entertaining and educational. More than 100 interactive exhibits inspire excitement about natural phenomena, including a replica of NASA's Mercury capsule that visitors can climb inside of, a gallery of mind-bending illusions, and the lab where new scientists are grown in bed-sized petri dishes. Experience the winds of a category-one hurricane inside a simulator, guard a virtual soccer goal, and lie down on a bed of nearly 3,500 sharp nails without so much as a scratch. Additional activities include the indoor Ropes Challenge Course, which exercises bodies and minds as challengers navigate several stories of swinging beams and suspension bridges, and a laser-tag coliseum and maze.