Swaders Sports Park fuels friendly competition between friends and family members with an endless series of sports and gaming opportunities. Guests jump into one of four different go-karts and zip around two tracks or guide golf balls past challenging obstacles and serene water features?such as waterfalls, streams, and nymphs holding water guns?on two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Golfers can also head to the driving range or smack a different kind of ball in the batting cages.
Inside the facility, a whirring collection of lights and sirens ricochet off the walls from more than 70 arcade games. A multilevel laser-tag arena conceals players behind towering glow-in-the-dark obstacles, and the Route 66 bowling alley allows guests to bowl on highway-themed lanes without the risk of potholes that comes from playing on regular highways.
Prince George Golf Club’s 18-hole course unfurls across 6,640 yards of kempt, relatively flat fairways hemmed by fragrant pine trees. The picturesque par 72 poses a moderate challenge to golfers, and the bulk of its difficulty comes in the form of small greens, 13 of which are fortified by at least two sand bunkers and one Frenchman sunbathing in the nude. The back nine presents a slightly harder layout that includes two par 3s where tee shots must clear intervening water hazards on the way to their flagged destinations. A driving range and putting green foster preround practice sessions, and PGA pros roam the club’s verdant grounds imparting swing-honing advice in lessons and searching tirelessly for their father’s long-lost mashie niblick.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,640 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.1 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 118 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
There are certain milestones that stick out in our lives. A first step. A first kiss. A fist time hurtling towards the Earth at incredible speeds. Virginia Skydiving Center's tandem instructors help people accomplish the latter by strapping themselves to novices and jumping out of airplanes into the open skies. From 14,000 feet in the air, the two free fall and take in a hailstone's-eye view of the terrain around Washington, DC and Virginia Beach before a two-person parachute smooths the rest of the path back toward earth.
It only takes 20?30 minutes of training to prep for that tandem experience, but Virginia Skydiving Center's videographers can preserve the fall for years to come. The initial dive can also serve as the first step an accelerated freefall program, which helps students become licensed to take on the skies all by themselves.
Riding a flyboard might make adrenaline seekers feel as though they’re inside a prototypical, water-powered Iron Man suit. They take to local waters with their feet strapped into a main board that shoots powerful jets, and their arms control the board’s direction with two stabilizing sprayers. Atop the columns of pressurized water, riders can reach speeds of 18.5 miles per hour and heights of nearly 30 feet, enough to chase down gulls escaping with stolen hot dogs. With skillful manipulations of the stabilizers, boarders can perform spins, flips, and even cuts through the water.
What could be better than the taking in a motor race? From the squeal of the tires to the roar of the crowd to the ka-chunk of the T-shirt cannons, drag-racing and dirt-biking are one of the most thrilling experiences to be had. But Virginia Motorsports Park elevates the experience beyond a mere spectator sport by inviting fans onto the track. Besides the annual lineup of competitive races, the park hosts such events as the Rugged Maniac 5K, the Dinwiddie County Fair, and the Great Bull Run, modeled after Pamplona's most famous bovine race.