Rain, shine, or 6 inches of snow?groups can head to Big Dog Adventure Park's sprawling outdoor fields for high-octane games of paintball and laser tag. Spread across 100 acres, the fields cover varied terrain, incorporating both wide-open land and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering. Players get onto the fields in games of classic Capture the Flag?or funkier face-offs such as Steal the Bacon?after renting their gear onsite.
Whether grabbing a few friends or gathering the whole family, bowling alleys offer the quintessential fun evening out, and Skipp's Bowling Center ensures that groups have a great night. Black lights serve as the only light source on select nights, during which bowling balls glow as they streak down the lanes. The staff happily puts bumpers in lanes for newbie bowlers, or blindfolds pro bowlers for an added challenge. At the bar, drinks pour freely and, inside the game room, kids and adults alike can send balls scattering across a pool table or hit the track in racing games.
One of the only golf courses of its type in the Midwest, the sprawling, lake-fronted Castle Course replicates some of the game’s best-known layouts. Golfers compete against imaginary PGA rivals on meticulous reproductions of seven legendary holes, including the 13th hole at Augusta National, and the water-surrounded, Nessie-guarded 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. You and a companion roll from dream link to dream link in an included cart, equipped with GPS to ensure foolproof navigation, and, should that fail, plenty of practice balls to act as more durable bread crumbs.
The Madison Pub Crawl aims to bring a beloved European tradition stateside. Each strategically planned outing takes participants on a walking tour of five local bars and clubs, spending an hour at each stop. Guests sip five complimentary drinks and take advantage of exclusive specials at venues such as Kollege Klub, State Street Brats, Johnny's, Wando's, and Whiskey Jack's. A free shuttle ferries partiers to the final stop, where VIP access allows them to skip the line and immediately begin enjoying the true club experience: engaging in quiet conversation.