Tiger Hall: Play Zone and Activity Center spreads fun and interactive-learning opportunities throughout its 2,800-square-foot facility, offering everything from a spacious playroom to a relaxing parents lounge. On weekdays, the center provides families with private programming and preschool options. Come the weekend, Tiger Hall transforms into an energized hub of entertainment, complete with open-play hours, workshops, and a variety of classes, including in art, dance, and music.
Hasty Acres' gentle equine handlers teach riders ages 7 years and older to comfortably take the reins on the property's emerald acres. Each of the school's benevolent steeds harbors special training to instill them with patience for both beginning and experienced riders. One-hour private lessons instruct hooves in english riding styles with focused, one-on-one attention to proper horse handling, horse care, and horse art history. Duos gallop into a group session with five or six other riders of similar age and experience, affording ample attention for each saddle-filler and just enough players for a human-horse tennis-triples game.
Every October for the past nine years, Field of Terror has opened its gates for thrill seekers bold enough to brave the terrors lurking inside its rural haunts. This year, the farm will host four separate attractions, starting with the Killer Kornfield, a maniacal maze ruled by evil plant-men—failed scientific specimens brought to life by the infamous Farmer Frank. From there, they'll board the hayride into Zombie Town, a community overrun by those who found themselves the innocent victims of Frank's need for human DNA. Should they make it out with their brains intact, passengers will alight to face ghastly horrors in the Unknown Barn, which is rumored to be the very site where the farmer conducted his grisly experiments and hosted his petrifying Friday-night square dances. Visitors will have to navigate the dark, twisting hallways in order to avoid becoming yet another of Frank's victims, and if they're lucky enough to escape, they'll don special protective glasses to make it through Dementia 3D, where chemical exposure has turned some of the farmer's prey into unspeakable horrors.
Every night, the terror of the fields is countered by a host of spirit-lifting activities, including bonfires, DJs, dancing, and nightly hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Those who lose their nerve can detour toward less terrifying attractions such as a straw-bale maze or the family-friendly flashlight maze, which is open each night until 10 p.m.
Conceived as part of sculptor Seward Johnson's impressionistic vision, Rat's Restaurant transports degusting diners into Claude Monet's beloved town of Giverny with cosmopolitan home cooking served overlooking a delicate lily pond. Launch your exploration into head chef Shane Cash's exceptional dinner menu with the petit escargot, featuring lemon verbena, escargot butter, and parsley tortellini ($15). Sophisticated palates can decorate themselves with a delectable selection of entrees, including Scottish halibut, a fresh pan-roasted catch accompanied by cauliflower puree and almond-caper meuniere sauce ($30). Before stepping into the attached Grounds For Sculpture galleries and discovering the secrets of scratch-n-see artwork, enjoy sips from a menu of hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine list.
Aspen Ice at Flemington's full-size NHL rink invites adventurous ground slicers to float across its slick, cool surface. Groups of two or four set out across the ice after securing their feet in pairs of rental skates, primed for pirouettes, friendly races, and partial human pyramids. Skaters can break to enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and the thrills of an arcade before returning to the frozen water open to the public seven days a week, including Friday nights, when the rink's DJ spins popular tunes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The training home of grand prix rider Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, Palermo Show Stable is a full-service hunter, jumper, and equitation facility. The stable staff trains riders young and old in English-style riding and even offers training sessions for horses and people in convincing horse costumes. Palermo Show Stable also hosts USEF horse shows throughout the year and imports Argentinian sport horses that are available for lease or purchase.