At Myakka River Ranch, a herd of majestic horses lets visitors feel the liberating rush of flying through the grass atop a sturdy saddle. Among the stable's friendly inhabitants, an American Saddlebred performs tricks, an American Paint Horse frolics in the ranch's streams, and an Akhal-Teke mare—descended from the strong, golden horses bred in Persia more than 3,000 years ago—gallops in the outdoor arena. Along with lessons that impart the basics of English-style riding, Myakka's staff leads trail rides amid the scenic landscape, where majestic oak trees and open fields distract the horses from exploring the local sugar-cube quarry.
At All Star Lanes, owner Bill Hanson and his staff keep 24 lanes glistening in prime condition, not just for casual bowlers, but also for the pros. According to North Fort Myers Neighbor, national bowling celebrities such as Walter Ray Williams and Pete Couture descended upon the slicked-up paths to victory for the 2012 Signature Series Storm North Fort Myers Open Pro-Am and Senior Pro-Am. More often, though, the lanes echo with the thunderous strikes and victorious shouts of everyday bowlers, such as those who participate in the facility's humorous "I'm Not Good Enough To Bowl In A Tournament" tournament. Hanson and his crew also use their powers for good, hosting fundraisers for organizations that support American veterans and raising awareness for childhood cancer.
After smashing out a few strikes and spares, guests refuel with pizza, wings, beer, and soda. The family-friendly center also keeps patrons entertained with glow-in-the-dark bowling, pool tables, and weekend karaoke, where people can sing or play a hollowed-out bowling ball like a spherical flute.