Nestled on 28 tree-lined acres of Chesterfield County, Oasis Sports Park beckons to sportspeople of all stripes with a scenic complex of family-friendly, recreational attractions. The centerpiece of the entire park, its nine-hole, par 3 course, challenges players with bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways and roughs. With tee-to-green distances ranging from 75–175 yards, the course features enough variety for players to dig deep into their repertoire of short-irons, mid-irons, and bedazzled parade scepters. Bunkers enshroud the five target greens at the Park’s 10,000 square-yard driving range, raising the stakes on practice shots as players swing freely from Bermuda grass hitting areas or covered, heated stalls. The Park also encompasses an 18-hole miniature golf course and a nine-station batting cage, where mechanical pitchers hurl baseballs up to 70 mph to simulate the experience of dodging a tiny meteor.
At Rockwood Golf Park, groups seeking family-friendly fun are met with a driving range, batting cages, and a miniature golf course. They can putt past nefarious ponds and stroll over bridges during mini golf, with all-day access. Or they can retreat to the batting cages, where the pitching machines accommodate all with variable speeds. Or they can practice their drives on the range, hitting balls from one of 25 covered and heated stations.
It's an impressive achievement. Somehow, Central Park Funland has figured out the exact formula for fun for the whole family. Take more than seven acres of indoor and outdoor space. Add more than 20 rides and attractions?and then find even more room for 100 video and redemption arcade games. The end result: more than 100,000 guests a year of all ages and 364 days of nonstop laughter and glee.
Outdoor attractions welcome visitors to the park during warmer months, and oftentimes that includes the heart-pumping roar of go-karts, which zoom around tracks at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Other areas contain carnival classics such as the Tilt-a-Whirl as well as a souped-up, adrenaline-packed take on the ferris wheel: the Rock-O-Plane, where each rider's gondola spins upside down.
While mini golf and the other outdoor activities take breaks for snowy weather or the occasional meatball storm, the fun never stops indoors. Here, a futuristic landscape spreads over a laser tag arena, and rock climbing walls stretch toward the ceiling?yet that's still only the beginning. Perhaps it's best to grab some pizza at the cafe and plan out the day's agenda.
Glowing boundary rails line the pitch-black corridors of Lunar Mini Golf's putting surfaces, guiding mini golfers and their orbs across a black-lit dreamscape surrounded by neon flourishes. As players attempt to sink hole-in-ones, the vibrant course thwarts their efforts with topsy-turvy surfaces, jutting ridges, and a gallery of luminous animals and bug-eyed aliens whispering commentary from inside the walls. Guests can become mobile accoutrements in the phosphorescent scenery by snagging necklaces and other glow-in-the-dark knickknacks available for sale, helping players identify opponents' movements and accentuate celebratory dances with glow-stick flair. The course's darkened alleys provide fun, casual outings for players of all abilities, as well as an eclectic venue for the birthday parties of future adults.
It?s 1:29 p.m. and the wave pool at Great Waves Waterpark has been calm for nine minutes. The mood on the surface, however, is anything but. An anticipatory energy has been transmitted through the water as sunbathers migrate from the sun deck, giddy youngsters from the various kids? areas, and thrill seekers from one of the park?s waterslides. The anticipation ends at 1:30 p.m. when three 80-horsepower motors begin to churn the large fans that whip the pool?s 475,000 gallons of water into waves as high as four feet for 10 minutes. This increment of waves?10 minutes on, 10 minutes off?runs like clockwork at the 20-acre facility, which also features dry attractions such as miniature golf, batting cages, and grassy areas for practicing the backstroke.
In addition to offering sun-soaked thrills of simulated waves, the park's Paradise Play boasts 30-foot slides, pogo sticks, rock walls, and a non-aqueous playground area. A faux beach with sand invites revelers to unwind while snacking on a funnel cake purchased from Riptide Caf?, while a nearby play pool with pint-sized slides lets little riders get into the summertime mix. After a full day of sliding and swimming, guests may purchase souvenirs from the Shark Shack gift shop.
Both the Lynchburg and Roanoke locations have year round batting cages, 36 holes of championship miniature golf, the best gameroom around with the largest prize center in the area. The Lynchburg facility has go-karts and bumper boats.