As founder of Four Star Farm, Natalie Rooney Pitts instills proper horsemanship techniques in each rider, whether they’re saddling up for simple enjoyment or dreaming of one day prancing onto the Olympic podium. Natalie and her team of trainers introduce new equestrians to the sport via lessons that allow students of all ages and experience levels to take the reins without having to own their own enchanted rocking horse. Atop one of the farm’s fully trained mounts, pupils learn the techniques of English-style riding—including eventing, dressage, and show jumping—while building self-confidence and a mutual respect among man, animal, and belt buckle. The ranch also offers boarding and training services, and youngsters can take part in camps and club events offered throughout the year.
There isn’t just one way to skate around the rink at Cal Skate. In the midday, open skate welcomes folks of all ages and couples and adults can spark romance or freestyle under the glowing lights during the evening. The center is also home to the Resurrection Roller Girls, who dare both adults and youths to tap into their inner warriors at age-appropriate derby-training sessions. For birthday parties, the staff can set up a party room for you and your guests, complete with snacks and free gifts, and the DJ will play your birthday song request—as long as it’s not “The Song that Never Ends.”
The striped barriers hugging the edges of Driven Raceway’s winding track quickly mutate into a black-and-red blur as emission-free electric go-karts zoom around it at speeds of up to 45 mph. Though the vehicles' superb cornering and speedy acceleration respond swiftly to their drivers' actions, the staff also mans electronic controls that can override their commands, minimizing the risk of colliding karts and clashing radio stations. Off the track, the center maintains the racing theme, peppering the mini-golf course with cars that glow under black lights and painting checkered-flag lines on each of the bowling alley's lanes.
Double Decker powers its ball returns and lights its 50 slick boulder-tossing lanes with energy harnessed by roof-mounted solar panels. After slipping on rented shoes, party members stake their two-hour claim on a lane boasting automatic scoreboards, bumpers, and color commentary from retired pins. Trounce hunger with one large pizza ($12) and a pitcher of soda ($5), or unwind between frames in a lounge area replete with big screen TVs, a full service bar, and pool tables.
The only way to surpass the majesty of a horseback ride on a beach is to steer your stallion to a moonlit landscape, that or to master the french horn while in the saddle. No matter your riding experience, Bad Boy Cowboys has got a steed for you and a scenic spot to ride it. On Doran Beach riders will delight at an ecosystem teeming with avian and marine wildlife, and on the ranch advanced riders can enjoy a serene twilight ride. Bad Boy Cowboys also offer adventure trail rides through other locales on demand.