The 600-acre park plays host to visitors who drive through the more than four miles of winding grounds to catch up-close glimpses of its inhabitants—over 550 wild animals from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Bison, zebras, and giraffes roam the wide-open surroundings, living in harmony with tigers, lions, and bears. Founded by Frank Hart in 1972, the park has helped to protect endangered species while educating the public about them and their important roles in the fragile ecosystem. Visitors can make arrangements for private and personalized animal encounters as well as visit the safari village zoo, botanical gardens, and gift shop.
Seventy-five years separate Watson Ranch Golf’s front and back nines, which billow across an undulating parcel of wooded terrain just east of the Coos River. Known as Coos Country Club when it opened for play in 1923, the course’s original nine holes were designed by H. Chandler Egan. A successful amateur golfer himself, his idea of a proper introduction was welcoming players with a pair of stiff par 5s. While Mr. Egan would go on to redesign the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links just six years later, Watson Ranch Golf remained a 9-hole course until 1998, when it sprouted a back nine. Today, the 18-hole course also incorporates a driving range, a chipping area, and two practice putting greens where golfers can limber up before acquainting themselves with Mr. Egan’s opening holes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,402 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
North Bend Lanes has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. But things have changed considerably in that time, including the $100,000 worth of sound and light equipment ownership has added to the space. The center takes on many personalities; there's a more serious atmosphere during league play, a family vibe during public bowling, and the psychedelic landscape of cosmic bowl with glow-in-the-dark colors and thumping music. Back Alley Pub & Grill, meanwhile, keeps parties fueled with homemade pizzas and burgers, a full bar including micro beers on tap, and video lottery games.