Triple Crown Indoor Batting Cages' full-length batting cages combine to form a stomping ground for baseball and softball sluggers in training. With Triple Crown's open-area hitting facilities, players can fine-tune their swings and track hits off the bat to determine whether each hit is a dinker or an upper-decker. Players can enjoy the heckle-free training regimens of automatic-pitching machines, which can be set to to hurl either softballs or baseballs to prepare bat-wielders for spontaneous showdowns with rogue oranges.
Ballplayers of all stripes can train year-round at Extra Innings. The 20,500-square-foot indoor facility is equipped six multi-purpose tunnels, three pitching tunnels, and three coin-operated batting cages that can sling baseballs and softballs between 40–80 mph. Hitters can also perfect their swings in the training area, and can enlist extra help from one of Extra Innings' seasoned instructors. During hitting leagues, participants compete to see who can hit a can of corn highest without splattering it over the 24-foot ceilings.
For more than 30 years, Raceway to Fun's grounds have offered visitors six outlets for their adrenaline. Two miniature golf courses beckon players to putt their way around large rocks and down angled fairways or traverse bridges to strike through loops and other obstacles. In a pool, participants as young as six board colorful bumper boats whose guns can spray off even the most severe of grass stains. Nearby, sharp turns on a winding go-kart track challenge drivers behind the wheel of single or double-rider karts. Golfers at the driving range launch balls over green fields while sluggers stare into the eyes of 16 pitching machines at the batting cages. Visitors can engage in each activity until dusk, when the sun setting on the horizon and the sky fading to dark blue signal both closing time and the start of the man in the moon's terrible stand-up routine.
The instructors at Bodyblast Studio wrap fitness, personal growth, and entertainment into tidy one-hour classes centered on pole fitness, Latin-inspired dance moves, or competitive martial arts. Ladies-only pole-fitness classes utilize poles for leverage and stability as bodies swing and slide their way to a healthy sweat in routines designed to strengthen the core and upper body. Exercisers teach imaginary rivals a lesson they won’t soon forget as they pummel the air with swift kicks and punches in tae kwon do classes, and hearts race through the hip-churning steps of Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes. For a more calming exercise, balance a lopsided aura with a Vinyasa flow yoga class that links mind and body with conscious breathing.
A spring-loaded hardwood aerobic floor keeps steps peppy and reduces strain on joints during all-out workouts or dance sessions. Brass poles and glossy kettlebells reflect the colorful lights flashing overhead as hit dance tunes blast through the speakers of a full sound system.
There’s only one route to Summerland Family Fun Park’s heated pool: a 350-foot water slide (that opens in mid-June). Summerland’s other pool is accessible via bumper boats, but not all the activities are so water-centric. The park also boasts a Grand Prix track for go-karts and Indy karts, bear- and lake-themed 18-hole courses, Kid Kountry for the younger ones, and a host of other attractions ranging from batting cages to an arcade. A concessions stand helps reenergize guests' motherboards between activities with snacks such as pizza, slushies, and ice cream sundaes. Summerland Family Fun Park is located two miles east of St. Cloud on Highway 23.