It’s not every day that you can witness 30 million dollars all in one room. But at Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue, visitors move through an extensive array of rare roadsters, muscle cars, and Formula cars valued at eight figures. After a successful, self-made career in business, founder Dick Marconi decided to give back, donating his personal collection of automobiles to create the museum. Each specimen reflects a piece of racing lore; you'll find historic racecars piloted by Keke Rosberg, Mario Andretti, and Michael Schumacher.
The museum serves a multi-purpose—to share Marconi’s glittering display of high-performance vehicles with the public, and to support local charities. Proceeds from admissions and special events at the museum go toward the Marconi Foundation for Kids, which supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among other children's groups. The museum’s yearly Fight Night fundraising event draws stars such as Oscar de la Hoya and the dashboard hula dancer.
Holiday Skate Center equips roller-skating enthusiasts of all ages with eight-wheeled action during themed skating sessions. Pairs of clean, rink-ready roller skates (a $3 value per pair) propel all ages of wheeled crusaders through Flashback Skate Night ($6 admission), a musical time warp featuring '70s, '80s, and '90s tunes, offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Age-specific skating sessions including Club Skate Night ($7.50 admission), offered on Friday nights for middle- and high-school-age students, and adult evening skate ($6.50 admission), a Wednesday-night event for ages 18 and older, are geared toward older ages and don’t necessarily include daytime activities such as the hokey pokey, the limbo, or naptime. Check out the website for a full schedule of roller-rink events. After ripping around the rink in an exact replication of Ben Franklin's first trip to Paris, hit up the snack bar for complimentary large sodas (a $2 value each) and bags of popcorn (a $1.25 value each) to refuel.
"Shake it!" your headset blares as you push on the jet's throttle. Your nose tips, the ground becomes a wall, and you're diving in a last-ditch effort to lose the fighter behind you. Its shots go wide and it swoops overhead, leaving you to level out just as the radio tower ends the dogfight: "Knock it off, knock it off." With your wheels back on the ground, you step out of the simulator's cockpit and catch your friend’s eye: Missed me.
At Flightdeck Air Combat Center, aerial battles between friends take place on the ground. The screens of nine authentic military fighter-jet simulators broadcast the same views a pilot might see while soaring at 600 knots. Though the simulators remain on the ground, all the controls, radio orders, and UFO weigh stations mirror those encountered on an actual flight. People may come in with a friend or with a party, where guests and friends target one another during virtual missions, from the introductory Fox-1 experience to the three-hour Viper-1 course, which covers advanced topics such as missile avoidance. After team-building events, participants can even receive personalized dog tags as souvenirs.
Flightdeck Air Combat Center also has an exact replica of a Boeing 737-700 cockpit. Inside, a 180-degree wraparound screen transports pilots to airport runways from around the world. Commercial-flight drills present common challenges such as piloting through turbulence and wiping spilled coffee off the controls, testing visitors between their takeoff and landing.
Operated by a staff of skating enthusiasts, The 949 Roller Hockey Center supplies a safe and thrilling wheel-whirling experience for skaters of all ages. After lacing up a sleek pair of clean, rentable rollers, customers can meet a need for grounded speed by racing their friends, playing roller tag, or attempting to be the first skater to break the sound barrier. After open skate, drained wheel jockeys can replenish their stomach tanks at the snack bar or vie for video-game glory in the quarters arcade (not included with this Groupon).
Today's fast-paced society asks us to race to the water cooler, the cupcake table, and the closet that stores sweaty wrestling singlets. Today's Groupon returns racing to its original form with two high-speed kart races at Dromo One for $20. Train like a professional kartist before embracing your inner velocity and fondness for competitive lap navigation.
UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes by location to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks. UltraStar Play it Again Cinemas also offers a selection of Hollywood hits for patrons to enjoy in high-back reclining chairs alongside snacks from the concession stand.