Racers fly over the European-style road course, whipping past red-and-black boundaries as they maneuver in and out of the turns and straightaways. While they jockey for position and widen the gap between them and the competition, they listen to the race coverage on their radio helmets, striving to improve on their last lap time by cracking a whip over their engines until they gallop up to 40 miles per hour. This is the Andretti Challenge, one of five go-kart tracks within the six-acre Andretti Thrill Park.
The park’s attractions span amusements for nearly every age, from tyke-friendly fun on Rookie Row to single and double karts on the Super Speedway. The park also encompasses nonmotorized fun, such as the Andretti Edge climbing wall, mini bowling, and a tokenless, card-based arcade. And as expected at any family amusement park, Andretti's staff includes a team dedicated to handling parties so that parents don't have to sneak into the park at midnight and power the arcade with their car battery. This scope and quality of entertainment earned Andretti Thrill Park the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best of Melbourne Award: Amusement Parks from the US Commerce Association.
Safari Mini Golf & Games curates friendly competition with more than two acres of tropical parkland that encompasses a 36-hole miniature golf course and four batting cages. Vibrant palms, streams, and waterfalls line the miniature golf course, creating a safari-like habitat for life-size statues of elephants, monkeys, and other exotic creatures along the way. The piercing timbre of sharp line-drives resonates from four batting cages, where cyborg pitchers contemplate charging the plate as they paint the strike zone with high-arcing softballs and baseballs hurled at speeds between 35 and 60 mph. Competitive appetites can find relief in the arcade, where guests seek out goals on the foosball pitch, square off in the digital realm of video games, or display their dominion over sugar by vanquishing scoops of Blue Bell ice cream.
Owned by and named after the former Red Sox outfielder, Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park entertains activity-deprived clans with a fully loaded complex of outdoor amusement for all ages. The synthetic green lawn of his mini-golf course snakes along a chain of 19 holes shaded by a canopy of palm trees and emerald markers. Children younger than 10 can expel energy that they held back while focusing on putts on the red, wooden jungle gym, while cars wait patiently in free parking spaces. Though not included in today's Groupon, the park also staffs eight batting cages, a paintball field, go-karts, a fish-feeding dock, an arcade, and a snack bar to further flesh out afternoons.
Castle Golf plunges putters into lush tropical foliage to hunt holes in one. Majestically counterbalancing the jungle atmosphere created by colorful native flowers, plants, and trees, medieval-themed touches dot the 18-hole course, including knights, gargoyles, and rope-lined bridges. Challenge three friends to a game in the bright Florida sunshine, convene a pack of werewolves for a moonlit stroll among twinkling lights that bounce off pools and waterfalls, or keep all four admissions for yourself on solo outings. Players can also watch the local wildlife that wanders over from nearby Lakes Park, including ducks, birds, fish, and nature-documentary filmmakers dressed as gorillas.
Pirate's Island and Pirate's Cove plunge putters deep into a thicket of thieving pirates, buried treasure, and stowaways tangled in rigging. Players select an appropriately sized putting club and a golf ball of any color, asserting individuality while creating polychromatic turf art. Putt through two 18-hole courses (one at the Daytona Beach Shores location), skirting shimmering waterfalls that conceal skeletons and spelunking convocations behind translucent veils. The golf course abuts a glorious gift shop, and snacks are available for additional gold.
Shell Factory and Nature Park's 18-acre grounds hold diverse attractions for all ages, including a nature park with more than 350 animals, a seashell replica of All Saints Church, and the sprawling Doggy Heaven dog park. At the 2.5-acre nature park, visitors come face-to-face with animals from across the globe, including alligators, raccoons, Middle Eastern geckos, and indigenous aquatic life. Birds soar overhead in the aviary and tortoises roam freely, waiting for guests to feed them snacks and listen to their stories about growing up during the Hoover presidency. Children can ruffle the coats of goats and sheep at the petting farm or toss a gator biscuit to hungry 7'–9' alligators.
At the fun park, feed fish from inside a paddleboat, collide into one another on bumper boats, and compete in 18-hole games of mini-golf. The park’s Doggy Heaven abounds with open spaces in which pups can swim and run around; dogs are welcome into most attractions at the Shell Factory and Nature Park, including some of the various cafes, which serve dog treats alongside human eats.
The Shell Factory retail shop houses a stunning collection of seashells, coral, and fossils for visitors to take home. Its year-round Christmas shop houses yuletide collectables, even in the summer months. While on the premises, guests can ferret out pirate treasure at the Pirates' Cove or explore a large display of taxidermied animals.
A fog-filled laser tag arena. A bowling alley with 48 computerized lanes. A nine-hole mini-golf course. Superplay USA collects a wide range of family friendly activities inside a 70,000-square foot fun complex. Bowlers can take turns obliterating pins during sessions played by the game or by the hour. Cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights further intensifies the 10-pin action by bathing the alley in black light that makes the lanes glow and reveals which bowling balls are really alien eggs. Galactic laser tag drops players into a fog-filled arena lit by strobe lights, where the sound of sci-fi music masks the footsteps of other players. The nine-hole mini-golf course punishes poorly aimed shots with bumps, secret alleys, and sharp turns. Kids can also work themselves into a frenzy inside Superplay's giant arcade and cool down over a burger from Duffy's Sports Grill.