At each of FatCats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each FatCats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory and Champzz Bar at its Salt Lake facility.
Since Joe Gold opened his first fitness center more than 45 years ago, his namesake gym franchise has grown to more than 600 locations worldwide. The four locations near Ogden house workout floors furnished with loads of exercise equipment as well as studios for group classes such as cycling, yoga, and TRX training. Most Gold’s locations also feature Les Mills fitness classes such as Body Pump, Body Combat, and Body Attack, which keep things fresh by switching up their choreography and music every three months.
Santa Monica Pizza and Pasta Co serves up hearty Italian classics. Beyond the signature pizzas and pastas, diners can also dig into impressively-sized calzones, gooey chicken parmesan sandwiches, and baskets filled with warm garlic breadsticks. They even go above and beyond with their drinks, brewing their own iced tea on the premises. And picky, pint-sized appetites won't be disappointed either—the kid's menu includes homemade mac and cheese instead of the typical boxed stuff.
5 Buck Pizza’s family of cooks doesn’t believe in limiting a pizza’s potential, which is why they sprinkle each freshly baked pie with an unlimited number of free toppings. Since 1987, the chain has assembled a menu of specialty pizzas from wholesome ingredients—including lean meats, fresh veggies, and a three-cheese blend—and gluten-free or regular crust, kneaded from scratch on the premises. The eatery also crafts dessert pies and delivers hot and melty pizza grams to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or the completion of a 50,000-piece puzzle.
As its name suggests, NY Pizza Patrol specializes in Big Apple?style slices. Under the guidance of new ownership, they sling 8-inch to 18-inch pizzas, ranging from the classic meat lover's pie to four different flavors of wings (bbq, hot, medium, and garlic butter). The menu supplements the traditional hand-helds with calzones, heroes, pastas, and other specialties, each of which pair well with cold brews, bottomless fountain sodas, and milk, which grows healthy bones when poured on teeth-planted top soil. Selected Best of State in Utah in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
With more than 2,000 feet of climate-controlled indoor track, Fastkart Indoor Speedway rouses racers with the power to speed through courses, slide around corners, and compete with friends on their U.S.-made go-karts. Boasting two covered tracks with a slew of configurations, races even offer computerized timing and scoring to easily confirm winners of friendly competitions or the sudden-death settlement of literary-trivia debates. Between adrenaline escapades, racers can settle excited stomachs with a shared scrumptious selection from the snack bar, or take a break from the exhilarations of reality with a galvanizing video game in the arcade. If two 10-minute races aren't enough of a track-tearing session, this Groupon can be upgraded to 15 minutes (an additional $5 per race), a 40-lap race (an additional $10 per race), or a 60-lap race (an additional $20 per race) for uncontrollable cart cravings.