Children and adults find plenty of merriment in the Putt Putt Fun Center's three 18-hole mini-golf courses and fleet of exciting arcade games. Patrons can go putter-to-putter in a round of 18-hole mini golf, ideal for family fun and teaching children to pity their elders by letting them win. A satchel’s worth of arcade tokens promises a good time in the game gallery, which boasts the ultimate test of skill at skee-ball machines. Gamers can then redeem their tickets in the prize center for stuffed animals, electronics, or the grand prize, a lecture about fiscal responsibility. Though not included in today's Groupon, the center also sates fun-fatigued appetites with a variety of treats and eats at its snack bar.
Rose Park's racquet club boasts 15 courts where both novices and veterans swing their strings toward tennis prestige. Rose Park members are exempt from the court fees traditionally levied by sweat-banded court trolls, allowing unfettered access during regular hours that last until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. on weekends. Members also get special savings on tennis lessons, including $15 off group sessions, and $3–$6 off individual individual instructionals. Through drills and exercises, the center's tennis pros will help you adjust your grip, tune your backhand, and enhance your spit serve until you dominate every rally. Professional purchasers enjoy 5%–10% off pro-shop merchandise with membership (discount depends on the item).
The 13-acre Abilene Zoo delights visitors with more than 600 animals from more than 200 species. Guests gaze upon bobcats, flamingos, and giraffes before visiting the new bird gardens, where road runners and burrowing owls face off in feather fluffing tournaments. The zoo participates in conservation efforts for African lions, black rhinos, and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as other threatened and endangered creatures, and the Abilene Reporter-News recently profiled their new horticulturist, who has helmed a “green renaissance” at the facility.
At Buffalo Gap Historic Village, wide-eyed visitors find themselves whisked back in time to turn-of-the-century Texas with a wealth of relics and historical landmarks dating back to the late 1800s. Complimentary guided-tour recordings accompany visitors as they explore elderly edifices, such as the home of Abilene’s first marshal, the two-room Cottonwood School, and the Taylor County Courthouse and Jail. Inside the agriculturally themed Wagon Barn are an antique carriage and a 1919 Model T hack, and the World War II-era doctor's office contains a collection of archaic medical instruments, inspiring visitors to compose heartfelt letters of appreciation to their anesthesiologists. Or peruse other turn-of-the-century relics, including a large Indian artifact and gun collection, a Western Cottage organ, and a framed copy of a time-traveling Michael J. Fox’s signature.
The Abilene Ruff Riders sate adrenaline-craving eyes with an action-packed arsenal of tackles and high-flying passes, while trampling their competition. Strap in for the inaugural home game against the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, which pits buck against bite in a pigskin brawl, and marks the Ruff Riders' first challenge since joining the Southern Indoor Football League in 2010. Ruff Riders' mascot Rowdy the cowboy joins forces with a squad of dancing temptresses to incite fanfare and woo the visiting team into confused complacency. Fans can color coordinate with red-section seats while imitating the players' red and black insignia, eliminating the need to display support by inflating hands with bicycle pumps. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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