For the weekend of January 4 and 5, the polo grounds transform into the Renaissance-era Village of Hopewell for The Villages Renaissance Faire. Down the dusty roads, vendors sell jewelry and wooden crafts, sword fighters entertain in a comedy show, and King Henry VIII enjoys a rousing joust. Throughout the day, patrons can also fill their stomachs with hearty fair foods, including massive roasted-turkey legs.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
The team of highly skilled trainers at Simplicity Stables promotes strong horse-rider relationships through lessons in the disciplines of English and Western riding. Students of all ages develop their saddle skills by first establishing a strong riding base and then moving forward to more advanced tactics, such as passing on the left during a buffalo stampede. The instructors approach safety with the utmost importance and bookend their riding lessons with instruction on how to groom, tack, and care for their horse.
The equestrians at Majestic Stables improve human-horse diplomacy through riding lessons, pony rides, summer camps, and boarding services. The stables’ instructors teach a variety of disciplines, including Western pleasure, English basics, and dressage. They also lead summer camps that invite riders ages 7 to 14 to learn the basics of English and Western riding, as well as the essential steps involved in grooming and feeding. Between educational endeavors, the Majestic Stables staff puts its energy into the on-site boarding facility—a 12-stable barn offering standard amenities such as fresh hay, warm blankets, and complimentary wake-up calls from squawking birds.
Carter Family Bowl & Pizzeria keeps bowlers' eyes and ears entertained with vibrant music and disco lights while their hands are busy knocking down pin after pin. Automatic scoring keeps track of the action on each of 20 lanes, and bumpers aid younger bowlers as they step up to the lane's home plate to punt for a goal. An onsite pro shop keeps customers in top form by souping up personal equipment with cleaning and drilling services. And at the pizzeria, a full menu of pies, appetizers, and desserts prevents bowlers' growling stomachs from being mistaken for lost, beloved schnauzers.
Pine flatwoods, 17 miles of trails, and a long stretch of shoreline characterize the 14,000-acre Rock Springs Run State Reserve, certified as a sand pine scrub ecoregion by the World Wildlife Fund. This diverse terrain awaits horseback riders as they push off from the trailhead alongside guides from Rock Springs Run Trail Rides. As guides lead the way, horseback riders can enjoy the sights and sounds of Florida's wilderness or their horse's passive-aggressive GPS directions. Newcomers and seasoned riders alike can also improve their saddle skills through lessons with the outfit's Lorrie Clark, who instructs riders on how to improve their horsemanship, English and Western riding technique, or basic horse care.