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Inside Amhurst Asylum, which is rumored to have housed a real psychiatric hospital in the 1920s, things have gone terribly awry. Those who venture into its depths find remnants of what Dr. Amhurst was experimenting with before the asylum was shut down. His experiments were far ranging and often involved gruesome transplants of limbs and organs, all in the hopes of saving his wife from a degenerative disease. Some of his patients still roam the halls, and attempt to reclaim their phantom limbs from unsuspecting visitors in the asylum's darkest corners. The grounds are so scary, in fact, that only the most seasoned adventurers may enter—children younger than 10 aren't allowed in, and children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult or Poltergeist-protection vest.

228 South 500 West
Valparaiso,
IN
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A smattering of 20 sauces and seasonings dripping from handspun wings coats patrons' fingers as they cheer on their favorite professional sports teams broadcast on Buffalo Wild Wings' TVs. Eyes are torn between watching teams dribble a ball, shoot a puck, and land a grand jeté, and plates of plentiful wings, burgers, wraps, salads, and ribs. For more entertainment, trivia games exercise brains, and the Blazin' Challenge offers recognition for those brave enough to down a dozen wings slathered in the eatery's hottest sauce in 6 minutes.

212 Lincolnway
Valparaiso,
IN
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Cardinal Fitness provides a throng of workout amenities in a fully equipped epicenter of exercise. Bolster blood-pumping organs with sophisticated cardio equipment while buttressing biceps and shaping solar plexuses on top-notch strength-training equipment. Although Austrian bodybuilders have pumped the world's iron supply to dangerously low levels, Cardinal still provides enough of the strength-fortifying mineral for a wide array of free weights. Your personal training session will give you a jump-start at the gym and enhance subsequent workouts by providing you with information on the best exercises for your body, as well as individualized advice for achieving fitness goals.

1805 Lincolnway
Valparaiso,
IN
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On Zao Island's two 18-hole mini-golf courses, players will encounter more than 20 fountains, 10 waterfalls, and several suspended bridges. But by the last hole, all they'll remember is the 30-foot, three-story mountain looming over the course and the mighty dragon that perches atop it. While the mythical winged beast stands guard over Zao Island, 45 real alligators occupy its waters, waiting for visitors to feed them with one of the gator exhibit's poles. The island's jungle-themed, black-lit laser-tag arena is devoid of strange creatures, however—save for droves of laser-armed humans.

While players dodge lasers, slow pitches and fastballs whiz by inside Zao Island's batting cages. Speed is also the name of the game on the park's 1,100-foot-long go-kart track, whose twists and turns stretch across a wooden high rise. Inflatable slides, bounce houses, and a massive arcade complete with redemption prizes round out the fun center's potpourri of attractions. To reenergize after long days of play, visitors can gather at Colada's Pizza for a celebratory slice.

1050 Horse Prairie Ave
Valparaiso,
IN
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The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

2759 West Morthland Drive
Valparaiso,
IN
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Beneath their joke-slinging exterior, comedians can be fiercely competitive. When vying for club bookings or working material at open mic night, their desire to be the best bubbles up and sharpens their wit. So when Indiana Comedy Festival puts a $5,000 prize on the line, it turns the competition into a war. Across three weeks and 14 cities, 20 comedians fling their best anecdotes and observations to make it to the finals and get within a mic-stand's reach of the purse. These are no amateurs, however; many of the contestants boast credits from such programs as Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and The Bob and Tom Show.

104 Indiana Avenue
Valparaiso,
IN
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