Ballybunion Golf curates an approximately 340-yard range containing more than 60 practice tees to maximize days spent blowing off steam and rehearsing sending burdensome balls soaring. The area includes grass tees for those who like to stand on ground strands and heated stalls for golfing in the cold or unfreezing Brendan Fraser. A nearly 4,000-square-foot putting green, also on-site, allows patrons to hone their putting strokes in preparation for the big stage. Alternatively, the 18-hole Links of Ballybunion mini-golf course puts putters in contact with mini land-mass ridges and ardent obstacles before facing down the gauntlet of hounding media coverage.
With two NHL-size rinks, the arena provides ample space for skaters to show off, whether practicing for form, fun, or competition. During public skate, guests strap on rented skates and call every move they make a triple Salchow, while the rink's roster of skating classes provides students of all ages a chance to hone their figure-skating or hockey skills. Staff members also help guests throw parties to ring in birthdays or graduations deserving of celebration on freshly smoothed ice. Between classes or skate sessions, guests can also refuel at the snack stand with fresh-made popcorn as they gaze at displays of framed hockey jerseys signed by professional players.
League play, friendly outings, family birthdays—all happily coexist on Lakeside Lanes’ 32 lanes. Of these, 12 are equipped with bumpers for kids or adults who prefer to think of bowling as a giant game of billiards. After league play ends on Friday and Saturday nights, the music grows louder and black light bathes the lanes for cosmic bowling.
The attached restaurant, the Dockside Diner, isn’t particularly near any docks, but the “diner” part is more than accurate. A pair of sock-hoppers dance on the teal and purple striped walls, and chrome railings zip around a checker-tiled room where guests munch wings, burgers, and pizza. An arcade and game room adds more entertainment options with pool tables, darts, and video games.
Booming top 40 hits echo throughout Just for Fun Roller Rink’s two vast arenas, amping up the entertainment as skaters glide and showcase moves in open-skate sessions and parties. The glittering of disco balls and the surreal glow of black lights transform the colored wheels of rental roller skates, speed skates, or roller blades into vibrant blurs as they spin across polished floors. While smooth movers hold hands and stack themselves into speedy human pyramids, video-game enthusiasts can get their fix at the arcade games along the side of the rink, and food enthusiasts can whet their palate with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks. Come Saturday night, the rink transforms into a live-music venue for local bands, and on holidays and special occasions such as New Year's Eve, Halloween, and Insomniac-Appreciation Day it puts on all-night celebrations.
Rudolph Valentino DiTommaso has 5,000 growing children to look after. That's how many vines are on the viticulturist's estate, a 20-acre stretch of ripening grapes in Long Grove. Throughout the season, Rudolph and his team harvest their fruits and age their elixirs in barrels made of French and American oak to yield more than 20 types of wine, instead of just one weird smoothie. And they take just as much delight in showing off their libations as they do in making them. The vineyard regularly hosts seminars and tastings, which guests can pair with tours of the vineyard.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 20+ locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.
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