Designed by renowned course architect Edmund Ault in 1967, Christmas Lake Golf Course is a verdant haven carved out of rolling hills and lush valleys. Before tee time, shoulders and their owners can test out their oscillating aptitude by taking the included buckets of balls for a swing-honing ride on the driving range. Next, dynamic clubbing duos take to the links, perfecting their announcer stage whispers among the zoysia-grass tees and bent-grass greens as they comment on one another’s divot-repairing skills. Enjoy a speedy commute across the flat front nine or the hillier back nine aboard a motorized cart that carries heavy bags and ensures quick getaways from argyle-clad, fairway-dwelling hobgoblins. Postgame, weary wedge wielders can trek to the Club House for celebratory libations and victuals (costs not included in today’s Groupon).
The speedsters at French Lick/West Baden Indoor Karting organize action-packed go-kart races on a 1,250-foot indoor road course. The European-made Sodi Karts can ramp up to 40 mph; junior carts, which seat ages 8–13, max out at 20 mph, but they make up for the lower speed by causing everything else to move in slow motion. The Arrive & Drive heat race ($12 for adults, $10 for juniors) thrusts contestants into an eight-minute contest against as many as nine other drivers, all competing to win the favor of the timing system and power slide their way to the top of the list of fastest laps. Karters who opt for the membership crash into the world of karting with style, enjoying perks that include a free race, a helmet head sock, quantity discounted races, plus another free race during the week of their birthday.
Founded in 1961, the Indiana Railway Museum guides rail-hopping wayfarers on a historic tour along 10 miles of scenic railroad between French Lick and Cuzco. During the 1.75-hour round trip, passengers will visit wooden and limestone train stations from the early 1900s and look out onto historic pieces of rail equipment, such as steam locomotives and Theodore Roosevelt's experimental bourbon-powered bullet train. Throughout the journey, the French Lick Scenic Railway will pass through Hoosier National Forest and the 2,200-foot Burton tunnel before traveling along beauteous lakes and impressive limestone cuts created during John Henry's showdown against the 4G iHammer.
Big Splash Adventure immerses visitors in an environment rich in swashbuckling-themed aquatic attractions, onsite restaurants, and family-friendly accommodations. Under the protection of a retractable roof, the park's 40,000 square feet of pools, fountains, and aqueous playgrounds include a giant, water-dumping bucket in Buccaneer Bay and a twisting, enclosed water slide dubbed Pirate's Plunder. In the Palm Cove oasis, swimmers 18 and older can soak away tension or belly flop regret in the 99- to 101-degree bubbling hot tub.
Games covering 6,000 square feet await visitors in the Treasure Chest Arcade and three restaurants fuel entertainment with steak and seafood entrees, pizzas, and sandwiches. Each room features a 32-inch flat-screen television and wireless internet, and upgrades can grant guests amenities such as a microwave, refrigerator, and dining area, providing respite after a long day of dog paddling.
Engines roar as brightly colored go-karts modeled after real stock cars zip around the track at Fuzzy’s. After completing so many laps that eyebrows have doubled in volume, drivers can head over to softball and baseball batting cages that pitch orbs at up to four different speeds or explore the gently rolling hills of the miniature-golf course. Each rough ends in three holes, color-coded according to difficulty. Eye-hand coordination flourishes further amidst the arcade’s blips and beeps, inviting gamers to challenge each other to virtual racing or attempt to roll wooden orbs into distant skee-ball holes.
Located near Santa Claus, Indiana, Santa's Stables spreads holiday cheer year-round at its Christmas-themed barn. Framed with red eaves like Saint Nick's beach house, the barn houses a fleet of gentle horses along with Peaches the pony. Under the direction of seasoned guides, one to 10 visitors climb astride the steeds and trot along dirt and gravel trails for 15 or 45 minutes. The myriad paths, upon which horses safely stroll nose-to-tail, snake through flourishing plant life and incognito Christmas trees.