Nearly a decade ago, Rich Pawelk and his wife Terri Traen planted 300 apple trees on their 155-acre property, thus starting LuceLine Orchard. Since then, the land's harvest has grown to include seven varieties of apples, plus pumpkins, squash, and six acres of grape vineyards. But the rolling hills and produce-filled fields were too much for Rich and Terri to enjoy by themselves, so they decided to share their land with the community. People can explore the orchard?s trails by foot, bike, horse, or hovercraft, and take along binoculars for bird-watching stops. The orchard?s ?Mess Hall? cooks up Minnesota-made brats, burgers, hot and dogs cut in apple cider, as well as housemade apple slaw. Pumpkins of all sizes and apples plucked from the land transform into pies that customers can bring with them when they leave. After their food fix, guests can wander over towards the corn maze, petting zoo, kiddie train rides, and hay mountain.
White barns and rail fences sit atop the deep green hills and trees of the Minnetrista countryside, where Giddy Up Stables's trainer Christina Carl helps students form safe and understanding relationships with horses. Christina's teaching methods extend from the love and respect she has for her horses, and she focuses on teaching students balanced riding techniques. During lessons, students learn to control horses with their lower bodies while also making sure that the horses are confident and relaxed in their jobs. Giddy Up Stables hosts lessons for beginners in English and Western styles, and it also welcomes flocks of children throughout the summer for interactive camps. Riders visiting Giddy Up Stables must wear long pants, riding boots, and a helmet with colors that coordinate with their horse’s hoof manicure.
Action Packed Paintball?s combat settings in Jordan include eight outdoor fields designed for woodsball, urban combat, and speedball. The experienced staff can accommodate private reservations and walk-on games, and there is a spectator area for those who prefer to just watch the action. After differences are settled on the field, outdoor combatants can retreat to onsite grilling and picnic areas as well as indoor restrooms.
Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).
At AirMaxx Trampoline Park, age really does become just a number. Here, adults and teens giggle and frolic alongside their kid counterparts, channeling the unbridled energy stores from their youth years. The indoor facility houses multiple lanes of trampolines, which each incline into a slope at their trail's end, waiting to propel jumpers into spectacular flips and aerial tricks. In addition to family-friendly open-jump times, the facility dedicates late Friday nights to teen dates, filling the space with lower lights, louder music, and more regrettable haircuts. They also host arcade games, laser tag, and mini golf. During Maxxercise classes, the trampolines transform into workout havens as instructors lead sessions that combine aerobics moves with high-flying fun.