An 8,000 square-foot skating rink, a full arcade, multiple bounce houses, and a brand-new laser tag arena--CJ's Xtreme Adventures boasts an entertainment venue for just about every member of the family. The owners invite kids and parents to come indulge in playtime amid their range of family-friendly activities. They host showdowns in the black light-lit laser tag arena, hand out prizes to arcade champions, and rent out both roller skates and blades to folks looking to take a spin around the rink. A full range of concessions including snacks and drinks fuels all of the fun.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: $13.00 unlimited laser-tag
Pro Tip: One stop trip to having a great time.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
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.
Stretching across more than a thousand acres at the foot of southern Indiana's Hoosier National Forest, Wilstem Ranch's rolling farmland is home to creeks, caves, natural-rock outcroppings, and more than 30 miles of woodland trails, marking it as an ideal family escape. A creek populated by small-mouth bass attracts local fishermen; wildflowers, native plants, and trees color the historic landscape in natural vegetation. Additionally, a variety of cabins—equipped with kitchens, hot tubs, and fireplaces—provide cozy accommodations year-round.
Then there's the zip lines. Tours send thrill-seekers flying across 4,000 feet of French Lick woodlands, experiencing unparalleled views and leaving squirrels chittering in jealousy. There are no ground landings on these canopy tours—each of the nine lines spans from platform to platform for maximum excitement.
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.
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.