Hot air balloons float into the air from Balloon Quest's idyllic launch location, taking guests on a bird's-eye tour of a stunning natural expanse studded with hills and lakes. Experienced pilots guide the rainbow-colored orbs on languorous tours, sweeping balloons' teardrop-shaped shadows over hills, dales, and the on-site mini-golf course. After their aerial tour, visitors can linger at Balloon Quest for a picnic on the grounds or a thought-provoking discussion of their top 10 favorite gravity-defying experiences. While flights are made year-round, Balloon Quest has very specific weather guidelines for flying, and rescheduling may be common.
Initially conceived of in 1987 as a way for an avid paintball player and his friends to acquire discounted merchandise, Lone Wolf Paintball swiftly evolved into a multi-location business throughout Michigan. One year after opening, Bristol Apple Orchard in Almont accommodated the budding business with its first playing field. These days, an indoor field allows for year-round paintball. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility encompasses a speedball field with artificial turf, which spectators can observe from viewing areas including a second-story observation deck. Referees ensure that each player competes safely.
Evolution Sportsplex’s dome structure houses 60,000 square feet of artificial turf, which doubles as an athletics field and an indoor driving range. There, as well as outdoors, a golfer can improve their swing, thereby eliminating the need for the pneumatic hammer taped to the end of their club. Visitors can also putt their way through a manicured miniature-golf course peppered with shady trees and refuel at the concession stand before hitting the indoor field, which can be converted for sports ranging from football to softball.
Chris Laske and Mike Dowdy started wakeboarding when they were teenagers. Years later, after countless rides and competitions, they are far from bored with the sport, and at Wake Sessions they’ve branched out from wakeboarding into water skiing and other means of flying behind a motor boat. During the duo’s private and group lessons, their 2013 Malibu Wakesetter tears across Loon Lake, pulling veteran athletes and complete beginners alike. Like pretending to be a construction worker, wakeboarding is impossible without the proper gear, so the crew stocks equipment from high-caliber brands such as Hyperlite.
• For $20, you get two seats in section LTC10, RTC10, RT10, LT10, or RT11 (a $26.50 value before fees, or up to a $39.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $25, you get two seats in section LTC8, RTC8, LT8, or RT8 (a $36.50 value before fees, or up to a $50.20 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
An alley-splitting bowling ball crashes into the headpin, destroying a 10-pin triangle before automated pinsetters restore order in time for the next roll. Controlled chaos is the name of the game at Cherry Hill Lanes North, where guests compete on 36 Brunswick lanes equipped with an automatic scoring system. Those looking to unwind after a frame or toast an old pair of bowling shoes can indulge in nightly drink specials at the 11th Frame Sports Bar, a spot that also boasts pool tables and Saturday-night karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
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