Since 1928, Camp Menominee has been making summers fun and memorable for kids who visit the family-owned camp. Suited for boys of all ages, the camp strives to teach young men the importance of a good attitude, determination, and leadership through a wide variety of fun activities. Stays range from four days to eight weeks, giving young men just enough time to make lasting friendships or forget that school exists. A traditional camp with plenty of individual and team sports, Menominee has a focus on good sportsmanship and healthy competition while also practicing acceptance and positivity.
Whether grabbing a few friends or gathering the whole family, bowling alleys offer the quintessential fun evening out, and Skipp's Bowling Center ensures that groups have a great night. Black lights serve as the only light source on select nights, during which bowling balls glow as they streak down the lanes. The staff happily puts bumpers in lanes for newbie bowlers, or blindfolds pro bowlers for an added challenge. At the bar, drinks pour freely and, inside the game room, kids and adults alike can send balls scattering across a pool table or hit the track in racing games.
Rain, shine, or 6 inches of snow?groups can head to Big Dog Adventure Park's sprawling outdoor fields for high-octane games of paintball and laser tag. Spread across 100 acres, the fields cover varied terrain, incorporating both wide-open land and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering. Players get onto the fields in games of classic Capture the Flag?or funkier face-offs such as Steal the Bacon?after renting their gear onsite.
One of the only golf courses of its type in the Midwest, the sprawling, lake-fronted Castle Course replicates some of the game’s best-known layouts. Golfers compete against imaginary PGA rivals on meticulous reproductions of seven legendary holes, including the 13th hole at Augusta National, and the water-surrounded, Nessie-guarded 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. You and a companion roll from dream link to dream link in an included cart, equipped with GPS to ensure foolproof navigation, and, should that fail, plenty of practice balls to act as more durable bread crumbs.
The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.
Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II?era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits??which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers??through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.
Harry Houdini was legendary for his daring escapes, but he's still never escaped the public's imagination. To wit: AKA Houdini, whose artifacts offer a hands-on glimpse into some of his most infamous tricks. Along with the Appleton-raised illusionist, The History Museum at the Castle's award-winning exhibits focus on other notable Fox Valley natives, including Senator Joseph McCarthy. Dating back to the 1840s, the museum's collection of Fox Valley artifacts includes 35,000 photographs and 20,000 pieces, such as parts of a vintage gas station. At an exhibit tracing the origins of the area's most famous foods, such as frozen custard and fish fries, visitors can even spear sturgeons inside a life-size virtual ice shanty.
These pieces of Fox Valley history are housed inside a Masonic temple listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1923, the temple exemplifies the medieval, Norman Revival style with rough-hewn stone, vaulted ceilings, and fire-breathing dragons guarding its entrance. Designed as a community center, the temple continues to serve that function by hosting the museum's year-round events, including papermaking programs and magic workshops.