Called America's Best New Public Course Under $75 in 2006 by Golf Digest, King Carter’s course of scenic fairways and championship tees challenges ball-smackers of every strength. Up to two golfers can club through King Carter’s par 71 greenery (up to $49 value each), which features up to 6,818 yards of majestic vineyard views. King Carter’s Old World–inspired course design invites golfers with its natural woods, glistening streams, dramatic contours, and sand traps hosting life-size dioramas of The Iliad. Game-day golfers will also receive two small buckets of range balls (a $3 value each) to practice at King Carter’s 20 station tees and short-game area, plus a cart for cruising the fairways. After swinging their way across the well-tended turf, metal-rod-wielders can mend fatigued physiques with a meal fit for a summer camper: chips, a bottle of soda, and a choice of a hot dog, hamburger, or cheeseburger (an $8 value).
For most, a cardboard box is something to recycle, but for some, it's the foundation of a trusty racing vessel. That's because to compete in the Williamsburg Jaycees Cardboard Boat Regatta, crew members must build a boat out of corrugated cardboard, simple adhesives and paint, and race it on the Yorktown waterfront. A pair of shipmates bring their vessels to The Watermen's Museum, lower them into the murky depths, and paddle with all their might. The race awards grand prizes in four categories: fastest finish, best sinking, best design, and pirate--wherein participants battle with water guns, trash-talking parrots, and buckets to stall their opponents while they paddle for toward the finish line. Proceeds from the race go to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula.
World Champion TaeKwonDo's seasoned instructors introduce the classic Korean martial art to all ages. Their training programs include classes for kids and adults, as well as a family program for parents and their children. The classes don't just teach self-defense; they also imbue important life skills such as focus, respect, and the confidence to tell a bully that they have a lovely singing voice.
Swamp Paintball Park unleashes recreational combat across more than 40 acres of terrain. Its fields encompass multiple forms of paintball, including scenario games, woods ball, and speed ball for those seeking out adventure. Those who show up unarmed can outfit themselves in rental packages that include Tippman '98 markers, masks, and all-day air refills, which is easier than performing CPR on the air tank in between shots.
The friendly staffers at Bounce House's multiple Virginia locales breathe new life into the term sock hop, as well as lots of air into inflatable play surfaces. During Open Jump sessions and birthday parties, sock-clad moppets aged 1–12 can hop to their heels’ content across a cadre of themed inflatables, which catapult youngsters into TV-station simulacra and onto the surface of an air-hockey machine. As parents supervise, they can compare their children's bouncing with that of the stock market using complimentary WiFi. Each Bounce House fuels fun by keeping its snack bar fully stocked.
Amid all the indoor turf-sports fields of the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex, there's one dark maze that's lit by black lights and glowing neon walls alone. In this shadowy space, players blast beams of light from their lasers, engaging in team combat and open play inside a 5,700-square-foot, space-themed arena. They dodge behind glowing wall lights, illuminated mock computer screens, and walls painted to resemble metal and rivets. Players as young as 5 can navigate the arena's black-lit halls, while the staff helps keep competition friendly during open play and birthday parties.