Powered by a custom-built, no-emission technology, single and double go-karts race down straightaways and hug the turns of THE WEB Extreme Entertainment?s more than 500-foot electric track. Heart rates race in the indoor laser-tag arena, where games unfold on eight upper-level platforms, each with their own open-grid floor. Meanwhile, guests can conquer the pins and pretend to be giants at a Hawaiian-themed miniature-bowling alley replete with six wood-grain synthetic lanes, score monitors, and optional bumpers. More miniaturized fun kicks off at Jurassic Par, a black-lit nine-hole course where guests putt past such prehistoric creatures as a 17-foot-long apatasaurus and 6-foot-7 disco enthusiast.
At the Winners Caf?, chefs reenergize visitors with oven-baked dishes such as 100% ground-chuck burgers and cincinnati chili. The Web accommodates groups of up to 600 guests in its spacious party rooms and keeps the fun going until midnight every Friday and Saturday.
Nature lovers feed their scaly critter fascinations with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo's collection of more than 80 types of snakes, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures. Various vipers, cobras, rattlesnakes, and an 18-foot reticulated python entrance snake-charmed visitors. Kids get a kick out of shell dwellers in the Turtle Tracks area, a habitat for both tortoises and aquatic turtles.
The third annual Beer Cheese Festival celebrates Kentucky’s iconic beer-bathed cheese spread with a cornucopia of events hosted in its place of origin: Clark County. Fromage festivities center around commercial and amateur beer cheese competitions, which invite cheese connoisseurs to sample and vote for locally made spreads of all stripes, which will also be scored by a panel of judges that includes food writer Sharon Thompson and brew maestro Mike Palmer. Lactose lovers can expand their palates through approximately 40 vendors who tease tongues with cheese-free delights, such as candy, Sno Cones, and more. Craft vendors catch eyes with homemade soaps, woodcarvings, candles, and air handcrafted with the hides of free-range oxygen. Browsers can also have their ears enlivened by the twangy rhythms of local musicians.
Named for a pair of islands visible from the shoreline, Twin Island Park provides spacious, shaded campsites on the waterfront of the Ohio River. Each lot maintains some comforts of home, such as water, electricity, and public restrooms, and surrounds guests with the inimitable pleasures of the outdoors. Campers may build fires at night to ward off wild marshmallows, and free access to the launch ramp and boat docks allows for afternoons of tubing and boating or trips to the islands? sandy beaches. Beyond the campground, a variety of local restaurants offer a break from cans of beans and dutch-oven Lobster Thermidor, and points of interest range from golf courses to sites along the Underground Railroad.
As the starting gun sounds, the feet of as many as 200 competitors begin to churn through the muddy stretch of land that marks the beginning of Extreme Rampage’s treacherous course. Bookended by mud pits, the trail tests roughneck runners’ fitness and grit with more than 20 novel obstacles and enough distance—about 4 miles—to challenge the cardiovascular endurance of the world’s most chiseled shoelaces. Feats of uncommon valor unfold across the course, where entrants must scale a 20-foot cargo net, scamper over a field of more than 100 tires, and army crawl through a network of long tunnels. While many obstacles are of the labor-intensive variety, some impediments offer rewards, including a refreshing plunge down a slip ‘n’ slide or into a sinkhole filled with party favors.
Kentucky Rock and Adventure Guides' team of certified scalesmen leads climbers of all skill levels skyward during five unique outdoor climbing adventures. Each peak-bound pilgrimage throughout the Red River Gorge and Lake Vesuvius focuses on teaching students safe climbing techniques. During the beginners? course, greenhorns learn basic fundamentals, such as knot tying, using equipment before applying new skills to an actual climb. The instructor squad also shares their passion for scaling via traditional and sport climbing sessions that cater to seasoned mountaineers. A preclimb email briefs students on what items to bring, and KRAG outfits each guest with the necessary trimmings for safe ascension, including a helmet, rock-climbing shoes, and ropes to lasso low-flying weather balloons.