Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much saltwater.
The Lakes Bar & Grille calms appetites with a menu comprising a wide variety of grilled meats, perfectly cooked seafood, and plentiful entrees. Blackberry chicken takes center stage by singing a song of house-made blackberry pan sauce, surrounded by a supporting cast of vegetables and a potato cameo ($15.95). Dine on the grill's most beloved staple, steak, with such succulent meat slabs as filet mignon seared in zip sauce and coated in herb butter ($23.95–$28.95) and16-ounce hand-cut delmonico steaks with all the fixings ($26.95). Pan-fried perch leap from griddles to plates in a magnificent display of annual migration, eager to reach their home in lakes of lemon butter and tartar sauce ($18.95). Combining the very best of water-based sports and artificial football fields, surf 'n' turf mac 'n' cheese piles plates with steak bits, lobster, and elbow macaroni ($15.95).
In Milford, good fun coupled with great eats means just one thing: HEAD FOR FORZA ASAP! This convivial sports bar and eatery offers a fine pub lineup of game-day favorites. From apps like Fried Ravioli, Mini Tacos and to Wings with fabulous dipping sauces, to ½-lb. 100% Angus Burgers and steaks. You won't be disappointed!
A boomerang is designed to come right back, but it only works if you throw it perfectly. In that way, the Australian toy makes a fitting logo for The Comeback Inn, since it reflects a commitment to quality food that keeps drawing diners back. That philosophy shines through in every item on the menu, whether it's a plateful of jumbo buffalo wings or a signature Highland Station sandwich, made with fresh pastrami, corned beef, and homemade coleslaw. Although the bulk of the menu is sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes also make an appearance, as do a fleet of pizzas—including a weekly changing specialty pie, just in case diners have memorized all five proteins on the Meat Meets Meat pizza.
However, there are more reasons to return to Comeback Inn than just food. The restaurant has drink specials and live entertainment several nights a week, including Monday's "My Trivia Live" with Devin, the resident Trivia Jockey. During summer months, Comeback Inn's parking lot transforms into a car show each Tuesday, complete with classic automobiles and live music.
Guests at The Blue Grill customize their own Mediterranean dishes. First, they decide on whether meals will be served in a pita wrap, rice bowl, salad, or edible pita bowl. Then come the meats and vegetables—fire-roasted beef shawarma seasoned with spices, chicken kebabs, crispy falafels, stuffed grape leaves, and spicy couscous. Housemade hummus and bake pita chips arrive on the side, if desired. The Grill staff also whips up raw juices, including a carrot-celery-apple mix that works to boost immune systems, unlike ice fishing from below the ice. The mix-and-match concept earned the eatery an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town..
Sports on the sand are a specialty at On the Dunes Sports—you can dive to return a volleyball or even chip out of a digital bunker when playing their golf simulators. There's a grid of 10 sand volleyball courts outside, plenty of space to play a game and give deflated balls a proper burial in the sand. The dunes also double as a training ground for weekly workouts, such as beach yoga and boot camp. Meanwhile, the eight golf simulators onsite can take you to any of 18 virtual courses. Hone your game with amenities such as swing analysis and an adjoining putting green. After any game, you can retire to the onsite restaurant for burgers, entrees, and cold buckets of beer.