Rather than resort to gasoline, steam, or sled dogs on summer vacation, Speed Raceway channels the power of electricity to fuel its go-karts. These neon-green vehicles don't sacrifice velocity for eco-friendliness—they hit speeds of up to 43 mph on the track and have even greater torque than their gas-dependent counterparts. They're not the stars at the F-1 style racing arena, though. That honor belongs to the drivers, who strive to lap each other during exhilarating races.
Almost anyone can zoom down the track in pursuit of first place. Adults enroll in 12- to 14-lap races, whereas juniors (guests 13 and younger) complete 9 laps in specialized go-karts. The raceway also hosts events such as birthday parties and corporate team-building sessions. Scores are posted after each race and online, encouraging drivers to practice and improve their times.
StarSportsUs celebrates the skill, speed, and athleticism of bat-based games such as baseball, softball, and catching a bat that’s flying around your cabin. This celebration manifests itself in the form of batting practice, a well-stocked pro shop, and expert coaching in cricket. At the indoor facility’s four well-lit lanes, visitors can fine-tune their pitching mechanics and batting stances or school themselves in the graceful movements necessary for becoming a cricket batsman. With extensive instructor certification and personal experience in the sport, cricket coaches Earl Daley and Malika Frank guide pupils in its finer points, helping them to build agility, strength, and self-confidence through regular warm-ups and practice. An emporium of cricket gear equips batsmen, bowlers, and wicketkeepers with bats, stumps, kit bags, and gloves from brands such as Slazenger, SG, and Kookaburra.
Founded by Spring Mill Country Club assistant golf professional Matthew Davis, OzGolf provides lessons to equip golfers of all skill levels with the tools and advice they need to play their best. Mr. Davis draws on his 12 years of experience teaching and playing competitively to help players shorten backswings, make solid contact with the ball, and learn how to hide an extra 9-iron up their sleeves. Each lesson includes an in-depth analysis of areas where players could use improvement, and customers walk away with a step-by-step guide to help them reach their goals. Any golfer who signs up for multiple individual lessons receives a 15-minute session with the V1 Pro video-analysis system, which breaks down biomechanic swing techniques.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
Patagonia Bar & Grill serves up a spread of international fare from multiple continents, from flaky fillets of African grouper to Argentine churrasco, creamy shrimp alfredo, and tangy Shanghai calamari. Brightly hued contemporary decor frames these cosmopolitan feasts with sunny yellows and oranges, and a full-service bar slings drinks as the wine list pairs dishes with fruity libations from vineyards in California, Argentina, Italy, and France. A brick-walled patio hosts occasional musical performances and live-action reenactments of famous Tetris games.
Though she worked as a graphic designer for more than 35 years, Tara M. Smith never considered herself an artist until she opened The Uncorked Artist, a casual salon where artists and locals of all experience levels come together to paint, drink, and unwind. The welcoming studio is stocked with all the painting essentials: smocks, brushes, canvases, paints, and bowls of fruit trying to launch their modeling careers. Though the studio does schedule open painting time, its staff of artists also leads painting classes, camps, and parties for adults and kids.