Four Indoor Adventures, One Facility in Lincoln
The complex houses indoor karting, paintball, bowling, bubble soccer, rock climbing, batting cages and an arcade.
When was the last time you had some heart-pumping, adrenaline-rushing, wholesome fun? If it was when you were a child, now’s the time to reclaim that feeling.
Located in an unassuming industrial complex at 100 Higginson Avenue in Lincoln are four self-contained facilities dedicated to adventure. Think indoor karting, paintball, bowling, bubble soccer (we’ll get to that), rock climbing, batting cages and even an arcade. The best part? It’s for kids of all ages (we’re looking at you, too-cool-for-anything teenagers, moms and dads, gal pals and grandparents).
The fun starts at BattlegroundZ with a wide array of activities. Test your mettle by playing Airsoft, a game that’s similar to paintball but with a team objective. Or, bring the whole family or a group of friends and play Knockerball, a version of soccer that involves wearing an inflatable bubble (for protection) and running into each other. You end up bouncing off one another and giggling your way to the ground. It also has an all-ages arcade, laser tag in a UV-lit arena, Nerf dart guns, classic paintball and a lower-impact version of paintball called Splatmaster for younger kids. All equipment rentals are available onsite. 305-3600, battlegroundz.net
A stone’s throw from BattlegroundZ is R1 Indoor Karting. Inside, there are two full-size racetracks: one for adults and one for kids. The karts are electric — so no fumes — and they speed on asphalt complete with straightaways, sharp turns, an overpass and various grades. In the expansive facility, there’s also an area for bowling, billiards and darts, and a restaurant that is slated to open this month. 721-5554, r1indoorkarting.com
While Lincoln Woods holds the unofficial title for best outdoor bouldering in Rhode Island, RI Rock Gym is one of only two indoor rock gyms in the state. Climbers from beginners to experts can find a wall for their skill level. There are also plenty of intro courses, an auto belay for those who prefer to climb alone and an intricate bouldering wall for those who can’t wait until spring to return to Lincoln Woods. 727-1704, rockspotclimbing.com
Spring training may only be one month away, but diehard baseball fans can still get their swing on at KR Baseball Academy. From batting cage rentals to hitting, pitching and catching clinics, all levels are welcome to learn from Ken Ryan (the KR in KR Baseball Academy) and a slew of other qualified instructors. Ryan is a former major league pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He’s taken his love for the game and redirected it toward teaching young, aspiring baseball players. 727-7555, krbaseball.com