The Olympics kicked off in Beijing, China, today, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably itching to get out and test your own athletic prowess.
(If you’re anything like me, you’ll also be a bit disappointed when you’re not an instant pro at the first thing you try…but I digress.)
Below, we’ve rounded up 11 athletic experiences that you can do indoors in Huntsville right now.
Golf while shielded from the elements
At Topgolf, show off your golf acumen with 11 different games designed for a range of skill levels. You’re likely to find something for every experience level, from beginner to seasoned pro.
X-Golf is an indoor golf simulator where you can practice your swing in climate-controlled virtual reality. Want a competitive edge? Book a private lesson with an X-Golf coach and impress your friends with your newfound golf skills.
Game at new- and old-school arcades
3. Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s in MidCity might just be the sports bar and gaming combo you’ve been looking for. Try your hand at virtual reality gaming, or simply hang out and cheer on your favorite team.
4. Pints and Pixels
If an old-school arcade experience is what you’re looking for, Pints and Pixels should be right up your alley. With a collection of classics like themed pinball, skee-ball, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong and a bar with 40 taps of craft beer and wine, you might be surprised how much time you can spend there.
Test your axe-throwing prowess
5. Bad Axe Throwing
If you’re with a big group, make sure to reserve a lane at Bad Axe Throwing downtown. For groups of three or less, walk-ins are accepted during walk-in hours, which change often but are posted online.
6. Civil Axe Throwing
Civil Axe Throwing is located at Campus 805. No food or drink is served, but they encourage you to bring your own snacks, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks—why not grab a bite at Hops N Guac, Ale’s Kitchen or one of Campus 805’s other restaurants first? Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes.
Bowl a strike
7. Stars and Strikes
Stars and Strikes is a bowling alley and family entertainment center with traditional bowling, games, an arcade and more. The Huntsville location also has axe throwing, escape rooms, bumper cars, virtual reality and laser tag if bowling isn’t your thing.
8. Main Event (coming soon)
Sit back and cheer on someone else
9. Huntsville Havoc
Don’t underestimate the fun of minor league sports. The Huntsville Havoc, North Alabama’s hockey team since the early 2000s, is currently ranked second in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Buy tickets online and support some local athletes.
- Address: The Havoc’s home field is Propst Arena, 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
10-11. College basketball
College basketball is in season too; cheer on the teams from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Alabama A&M. Find tickets and more information on each team’s website.
- Address: Spragins Hall, 205 Spragins Hall, Huntsville, AL 35899
- Address: T.M. Elmore Gym, 4900 Meridian St N, Normal, AL 35762
For our friends in other parts of the state, check out these experiences in Birmingham.