Summer is here! And while spending time in the great outdoors is good for the soul – sometimes, you need a retreat from the heat (or the rainy weather). Whether you’re planning a date night, girls’ night – or simply looking to gather with friends to have some fun, these hot spots will have you itching to “get in the game.”

The Rec Room – 8 North Village Way Park Place, Barrie
Looking for good eats and entertainment? Visit the Rec Room in Barrie. With over 32,000 square feet of arcade games, games tables, and dining space – The Rec Room feels like a mini Disney…but for adults. Enjoy Canadian-inspired food, live entertainment, ping pong, virtual reality, and classic arcade games in this one-stop shop for fun.

Zenith Escape Rooms – 431 Bayview Dr. Unit 4-5, Barrie
Time to put on your thinking caps! Do you have what it takes to escape? Using mind, skill, and imagination, you and your team have only 60-minutes to break the code and escape your room. Navigate riddles and puzzles, look for clues, and overcome challenges as a team. With four rooms ranging in levels of difficulty, Zenith is perfect for beginners to the most advance escape artists. Games are $25 per person.

Last Level Arcade Lounge – 72 Dunlop Street East, Barrie
It’s time for a way-back play-back! Enjoy the nostalgia of your childhood as you play retro arcade games like Pac-man, Donkey Kong, and Mario Kart. There are also table games like pinball and foosball. Hungry? Don’t worry, there are drinks and eats available. Pizzas, fries, and crepes courtesy of Chavo Crepes. Retro cocktails suit the vibe. Adults only after 8 p.m. and private bookings are available.

Ax Men – 5 Ontario Street, Unit C, Orillia
Axes aren’t just for chopping wood. Throw axes (or knives) at Ax Men in Orillia. Or – if you really want to let some steam off, try the rage room (which is exactly like it sounds). You get a half-hour to break
as much stuff as you want. The best part? Someone else has to do
the cleanup.

Casino Rama – 5899 Rama Road, RAMA
Featuring 49 gaming tables, including six poker tables and over 1,780 slots, Casino Rama Resort offers it all! Although well known for its top-notch entertainment, Casino Rama has a hotel, spa, meeting and event space, and nine restaurants. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it truly is a mini-Vegas, baby!

Gateway Casinos & Georgian Downs
7485 5th Side Road, Innisfil

For a simple gaming experience, Gateway Casinos is a perfect stop. Re-open after a COVID hiatus; guests can enjoy over 25 live game tables and more than 900 slots. Let’s see you roll some sevens!

Live Racing returned in June and will run through July and August on Tuesdays, Saturdays at 7:15pm and Sundays at 6:00pm. Georgian Downs will hold qualifiers each Saturday at 5:00 pm and the track will be open for training on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Unfortunately, the dining room isn’t open for the season, but you can still get out and enjoy the races!

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