Channel Your Inner Katniss and Sling a Bow on Your Next Vacation

Channel your inner Katniss and try archery on your next trip. Or take lessons right here in New England. Murray Close/AP

Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) brings her bow back to theaters today for the third “Hunger Games’’ movie, “Mockingjay: Part 1.’’ How many of you secretly wish you could shoot arrows with her precision?

Archery outposts around the world have experienced a boost in interest since the first “Hunger Games’’ film premiered in 2012. Here are some places where you can learn how to shoot, whether you want to plan a day trip here at home or work some archery into your next vacation.

Just consider yourself warned:

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Stepping into Katniss’ shoes while on vacation isn’t hard to arrange.


If you are spending time in Sin City and want to take a break from the slot machines, head to Pacific Archery , which offers indoor shooting lanes, private lessons, and even birthday parties. Call the facility for pricing.

These ladies weren’t afraid to sling a bow at Pacific Archery in Las Vegas.

For a break from the Disney World madness, check out Joseph Steed’s Archery , which is only 30 miles from Orlando, Fla. A two-hour class will cost $50.

These women channeled their inner Katniss at Joseph Steed’s Archery in Florida, right down to the braid.

Dragon Archery Centre, set in England’s picturesque countryside, has great ratings on TripAdvisor. And, as a bonus, you get to shoot dinosaurs during its two to three hour sessions. The range is suitable for ages 8 and up and costs $45 for adults and $28 for kids under 17.

The Jurassic range at Dragon Archery Centre in England offers up dinosaurs as targets.

Perhaps you’d rather channel your inner Katniss closer to home. How about a day trip?

USA Archery, the governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, has seen its membership double since Katniss came on the scene. It runs 21 clubs in Massachusetts, 7 clubs in New Hampshire, 4 clubs in Rhode Island, 10 clubs in Connecticut, 2 clubs in Vermont, and 7 clubs in Maine.


Feeling intimidated? We’ll leave you with this.

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