Under the shadowy cover of nightfall, and by the flickering glow of a lantern, the Birmingham Ghost Walk weaves gaggles of ghost seekers through the city's spirit-populated historical sites. Tour leader Wolfgang Poe leads each march through time, beginning with a group-bonding ritual that tunes minds into the vibrations of Wolfgang's spirit guides. Winding toward the Alabama and Lyric Theaters, walks stop to discuss brothels, taverns, and townhouses long since gone, but not vacated by their former inhabitants. As the moon slinks behind clouds and shadows move into the shapes of embarrassing childhood nicknames, tour-takers shake off spine-tingling chills to finish the adventure at the Tutwiler Hotel. Cameras are allowed and, due to its dark themes and subject matter, the Ghost Walk gives itself a PG-13 rating.
The 120-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden is a year-round source of botanical bounties, with horticulture-loving visitors able to spy an array of gorgeous plants, from Japanese cedar in the winter to daylilies in the summer. Plant perusers can learn medicinal uses of common plants in the herb garden, practice whistle harmonies with the nature trail's melodious bird population, or write haikus about their devotion to limericks in the new Washio Ishii bonsai display. Junior leaf-hunters grab the spotlight in the 2-acre children's garden, filled with eight different activity stations, including fossil displays, a real Space Station node, and a bamboo musical garden. And until February 28, visitors are encourage to bring their dogs for the “Dog Days of Winter” festival, when their four-legged friends can pounce around the “No Leash Zone,” take a couple doggie classes, or explain the science of photosynthesis by barking the periodic table.
Corn stalks rustle mysteriously around guests as they tiptoe warily through Stalk!, Deadwood Hollow’s haunted corn maze, setting an ominous scene straight out of a horror film. As an oscillating spotlight sends its rays sweeping across the 4.2-acre cornfield, casting angular shadows on the ground, a procession of dark-eyed, blood-splattered zombies pursues passersby in an effort to dine on their gray matter or read position papers on the unflattering ways in which their brethren are portrayed in popular culture.
This demon-possessed setting is complemented by Deadwood Hollow’s Haunted Trail, a spine-tingling path through the woods. As guests creep further into the ever-darkening forest, they’re greeted by the ghastly symptoms of a coming apocalypse, presenting them with a landscape more psychologically fearsome than a Rorschach test conducted by Dr. Frankenstein.
They tell a tale to quake your bones at Warehouse 31—on October 13, 1875, a woodcutter by the name of Billy Turner killed his nine-year-old daughter in a horrific accident. Unable to cope with his grief, Turner killed himself. But the pain was too great for death to assuage. Soon Pelham was under siege from a series of mysterious events. A young girl found roaming unattended along a railway. The sound of a chainsaw echoing from the forest. Glass doors sliding open as soon as somebody stepped in front of them. Today, Warehouse 31 stands on the site of that ill-fated lumberyard, and guests can experience some scares of their own, thanks to a cast of monsters, high-tech animatronics, and gravely unhinged clowns.
Run by the adventurers at Wild Native, City Safaris' urban expeditions invite participants to discover the unlikely thrills hidden within some of Mobile's stateliest settings. Whether they're recreating the festive fun of Mardi Gras, exploring downtown's historical haunts, or snooping through the inside of the U.S.S. Alabama and the surrounding grounds at Battleship Park, participants compete with one another while flexing their problem-solving muscles. Since friendly competition often brings out a participant's true nature, Wild Native's adventurers also schedule singles hunts that pair up prospective dates for an evening of strategizing.
Ronald Doyle Jr. spent his entire life on a 42-foot shrimp boat with his dad. After spending that much time on the water, he was hooked. Now Ronald runs cruises and fishing expeditions through Another Fish Charters. Private dolphin tours search for stunning wildlife sightings while night fishing trips ensure solitude out on the water or at least a chance to see sleeping mermaids. Another Fish Charters runs these trips regularly along with shrimping tours, scenic tours, and Bull Red fishing on Dixie Bar.