After a flood devastated the area in 1994, Flint RiverQuarium was built to educate future generations about the geographic and ecologic conditions in the Flint River Basin. Families explore exhibits made to look like natural habitats, in which native creatures splash, swim, and make ill-advised deals with cunning sea witches to become human.
Size: seven permanent exhibits
Eye Catcher: The RiverQuarium Blue Hole Spring holds 175,000 gallons of water and stretches 22 feet deep. Inside, 120 species of fish, turtles, and alligators swim, from the enormous 8-foot-long Gulf sturgeon to adorable turtles such as the red-eared slider.
Permanent Mainstay: The Cypress Creek Aviary houses indigenous birds such as the great egret and little blue heron.
Don't Miss: The Hatchery, where fish are raised from egg to fingerling before being transferred to other exhibits
Hands-On Experiments: Get up close and personal with one of the Flint River Basin's denizens during animal encounters, regularly scheduled on the weekend.
Catch a Movie" The Imagination Theater shows short films centered on local species, such as fire ants and alligators.
Special Programs: On Discovery Days (the first and third Sunday of every month) the RiverQuarium comes to life with arts and crafts activities, story tellers, and live animal presentations.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
Rose Bowl welcomes visitors of all ages to pulverize pins among cosmic lighting, a melodious sound system, and 20 synthetic lanes. After double-knotting the included shoes and matching a neon-toned ball to their dog's eye color, bowlers can step up to a lane to watch their pin-count rack up on the automated scoring system. A fully stocked snack bar equips each duo with a frosty soda and cheesy order of nachos to munch in between turns. After a doubleheader of games, bowlers can keep fidgety fingers occupied with games at the arcade, by shooting a game of pool, or by challenging strangers to thumb wars.
He cruises across the glassy liquid, his wakeboard shooting water into the air behind him. As he approaches the ride wall, he hoists his board into the air at the last minute, skimming its edge and then landing easily in the water. He's a penguin at Valdosta Wake Compound. Or rather, a wakeboarder dressed as a penguin?the business gave a discount to anyone brave enough to wakeboard in Halloween costume. Its Instagram is replete with other instances where the staff, which teaches wakeboarding, doesn't take itself too seriously. But that doesn't mean they don't take the sport seriously. They have placed plenty of rails, ramps, walls, and other challenging obstacles on the waters to prove it.
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