As one of the only two accredited zoos in Georgia, aside from Zoo Atlanta, Chehaw continues to be devoted to its founding principles of conservation, preservation and education. Chehaw offers the rare opportunity to see animals such as rhinos, lemurs, bison, and cheetahs, which live in an animal park originally designed by Wild Animal host Jim Fowler. Chehaw's 700 acres also house land dedication to conservation, a BMX bike track, an education center, and camping grounds. The Park offers recreational opportunities for all species of visitors.
Wrapped around a bulge in its namesake waterway, Flint River Golf Course presents golfers with 18 holes of waterfront play. Owned by the City of Albany, the course welcomes locals and out-of-towners alike with a sprawling clubhouse and immaculate upkeep. Inside, players can check in for their tee times or check out the gear offered in pro shop, where they'll find shoes by Footjoy, clubs by Ping, and markers that tell you exactly where the squirrel ran off with your ball.
At the end of a winding, rust-colored dirt road, Still Pond Vineyard and Winery's tasting room overflows onto a sunny patio where benches make a perfect spot to sit, sip, and relax. Onsite, 11 different muscadine wines are crafted, including a full-bodied blackberry wine, a smooth white wine, and a golden dessert wine.
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.
PT Gym encourages guests to improve fitness with an armada of modern, state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment in its 12,000 square-foot confines. Sweat off your spare tire using the fitness center's free weights, plate-loaded Hammer Strength equipment, treadmills,stationary bikes, and step machines. PT Gym membership includes fitness evaluations to determine your body’s current status regarding ketchup or mustard, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, and body composition. Meet with a registered dietitian to learn about nutritional nuances and positive lifestyle choices, such as substituting non-fat milk for anti-freeze in your morning cup of coffee.
Offered six days a week, the Extreme Group Personal Training (PTGX) Bootcamp is an intense, heart rate elevating exercise program designed to trim and tone the whole body, exiling love handles to a climate that supports complete evaporation. After any workout, enjoy PT Gym’s private showers, squeaky-clean locker rooms, and a pro shop teeming with refreshments to replenish misplaced confidence and electrolytes.
When it comes to fun at Bowlmor Lanes, folks aren't locked into just bowling, though there's plenty of that. Glow-in-the-dark lanes and banquette seating beckon players to try their hand at bowling or chill out and order drinks and snacks from lane-side servers. But for the pin-weary, there are other forms of entertainment including billiards, air hockey, and ping pong for purchase. These myriad amenities make Bowlmor Lanes a destination for group get-togethers such as birthdays and "No-Kevins-Allowed" club meetings.