Things To Do In Athens

10 or 20 Children's Martial-Arts Classes or a Birthday Party at Borders Black Belt Academy (Up to 80% Off)

Borders Black Belt Academy

Multiple Locations

Kids start with a private lesson to assess their skills before they sign up for classes; parties include a tae kwon do obstacle course

$125 $26

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10 Cardio-Fitness, MMA, or Kickboxing Classes, or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Doro MMA (Up to 71% Off) 

Doro MMA

Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)

Shadowboxing and bag work combine with plyometrics and conditioning drills for a full-body workout that also teaches kickboxing techniques

$100 $29

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One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

$134.55 $18

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Two or Four Private or Group Horseback-Riding Lessons at Agape Farm (Up to 51% Off)

Agape Farm

Crawford

One-on-one or group horseback-riding instruction on a scenic farm 15 min. outside of Athens

$60 $30

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2 or 4 Personal Boxing Sessions or 10 Conditioning Classes at Keppner Boxing (Up to 83% Off)

Keppner Boxing

Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)

Pro coach increases strengthen and refines reflexes during one-on-one sessions

$120 $20

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$54 for a Two-Hour Couples Massage Class for Two at Georgia Medical Massage ($169 Value)

Georgia Medical Massage

Athens

During class, students learn the best combo of techniques for an effective massage and practice on their partner in a laid-back atmosphere

$169 $54

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One or Three 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Heart of Dixie Farms (Up to 60% Off)

Heart of Dixie Farms

Elberton

60-minute lessons instill proper horseback-riding fundamentals in disciplines of Western pleasure, English pleasure, and timed events

$25 $11

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Cookbook-Making Software with 5 or 10 Optional Cookbooks from The Great Family Cookbook Project (Up to 83% Off)

The Great Family Cookbook Project

Online Deal

The software compiles family recipes, photos, and stories and transforms them into full-color cookbooks with custom layouts and covers

$99.95 $19.99

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Five Yoga Classes at Atma Sakti Yoga (75% Off)

Atma Sakti Yoga

Athens

75- to 90-minute classes integrating hatha yoga, pranayama, and guided relaxation techniques

$40 $10

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$55 for $100 Groupon — Escape the Space

Escape The Space

Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)

This $100 gift certificate allows you to spend the money however you would like: book individual tickets or a room.

$100 $55

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Scuba Certification Course for One or Two People at Dolphin Dive Center(Up to 45% Off)

Dolphin Dive Center

Dolphin Dive Center

Learn how to confidently operate equipment and navigate underwater with pool time, dive time, and classroom work

$790 $449

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To weather his career as a master sergeant and a decorated Special Forces combat veteran, Shihan Randy McElwee needed a solid grasp on combat maneuvers. Nowadays, the retired McElwee teaches the pragmatic self-defense skills that got him through battle at his martial-arts studio, American Black Belt Academy. The school specializes in the official hand-to-hand combat system of the US military: Gracie Brazilian jujitsu. The system’s standing and ground moves harness leverage to take on larger opponents as well as help participants neutralize surprise attacks. For a broader focus, students can opt for an integrated martial-arts fitness workout, which combines jujitsu with muay thai kickboxing and Japanese shotokan karate. Regardless of their specificity, all of the studio’s classes enhance focus, self-confidence, and courage when the laundry room’s light goes out.

10 Huntington Rd
Athens,
GA
US

A fourth-generation artist, Rose Handy has always made time for creating. After a rollercoaster ride of life changes and moves, Rose and her potter husband Paul opened their own gallery and class space. Joined by a staff of illustrators, quilters, watercolorists, and other artisans, the owners encourage Wild Child students to find their own artistic voices, whether they're hand-building a ceramic bowl, painting a family portrait, or fusing glass pieces together to make a new glass family. The search for new avenues of creativity also extends to the studio's class offerings; beginning in January 2013, aspiring artisans can learn the intricacies of handbuilding and wheel-based pottery techniques as part of the shop's newest curriculum.

2 S Main St
Watkinsville,
GA
US

From spacious locker rooms to family-friendly facilities, BodyPlex gyms are built to take the stress out of working out. Fitness machines ranging from cardio equipment to free-motion systems beckon those familiar with the gym scene to jump right into a regime. Newcomers need not stress about a learning curve, as personal instructors power walk the grounds, ready to give one-on-one instruction with an appointment. To ease the workout worries of parents, enthusiastic staff members man the gym's onsite Kidsplex, a youth-focused playroom stocked with crafts, toys, and two different video-game systems. Additionally, those who achieve their best when with like-minded people can break a sweat and their personal fist-bump record in one of the gym's daily fitness classes.

1260 Mars Hill Rd
Watkinsville,
GA
US

Dolphin Dive Center owner and master diver Tim Bridgham has a philosophy a lot of people can relate to: we spend much of our lives standing on our feet, sitting on our butts in chairs, or sleeping?so getting in the water can be a blissful alternative. As a full-service dive center, Dolphin Dive is a place where students and seasoned divers can get all their gear, as well as the knowledge to put it to good use. Beginners can splash into the heated, indoor pool to get the hang of breathing underwater during the try scuba course, while more seasoned divers and mermen in disguise can take the advanced open water class.

562 Research Drive
Athens,
GA
US

Enduring attention spans are rendered unnecessary at Fun Galaxy, where the staff oversees ample entertainment options in one huge facility. While smaller kids and toddlers tackle a multi-level playground packed with soft obstacles, their older siblings take a turn at roller-skating or exploring the indoor skate. A mechanical bull and more than 30 arcade games round out the attractions, which are also available for birthday-party packages.

3030 Cherokee Rd
Athens,
GA
US

Having toured with Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets in recent years, Dead Confederate returns to reclaim its native soil by planting its flag at the intimate downtown venue 40 Watt Club. In a dynamic live performance, the five-piece band will free cuts from their newest album, Sugar, from the confines of ear buds and bootlegged eight tracks. Beards can stoically bob along to the J Mascis–aided single "Giving It All Away" and the band's other forays into the dark corners of the rock-o-sphere, from freeform psychedelic wanderings to pulsing aural packets of distortion. Fellow performers Colour Revolt, whose debut album ranked among Paste's Best of 2008, and shoegazey Twin Tigers will ease ears into the deep end of the sonic pool with tonal palettes that range from jaunty to noisy. 40 Watt Club boasts two full bars for mid-show sipping or pouring libations to the gods of rock. Doors open at 9 p.m.

285 West Washington Street
Athens,
GA
US