Though The Odyssey has earned acclaim for documenting history’s most iconic journey, Mary Charles Howard has won over her customers by focusing on a more commonplace one—food’s journey from the farm to the table. As the owner of Athens Food Tours, an establishment named the best in Athens by Tripadvisor, she and her team guide gourmands to local eateries such as The Grit, Agua Linda, Kelly’s Jamaican, and Copper Street Brew Pub. Their walking tours send peripatetic palates through specific neighborhoods, such as Prince Avenue, the downtown area, or Normaltown, named for its distinction of being the only area to have successfully banned talking dogs. On each tour, guests mingle with chefs and sample their concoctions, but guides also incorporate factoids on non-culinary topics such as history, local music, and architecture.
Founded and operated by students and recent graduates, WOW Tours Inc. has been ferrying college kids from across the country to Panama City Beach since 2009. For weeks on end, DJs spin booming dance music at massive parties that sprawl across 27 miles of sparkling white sand. Besides providing transportation and accommodations for a weeklong stay, WOW Tours puts together party packages to ensure that there’s something to do every night so its guests won’t need to resort to learning anything.
Ron Carroll's fascination with helicopters began in Vietnam, when the aircraft transported him and his fellow infantry through the jungles to the front lines. Two Purple Hearts, nearly 20 years, and a stint in the publishing industry later, Carroll happened upon a copy of Flying magazine and his interest quickly rekindled. He continued with flying lessons, deepening his desire to become a helicopter pilot.
Today, Carroll possesses a Gold Seal CFI certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and helms a team of three pilots with more than 25,000 combined hours of flight experience. With a fleet comprising Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters—as well as a TruFlite H flight simulator that lets aspiring pilots practice operating a helicopter while singing and without leaving the ground—the team has trained throngs of airmen, including Governor Sonny Perdue.
Each year, a cast of terrifying characters swarms around the Olde Sharon Schoolhouse to terrify visitors searching for a healthy dose of fear. In the Asylum, guests wander down the hallways of an abandoned mental institution. Along the way, they encounter deranged inmates as the nightmares of the previous residents come to life. For those wishing to join in the action, Trail of Terror Haunted Trail offers up Zombie Outbreak. A research and containment facility has had a devastating outbreak of the Code 6 virus, turning most of the occupants into zombies. Guests are drafted to be part of the tactical team created to deal with this outbreak and become zombie slayers themselves.
With Dive Dive Dive's Discover Scuba class, ungilled land dwellers can get a quick taste of what it's like to don scuba gear, navigate open waters, and breathe beneath the waves. Whether you're curious about clownfish mating habits or wish to erect an underwater tanning salon for pallid merpeople, an introductory scuba class is an easy way to decide if aquatic life is for you.