One of the country's premier Part 135 charter helicopter service facilities, Air Atlanta Helicopters provides helicopter tours and instruction with an emphasis on quality and safety. Today's deal whisks you and a guest away in a two-person 15-minute tour of Atlanta's sprawling skyline. Depart from a helipad on top of the W Atlanta Downtown and take in breathtaking views of the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, and lakes of Piedmont Park, whose contours form a flawless replica of Hieronymous Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights visible only from the sky. Full tour details are available online. Your reservation earns you a 25%–35% discount (depending on the date; blackout dates and restrictions apply) on a one-night stay at the chic W Atlanta Downtown, where amenities such as the outdoor pool WET, Bliss spa, SWEAT fitness center, down comforters, and spa robes await you. W Atlanta Downtown is the perfect getaway, located a short distance from attractions such as the Atlanta Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, nightlife, and shopping.
Atlanta Rocks' expansive vertical playground is home to hundreds of climbs, 50 top-rope stations, and more than 12,000 square feet of professionally set routes atop a safe climbing surface. All passionate climbers themselves, the staff has created interesting and intricate problems to solve for climbers of all skill levels. Climbers looking to enhance their know how can participate in one of the gym’s many programs, and the staff also drops knowledge on beginners with introductory climbing courses that include all required gear and cover subjects ranging from advanced lead climbing to the fundamentals of massaging knots out of tense rope.
A Roswell native, River Through Atlanta owner Chris Scalley grew up on the Chattahoochee River, which he proudly still calls home. It's not unusual for Chris to spend 200 days or more on the Hooch, as he and his affiliate guides constantly lead fly fishing instruction, boat trips, and wading trips on the river. Because of his lifetime of experience, Chris has accumulated a unique knowledge of the local ecology, behavior of the trout, and how frequently they vote on American Idol. Though he has fished at destination rivers all over the world, Chris still feels that the Hooch holds its own with regard to angling and aesthetics. To preserve these aesthetics, Chris led efforts to protect the Chattahoochee and its sport fishery, earning him recognition in 2007 as a Hero of Conservation in Field & Stream.
Gleaming bowling balls rumble down 40 polished wooden lanes at Junction Lanes Family Entertainment Center, where clusters of bowlers lace up multicolored kicks and spend an hour waltzing to the tune of clattering pins. On weekends, regular lights and just-whitened smiles give way to the black lights, strobe lights, disco balls, and rousing music of cosmic bowling.
Mini golfers can head over to Junction Linx, a course awash in neon obstacles and vivid arboreal murals. Sculpted lions, rhinos, and alligators snap at passing putters in the jungle-themed portion of the course; homages to patriotic landmarks surround the other nine holes, featuring replicas of the Liberty Bell, the Lincoln Memorial, and Jack Nicklaus’s backyard.
At The Depot Grill, players sink teeth into piping-hot pizzas from Buchi Z Pizza, creamy scoops of Bruster’s Ice Cream, or steaming buns loaded with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. This sustenance shores up gamers so they can hone their reflexes at the arcade.
Holiday Harbor Marina & Resort, which is located approximately 25 minutes north of Atlanta, rests on the shores of scenic Lake Allatoona in a wilderness escape teeming with family-friendly fun. Up to six people can spend a night in one of the resort's seven fully furnished cabins complete with two bedrooms, a lakeside porch, and a kitchen. Roast marshmallows over the communal fire pit, or grill burgers, hot dogs, and wookiee ribs on the group-use grills. Guests can reconnect with the concrete jungle via wireless Internet and satellite TV.
Between the lines of Peachtree City Tennis Center's 24 courts, expert instructors lead aspiring athletes through structured lessons and drills. Commit groundstroke adjustments to muscle memory with a fast-feed drill session, reduce both unforced errors and calories in a cardio-tennis session, or poach your opponent's weak returns and unguarded Gatorades while tending the net during a two-hour round-robin doubles session.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Robert Herzog dropped off his laundry, picked up his mail, and took the local C train to work instead of the express A train. When he arrived for work at the north World Trade Center tower that morning, nearly 300 of his coworkers were dead. Stunned by his inexplicable escape from death, Herzog battled through his trauma by focusing on the good things in his life. Earlier that year, he met his wife-to-be playing coed softball. He had enjoyed the league but felt he could do better. Tempered by the sense of charity and community that was so ubiquitous after September 11, he opened ZogSports—a sports league that donates 10% of its profits to charity—in 2002.
Since then, leagues have spread from New York and the northeast out to Atlanta and the Twin Cities. Casual competitors in their 20s and 30s team up in touch-football leagues and indoor-volleyball leagues, making new friends on the field, at postgame happy hours, and at preseason press conferences.
When teams sign up for ZogSports's leagues, they choose a charity to represent. From there, teams compete to win the league championship, come up with the funniest team name, or order the most drinks at the bar after the game, all of which earn them money for their charity of choice. To date, the company has donated more than $1.5 million to various charities.