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.
Skydive Athens caters to thrill-seeking sky-surfers with state-of-the-art technology and an experienced staff, offering bold patrons the adventure of a lifetime. Wind-resistant riders strap themselves to an experienced tandem master, climb to 10,000 feet—or for $10 more, experience a jump from 14,000 feet—in a specialized aircraft, and fling themselves toward the ground at speeds up to 120 mph. Passengers will experience 30–60 seconds of free fall, allowing plenty of time to blow the dust out of their antique smoking jackets. Tandem skydiving is perfect for any person seeking entry into the adrenaline-boosting world of airplane escape.
Roller skating often evokes images of ‘50s-era teens clad in poodle skirts and the black-and-white makeup that was customary at the time. But at both freshly renovated Sparkles Family Fun Centers, roller-skating proves itself as a 21st-century pastime by incorporating contemporary technology. From a DJ who spins family-friendly beats at both locations to the laser-tag zone and black lights that set the Gwinnett rink aglow, modern-day touches pervade each space. The arcades are stuffed with extra helpings of bells and whistles; skee-ball and electronically scored basketball compete for attention with racing video games that re-create famous auto duels or the 1954 Drake Relays. At nearby multistory indoor playgrounds, kids get back to physical recreation, scurrying across bridges and whipping down slick slides.
Allyn Glover, the mastermind behind 13 Stories Haunted House, began testing his friends’ courage at the age of 13, when he constructed a homemade haunted trail. Since then, he has fine-tuned his scaring capabilities with the help of animatronics, elaborate sets, quality makeup, and a cast of actors. At 13 Stories Haunted House—which features old elevators that send visitors plummeting down all 13 floors—the aim is to turn visitors' hair white, much like when someone switches your shampoo with a big bottle of whiteout. On the off chance the house doesn’t do the trick, the Big Top Secret in 3D outdoor attraction attempts to scare guests with horror-filled images brought to life with the magic of 3-D glasses.
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.