Paradise Rental Boats carefully curates fleets of Yamaha, Bayliner, and Sun Tracker boats, so that sun-kissed riders can jet across the sparkling waters of Indiana’s Lake Monroe and Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona at their leisure. The company's vessels range from party barges and yachts—which hold groups of up to 26—to the smaller, two-person WaveRunner, whose highly responsive steering suits drivers trying to chase down and catch their fish dinner. Onboard radios and CD players let mariners groove to their favorite tunes, and the company also rents optional accessories for water sports, such as wakeboards, water skis, and artificial bait for licensed fishermen.
The Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department's summer pool passes inspire aquanauts to swim, splash, and celebrate the sunny season. Swimmers share splash space in Dellinger Park's Olympic-size pool (open from May 21 through September 5 and closed Wednesdays), which provides ample room for to-scale reenactments of favorite Spanish Armada battles. A diving well eases flying leaps, and a leisurely stroll through the shallows of the wading pool allows enough time to contemplate snack selections at the concession stand.
The American West stands frozen in time at Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The bronze forms of cowboys and many of the Native Americans encountered by Lewis and Clark populate the sculpture court. At the hall's center stands Vic Payne's Eagle Catcher, a two-story sculpture that depicts a large eagle with its wings outstretched. Its talons lock with the arms of a Native American man who leans backwards as he grapples with the aviary predator—a symbol of the struggle for the American West.
The impressive sculpture is just one stop on the museum's tour, which takes visitors into a permanent collection that comprises more than a dozen galleries and temporary exhibit halls featuring as many as 12 exhibits each year that explore the west from the 1800s through present day. More than 100 traditional paintings and sculptures by the likes of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and George Catlin depict cowboys, Native American cultures, and breathtaking natural landscapes in the American West Gallery. Other spaces focus on the Civil War, while the Modern West Gallery interprets the western United States through abstract paintings and other contemporary forms by such artists as Nelson Boren, Thom Ross, and Ed Mell. Beneath the portraits of every U.S. president in the Carolyn and James Millar Presidential Gallery, personal letters written by the robotic arm of each leader humanize the lofty figures of American history.
In addition to exhibits, Booth Western Art Museum hosts adult art classes and seasonal events, such as April's "Civil War Comes Alive!", wherein visitors might stumble upon Abraham Lincoln mid-Gettysburg Address or spot soldiers firing cannons, and October's Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, which features Native American dancing, gun-fight reenactments, and a traditional western marketplace. Kids can savor hands-on history in Sagebrush Ranch, where a three-quarter-scale stagecoach, an authentic loom, real Western wear, and a bounty of other attractions await to grant little ones with an immersive educational experience.
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.
Since 1997, captain Cy Grajcar has trawled the rivers and lakes of northwest Georgia. Over that time, he has developed a specialty for hauling up striped, hybrid, and white bass from lakes and rivers where they congregate, even setting records for some the monsters that he's reeled in. As a guide, he invites clients aboard his trusty 22-foot Palm Beach Center Console where all fishing gear is provided and ferries them off to the spots on Lake Altoona, Carters Lake, and rivers throughout the region where he's found reliable success. On the water, Cy shares instruction for how to draw in fat, picture-worthy fish using sound baiting, casting, and reeling technique, as opposed to just dangling a slice of chocolate cake in the water.
Cheer Your Heart Out GA gets kids physically active with cheerleading workshops and after-school programs. Starting with pre-k and up, kids can learn how to cheer, chant, and jump in a way that encourages fine-motor skills and a positive attitude. For kids who want to take their skills further, the Cobb Cyclones competition group builds on cheer techniques with organized routines complete with tumbling and stunts, such as the one-dimensional pyramid.