Riding a zipline from treetop to treetop indulges fantasies of flight and super spydom, while the scenic views inspire those with hearts made of sap and twig. The course covers more than half a mile of Sumter National Forest terrain in Longcreek, South Carolina, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from downtown Atlanta. It takes about three hours to navigate through seven bridges and 10 zipline sections, making the short drive more than worth it. During your quest across nine scenic and historic acres of South Carolina, you'll experience four Academy Lake crossings and a helicopter hoist up to the starting platform.
Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Smoky Mountains, The Trails at Chickasaw Point challenges all club swingers with its par 72 course. Each of the 18 holes challenges budding Arnold Palmers with its own quirks, from sand traps and water hazards to doglegs and putter-eating trees. The seclusion of each hole allows individual groups a rare moment of intimacy with nature, and four USGA-rated tee locations accommodate everyone from the serial shanker to the effortless birdie-achiever. Traveling across the lush lime-green lawns up and down the rolling hills proves much easier with the new Yamaha golf carts or soon-to-be-invented teletransporters.
Though its name suggests an industrial space rumbling and hissing with the engines of machines, The Factory fills its multifaceted play space instead with laughing children, chirping video games, and crashing bumper cars. An arcade brims with more than 100 shooting, driving, dancing, and adventure games that inspire players to bravely extend their winning streaks to a range of other attractions. Single and tandem go-karts careen around the turns and up the ramps of a two-story track. Groups bombard each other with infrared light inside an indoor laser-tag area. Ten slicked-up lanes glow with blacklit projections during cosmic bowling every Friday night. Parents can also indulge their child's natural curiosity about caddying on a nine-hole indoor mini-golf course that winds past the factory's high-ballocity foam factory, inflatable slide, and enclosed ball-tossing chamber.
To stay fueled for continued play, guests can drape their laps with napkins and dig into cuisine from an onsite steak house or an unlimited pizza buffet.
As they await the opening credits of The Goonies, The Birds, or perhaps the newest blockbuster release, moviegoers peruse a menu of hot wings, personalized pizzas, and oven-hot brownies topped with ice cream. Upon making a decision, the guest scrawls their chosen meal or snack onto an order card, and places that card in the designated spot on his or her table. A server stealthily delivers the requested soda, breadsticks, or honey chipotle wings while the film plays. Audience members can keep ordering food for the duration of the film, especially if an emotional scene demands an bowl of ice cream to catch stray tears. Just before the credits start to roll, the server silently deposits the check, and patrons digest as the tale winds to a close.
Founded more than 115 years ago in collaboration with Clemson College, the Foothills Area Family YMCA operates as a nonfacility YMCA. Choosing to focus on programs rather than gymnasiums filled with concrete slides, the Y caters to a large and diverse community. Programs reflect the diversity found in its members, with activities ranging from afterschool care and flag-football leagues to swim lessons and dog training. No matter the program, the Foothills Area Family YMCA strives to provide essential lifelong lessons and impart the YMCA’s four core characteristics: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.