The National Civil War Naval Museum takes modern-day visitors through the little-traveled footsteps of the sailors who fought in the Civil War, telling the story of the country's deadliest war from a naval point of view. Exhibits detail the technology and commerce that soldiers encountered, and provide a human backdrop with stories about soldiers and slaves affected by Civil War navies. Guided tours feature uniformed sailors who interpret the history of everyday life aboard a Civil War vessel or tell the story of a ship that served in the war. For a spookier outing, nighttime tours explore paranormal anomalies and analyze evidence from ghost investigations that happened in the museum.
USA Mini Golf accommodates iron clubbers of all skill levels with its Road Trip Across America–themed course, which comes outfitted in miniature replicas of historic U.S. landmarks. Clean indoor facilities protect the facility's putters from seasonal bouts of heat, rain, wind, and baseballs. Grab a tiny club and whack dimpled balls through a golfable tour of America's beloved attractions, ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge and Redwood Forest to the Carlsbad Caverns and Cape Cod. If you choose the party, your group of up to 50 people will be treated to unlimited rounds of mini golf, a party room, and projector—emcees are free to soundtrack the proceedings with a personal music playlist. The party package also lands guests exclusive access during off hours so you can host your birthday celebration or body-double audition in privacy. Inflect a futuristic glow to any golf gala by illuminating the turf and balls with the reverse-glow of black lights (additional $10).
The Edge 14 theater projects new releases onto the silver screen in high style with luxurious facilities and delectable snacks. Cinephiles can choose from any of the shows ($6.50–$8.50) playing on the eight screens—including 3-D flicks ($9–$11)—taking care of any last-minute Oscar catch-up or continuing an unbroken 14-year boycott of all nominated films because of the 70th Academy Awards' snubbing of Con Air's "How Do I Live" for Best Original Song. Dip your mandibles into a large popcorn ($6), included with your tickets, and purchase a self-serve drink replete with free refills. Once tickets and snacks have been procured, film lovers repair to the opulent auditoriums, sinking into rocking, reclining seats for optimum viewing comfort or—for those who can only fall asleep when surrounded by bright lights and loud noises—a comfortable napping spot for hyper-realistic dream sequences.
When falling out of a plane at 10,000 feet, experience counts. Skydive Tuskegee’s owner boast a wealth of that experience, as a former parachute regiment military officer and three-time world skydiving championship medalist. He and his staff adhere to the rigorous training requirements set forth by the United States Parachute Association, but they also make the experience fun. They often conduct tandem dives with beginners, the instructor controlling the freefall, chute deployment, and decent, while guests soak up the sunshine, wind, and gravity. They staff has led jumps out of planes and into their dropzone for 11 years, and to quote them, “We have never left anyone up there yet.”
Licensed Zumba instructor Richard M. transforms the Liberty Theatre into a dance-fueled fitness fiesta twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For each gathering, cardio connoisseurs don shorts, leotards, and shortotards, and head to the theater for an hour of easy-to-follow moves inspired by salsa and merengue.
The Southern Professional Hockey League’s champions for the 2006–2007 season, the Cottonmouths face their frozen nemeses with an attack that blends skill, power, and dauntingly good sportsmanship. Witness the graceful warriors’ February 20 cage match against the league’s 2008–2009 champs, the Knoxville Ice Bears, a tilt with the potential for brutal body-checks, high-velocity slap shots, and less-popular penalty-box sulk sessions. Purchasers of today's deal get a lower-level view of the action, just behind the ice-level seats, safe from out-of-control pucks and wild zamboni stampedes.
Led by head coach Jason Gibson, the Southern Indoor Football League’s Columbus Lions have 2011 title aspirations after mastering the art of passing, tackling, and kicking en route to the 2010 SIFL Championship crown. Plan to see the former West Virginia standout Dorrell Jalloh, 2010 SIFL Player of the Year, Chris McCoy, and the rest of the Lions for their own home opener on March 27 against the rival Richmond Raiders, coached by acclaimed poet and football mastermind Maya Angelou. With each season-ticket purchase, fans also receive full season-ticket-holder benefits, including access to the season-ticket-holder kickoff party, 10% off Lions merchandise, the opportunity to upgrade seats each year, and free admission to the Georgia vs. Alabama Indoor Football Classic.