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It was a summer getaway for generations of children, but in 2011, after almost 50 years of laughter and fun, Sun Valley Beach closed its doors indefinitely. The waterslides have become as dry as beef jerky, the miniature golf course remains unputted, and the 1.5-acre pool is now home only to the memory of frolicking. But not all hope is lost. Save Sun Valley Beach, a coalition of local businessmen who refuse to give up on their childhood swimming spot, wants to reopen the park and is ready to kickstart their efforts with a Beach Blast.

On September 14 and 15, the Clinton Nature Preserve looks to welcome thousands of projected attendees for a car show, arts-and-crafts expo, and all manner of vendors and attractions for families to enjoy. Beyond the scheduled expos, attendees can mingle with actors from The Walking Dead and hear country star Doug Stone sing his hit song, "In a Different Light."

4615 Bedford Place
Douglasville,
GA
US

Working out doesn't have to be a solitary experience. That's the idea behind the aptly named In Tune Fitness Studio, a center that emphasizes camaraderie through group classes. Sessions build community and support as they also build muscles and boost endurance. During upbeat Zumba classes, students sway and jump in tandem to the rhythms of infectious Latin dance tunes. BlastIT, meanwhile, incorporates interval training in its routines, uniting students during high-intensity cardio and strength-training drills, and yoga classes emphasize harmony as students breathe and release stress through a variety of core-fortifying poses. In Tune builds community outside of classes, too. The staff holds frequent get-togethers and also offers up fun fitness challenges such as seeing who can recite all the members' names while bench-pressing an elliptical machine.

5780 C.H. James Parkway
Powder Springs,
GA
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

5370 Campbellton Fairburn Road
Fairburn,
GA
US

Special Ops Series LLC's adventurous events let civilian participants challenge themselves with activities from special-forces training. Owned and operated by a special-forces veteran, the organization strives to build a sense of loyalty and community over the course of multiple events, as participants aspire to accomplishments above and beyond their perceived capabilities. Both of Special Ops Series LLC's events, the TREK and the Green Beret Challenge, culminate in awards of excellence to commend personal accomplishments and particularly inspired Rambo impressions.

10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road
Palmetto,
GA
US

Although each of the seven Just Fitness 4U locations has its own distinctions—such as the Lawrenceville location's 24/7 hours or the Marietta location's 25,000 sq. ft. facility and marble lobby—they more or less share the same tools for getting in shape. For starters, each is furnished with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, which can be used or lifted to increase strength. Moreover, the facilities have a team of certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors who lead one-on-one workouts and fitness classes such Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and spinning, respectively.

3101 Roswell Rd
Marietta,
GA
US

Sports A Rama East Cobb’s multisport facility encompasses 30,000 square feet of batting and pitching cages, a 3,000 square foot indoor turf field, and a half-court basketball gym. Athletes can train with the facility’s coaches to fine-tune sport-specific skills in baseball, basketball, football, softball, and lacrosse, or focus on all-around speed, strength, and endurance for improved cow-tipping techniques. Two large party rooms, an inflatable moonwalk, and an arcade create a welcoming, family-friendly environment for birthday parties or youth athletic teams.

736 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta,
GA
US