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.
The Montgomery Zoo houses more than 500 animals from five continents, including endangered species such as the Indian rhino, the slender-horned gazelle, and the jaguar. Explore more than 40 acres of landscaped, barrier-free habitats chock full of elephants and monkeys, and stop to feed otters, koi, and giraffes, who happily lap up treats from visitors as part of the zoo's Animal Encounters feature ($0.50–$2.00 for feed, not included in the Groupon). The aviary features birds flying about uncaged, taking instructions from loud-mouthed children, and the pedal-boat ride provides a 30-minute float on Crystal Lake.
The staff at LaGrange Art Museum are focused on collecting and preserving works of art, right down to the building itself. The museum is housed in a shining example of Victorian architecture from the 1890s, which first served as the Troup County Jail and later the LaGrange Daily News. Today, it houses the museum's special exhibits and permanent collection, which includes 440 works that primarily focus on Southern American art from the 20th century.
The Explorations in Antiquity Center brings the ancient Biblical world to life for kids and adults with accurate, interactive exhibits. The centerpiece archaeological garden reproduces the structures of a Biblical village with full-scale replicas, transporting patrons back to early centuries without the risk that visitors will meet their ancestors and teach them pop hits. To guarantee authenticity, the reproduction was overseen and inspected by Dr. James Fleming, a former professor of archaeology and Biblical geography who lectured at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and founded the Antiquity Center.
Chatt Glide Tours offers adventure-seekers a uniquely smooth way to tour downtown Columbus or the Chattahoochee River Walk. Tours include a mandatory 20-minute training session to ensure that segway steeds don't get away from greenhorns, though no special skills are required to learn how to tame one’s electric ride. River walk tours breeze along the picturesque Chattahoochee River, lined with wide sidewalks and bright lampposts, while tours through Columbus's vibrant downtown area take members zipping along the thrumming entertainment district and its beautiful storefronts, peppered by bronze statues of children reading, playing, and debating tax reform. Tours are offered weekday evenings and weekends and helmets are provided.
Each fall, when the pumpkins are plump and the corn grows high, Dream Field Farms and Pumpkin Patch welcomes the public to its acres of family-friendly fun. Wander through the pumpkin patch to find the perfect canvas for carving a jack-o-lantern or place bets on the fastest looking piglet during high-stakes pig races. Elsewhere, a cow train chugs along toting passengers as little ones converse with farm animals inside the barn.