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.
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.
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 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.
As an award-winning studio, the Alabama Dance Theatre preps professional ballerinas for the stage and delivers classically driven performances to area audiences. The company’s production of The Little Mermaid foregrounds the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of mermaid love with dazzling, bipedal choreography and vibrant music. ADT's resident choreographer, Sara Sanford, invokes the longing of the titular mermaid’s desire to walk on land, find her one true love, and plausibly eat a bowl of soup. The show includes an additional live choir performance arranged by Foye DuBose, a comedic ballet, and a new abstract piece. Premium ticketholders receive a front-center orchestra-level seat, and regular ticketholders are granted a prime spot in the mezzanine. Check the seating chart for additional information. Guests can pick up their tickets at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre from February 28 to March 4, and it is recommended that will-call tickets be snapped up at least 30 minutes before show time.