Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.
As the centerpiece to an upstart residential community, Durham Lakes Golf & Country Club presents golfers with an 18-hole, par 72 course that eclipses 7,000 yards from the back tees. Course architect Scott Pool incorporated the area's natural features into the course, as evidenced by its lakes, streams, and wetlands, as well as the tall fescue grass and southern pines that surround many holes. Away from the course, the country club boasts a long list of luxurious amenities. Members can cool off at the walk-in pool or hit the tennis or basketball courts to appreciate a truly finely-woven net.
Sprawled across a huge field in Fairburn, roughly 13 miles southwest of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the festival teems with life, noise, and the PG-13 debauchery of nearly 1,000 costumed rakes, harlequins, ne'er-do-wells, knights, wenches, and the ever unpredictable royal treasury accountants. Catch jousting, falconry shows, and surprise inquisitions to make sure you're having a good time. Take up a sword and have a blast repressing the local Irish, or dress up your niece and nephew for a crusade to bring endless laughter and good times to frowny infidels. On the weekend of April 24 and 25, visitors can enjoy Irish dancing and a highlander pipe-and-drum band, while on Mother's Day weekend (May 8 and 9), the first 100 moms through the gate will receive free flowers.
Horseplay Enterprises galloped into existence in 2011 under the guidance of founder Marion Berry. With gushing pride in their family of animals, Marion and his own family of humans invite visitors of all ages to engage their inner explorers during horse-related adventures. Nature trail rides, for instance, explore the facility’s surrounding scenery. Each ride begins with a bit of training, which ensures riders remain safe and know how to roll up their horse’s windows should it start to rain. Marion and his staff also train the next generation of competitive riders with lessons in varying riding styles, and offer up a celebratory whinny with appearances at birthdays and parties.
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.