Dewsweepers Golf School’s instructors impart club-swinging know-how to golfers of all abilities in one-hour, private lessons. The well-rounded instructors (lessons are valid for any staffer except Tony Ruggiero) can help pupils hone any aspect of their game, such as adding distance to their drives, improving their short game, or bending short irons into serviceable boomerangs. At all locations, computerized video swing analysis technology augments instructors’ ability to diagnose swing deficiencies by providing slow-motion replay for each shot. After the lesson, pupils receive an email file with a copy of the video swing analysis that features voiceover instruction for players to have for later reference and play nonstop at upcoming performance reviews with the boss.
A fully equipped marine laboratory, Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides marine science programs for students and visitors of all ages in an effort to propagate knowledge of marine science and help protect local ecosystems. Dedicated to education, it runs K–12 teacher education programs on the oceans and marine environments to help get these subjects into the classroom. Its summer college programs and graduate programs offer opportunities for further study in oceanography and coastal ecology. The Sea Lab also works to maintain coastal wetlands and resources, conducts research on the Mobile Bay watershed and shore waters, and maintains the Gulf of Mexico Science Journal.
In addition to its scientific work, the Sea Lab runs a public aquarium, the Estuarium, which depicts local marine habitats including the Gulf of Mexico, a drowned river valley, and a living salt marsh. These exhibits contain a variety of native plants and wildlife such as marsh grasses, recreations of cypress swamps, and an American alligator, and at the Estuarium, children can touch live fish.
Run by the adventurers at Wild Native, City Safaris' urban expeditions invite participants to discover the unlikely thrills hidden within some of Mobile's stateliest settings. Whether they're recreating the festive fun of Mardi Gras, exploring downtown's historical haunts, or snooping through the inside of the U.S.S. Alabama and the surrounding grounds at Battleship Park, participants compete with one another while flexing their problem-solving muscles. Since friendly competition often brings out a participant's true nature, Wild Native's adventurers also schedule singles hunts that pair up prospective dates for an evening of strategizing.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Hot Wheels Skate Center gives speed aficionados all the room they need to jump, roll, and race around the rink with ease. Once outfitted with a pair of freewheeling skater shoes, head to the gleaming 20,400-square-foot hardwood arena to showcase your award-winning roller-funk routine. Although this Groupon includes regular skate rental ($2), speed skates ($4) and inline hockey skates ($4) are also available, allowing skaters to glide on the foundation of their choosing to the boogey-friendly beats of top 40 tunes. To cool down after a sweaty roller-derby match or calm nerves frazzled by skating against the flow, visit Hot Wheels' snack bar and select from a stockpile of soft drinks, pizza, hot dogs, candy bars, and other stomach-friendly fare. Check out the skating schedule for a list of convenient public skate sessions ($5–$7).
Alabama Coastal Outdoors opens the state’s waterways to nautical wayfarers seeking buoyant adventure in the form of kayak-fishing, eco-touring, and snorkeling charters. With more than a decade of exploration under his belt, instructor and tour guide Trey Toifel shares his intimate knowledge of the Mobile Delta River System’s aquatic avenues and underwater traffic laws while unveiling scenic areas to adventurous guests. During each two-hour private tour, kayakers scull across placid waters while observing local wildlife and panoramic vistas. A fleet of foot-driven Hobie Mirage kayaks allows guests to explore the area hands-free while utilizing leg muscles that have lain dormant since winning a silver medal during this summer’s sack-race league games. In addition to a private tour tailored to the needs of each group, Alabama Coastal Outdoors will outfit guests with expedition-ready equipment, including photography gear, essential safety tools, and snacks to top off energy reserves.