The flashing lights of a parked ambulance mingle with the orange heat of a flaming car. Armed men demand loyalty from their captives, with dire consequences for those who resist. Finally, a pair of specters emerge from the fires of the underworld to claim their due. These are but a few of the trials that visitors to Hell's Gates will endure during this dramatization of the Great Tribulation. Live actors draw visitors into a sequence of eight scenes plucked straight from the Book of Revelation, with each one punctuated by immersive events including pyrotechnics and video effects.
The owners of Dead Center Indoor Gun Range founded their business to give shooters of all ability levels a place to feel safe while improving their marksmanship. To do so, they built a 25-yard, eight-lane indoor range—designed to handle both handgun and rifle fire—with a ventilation system that quickly purifies the air, as well as surveillance cameras that lovingly watch over shooters. To further demonstrate their commitment to safety, range chiefs make sure guests comply with NRA gun safety rules. Beyond supervising open shooting sessions, they also teach both armed and unarmed defense in beginner through advanced classes, such as Don't Be a Victim and the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation. Dead Center's staff also mans a pro shop and offers four levels of membership with privileges such as waived fees for firearm rentals.
Though the certified dive instructors at The Dive Shop on McEver follow strict teaching guidelines put forth by PADI and SSI, they allow students to learn at their own pace. Diving classes and open-water certification courses take place inside the center's heated pool and at local open-water dive sites. Instructors also help students earn certifications in diver rescue and offer specialty courses in underwater digital photography, navigation, and night diving, which can foster an aquatic skill set more varied than that of Aquaman's go-to handyman. Staff members also teach swimming lessons for infants, toddlers, and children in the center's pool. Within that same building stands a full scuba gear repair shop, a stockpile of new and rental diving equipment, and a tank fill station for air, nitrox, and trimix.
For two days, racers and fans convene at Road Atlanta's 750-acre complex for Drift Atlanta IX, a dazzling showcase of high-skill Formula Drift racing. During the main event, drivers navigate a winding course, sliding their cars sideways while quickly changing direction to handle the sudden turns. A panel judges determines the winners based on execution and style, rather than typical racing's speed and willingness to brake for old ladies crossing the track. On Friday, competitors face off in qualifying matches to determine the 16-car field for Saturday's main showdown. Meanwhile, a lineup of non-feature events keep adrenaline levels from depleting to the lethally low "extreme."
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
At Jones Dance Ballroom Studios, dancers of all skill levels teach their bodies to spin, shake, and shiver with the self-expressing movements of multiple dance styles, including tango, foxtrot, salsa, samba, West Coast swing, paso doble, merengue, and beyond. Up-and-coming motion maestros can begin their journey to stardom and dancing with a private lesson (a $75 value). During the 50-minute twinkle-toe tutorial, a skilled, supportive instructor will work one-on-one with you and carefully teach your feet how to woo the haughty ground with the stately swirls of a Viennese waltz, the dazzling blur of the quickstep, or the swiveling bobble-hips of the cha-cha. Once they've learned how to light up the dance floor with controlled-burn fires, students can showcase their sizzling steps to new dance partners during four 50-minute group classes (a $15 value each; check the calendar for more information about specific classes and times).