Savannah's Clay Spot familiarizes fledgling sculptors with ceramic art during two-hour introductory classes. Donatello-inspired duos can journey to the center's fully equipped studio, where they are encouraged to craft strategically shaped bisques upon a potter's wheel or hand-sculpt a personal collection of Bob Dole statuettes. After students have finished their muddy masterpieces, the studio's kiln gurus will fire and glaze pieces to ensure durability. Students can then take completed works home. Though the center provides students with tools and equipment, students must purchase clay from the studio's specialized stock.
Bakers Creek, population: 200. Life passes slowly in this idyllic wooded town—until the virus seeps in and the blood begins to fly. Soul Survivor immerses participants in a full-scale zombie-outbreak scenario, challenging them to cooperate and use their wits to outrun and outsmart a zombie horde. The game begins with a safety and rule briefing, where each participant is issued an ominous white T-shirt. When the zombies begin to roam, they splash blood, "infecting" anyone they hit. Onsite makeup artists help transform the infected with an undead look that even a ghoul as glamorous as Jacob Marley would covet. The remaining humans, meanwhile, dodge zombies on a course that winds through trails and clearings, making stops at stations along the way to gather props and complete required tasks. Each game ends when there's just one uninfected player left standing. The winning human is dubbed the Soul Survivor and receives a cash prize, as does the game's Best Zombie.
The two-story indoor facility at Escalade Rock Climbing Gym is home to climbing challenges that range in difficulty from easy wall routes to 80 feet of continuous roof climbing. An impact-resistant padded flex floor ensures safety during all ascensions, and a punching bag and free-weight area encourage guests to work on building core climbing strength and roundhouse-kick dismounts off the wall. The gym hosts adult and youth classes that help students pull bodily strength and problem-solving skills into perfect harmony and learn the sport's unique terminology.
Atlanta Rocks' expansive vertical playground is home to hundreds of climbs, 50 top-rope stations, and more than 12,000 square feet of professionally set routes atop a safe climbing surface. All passionate climbers themselves, the staff has created interesting and intricate problems to solve for climbers of all skill levels. Climbers looking to enhance their know how can participate in one of the gym’s many programs, and the staff also drops knowledge on beginners with introductory climbing courses that include all required gear and cover subjects ranging from advanced lead climbing to the fundamentals of massaging knots out of tense rope.
CrossFit 4 Everyone’s head trainers and co-owners Julie and Joshua Miller are no strangers to intense workouts. Julie swam competitively for 13 years and Joshua is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and winner of several international competitions. As teachers of the CrossFit fitness methodology, they bring their commitment and experience to workouts. Instead of sport-specific activities, students build strength and agility through nontraditional exercises such as gymnastics rings, flipping giant tires, throwing medicine balls, and weightlifting. Workouts are super intense, but typically only last 20 minutes. In addition to the CrossFit regimen, Crossfit 4 Everyone also has a rock wall and offers hot-yoga classes.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Outdoor recreation activities
Pro Tip: Call ahead to register for programs.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, Panola Mountain is a recreational haven for all ages and interests. Visitors can picnic while children work off energy on the playground. Anglers can bring their fishing poles to catch dinner at Alexander Lake. Panola Mountain State Park is one of the only state parks to offer archery programming (including a state of the art 3D practice range, for those with their own equipment), as well as "Canopy Adventure" tree climbing programs. Tree-climbing is great for families, youth organizations, corporate team-building excursions, and can accommodate any physical disability. The park also offers boat rental, geocaching, orienteering, birding and hiking. Georgia's PATH Foundation scenic Rockdale River Trail winds through the park and is ideal for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking.
Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Panola is special because it's never been quarried, and as a National Natural Landmark, has had limited human impact. Because of this, it has many incredible rare ecologic features. Panola Mountain State Park is the crown jewel of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state. The park’s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
It started as a conservation park to protect the pristine ecosystem of the mountain.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"We never knew all this was back here!"
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping visitors develop an enjoyment and respect for nature.