Most guided sightseeing tours pose severe health risks—muscle atrophy, loss of bone density, and blinding rage, to name a few—due to the lack of physical activity. You’ve probably suffered one or all of those symptoms while on these tours:
Ride On Bikes’ specialists match customers with a two-wheeled transport to fit their needs, whether they’re exploring downtown Columbus or off-roading in a neighbor’s backyard sandbox. The store buys new bicycles each season, and an in-house mechanic ensures that existing equipment is kept in proper rolling order. The helpful staff can also suggest ideal routes for any type of excursion. Should clients seek repairs on their own bikes, the team provides free estimates before restoring their rides.
Dolphin Dive Center owner and master diver Tim Bridgham has a philosophy a lot of people can relate to: we spend much of our lives standing on our feet, sitting on our butts in chairs, or sleeping?so getting in the water can be a blissful alternative. As a full-service dive center, Dolphin Dive is a place where students and seasoned divers can get all their gear, as well as the knowledge to put it to good use. Beginners can splash into the heated, indoor pool to get the hang of breathing underwater during the try scuba course, while more seasoned divers and mermen in disguise can take the advanced open water class.
A 23-acre expanse of manicured grounds awaits soaring range balls at Wedges & Woods, a facility that houses a 300-yard driving range, short-game practice areas, and a pro shop. Golfers can line up their swings at any of the 40 hitting stations, including 10 covered stations outfitted with fans and lighting. Golfers can also work on finessing their shots at the short-game facility, where they’ll be able to aim at target greens and target caddies who have been inaccurate in their on-course distance readings.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Flyboard and wakeboard instruction
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Escaping the heat becomes a priority for city dwellers in the summer, and the people of Atlanta have just such a refuge at Lake Chatuge. The two-hour-away locale boasts crystal-clear waters, a mountain backdrop, and Mountain Wake, a water sports shop that rents wakeboards, standup paddleboards, and flyboards to visitors.
if you're giving wakeboarding a try, the set-up includes a system in which participants are pulled 500 feet down the lake while holding onto a handle connected to a cable 20 feet off the water. Anyone new to the sport might want to try out a lesson first. And because Mountain Wake's coaches now stand on paddleboards to stay close to riders, beginners no longer have to ask their coach questions solely by tying a note around a seabird's foot. The staff also teaches people how to soar above the water or dive in and out of the waves like a dolphin during flyboard lessons.