Inside the family-owned indoor playground of HippoHopp, kids glide down slides, explore playhouses, and navigate their way through obstacles courses. Free air hockey and foosball keep kids of all ages busy, and play castles and age-appropriate activities entertain youngsters in the area reserved only for toddlers. The facility buzzes with a variety of structures that encourage sensory-play as well as motor skill and social development. All of these play perks have earned HippoHopp the 2012 and 2013 title of Best Party & Event Planning Place in Atlanta, as deemed by Kudzu.
While mini minds keep busy with excitement, free WiFi and magazines are available to parents, who join their children at the bistro-style caf? for healthy snacks such as mango peach smoothies for breakfast, fresh-ground fair-trade coffee served weekday mornings until 10:30 AM with biscotti. Healthy choices for kids include organic, gluten-free, and diary-free menu items. Along with encouraging health-conscious exercise in kids, the staff at HippoHopp maintains an eco-conscious space by cleaning its facility with nontoxic, biodegradable products.
Led by founder Captain Britt, the sea-savvy crew of UnReel Expeditions unlocks the beauty of the rivers and ocean around Savannah aboard their versatile fleet of anglers, speedboats, and luxury cruisers. Dolphin-spotting tours give passengers a hull-side view of the playful cetaceans as they scamper through the water and shout obscenities in their hideous dolphin language. Savannah history tours regale sea goers with stories of the port's venerable past punctuated by gorgeous views of Georgia's oldest city. For long-form aquatic adventures, offshore fishing trips run up to 12 hours, giving anglers a chance to bag such fish as snapper, tuna, sea bass, and sharks. Alternatively, private charters put lovebirds in full face of neon sunsets or let parties customize their own sightseeing tours.
The Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage invites visitors to embark on self-guided treks through the region's rich heritage along a 100-mile trail connecting the seven historic Georgia communities of Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. Four house museums open their doors to curious guests in Athens, and in Milledgeville, history buffs can stroll through Georgia's Old Capital museum, nestled within the same building where state legislators voted to secede from the Union. More historic sites abound in Ideville, which hosts the preserved battlefield upon which soldiers fought the Battle of Griswoldville, and historical reenactments thrive in Old Clinton, where spectators can witness a restaging of the federal occupation of Clinton every first weekend in May. Attendees compelled by more recent history can stop by the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, which salutes the artists and the band of whistling peaches that got their start in the state. To help visitors choose between all of the possible attractions, Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage also suggests three must-sees in each community.
Certified yoga instructor, hypnotherapist, and life coach Andrea Zavislak-Musungwa wants to help her students heal and strengthen their bodies, open their minds, and connect with their spirits. In her newly opened You Yoga, Me Yoga & More studio, she offers a peaceful place to practice calming yin yoga or invigorate the body with more energetic stretching, longer poses, and deep breath work.
When you walk into Jeronimo! and see the massive, inflatable slides and bounce houses, you'll understand why the open area resounds with children's laughter and squeals of delight. Here, kids can jump, climb, and maneuver through the colorful structures to their hearts' content, the thought of town criers announcing bedtime far from their minds. For youngsters aged 2 and younger, there's a separate, soft play area with a smaller bounce castle. All inflatables and toys are cleaned daily to ensure kids' health and safety.
Parents can sip fresh coffee or tea while they surf the web on one of the facility's computers. When the jumping is done, kids and adults head next door to send golf balls around transportation-themed obstacles at the indoor Jeronimo! and Putt 'N Play course. The center also boasts a dance floor and rock-climbing wall that turn parties into adventures and rents out inflatable slides, castles, and water mazes to liven up at-home events.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.