Spirit Aviation inspires and educates amateur aviators, giving students in-flight experience behind the console of a brand new, state-of-the-art Cessna aircraft. The 20-minute discovery flight lets budding aerialists work one-on-one with a personal instructor, who will guide students through preflight inspection, taxiing to the runway, and sweet-talking surly seatbelts. After making final preflight checks, sky-students, with instructor assistance, will take off, then sit back and enjoy the 20-minute flight.
Feathered Friends Forever Parrot Rescue and Refuge houses more than 600 tropical birds that have been neglected, abandoned, or abused. Those that are not suited for adoption live at the sanctuary for the remainder of their lives, on a 9-acre site known as Parrot Paradise Park. The park boasts 16 outdoor flights where visitors can interact with the birds, as well as trees and blooming shrubs to enhance the habitat for both the birds and human park goers. Most of the birds reside in 23 outdoor aviaries and 200 interior cages, where volunteers provide fresh food, fruit, and water on a daily basis, in addition to working with the parrots, cleaning cages, and providing tours for the public.
Instead of exercises that rely on bulky and often single-user workout machines, Three B Fitness’s workouts revolve around functional movement including kettlebell swings, medicine-ball tosses, and body-weight exercises. These moves can be done simultaneously in groups to help keep energy high and morale up. There is one machine used during the facility’s group fitness classes—it’s the rowing machine, an apparatus that cannot be beat for increasing shoulder strength by mimicking the movements of a whitewater-rafting guide powering a raft through rapids or a bathtub with the shower running.
Nestled several miles north of Augusta National Golf Club, the 27-hole course complex at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club resembles golf’s most hallowed grounds in ways that extend beyond geographical proximity. Designed by Tom Jackson, the course rolls through curtains of carolina pines, speckling nearly 2,000 acres with white-sand bunkers and scenic water features that test the accuracy of every swing.
The two original nines, the Chester and the Vintage, shine with visually stunning vistas and elevation changes—on the Vintage course alone, 8 holes boast a rise or fall of 30 feet or more. Opened in 2008—eight years after its forebears—the Independent course puts water in play on all but 1 hole, testing golfers’ abilities to manage high-pressure shots or skip balls close to pins.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.