Helmed by an by ex-military parachute-regiment veteran who holds three World Skydiving Championship medals, the United States Parachute Association-certified instructors at Skydive Alabama fly customers up to heights of 14,000 feet for solo and tandem dives. The skydiving center supplies oxygen for these jumps, and conducts both ground schools and eagle-impersonation classes to get first-timers and experienced divers ready for their aerial plunges. Instructors take up to 18 participants to the height of the drop zone in a Grand Caravan turboprop plane, from which they free fall for more than one minute, either by themselves or securely fastened to an instructor. A professional videographer can also join visitors on each jump to capture the aerial experience.
In accelerated free-fall programs, instructors lead students through a ground school, up to seven flights with instructors, and several solo jumps, allowing them to earn their USPA diving license without having to compete a multiple-choice test inside a wind tunnel. While every dive takes place in the designated drop zone, ground-school classes are held inside the airport's dedicated hangar. The airport complex also boasts four cabins for overnight stays, a spectator area, and a restaurant where chefs serve up Southern comfort fare.
Excelling in hands-on seasonal entertainment, The Great Pumpkin Patch introduces youngsters and their accompanying adults to a fun, multihued environment packed with spring activities. Hop on a covered wagon with familial constituents and meander toward a nearby field laden with colorful Easter eggs and tax-preparing cottontails. Kids receive 10 surprise eggs before being whisked off to the inflatable park, ideal for bouncing on buoyant apparatuses while contemplating the space-time continuum. Take to the petting zoo for a meet-and-greet with the establishment's four-legged residents, or board a train for ultimate atmosphere perusal. After exploring the grin-inducing grounds, guests can visit the country store to purchase treats.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
The Kinesthetic Cue Dance Club's instructors coach novice and experienced dancers in ballroom, Latin, and swing dance styles. Private lessons pair a sure-footed teacher with either an individual or a couple, helping to refine technique and posture with personalized instruction on styles ranging from rumba to foxtrot. Throughout the week, 50-minute group classes explore various dances, with Monday sessions for beginning students, Thursday sessions for intermediate dancers, and Friday sessions for extras from West Side Story. The more advanced group classes assume that attendees are familiar with the basic steps and begin to introduce floor-management techniques as well as leading and following skills. The studio also hosts a weekly dance party, where pupils mingle with the other students, the class instructors, and the neighborhood choreographers in an alcohol- and smoke-free environment while practicing their newly learned skills.:m]]
Grip n Rip’s indoor sporting facility unfolds across 7,500 square feet of state-of-the-art baseball training equipment, including four full-size batting cages. With each token, good for 15 pitches, batters can refine their ideal stance, spit, and swing mechanics to smash baseballs, softballs, and fiery dodgeballs hurtled from adjustable distances and speeds. Pint-size sluggers can kick up cleats in a cage designated for players ages 7 and older, and older siblings can exert their ripened athletic insight in an adjacent enclosure for players 13 and older.
With a meticulously maintained Bermuda grass driving range, PGA professionals on staff, and three practice greens, Madison Golf Center has fashioned itself into a prime place to learn and get better at the game of golf. The grounds crew keeps the large, 70-tee grass hitting area in pristine condition, cutting it to less than half an inch each day to accurately recreate the playing conditions of private clubs. Once players have worked the rust off of their drives and filed the rust off of their irons, they can hone their touch around the greens in a short game practice area comprised of three putting greens and a chipping and pitching green. The center’s trio of golf professionals are always on hand to help players along their path to improvement through private and group lessons customized to each player’s playing style and goals.