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 120-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden is a year-round source of botanical bounties, with horticulture-loving visitors able to spy an array of gorgeous plants, from Japanese cedar in the winter to daylilies in the summer. Plant perusers can learn medicinal uses of common plants in the herb garden, practice whistle harmonies with the nature trail's melodious bird population, or write haikus about their devotion to limericks in the new Washio Ishii bonsai display. Junior leaf-hunters grab the spotlight in the 2-acre children's garden, filled with eight different activity stations, including fossil displays, a real Space Station node, and a bamboo musical garden. And until February 28, visitors are encourage to bring their dogs for the “Dog Days of Winter” festival, when their four-legged friends can pounce around the “No Leash Zone,” take a couple doggie classes, or explain the science of photosynthesis by barking the periodic table.
In the early 20th century, Tate Farms was a social hub for sharecroppers, who congregated at farmer John Patterson's general store, blacksmith shop, and gristmill. More than 200 harvests later, John Patterson's grandson, Homer Tate's descendants continue to uphold the farm’s legacy as a community gathering spot. However, instead of waiting for a new batch of horseshoes or gossiping about which neighbor might be a spy for the Kaiser, people now come to pick from 90 varieties of pumpkins on the 70-acre pumpkin patch. Leading visitors across the wider 5,000-acre fields, tour guides not only illuminate the farm’s history but teach visitors rural-agriculture info, including lessons on the role bees play in pollinating pumpkins and cotton.
Though the Tate family strives to preserve the past, they have retrofitted the farm with a brand new 14,000-square-foot covered area. Here, visitors sample fresh pumpkin pie made with the farm’s own pumpkins at the Country Café or head to the bakery for fresh pumpkin muffins and cinnamon rolls.
Corn stalks rustle mysteriously around guests as they tiptoe warily through Stalk!, Deadwood Hollow’s haunted corn maze, setting an ominous scene straight out of a horror film. As an oscillating spotlight sends its rays sweeping across the 4.2-acre cornfield, casting angular shadows on the ground, a procession of dark-eyed, blood-splattered zombies pursues passersby in an effort to dine on their gray matter or read position papers on the unflattering ways in which their brethren are portrayed in popular culture.
This demon-possessed setting is complemented by Deadwood Hollow’s Haunted Trail, a spine-tingling path through the woods. As guests creep further into the ever-darkening forest, they’re greeted by the ghastly symptoms of a coming apocalypse, presenting them with a landscape more psychologically fearsome than a Rorschach test conducted by Dr. Frankenstein.
Wine is manufactured on the premises. Wine tastings Mon-Sat 10:00-6:00 Specialty cheeses and summer sausages available as well as other wine related items in our gift shop. Our outside deck offers beautiful scenes of the surrounding mountains and is a place to relax and enjoy the country air.