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  • Red Mountain Park
    Though the last-remaining ore mine on its slope closed more than a generation ago, Red Mountain remains embedded in Birmingham's DNA. In 2007, U.S. Steel made one of the largest corporate land donations in U.S. history when it sold more than 1,200 acres of the mountain's land to the Red Mountain Park and Recreational Area Commission at a sizable discount. That land has since become the 1,500-acre Red Mountain Park, which stretches along the mountain's ridges and hollows between the cities of Homewood and Bessemer. Here, visitors find an ever-growing hub of activities, highlighted by 12 miles of walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails. Adventurers can also conquer a ropes course with 20 unique challenges, rappel down an 80-foot rock-climbing tower, and zoom through the air during 90-minute zip-line tours. Red Mountain Park even boasts a six-acre dog park so visitors can bring pooches along instead of leaving them home to binge-watch Lassie. Destination sites including the historic Redding Hoist House, three Treehouse views, and glimpses of iron ore mine entrances surprise and delight guests, and development ending in 2016 will add 20 miles of trails, picnic pavilions, an event facility, a formal entry and parking, and the Robert R. Meyer Activity Center.
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    277 Lyon Lane
    Birmingham, AL US
  • Tough Mudder
    Climbing walls, ice baths, pools of mud, electric shocks?a Tough Mudder isn't your average event. Each 10- to 12-mile course contains 20 adrenaline-pumping obstacles designed to test participants' strength and endurance, just like most local DMV lines. Runners clamber on top of each other to scale the slick, sloping wall of Pyramid Scheme or squeal with shock as they plunge into the Arctic Enema, a plastic-lined dumpster filled with thousands of pounds of ice. They even endure shocks from a forest of live wires known as Electroshock Therapy. But it's all worth it for the glass of beer at the end, plus the sense of camaraderie that develops among teammates. Many of those teammates go on to join the Mudder Legion, an organization for those who have participated in the event more than once. Tough Mudder also raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured veterans transition to civilian life.
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    1501 Culp Lake Road
    Cedartown, GA US
  • Trim-a-Tree Farm
    At Trim-A-Tree Farms, patrons choose their Christmas tree from a plot of still-planted leyland pine trees and chop it down themselves or have an able-bodied staff member cut, net, and load their catch. Guests stroll through rows of lush green trees ($7.50/ft.) in search of the right plant to fill lonely living-room corners as the aroma of pine needles induces memories of a past infatuation with an air freshener. Between passes through the farm, warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate or melt fingers over a bonfire's licking flames as little ones trot through fields atop Star, Trim-A-Tree's trusty chestnut pony, during complimentary pony rides. Though additional items are not included in this Groupon, ornaments from the gift shop revamp trees, and adventurous souls can indulge in free temporary tattoos that take the shape of holiday icons or Scrooge's evening gruel.
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    15250 Line Rd
    Athens, AL US
  • First Avenue Rocks
    Spanning 4,000 square feet, the climbing surfaces at First Avenue Rocks mimic the natural textures of the abundant local sandstone boulder terrain. One hundred varied climbing routes up to 17 feet high greet climbers who choose to ascend by bouldering without ropes on angled walls and roofs dotted with challenging foot-and handholds or on the facility?s ropes courses. For safety, the facility positions its vertical terrain above the floor?s 10-inch-deep Asana pads for soft landings in the event of missed holds or misguided urges to fly. Instructors are available to prep students of all ages and ability levels to tackle the gym's terrain, teaching three stages of introductory climbing courses and two advanced lead-climbing courses.
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    2417 1st Ave South
    Birmingham, AL US
  • UAB Recreation Swim School
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Campus Recreation Center opens its doors to the community, encouraging fit-seekers of all ages to get active. The all-inclusive 150,000-square-foot facility has it all: swimming pools, cardio and weight-training equipment, aerobics studios, and an indoor track. For those who like to mix calorie burning with friendly competition, the site also hosts basketball, racquetball, badminton, and volleyball courts; an indoor soccer and floor hockey field; and even a climbing wall. Kids aren't left out of the fun, either. The center hosts kids' day camps, packed with athletic activities and arts and crafts, and welcomes youths to imitate mountain goats on the rock wall or play racquetball in the supervised Kid Zone.
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    1501 University Boulevard
    Birmingham, AL US
  • Soul Survivor
    Throughout the year, Soul Survivor gathers up to 200 players at a time to re-create the zombie apocalypse. Things begin innocently enough in the fictional town of Baker's Creek. But when a zombie infection is introduced, the inhabitants?all clad in gleaming white T-shirts?must scatter to outwit and outrun the ever-growing horde. Zombies pass the infection by marking players with their "blood." The newly turned then report to the cabin for a zombie metamorphosis, which involves putting on makeup and memorizing Night of the Living Dead. One lucky survivor walks away with not just a clean tee, but a cash prize to boot.
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    124 Shell Toomer Pkwy.
    Auburn, AL US
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