Mysterious footfalls and disembodied screams fill the air at F.E.A.R. Institute, where Warehouse 366 dwells and nightmarish scenes and stomach-turning fiends span more than a quarter of a mile. As guests tiptoe through the forsaken dwelling, they slowly unravel a spine-tingling tale about its ghastly denizens. The blood-splattered humanoids, played by live actors, have been locked in the warehouse for years, eager to take out their anger on unsuspecting guests with murderous acts. In order to create this living tribute to humanity's dark side, F.E.A.R. Institute uses strobe lights, loud noises, and fog machines, so guests should arrive prepared for a multisensory experience.
The third annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage offers patrons the chance to unearth the past with myriad events and activities scattered throughout seven historic communities: Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. The 100-mile trail zigzags pilgrims from city to city, offering self-guided excursions ideal for self-directed murmurs of informational tidbits. The events, museum visits, private tours of historic homes, and other activities featured in the five-day pilgrimage itinerary give visitors a glimpse of historic Georgia. Pass-holders also have access to authentic battle sites, where they can trace the steps of soldiers and reenact bayonet-limbo contests. Most locations are open, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ron Carroll's fascination with helicopters began in Vietnam, when the aircraft transported him and his fellow infantry through the jungles to the front lines. Two Purple Hearts, nearly 20 years, and a stint in the publishing industry later, Carroll happened upon a copy of Flying magazine and his interest quickly rekindled. He continued with flying lessons, deepening his desire to become a helicopter pilot.
Today, Carroll possesses a Gold Seal CFI certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and helms a team of three pilots with more than 25,000 combined hours of flight experience. With a fleet comprising Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters—as well as a TruFlite H flight simulator that lets aspiring pilots practice operating a helicopter while singing and without leaving the ground—the team has trained throngs of airmen, including Governor Sonny Perdue.
FlyBoys Flight Centers pairs an FAA-certified instructor with aspiring high-flyers, who choose between a Cessna 172 or Piper Archer for an exhilarating ride high above the Earth. With the two-hour introductory flight lesson, gravity-defying novices start with a briefing, which preps them on the flight plan, maneuvers, and safety precautions. Clients take an airboat into the sky, as the teacher turns the reins over to the pilot-in-training for a 40-minute frolic where the aerial student performs gentle turns and skywrites angry letters to the edtior.
Near the end of the 18th century, Colonel Samuel Hugh Hawkins and the people of Americus decided a new train line was needed to ensure that their town would continue to grow and prosper. The resulting line, called the Savannah, Americus, and Montgomery, helped spur development throughout rural Georgia, and the historic SAM Shortline trains that now traverse its rails pay tribute to both the early line and its founder with the name. Vintage cars from 1949, transformed into comfortable, air-conditioned passenger liners, steer passengers through Georgia's landscape in five tours, with layovers encouraging riders to explore the towns of Plains, Americus, Leslie, and Cordele. A stop in Plains, the hometown of President Jimmy Carter, grants an up-close view of the stateman's boyhood home, campaign museum, and White House replica built entirely from peanuts. Between stops, a well-stocked commissary car lets rail-riders feast on à la carte items, including snacks, hot and cold beverages, and refreshing ice-cream treats.