Most popular offering: Beer Tasting
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: Eat before arrival and arrive early.
To the guides at Southern Beer Tours, every sip of local beer can be an exciting experience. "We enjoy highlighting the big guys, the smaller guys, and the start-ups," says the company's president. As guides point out on their tours, Georgia boasts more than 20 local breweries, and numerous other start-ups expected to yield fresh brews in the near future. The guides don't stick to one route or landscape, either; they constantly rotate the regions they tour in order to visit different breweries, pubs, and the region's naturally-occurring beer geysers.
The Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage invites visitors to embark on self-guided treks through the region's rich heritage along a 100-mile trail connecting the seven historic Georgia communities of Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. Four house museums open their doors to curious guests in Athens, and in Milledgeville, history buffs can stroll through Georgia's Old Capital museum, nestled within the same building where state legislators voted to secede from the Union. More historic sites abound in Ideville, which hosts the preserved battlefield upon which soldiers fought the Battle of Griswoldville, and historical reenactments thrive in Old Clinton, where spectators can witness a restaging of the federal occupation of Clinton every first weekend in May. Attendees compelled by more recent history can stop by the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, which salutes the artists and the band of whistling peaches that got their start in the state. To help visitors choose between all of the possible attractions, Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage also suggests three must-sees in each community.
As the head winemaker at Courson's Winery, Beau Courson puts more than 20 years of experience to good use while he crafts Southern-style muscadine, scuppernong, and fruit wines. Visitors can head to the tasting room to sip samples and purchase bottles of their favorite wine, or browse supplies for making wine at home. Aside from vino, the winery also keeps its shelves stocked with jellies, salsas, hot sauces, and gift baskets.
Oconee Outfitters eliminates pretty much any reason to stay inside?unless of course a customer needs to buy some more outdoor gear. The store stocks kayaks, bicycles, hammocks, and other items that allow for adventure in the great outdoors. The staff also rents kayaks and tunes up bicycles. Then it's off to hit the surrounding trails or kayak down a river.
Bakers Creek, population: 200. Life passes slowly in this idyllic wooded town?until the virus seeps in and the blood begins to fly. Soul Survivor immerses participants in a full-scale zombie-outbreak scenario, challenging them to cooperate and use their wits to outrun and outsmart a zombie horde. The game begins with a safety and rule briefing, where each participant is issued an ominous white T-shirt. When the zombies begin to roam, they splash blood, "infecting" anyone they hit. Onsite makeup artists help transform the infected with an undead look that even a ghoul as glamorous as Jacob Marley would covet. The remaining humans, meanwhile, dodge zombies on a course that winds through trails and clearings, making stops at stations along the way to gather props and complete required tasks. Each game ends when there's just one uninfected player left standing. The winning human is dubbed the Soul Survivor and receives a cash prize, as does the game's Best Zombie.
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.