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.
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.
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.
Though The Odyssey has earned acclaim for documenting history’s most iconic journey, Mary Charles Howard has won over her customers by focusing on a more commonplace one—food’s journey from the farm to the table. As the owner of Athens Food Tours, an establishment named the best in Athens by Tripadvisor, she and her team guide gourmands to local eateries such as The Grit, Agua Linda, Kelly’s Jamaican, and Copper Street Brew Pub. Their walking tours send peripatetic palates through specific neighborhoods, such as Prince Avenue, the downtown area, or Normaltown, named for its distinction of being the only area to have successfully banned talking dogs. On each tour, guests mingle with chefs and sample their concoctions, but guides also incorporate factoids on non-culinary topics such as history, local music, and architecture.
Founded and operated by students and recent graduates, WOW Tours Inc. has been ferrying college kids from across the country to Panama City Beach since 2009. For weeks on end, DJs spin booming dance music at massive parties that sprawl across 27 miles of sparkling white sand. Besides providing transportation and accommodations for a weeklong stay, WOW Tours puts together party packages to ensure that there’s something to do every night so its guests won’t need to resort to learning anything.