After a flood devastated the area in 1994, Flint RiverQuarium was built to educate future generations about the geographic and ecologic conditions in the Flint River Basin. Families explore exhibits made to look like natural habitats, in which native creatures splash, swim, and make ill-advised deals with cunning sea witches to become human.
Size: seven permanent exhibits
Eye Catcher: The RiverQuarium Blue Hole Spring holds 175,000 gallons of water and stretches 22 feet deep. Inside, 120 species of fish, turtles, and alligators swim, from the enormous 8-foot-long Gulf sturgeon to adorable turtles such as the red-eared slider.
Permanent Mainstay: The Cypress Creek Aviary houses indigenous birds such as the great egret and little blue heron.
Don't Miss: The Hatchery, where fish are raised from egg to fingerling before being transferred to other exhibits
Hands-On Experiments: Get up close and personal with one of the Flint River Basin's denizens during animal encounters, regularly scheduled on the weekend.
Catch a Movie" The Imagination Theater shows short films centered on local species, such as fire ants and alligators.
Special Programs: On Discovery Days (the first and third Sunday of every month) the RiverQuarium comes to life with arts and crafts activities, story tellers, and live animal presentations.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
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Art of the Catwalk, an AFAA-certified and 2012 Tally Award-winning pole-dance and fitness studio, is a venue for all women to tap into their wild sides regardless of age or build. The team of experienced dancers and coaches lead a diverse lineup of classes designed to stretch, tone, and choreograph. The team complements pole-dancing classes with Zumba, yoga, belly-dancing, and boot-camp courses for every fitness level. They cap class attendance at 40 participants (or around 10 for pole-dancing classes) to ensure personalized attention and enough space for clients to wear razor-edged tutus if they wish. Art of the Catwalk can also gussy up physiques outside of the fitness studio with an onsite full-service salon. It also employs Catwalk Kittens from Pretty Kitty Productions, a promotion company bent on spicing up most any event, to infuse personal parties with gravity-defying dance moves and infectious DJ beats.
As its name suggests, Poor Paul’s Pourhouse provides patrons exclusively with pourables including beer, cocktails, and shots. The bar features a number of freebies such as dartboards with steel-tip darts, four pool tables, and Thursday-night trivia. On Sundays and Mondays, the staff complements drinks with slices of free Gumby’s pizza. The interior features classic, unpretentious wood accents that suggest a recreational haven more than a stuffy boardroom. High-backed wood booths broadcast their coziness and ability to promote posture better than a drill sergeant teaching first graders to the drinkers reveling under understated track lighting. Owner Jim Smith has been preserving this familiar bar atmosphere since taking it over in 1976.
Movies 8’s towering vertical sign flashes its red letters and pastel colors at passersby, enticing them to step inside and enjoy a night at the cinema. In the lobby, black-and-white checkered tiles, pink and orange walls, and neon signs hark back to the 1950s, when ladies often wore polka-dot dresses and gentlemen still slicked back their pompadours with crude motor oil. Before feasting their eyes on recently released blockbusters stretched across the silver screen, moviegoers line up at the snack counter, where an old-fashioned menu displays the theater’s bounty of popcorns, snacks, and drinks. Once movies let out, guests can test their button-mashing mettle in Movies 8’s arcade, which has its own separate nook.