Thronateeska Heritage Center provides an exploration of science and South Georgian history through an interactive science center and history museum, both of which are free to the public, as well as a planetarium. Wetherbee Planetarium’s SciDome hi-def projection system, 40-foot diameter dome, and surround-sound system is the first of its kind in the world, launching reclining stargazers into celestial vistas with a higher definition than the actual night sky. Get sucked into shows, including the Liam Neeson-narrated Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity, a harrowing journey to the formation of the early universe, the birth and death of stars, and premium-boosting collisions of giant galaxies. Or bring your cosmic dowsing rod to Oasis in Space, a beautiful voyage through the universe on a quest to find liquid water, a key ingredient in the delicious recipe of life. Two more shows focus on the nature of molecules and the history of the telescope.
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.
A former marine, Jason Knowles has spent a decade on SWAT teams and executed fugitive apprehensions and high-risk property searches. Today he helps soldiers, law-enforcement officials, and civilians expand their firearm and self-defense skill sets at Hard Target Security Group. In classes, Knowles and his team demonstrate how to safely wield weapons from basic handguns to shotguns and cover topics such as home defense and the proper use of pepper spray. They also teach their students how to capitalize on the startle-flinch reflex in their the S.P.E.A.R. self-defense system, a strategy for close-quarters combat. Outside their facilities, the team assesses the security of valuable assets—such as homes and yachts—or furnishes its clients with security cameras and thermal-imaging technology.
The Flint RiverQuarium pulses with animal life both aquatic and terrestrial and with an array of interactive exhibits. Sea-creature gawkers can view more than 120 watery friends at play inside the blue-hole spring, and fans of fowl can visit the Cypress Pond Aviary, which houses a multiplicity of native birds unaware of Alfred Hitchcock. After ogling submerged or airborne species, guests can check out the theater, in which a three-story-tall screen flickers with stunning nature films that show creatures in their natural habitats. The aquarium staff presents dive shows, alligator feedings, and penguin-led anger-management classes to provide visitors with a variety of inclusive educational demonstrations.
PT Gym encourages guests to improve fitness with an armada of modern, state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment in its 12,000 square-foot confines. Sweat off your spare tire using the fitness center's free weights, plate-loaded Hammer Strength equipment, treadmills,stationary bikes, and step machines. PT Gym membership includes fitness evaluations to determine your body’s current status regarding ketchup or mustard, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, and body composition. Meet with a registered dietitian to learn about nutritional nuances and positive lifestyle choices, such as substituting non-fat milk for anti-freeze in your morning cup of coffee.
Offered six days a week, the Extreme Group Personal Training (PTGX) Bootcamp is an intense, heart rate elevating exercise program designed to trim and tone the whole body, exiling love handles to a climate that supports complete evaporation. After any workout, enjoy PT Gym’s private showers, squeaky-clean locker rooms, and a pro shop teeming with refreshments to replenish misplaced confidence and electrolytes.
An expansive floor space replete with treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines satisfies all fitness needs at American Fitness 24/7. Racks of free weights rest against a wall of mirrors, and an open area yields enough room for people to swing kettlebells and to play on the adult jungle-gym. Certified trainers guide members through group training and semiprivate personal training to help meet fitness goals that range from losing weight to prepping for a marathon.
Designed by the late Dean Refram, a former PGA Tour pro and course architect who worked with Arnold Palmer, The Golf Club at Summerbrooke's 18-hole, par 72 course bounds over a diverse landscape of rolling hills, dense groves of trees, and waterways and ravines. Measuring 6,845 yards from the farthest tees, the course begins with a relatively open, par 4 first hole, graciously letting duffers find their groove before hitting into tighter fairways and treacherous tree lines. An 80-foot-deep ravine surrounds the green of the par 3 15th, which marks the beginning of the three-hole Contemplation Corner, a climactic gauntlet that challenges clubbers with forced carries, bottomless ravines, and burbling water hazards. A relaxing finishing hole, the par 5 18th settles the nerves, letting golfers swing freely as their pin-hunting odyssey draws to a close.
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