If you plant it, they will come. The words rang in Jim Bennett’s ears as he shot awake in September 2009. Jim had dreamed of taking his daughter to a pumpkin patch, and when he awoke that night he scribbled plans to bring that dream to life. Over the next year, Jim and his crew hand planted pumpkin seeds on the fourth-generation Bennett Farm to prepare it for a fate quite different than its 60 years as a cattle farm without a single crop grown on it.
These days, pumpkins and gourds wait on the vine in three patches as hayrides pass by daily. At the petting farm, youngsters interact with sheep, miniature horses, and miniature-miniature horses, which mice rode in the old west. Kids can also navigate a hay-bale maze, frolic in the corn crib, and race down a 36-inch, 20-foot-long pipe slide.
Chefs in the cook house craft teacakes, pork skins, and apple pies with a wood-burning stove and wash pots hanging over an open fire. In the sorghum mill, workers transform farm-grown cane syrup, which the Bennetts sell in their country store alongside handmade soap and honey from local vendors.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Miles of rustic trails and camping for ATVs, sport quads, dirt bikes, dual sports and OHVs in the Talladega Mountains. Less than 90 miles from Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbus, and Montgomery. Family oriented. Open Sat, Sun & most holidays, 8am - 7pm. Individuals or groups welcome.
The sun filters through the trees, birds sing, and cute woodland critters peek out from the creek banks. Meanwhile, a family floats by on double and single innertubes, admiring the view. Floating Fun outfits these easy, breezy float trips, stocking its shelves with sturdy tubes with supportive bottoms and cup holders. Staff will even strap a cooler tube to your ride, which keeps drinks and snacks cold and close by. The tubes' surface resists accumulating the sun's burning heat for a comfortable ride along Choccolocco Creek's calmer stretches. And while the creek can also get adrenalin pumping with quick currents and periodically rocky shoals, The Choccolocco is dubbed a "family" creek because it's safe for both kids and adults.