The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That?s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. All of our YMCA of Coastal Georgia locations embody these three values so that everyone regardless of age, gender or income is given the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. With a variety of group fitness classes ranging from Zumba to family fit nights, spin classes to TRX and everything in between, you?re sure to find what you?re looking for at the YMCA! Our staff pumps up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, personal-training sessions and so much more. We?ve also filled our fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, after-school programs, and numerous sports offerings.
A gravity-defying wonderland built from six inflatable playgrounds, Leapin' Lizards lets kids ages 2–12 unleash their inner wallabies. The Jurassic Adventureland transports children back to a time when dinosaurs bounced the earth, and the Safari Adventure sends kiddies bounding about the Serengeti. Elsewhere, parents can hold tykes' hands through the toddler playland or Crazy Caterpillar while older children vault over gumdrops in the Candy Land Village, riding the sugar high all the way to the ceiling-high slide. For everyone's physical and olfactory safety, socks are required throughout the play area and are available for $2 a pair if you forget.
Black Creek Golf Club features 18 holes of lush landscape in addition to fetching facilities such as a practice green, a driving range, and a full-service clubhouse. Before confronting the par-72 course, launch two bags of range balls (a $10 value) into the well-maintained yonder of the club’s 2-acre driving range, complete with multiple tees and greens for chipping, putting, and dressing in vinaigrette.
Patrons of all ages embark on hours of outdoor adventure on winding go-kart tracks and imaginative mini-golf courses at Fun Zone Amusement & Sports Park. Wristband-wearing folk hop behind the wheel of a go-kart and whip around three speed-inducing raceways. The short, oval-shaped Kiddy Karts track is designed for racers under 4 feet tall with at least three years of life experience, and licensed drivers can chauffeur younger passengers around full-size tracks, hugging sharp turns and kissing bugs that whiz by on the Road Course and Figure 8.
Dirk Hardison finds the beauty of Savannah to be in its details—the cherry trees that line Huntingdon Street and the antebellum Victorian architecture of the Mercer House. These are elements he knows inside and out—in his two decades as a Savannah resident, he has worked on preservation projects of the First Bryan Baptist Church and the 1921 Lucas Theatre. He also served as the architectural design consultant for the Historic Savannah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the maintenance and restoration of buildings in all nine historic districts.
Dirk knows that Savannah’s details are easily blurred from onboard a moving vehicle or traffic-dodging police horse, so he founded Savannah Rambles, where he orchestrates walking tours of his beloved city. Though the rambles are built around architecture, the city’s structural elements also serve as stepping-stones into explorations of Savannah’s history and culture. Aside from the signature Savannah Architectural Ramble—a two-hour tour that can be open, private, or extended to the five-hour grand version—the nighttime Dark Ramble meets at Tomochichi’s gravesite and slinks through the oldest streets and burial sites as Dirk recounts eerie Savannah lore.
In 1820, an upwardly mobile carpenter named Isaiah Davenport designed a 6,800-square-foot Federal-style home to live in with his wife, children, and slaves. After his death, Davenport’s wife turned the stately brick house into a boarding house, though it later devolved into a run-down tenement—until the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the landmark when it was threatened with demolition in 1955. The organization’s award-winning preservation, their very first effort, jumpstarted an organized preservation movement that spread across the entire port city.
Today, the Davenport House Museum’s rooms are filled with antique furniture from the 1820s, acquired after careful research relying on estate inventories and detailed artist renderings of long-ago games of musical chairs. These period-accurate tables and chairs join ceramics, textiles, and books to form the museum’s collection of about 500 historical items. Behind the home, where a carriage house, garden, and privy once stood, a garden designed by renowned landscape artist Penelope Hobhouse flourishes. After walking among its flowers, visitors can drop by the museum shop to pick up jams and jellies, books about Savannah, and reproductions of early 19th-century items.