Tended to by a caring staff, the fully matted, 12'x12' stalls at Cypress Grove Stables host clients' contented steeds and the stables' own herd of well-trained equines. Professional instructors lead private and group riding lessons for students of all ages and experience levels, exposing neophyte riders to saddle-top basics on the 97-acre facility and preparing more advanced rein-wranglers for AA-rated shows. After exercising their four legs during a lesson or onsite training session, all steeds return to the stables for a meal of premium feed and orchard alfalfa hay complimented by fresh H2O and on-demand appletinis with carrot garnish from an automatic watering system.
To tell the heroic tale of the Mighty Eighth Air Force requires more than a simple history book or channel can handle. At the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, displays of tangible, lovingly preserved relics preserve the harrowing and inspiring stories of the Eighth Air Force's greatest achievements, paying respect to those who risked, and often lost, their lives. The exhibits narrate how the Mighty Eighth earned its nickname as the all-time largest air armada for its role in World War II, and a combat gallery of scale models and authentic flying machines, including a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that's now being painstakingly restored, allows visitors to nab up-close views of the planes that made it all happen. Other exhibits detail how the men and women of the Eighth helped repel the Nazi menace, while the memorial gardens and Chapel of the Fallen Eagles salute all of those in the armed forces from WWII through today.
The turrets of Star Castle climb high above Mall Boulevard, its drawbridge lowered to lead visitors into to a grand hall filled with treasure and adventure. Inside the 28,000-square-foot entertainment stronghold, children glide across a solid-wood skating surface, rolling around to top-40 hits and classic tunes spun by a resident DJ. Coats of arms and archways surround the rink and lead to other fun-filled chambers, including a video arcade where guests can test their skills on games both nostalgic and new and redeem tickets for prizes or sew them into giant ticket sweaters. As if that wasn't enough, the castle also contains a 4,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, where future knights engage in simulated battles beset by black lights and fog, all under the supervision of an arena attendant and any friends or family members who wish to watch from the spectator room.
Crystal and Johnny Mindedahl host riders of all ages and abilities on Rocking M Ranch’s 60 acres of rolling pastures, beyond which lie miles of historical forests and trails. The ranch takes extra care to comfort its horses, and neighs of contentment echo through the 14-stall barn and across the competition-sized arena where students can refine their horsemanship throughout the year. Instructors tailor each lesson to accommodate individual goals, helping beginners gain comfort and advanced students work toward competitions with tutorials in grooming, safety, saddling, and horse anatomy. In addition to lessons, Rocking M Ranch regularly hosts day camps for children and teens. These camps pique kids’ interests with riding lessons, games, and traditional farm activities, such as playing with pet goats and churning butter from an original Nintendo.
Royal Bike Taxi maintains a fleet of bright-yellow pedicabs that can be commissioned to transport patrons on everyday errands or herald in a special event. Licensed, iron-calved drivers pick up patrons from any metro-Savannah location and respond to summonses by curbside hail, phone, or singing telegram from an Elvis impersonator. They can convey pairs to any nearby location, from a wedding to a reception, or past historic downtown sites during photo safaris that include basic photography instruction. Throughout a trip, the three-wheeled cabs' safety belts and retractable black tops keep customers protected.