Eric Sullivan owes his seamanship and fishing skills to his 21-year stint in the Coast Guard. In his free time, he would fish the waters of wherever his job landed him, whether it was the Bering Sea, the Atlantic coast, or Mars’s one puddle. Nowadays, most of his fishing takes place along the inlets and marshes of South Carolina’s Low Country as the owner of his own fishing-charter company, Triple Hook Fishing. Aboard his 22-foot bay boat, the US Coast Guard–licensed captain motors passengers on fishing trips to waters that are rich with redfish, trout, flounder, and seasonal fish such as sharks and king mackerel. Through these trips, Eric is able to share his passion for fishing with others, and help families create the type of lasting memories he has created with his own wife and kids.
Unlike a battle royale in a friend’s backyard, the fun doesn’t end at GloZone just because the sun is setting. Instead of shying away from the dark, GloZone revels in it, inviting guests to dart through shadows during laser tag or putt their way through two nine-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature-golf courses. In the murky depths of the laser-tag arena, combatants wear vests with fiber-optic target panels as they battle for rights to a penny they found simultaneously. On the mini-golf courses, meanwhile, black lights illuminate such obstacles as a neon yellow taxi, traffic signs, and fish as golfers putt their balls over contoured surfaces. Nearby, arcade games and air hockey entice guests to rack up high scores. In addition to its open-play times, GloZone hosts parties for kids celebrating the anniversary of their safe delivery by stork.
Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia Scuba defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts—from small children to disabled adults—explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Cozumel convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.
At its two Columbia locations, Plex Indoor Sports aims to provide complete indoor recreation with artificial-turf fields, ice arenas, inflatables, basketball courts, family entertainment center, and full-service cafe. Both facilities offer after-school programs providing access to soccer, football, and lacrosse programs, ensuring that children learn the proper techniques required to work toward goals and play safely. Total-fitness classes are also available throughout the week, highlighting invigorating methods such as yoga, Zumba, and hip-hop aerobics. The Sandhills location hosts a roller-skating rink, and the Irmo location houses an NHL regulation-sized ice rink with public skate times in between hockey games and practice sessions of the local ice-fishing team.
A 30-foot rock-climbing wall towers over the Family Entertainment Center, granting visitors an elevated view of a facility packed with wall-to-wall inflatables and family activities. Visitors can roller skate, set new high scores at the arcade, or attempt to stay atop a mechanical bull. Other attractions include bungee jumping, a rock-n-roll ride, and more.
Hollywild Animal Park's family of animal lovers care for a stable of four-legged, photogenic stars. Dozens of resident critters include lions, a white tiger, and Tank, the white rhino best known for giving its spots to an outcast cow in an act of zoological altruism. Trips on the Outback Safari ride breeze past 70 acres of rolling terrain, and visitors can purchase feed to bestow upon hungry quadrupeds including fallow deer, zebras, and Scottish Highlanders. A specialized feeding area provides additional opportunities to bottle feed the next generation of mammalian stars, and a picnic area gives humans chances to gloat about opposable thumbs as they nosh nimbly on sandwiches.
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