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The great thing about living in coastal Georgia is you don’t have to travel too far to seek out an adventure. Experience thrilling new things by staying local and in state.
Get Air Savannah
Take a leap of faith and try out your trampoline skills. Get Air Savannah open in August 2015 and has quickly become the local place for birthday celebrations, family fun outings and rediscovering the child in your heart.
Step inside the massive warehouse at 3609 Ogeechee Road, Suite B in Savannah and cast your gaze at the huge indoor playground featuring wall-to-wall trampolines. Bounce to your heart’s content and dive into foam pits. Test your balancing skills on their slack lines and see how far you can climb the fidget ladder. Take a large group and go head-to-head in a game of trampoline dodge ball. Test your dunking skills at the slam ball stations or try the Ninja course, an adrenaline pumping race through a maze of walls and trampolines.
Get Air Savannah is designed for children 46 inches in height and above and all adults. There is a section for smaller children called the kiddie court and the staff is trained to accommodate children and adults with special needs. Get Air Savannah is open daily.
It also hosts birthday parties, corporate parties, family reunions and special events. All guests are required to sign a waiver. For more information call 912-319-0047 or visit: getairsavannah.com.
Tour St. Simons by helicopter
Wilco Aviation Services offers aerial tours of St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles coast. The South tour offers aerial views of East Beach, Village Pier and the St. Simons lighthouse. This tour is geared to those who have never experienced a ride in a helicopter.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can take the three island tour. This tour hovers over the same sights are the south tour but also travels over Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, the marshes along Glynn County and a sunken tug boat.
Wilco offers an aerial view of Cumberland Island for their wild horse tour. It is a combination of their south tour, three island tour with the added benefit or sighting the wild horses that run along the shores of Cumberland Island.
Their Golden Isle tour adds views of Jekyll Island, the Sidney Lanier Bridge and Little Cumberland Island along with views included in others tours except for the wild horses.
Specialty tours include a romantic tour perfect for anniversaries, special dates and engagements and include complimentary champagne.
During the holiday season Wilco offers a lighted home tour and includes complimentary hot cocoa.
Tours should be booked in advance.
Wilco Aviation is a full service aviation company. In addition to offering tours they offer pilot training, aviation sales and detailing. They are located at 1775 Demere Road in St. Simons.
For more information call 912-689-9117 or visit: www.wilcoav.com.
The Jumping place
For those looking to take a serious leap head out to the Jumping Place in Statesboro. As the names implies the Jumping Place is where serious thrill seekers can learn to skydive. For those looking to just cross this item of their bucket list you can tandem skydive with one of their experts. This heart pumping jump takes you two-miles above the earth. You will free fall at 120 miles per hour. If you find that you enjoyed the thrill the Jumping Place offers various training levels where you can earn your United States Parachute Association (A) license. The Jumping Place has been in business for 25 years serving almost all of Georgia, North Florida and South Carolina. Go to www.thejumpingplace.com
Amphibian Air has been around for five years and has flown 1,100 people ranging in age from five to 85 years old. The aircraft is a Cygnet Amphibious Trike Special Light Sport Aircraft. Slightly larger than an Ultralight it is an open cockpit powered hang glider that takes riders above the marshes of Savannah. The 90-minute discovery flight starts with a pre-flight briefing. The Skidaway River serves as your runway as the Amphibian craft gathers speed across the top of the water before gently lifting upward. Riders will experience the wind in their face and have an opportunity to steer the craft, if they choose. A certificate will be presented to those willing to handle the craft which can be used toward earning a Sport Pilot License. Amphibian Air offers additional training for those seeking to become a pilot. The flights travel over scenic Skidaway Island State Park, Wormsloe State Historic site and parts of Savannah. Flights are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Call ahead for booking and availability. For more information call 912-572-8055 or visit: amphibianair.com.
Make a splash
Summer Waves, Surf Lagoon and Splash in the ’Boro
A fun family outing at any of the local waterparks is just one of many aquatic adventures nearby. All three water parks offer water slides and hours of fun for children and adults of all ages.
All three parks offer a variety of water slides, spaces for birthday parties or events, locker rentals and concessions. Splash in the ’Boro also offers swim lessons.
Summer Waves is on Jekyll Island. During the June and July the water park is open daily. Summer Waves offers different pass prices and group admission rates. For more information call 912-635-2074 or visit: www.jekyllisland.com/summer-waves.
Surf Lagoon is a newer water park open in Pooler. It is open daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the months of June and July and the first week of August. Afterwards the park has various operating hours listed on their web-site. A season pass costs $49.99. General admission for folks 48 inches and taller is $14.99, under 48 inches is $9.99 and children 2-years and under cost $4.99.
For more information call 912- 988-1801 or visit: www.surflagoonpooler.com.
Splash in the ’Boro has been a long time favorite located in Statesboro. Usually it is open late May into late August with varying hours depending on the day of the week.
Admission to Splash in the ’Boro is $12. For more information call 912-489-3000 or visit: www.splashintheboro.com.
Altamaha Coastal Tours
Located in historic and picturesque and nearby Darien, Altamaha Coastal Tours offers guided tours and rentals of kayaks, canoes, and bikes. They have been in business at this location for more than two decades.
Kayak rentals are $35 per person per day for solo kayaks or $60 for a tandem kayak. Canoes rentals are $50 per day and bike rentals are $15. All the paddles and safety equipment is included in the rental fee.
Guided kayak tours are available and vary in duration from three hour day trips to a full tour of the Altamaha River over the course of several days. Explore Cathead Creek and the Buffalo Swamp Nature area which provide breath-taking vistas of old cypress trees and the abandoned rice fields once managed by African American slaves during the state’s plantation era.
Tour Black Beard Island where the infamous pirate Edward Teach supposedly left buried treasure. Paddle up to Fort Barrington a colonial frontier outpost located in the center of the Altamaha River and surrounded by old Tupelo trees.
Shuttle buses are available for those looking to do full day or half day self-guided tours.
Bike tours include visits to historic areas of downtown Darien nearby abandoned rice fields and Fort King George. Guided tours are $40.
All tours and rental require advanced booking and deposits. For more information call 912-437-6010 or visit: www.altamaha.com/index.html
The Board-Loft on Tybee Island offers paddle-boarding excursions and rentals as well as kitesurfing lessons. They also sell paddle-boards, surfboards and kite surfing equipment.
Stand up paddle-boarding has become a popular activity for fitness and water enthusiasts. It is considered a full-body water workout. Boardloft offer equipment rentals and lessons.
Boardloft is the longest running kitesurfing school on Tybee Island established in 2000. Kitesurfing combines aspects of surfing and windsurfing but you are being driven across the water by a high flying kite.
The instructors have more than 20 years of experience and have taught hundreds of students. Boardloft offer various lesson rates based on length of training time. In the past, the business has maintained varying hours every day, except Tuesdays.
For more information visit: www.boardloft.com/index.html
Explore the land
Georgia is rich in history and offers a variety of scenic landscapes waiting to be explored. Of course right here in Liberty County we have several sites that make up the historic Liberty Trail. Among the sites to explore making up the trail are the Sunbury Cemetery, Fort Morris State Park, Seabrook Village, Midway Museum and historic Midway Church and the Dorchester Academy. But for the locals looking to explore new locations you don’t have to travel too far for fabulous vistas.
In nearby Richmond Hill you can explore Fort McAllister State Park. Located along the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister State Park showcases a well-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The park offers picnic areas, camping, fishing, boating and walking trails. Seven brand new cabins were built on stilts near the marsh providing a panoramic view of the coastal waterways and all the natural wildlife inhabitants.
Special activities are offered throughout the summer months for children. Fort McAllister also offers a Father’s Day Weekend camp out special and Independence Day celebrations. For more information visit: gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister
There are various destinations within Savannah that are worthy of a visit even from locals. In the heart of the downtown squares there are several art galleries, historic buildings, fine eating establishments and many places to quench your thirst with an adult beverage. But here are a few places that are a must-do if you have yet to cross them off your list of things to see.
Touring this historic and beautiful cemetery built on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River should be on everyone’s list of things to do. The cemetery became famous when featured in the book and later movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," by John Berendt. The cemetery is also the burial site for several notable people to include former Governor Edward Telfair actor James Neil actress Edythe Chapman, several confederate and civil war generals and officers and singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer.
It is also famous for allegedly being the most haunted cemetery in the United States.
6th Sense World Historic Ghost & Cemetery Tours is the exclusive tour guide for those looking to learn both the history and haunting legends of Bonaventure Cemetery. They are the only tour agency that offers periodic tours of the cemetery during the evening hours adding to the mystic of the local ghost legends. The evening tours often sell out quickly so advance purchase is highly recommended.
For more information visit: 6thsenseworld.com/
Georgia State Railroad Museum
This National Historic Landmark is located at the old Central Georgia Railway and Terminal Facilities. Explore historic railcars and take guided tours on an old steam or diesel locomotive. For more information visit: www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM
If you are looking to add a truly unique experience drive a little further and go underground.
Georgia Girl Guides Cave tours
Georgia Girl Guides formed in 2011 and is an approved vendor for Georgia State Park and Historical sites. They offer cave tours at Cloudland Canyon State Park and Pidgeon Mountain Wildlife Management area both in Northwest Georgia.
The highly trained and experienced guides promise an experience of a lifetime but warn it can sometimes get muddy, wet, dark but mostly unforgettable. Participants should be prepared to crawl on their hands and knees, climb over rocks, stoop while walking, balance on slick surfaces and maneuver on muddy banks.
They offer one-hour, two-hour and four-hour individual or group tours. Children must be at least six years old and physically capable of exploring the caves on their own two feet. Advanced reservations and deposits are required.
For more information visit: www.georgiagirlguides.com/
Providence Canyon State Park
Georgia’s very own little Grand Canyon is just a five hour drive west from Liberty County. The park offers spectacular views of the massive gullies, as deep as 150 feet, simply caused by man’s poor farming practices during the 1800s. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues highlight Mother Nature’s artistically formed painting of the Georgia State Park. It is a favorite among photographers, trail hikers and nature lovers.
For more information visit: gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon
This is but a small list of the many places to visit within a day’s drive or weekend stay. Explore and create your perfect summer thrills by visiting Explore Georgia at: www.exploregeorgia.org/