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50 things to do

Summer 2018

ake this summer your best summer yet in Coweta County by taking advantage of the numerous parks and playgrounds, adventures and activities, camps and classes offered throughout the season. We’ve listed 50 ideas to get you started.

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For summertime splash fun, visit Carl Miller Park, one of the season’s most popular destinations, at 70 Sewell Road in Newnan. Owned and operated by Newnan Utilities, it’s the home of Kid’s Castle Park, a large, gated playground, and two other playgrounds, including one for toddlers. In April through September, two splash parks —one for toddlers and one for ages 4 and up­—invite water play to cool off on hot days. The splash park and playground areas feature multiple pavilions, snack machines, restrooms and a walking track. Admission is free, and the park closes at dusk. For more, call 770.683.5516. (see ad, page 27)


The city of Newnan is awash in parks. In downtown, there’s Greenville Street Park at the intersection of Greenville, Salbide and LaGrange streets. The park features a handsome colonnade, benches, picnic areas, lovely landscaping, fountain and stage. Within walking distance of downtown Newnan, the park boasts two grand sculptures, one by prominent Atlanta artist Martin Dowe and the other created by internationally renowned, local artist Carol Harless. Just outside the historic Greenville/ LaGrange residential district, First Avenue Park features a playground, pavilion, large field for kite flying and Frisbee tossing, and a paved track for walking and biking with dogs allowed on

leash. C.J. Smith Park on Farmer Street has two playgrounds, including one that is heavily shaded beneath massive oak trees. The upper half of the park is home to the Coweta County African American Heritage Museum. On Spring Street, Ray Park was extensively rebuilt by the city a few years ago and now includes pavilions, a whimsical playground, walking trail, tennis courts and grassy areas. Temple Avenue/City Park, at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street, features the Veterans Plaza, benches and a fountain with multicolored lights at night. Its gazebo is often reserved for weddings. Lynch Park, at Wesley Street and Richard Allen Drive, welcomes play at the Wesley Street Gymnasium, Pickett Field baseball and softball fields, and a playground and pavilion among oak trees with picnic tables and grills. A summer highlight is Lynch Park pool and playground, operated by the YMCA. Fridays are pizza days! The pool, at 23 Richard Allen Drive, charges $3 for admission with children under 2 free. Annual passes are $30 per person. For more, call 770.683.0467 or visit php.


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Page 4 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan, puts emphasis on arts education with summer camps: MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP: Campers combine musical and artistic talents while increasing their performance experience. The Lion King Experience for Kids invites rising 4th-6th grade students for camp June 18-22. Disney’s High School Musical Jr. Camp is set for June 25-29 for rising 6th-9th grade students. Musical Theatre Director Cassandra Scott leads the summer camps, which run Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., ending with a complimentary performance for family and friends at 5 p.m. on Friday. Cost is $200 per camp. Students should register by May 31. For more, contact Brittney Henderson at 770.254.2787, Ext. 2 or THE CENTRE STUDIO EXPRESS: Hop aboard the Express for summer fun. Rising 1st-6th graders are invited to participate in 9 a.m. – noon camps held July 9-13 and July 16-20. Camp Directors Jodie Hobbs and Carol Toole teach children about art through hands-on work while incorporating art history. Campers exhibit their work to family and friends on the last day of camp and take artwork home afterward. Cost for camp is $150 and registration must be made by May 31. For more, contact Brittney.Henderson@ or 770.254.2787, Ext. 2, or or 770.713.0098. S.T.A.R. (Superintendent’s Theatre Arts Resource) SUMMER SHOW: The S.T.A.R. summer show is set for July 26, 27 and 28.


Located at 24 First Avenue, Newnan Theatre Company offers summer programs for kids of all ages. For more on the following camps and workshops, call 770.683.6282 or visit

50 things to do Newnan Theatre Company’s Summer KidsCamp features six week-long drama boot camps teaching elementary students how to design and build sets, write skits, create characters and put on a show. Kids entering 1st-5th grades can sign up for half days, 9 a.m. – 12:30 ($175 per child/$25 off for sibling), or full days, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ($275 per child/$25 off for siblings). The cost includes a performance on Friday for friends and family. This summer’s themes are: June 4-8: Time Traveling Adventures; June 11-15: In a Far Off Galaxy; June 18-22: Caribbean Pirates; June 25-29: Princesses, Knights & Dragons; July 9-3: Superheroes & Villains; and July 1620: Wondrous Wizards. Newnan Theatre Company’s Backstage workshops are two-week classes that take summer theatre boot camp to the next level. Set for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, the camp invites students in grades 6-8 to focus on script writing, stage management, set building and more. Cost is $350 per child per week/$25 off for siblings. Backstage 2018 workshop dates and themes include: June 4-15: Science Fiction & Space; June 18-29: Renaissance Festival; and July 9-20: Worlds of Wizards. (see ad, page 29)


Located at 30 Temple Avenue, ChildrenConnect Museum is a handson creativity workshop for children and their families that’s perfect for a rainy day. Each month, a new topic is explored through hands-on activities that engage kids’ curiosity and spark their creativity by encouraging them to engineer, build, develop and refine their own projects. Kids have the opportunity to share their projects as temporary exhibits in the museum. Programs include: BUILDERS CIRCLE: Children who

Summer 2018 want to know how things work meet on Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., to disassemble old appliances, broken electronics, old gadgets and gizmos to see how the pieces fit together and repurpose the parts as building materials. FRIDAY FUN TIME: This 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. workshop on Fridays invites kids and grown-ups to spend a creative morning working on a project together. Use in-house materials and supplies to build a dinosaur, paint a masterpiece, create a rocket ship, design a necklace, or build a LEGO fortress. ChildrenConnect Museum charges $5 admission per child; adults are free. For info about summer workshops, call 470.414.2455, email info@ or visit


The play area at Monkey Joe’s, located in Ashley Park at 354 Newnan Crossing Bypass, bustles with wall-to-wall fun featuring inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses guaranteed to keep your kids active, happy and healthy. Monkey Joe’s is the place for parties, too, with bouncy inflatables indoor-fun for kids 12 and younger. The inflatable play center boasts slides, bounces, and obstacle courses, and there are arcade games, concessions, and dedicated party rooms. For more, call 770.251.7226 or visit newnan.


Wall-to-wall trampolines invite endless aerial action at Sky Zone, located at 1098 Bullsboro Drive, Suite 15. Kid have an epic time all year-round, but in summer, there’s SkyCamp! Instructor-led activities include ageappropriate exercise and ultimate dodgeball. Camp dates are June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13 and July 23-27. Full Day Camp runs 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Page 6 for $199 week/$149 for siblings. Halfday Camp is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for $149 week/$129 for siblings. To sign up, call 678.835.9113 or visit newnan.


The Nature Center offers educational and recreation opportunities with an outdoor classroom, fire pit and mini amphitheatres along the wooded trails where instructors lead talks on environment, topography, wildlife and land use. Hike one of the many self-guided trails through the diverse forest, bog and lake locations or take a wheelchairaccessible paved nature trail and explore native plant species, local geology and ecology. Restrooms available. The 25acre site is part of the 80-acre Coweta County Fairgrounds at 275 Pine Road. For more, call 770.254.2685 or visit coweta. event-services/fairgrounds.


The Newnan Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan. For a detailed list of their full summer programming, call 770.683.1347 or visit


This 300-plus acre park is operated by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority and boasts peaceful waters and pastoral shores welcoming those who wish to enjoy the great outdoors. A park and pavilion on

50 things to do the shore provides the perfect spot for family reunions and picnics. Fishing is permitted. The park is located at 621 S. Alexander Creek Road in Newnan. For more, visit bt-brown-park.


The Brown’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site is a 100-acre interpretive park on the site of the 1864 Battle of Brown’s Mill. The park features two walking trails, including an interpretive trail, a large field, outdoor pavilion and historical markers that tell the story of the battle fought three miles south of Newnan at Brown’s Mill. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to dusk, Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to dusk on Sundays. The park is located at 155 Millard Farmer Road in Newnan. For more, call 770.254.2627 or visit


The Temple Avenue Complex, at 39 Hospital Road in Newnan, features a gymnasium, meeting rooms, kitchen, football field, three tennis courts, seven baseball fields, softball field, pickleball courts and outdoor pavilion. The complex is host to the Asa M. Powell Sr. Expo Center, the Tommy Thompson Senior Center and the Art House. The Johnny Brown Center is also on the complex and is open for meetings and classes on dog obedience, square dance and Zumba. For more, call 770.254.3750.


The Coweta County African American Heritage Museum and Research Center on Farmer Street houses 19th and 20th century artifacts and records of Coweta area African-

Summer 2018 American history. Visitors to the museum (open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and by appointment other times) can trace their genealogy or learn more about their local heritage. The museum houses photos, clothing, letters, books, newspapers and more, including displays of a uniform worn by one of Newnan’s first AfricanAmerican police officers, documents from midwives, and pictures of actress Lena Horne. Across the street, the Farmer Street Cemetery is believed to be the largest known slave cemetery in the South. Further excavation is needed to determine how many bodies are buried on the property. For more, call 470.215.3106 or visit Coweta County African American Heritage Museum on Facebook.


The McRitchie-Hollis Museum, at 74 Jackson Street, is home base for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. A 1937 home restored to that era, the museum features rotating exhibitions of decorative arts and shares stories related to the history of Newnan, Coweta County and the West Georgia region. Entry to the museum is $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. This summer’s major exhibit features historic wedding dresses from the 1800s. On May 5, the Historical Society teams up with the Newnan-Coweta Art Association to feature “Art and Architecture” from 10 a.m. to noon on Court Square with plein art painting and downtown architecture walking tours.



Page 8 The 2018 Historic Preservation Awards and Picnic are set for May 19 at 5 p.m. The museum hosts downtown trolley tours from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of July, August and September. The tours explore the history of Newnan and Coweta County. Visit or for tickets, which are $25. The summer series also includes Homegrown History, a chance to learn about preparing food the way our grandparents did, and Treasures from the Attic, telling stories about unusual local finds. These program are free at the museum with dates to be announced. A “History on Tap” series, featuring cocktails through history, is also set for summer, dates and times to be announced. The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Civil War collection is housed at the Historic Newnan Train Depot, at 60 East Broad Street, and is rented for events and open for tours by appointment. Artifacts illustrate Newnan and Coweta County’s development from pioneer days to the present. For more, call 770.251.0207 or visit


For 15 years, Mathnasium has been the authority in math education, growing to more than 900 centers worldwide, including one in Newnan at 1111 Lower Fayetteville Road. Help your kids avoid the summer slide with a balance of learning and fun. Summer Power Workout Programs include fractions, problem solving and more. Instructors work with students by helping them learn math in a way that makes sense to them so they feel confident about learning. Tutoring, SAT/ACT Prep and homework help are offered year-round. Call 770.683.MATH (6284) or visit (see ad, page 29)

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Consider Atlanta Brick Company your locally hidden Lego® nirvana. An excellent space to cool off on hot summer days, Atlanta Brick offers more than 2,000 pounds of Lego® pieces on their pick-a-brick table; more than 2,000 sealed and used Lego® sets, both new and discontinued; and more than 5,000 unique Lego® minifigures for sale, making this one of the world’s largest collections. They also sell many custom third party Lego®compatible products. For a full afternoon of indoor fun, consider Atlanta Brick Company’s summer Lego® Day Camps. Each threehour camp is 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for five days at $180 + tax for the week. Campers will have so much fun building they won’t realize the STEAM-based learning they’re doing. Space is limited so enroll soon. Camps include: STAR WARS CAMP: Participants build pod racers, spaceships, turbo tanks, life-size lightsabers and working blasters out of Lego®. Campers also participate in fun activities such as blaster battles, turbo tank battles, jedi training and pod racing. The camp is for children ages 7-12 and is set for July 9-13. BUILDING & ACTIVITIES CAMP I: Participants build cars, tanks, forts, robots and more, and they play a super fun activity with them in tank battles, blaster battles, racing and Lego® robotics. A camp instructor will help kids build and then direct them in activities. The camp is for children ages 6-12 and set for July 16-20. BUILDING & ACTIVITIES CAMP II: Participants build cars, tanks, forts, robots and more, and play a super fun activity with them in tank battles, blaster battles, racing and Lego® robotics. A camp instructor helps kids build and then directs them in activities. The camp

Summer 2018 is for kids ages 6-12 and set for July 23-27. While similar to Building & Activities Camp I, this camp is different enough that a camper could participate in both. Also, every Friday this summer starting in June, Summer Building Workshops offer activities ranging from building Lego® fidget spinners to race cars. The hour-long classes begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with cost averaging about $10 per workshop. For more, call 470.414.2208 or visit or Atlanta Brick Company on Facebook. (see ad, page 11)


Ashley Park presents its Sounds of Summer concerts every Friday night in June with local bands performing a different genre every week, including rock, country, blues and jazz. With fun, food and free entertainment, there’s no better way for families to spend a Friday night in Newnan. (see ad, page 7)


Newnan (not for all ages) THE ALAMO: In downtown Newnan, The Alamo once served the community as the area movie theater. Now the former picture show is home to a full-service bar and stage where talented singers and bands perform. The Alamo is home to a variety of performances and trivia nights with a broad appeal extending all across the county. For more, visit THE CELLAR CHOP HOUSE & BAR: Within walking distance of The Alamo, The Cellar has embraced the nightlife in Newnan with an outdoor stage for musicians to entertain diners enjoying a meal alfresco. For more, visit RPM FULL SERVICE PUB & GRILL: Also downtown, RPM offers the nightlife on their patio, especially during the warm months of spring and summer with their outdoor stage. For more, visit

Page 10 BRICKHOUSE: Brickhouse Grille and Tavern presents live music performances. Open until the wee morning hours on weekends, Brickhouse serves supper, snacks and locally brewed beer with gigs by local and nationally known bands. For more, view CORNER TAVERN: With a full menu claiming Newnan’s only authentic Korean food, Corner Tavern offers an extensive bottle and draft list and five tournament quality pool tables, corn hole, live music and karaoke. For more, visit ABIDE BREWING COMPANY: The brewery at 130 Werz Industrial Blvd. in Newnan offers tours upon request and welcomes friendly dogs to their open house events. For info, visit For events, visit Abide Brewing Company on Facebook.


Musicology of Newnan offers private music instruction in guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, piano, drums, woodwinds, strings and voice. Musicology also offers group lessons, band coaching, recording, summer music camps and music for special events. The instructors at Doug Kees’ Musicology are accomplished musicians with degrees in music or education. Stop by the studio at 48 Spring Street for a tour or just to rock on the porch. Summer day camps will be held in the mornings with dates to be announced. These include: ROCK BAND: Campers learn songs in a band setting and prepare to perform those songs together at a rock concert at The Alamo on the Square. SONGWRITING, RECORDING AND PRODUCTION: Interested in being a recording artist, audio engineer or record producer? Learn what it takes to be in the studio and make the magic happen. You’ll write, record, mix and edit songs using Logic, Garageband, Studio One and FL Studio.

50 things to do PRAISE BAND CAMP: Musicology’s Worship Camp is back. Learn what it takes to be part of a praise band. Saturday following camp, we’ll perform at East Newnan Baptist Church. You’ll leave with a portfolio of music for your next worship gig. For more, call 770.252.7900, email or visit


Double Bar H Stables, at 844 Payton Road in Newnan, adjoins Chattahoochee Bend State Park and is right across the road from the Chattahoochee River. The stables offers boarding, training, lessons, trail rides, birthday pony parties, spring-summer-fall camps, onsite equestrian leases, sales, homeschool horsemanship programs, photoshoots and more. Western, English, bareback and trail lessons are available, and trail rides are offered seven days a week. Summer Equestrian Camps are held the weeks of June 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and include horseback riding lessons, trail riding, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, visits with instruction from veterinarians/farriers and much more. Camp costs $375 per child per week or $75 per day. For more, call 404.295.3374 or visit the Double Bar H Stables Facebook Page at facebook. com/Dblbarhstables. (see ad, page 17)


Located at 314B Newnan Crossing Bypass in Ashley Park, Bubbles and Brushes invites children and adults

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to play with paint and craft supplies to create masterpieces. The family art studio provides a stress-free environment to get messy and creative without the cleanup. Become a member and get free or discounted admission to Open Studio hour, Mommy & Me classes, after-school classes, art parties and more. Membership is $25 for the first family member/$10 for additional family members; non-members pay $7 an hour. Summer camps for ages 6-12 involve painting, drawing, mixed media and ceramic projects that are fired in the studio’s kiln. Summer camps are held each Monday-Friday starting May 29. (Note: Memorial Day week camp will be four days and Independence Day week camp will be three days with rates prorated.) Half-day camps from 8:30 a.m.-noon or 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. cost $180. Full day camps run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for $350. For more, call 678.899.7035 or visit (see ad, page 15)


Summit Family YMCA offers traditional summer day camp each week this summer for children ages 5-12. Campers enjoy swimming, outdoor recreation, tennis, group games, arts and crafts, weekly themes, summer learning and more. Campers are divided into age groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 1112. Camp activities focus on four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Sessions are held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with drop-off available as early as 7 a.m. and extended care as late as 6:30 p.m. Specialty camps focus on robotics and STEM education; sports camps feature basketball, soccer, tennis, cheer

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John Ruthruff offers square dance lessons and calls hoedowns at Backstreet Arts, 19-B First Avenue in Newnan, on Tuesdays this summer. His dances feature basic calls, gently guided squares, rounds and mixers. No dance experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome for fellowship, humor and good music. For more, call Ruthruff at 770.252.1040 or email (see ad, page 11)


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50 things to do Street Park. Anyone can participate, and registration isn’t required unless you intend to use a motorized vehicle to pull a float; if so, sign up with Main Street Newnan at least a week before the event. Meet at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Temple Avenue by 8:30 a.m. for the parade line-up on July 4. Later that day, gather the family and head to Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium at 5:30 p.m. to play games, enjoy live music and watch fireworks. The Newnan Rotary Club puts on a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks are available for purchase and there are free souvenirs for the kids. For more info, or to register for the parade, call 770.253.8283, email mainstreetnewnan@cityofnewnan. org, or visit In Moreland, the 72nd annual Fourth of July Barbecue serves up some of the area’s best Brunswick stew and ’que at the Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum. The barbecue is part of the day’s fun in Moreland that begins at 8 a.m. with a Kids Bike Parade and Pet Parade and continues through the day with Puckett Station, an arts and crafts festival with music and a Meet the Authors event hosted by the Georgia Writers’ Alliance. Barbecue is served from 11 a.m. until

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Main Street Newnan hosts numerous events that will keep you entertained all through the summer. For info, visit Don’t miss these 2018 summer events:

MARKET DAY: May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4 At the Courthouse Square in Newnan from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, the market showcases handmade, homemade and homegrown products with 50 booths offering everything from honey and jelly to pottery and art. Pickin’ on the Square brings together acoustic musicians on the courthouse steps performing bluegrass, gospel and other music. TUCKED AWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: May 12 (Rain date  – May 19) The Tucked Away Music Festival puts a twist on the standard stage, allowing performers to play in downtown Newnan locations “tucked away” in alleys, side streets and backdoor spaces. Attendees of the 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. festival bring their own coolers and lawn chairs and carry drinks from one location to another to sample the different sounds scattered about town. SUMMER WINED-UP: June 8 This event brings folks together from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an evening of wine tasting. Participants walk around downtown

50 things to do and taste various white, red and specialty blend wines from different vendors. All guests must be 21 or older to participate and must provide a valid photo ID. SUMMER NEWNANIGHTS: June 14 (Rain date – June 21), July 12 (Rain date – July 19), Aug. 9 (Rain date – Aug. 16) Summer NewnaNights take place once a month through the summer, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Greenville Street Park with family-friendly music, entertainment and vendors. Downtown businesses stay open during the event and offer specials and promotions. SCREEN ON THE SQUARE: August 3 (Rain date – Aug. 10) Starting at 8 p.m. at First Avenue Park in Historic Downtown Newnan, a family-friendly and free animated film will be featured. Families are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on and picnic suppers to enjoy during the show. LABOR DAY SIDEWALK SALE: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 This annual Newnan tradition has been around for more than 25 years. The all-day shopping event begins on Friday before Labor Day and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sidewalk sale invites shoppers to browse through blocks of merchandise, much of which is on sale.


Located at 55 Thomas Grace Annex in Sharpsburg, Starlite Skating Center is a favorite place to escape the heat for indoors summer fun. The family atmosphere provides a great place to roller skate; play laser tag; jump, slide and swing in the soft playground; or play games in the huge arcade and win tickets for prizes. Starlite offers a full concession serving pizza, burgers, chicken and more. Their summer camp for ages 5-14, Camp Starlite invites kids to bounce, play, slide and skate! Each of five weeklong camps runs 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and costs $135. Before and after care is available for an extra charge. For more info and summer camp dates, call 770.252.9500 or visit

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Located at 2970 East Highway 16 in Sharpsburg, the Hunter Recreation Complex welcomes year-round play with three football fields, a gymnasium, two adult softball fields, a special needs field, four youth baseball/softball fields, two tennis courts and a walking trail. For more, call 770.254.3740.



The annual parade of antique tractors on Aug. 18 begins at 10 a.m., and then it’s on to the pulling grounds for a full day of tractor pull competition in stock, modified and modern farm classics. There’s also the “slow race” and the pedal race for kids. Antique show tractors are on display and there’s a covered pavilion for spectators. Concessions and T-shirts are available. For more, call Bill Banks at 678.300.4923, Billy Banks at 770.294.4263, Joe Christopher at 678.378.7426, or Geoff Tinsley at 678.300.1168, or visit


The Seavy Street Park in Senoia features a large playground, picnic areas and the Freeman Sasser building, which can be rented for special events. Marimac Lakes Park invites nature lovers to enjoy summer days at three lakes and along a walking trail. It’s a popular fishing spot (catch-and-release only) and fishing is free for city residents who have a Georgia fishing license. For those who live outside city limits, purchase a permit from city hall. Permits are $10 for a day or $40 a year. Recreational trails in Marimac Lakes Park and along Rockaway Road permit low speed motor vehicles and motorized carts. For more, visit




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The track at Senoia Raceway returned to its dirt roots in 2010 and has been kicking up dust ever since. New promoters and fans have infused great interest in the ⅜-mile, high banks track that promises tons of action-packed fun on Saturday nights in the summer (and the rest of the year). Located at 171 Brown Road, pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5. Hot Laps crank up around 6:30 each night, and the first green flag goes up after opening ceremonies around 7 p.m. Purchase a pit pass to visit the pit area, and meet the competitors. The Raceway invites race fans to stay after the conclusion of each event to meet the drivers after each race; many will let the kids sit in their cars and most are happy to sign autographs or answer questions. Pick up a race flag at the souvenir tent and ask the drivers to sign the white squares. What a great souvenir! For more, call 770.599.6161 or visit


Senoia is brimming with sites that attract fans of “The Walking Dead,” the TV series that has made this town a destination for folks from all over. A visit to Georgia Mercantile/Georgia Tour Company, at 53 Main Street, promises tourists from near and far a closeup look at all things Dead, and more. Their three top tours include: TOURING DEAD WALKING TOUR: Specifically geared for “Walking Dead”

50 things to do fans, the tour passes sites of other “deadly” productions filmed in Senoia, including “Pet Sematary Two,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Walk from Woodbury to Alexandria in just two miles and through five seasons of locations. Look out for Walkers and join the Stalkers. THE TOURING DEAD II: Survive the Ride is an interactive, live-action theatrical production. Groups begin on foot to visit film location sites to see a post-apocalyptic town. Then, they journey to find other communities during a six-hour adventure touring exclusive sites from “The Walking Dead.” Be prepared to walk a bit and travel by bus to experience the plight of heroes against villains. You’ll be a part of the story in this immersive experience. (Recommended for 13 years or older.) SENOIA ON THE BIG SCREEN WALKING TOUR: This tour provides movie buffs with an overview of Senoia’s film history with details on productions filmed here. The hour and a half walking tour takes you to prominent location sites from “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Fighting Temptations” and more. For more on these tours, call 770.599.0091 or visit georgiamercantile. com or The Georgia Tour Company on Facebook. While in Senoia, visit The Woodbury Shoppe, at 48 Main Street, the official Walking Dead Store. Call them at 770.727.9394 or visit Have dinner at Nic & Norman’s at 20 Main Street. The restaurant is owned by Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus, director and star, respectively, of “The Walking Dead.” Call 770.727.9432 or visit


Senoia’s first Summer Dead Bash is set for May 26, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Veranda

Summer 2018 Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn at 252 Seavy Street. The event promises a funfilled evening of mingling with favorite Walking Dead actors and artists. You never know who might show up! Some stars on tap include Jeremy Palko/Andy, Kylie Szymanski/Penny, the Governor’s daughter, and William Bell/Savior. Ticket sales end May 26. General admission gets access to event, gallery show, cash bar and vendors. VIP tickets include admission plus dinner with two drinks, two raffle tickets and a limited edition 11x14 print. For more, see eventbrite. com/e/1st-annual-senoia-summer-deadbash-tickets-42481753067.


The Senoia Downtown Development Authority sponsors this event each Memorial Day in historic downtown Senoia. This year’s event is Monday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Main Street is lined with vendors serving food, antiques, handmade crafts, and arts. Children’s play area includes pony rides. Entertainment begins at noon and a parade starts at 2 p.m. along Main Street. Fireworks at sunset conclude the day at Marimac Lakes, weather dependent. For info, call 770.727.9173 or visit enjoysenoia. net or

CITY PARK Haralson

A 5-acre park, Haralson City Park, at 171 Magnolia Street in Haralson, includes the 2,600-square-foot Davis Camp pavilion with ceiling fans, restrooms and serving area for family reunions, community functions and social gatherings. Outdoor grilling for big events is available on a stationary grill and a large smoker (must be reserved). Amenities include a children’s playground with swings, play structure, slides and a large field. For more, call 770.599.3985.

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Five miles south of Senoia, Haralson is also home to locales where “The Walking Dead” TV show has been brought to life, specifically in as many as 28 episodes from seasons 2 through 8. On the standard tour, guests are fully equipped with replica weaponry like that used in the AMC hit show. Expand the experience with a Cosplay Tour, which lets you dress up in one of many cosplay costumes. For the ultimate tour, choose the Walker Encounter Tour that re-enacts the drama of the show as you watch cosplayers fend off the threats from the living dead. For more, call 678.329.4400 or visit


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Street opens daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and invites skateboarders, cyclists and inline skaters to do their thing. The skate park is located on the same grounds as the Clements-Malcolm Recreation Center, which features a playground and picnic area, including grills and a pavilion. The onsite splash park is open Tuesday through Sunday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day; $1 admission. Semi-private and private parties are available. For more, call 770.583.8935. (see ad, page 13)


Grantville Mary leads “The Walking

Dead” fans on this tour of area locations viewed in season three’s “Clear” episode of the hit show, including brick wall store fronts and the old water tower. For private tours, call 770.583.8864 on weekdays; on weekends, call 678.458.2742.

MUSEUMS IN MORELAND Two museums in Moreland honor authors who were born there and went on to gain international fame. At 7 Main Street, the Historic Moreland Mill is home to Moreland’s Hometown Heritage Museum, a Tribute to Lewis Grizzard. Just across the street, The Little Manse: Birthplace and Museum of Erskine Caldwell honors that author and is on the Southern Literary Trail,

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The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance’s demonstration garden, God’s Little Acre, sells produce from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays at their Grower’s Market at the Moreland Tourist Stop, 2769 US Highway 29 South, Moreland. A “Chef in the Gardens” event is set for July 28 with guest chef/Moreland Mayor Dick Ford at 7 p.m. at the Garden on Highway 29 South near Moreland Auction House. For more, call 678.492.3161 or email info@

GOLF COURSES Coweta County

Coweta County is becoming a destination for golfers. Very few communities are as fortunate as Coweta to have access to a variety of diverse golf courses within such a small radius. Regardless of your skill level or income, you don’t need to look far in order to find a golf course that’s right for you. Coweta County boasts five golf courses, each one showcasing its own unique design and challenges. No doubt, there’s a course just right for you: CANONGATE: Canongate I Golf Club, located at 924 Shaw Road in Sharpsburg, opened in 1965 with 18 holes designed by world-renowned architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee. Architects Rocky Roquemore and Jeff Burton designed the additional 18 holes added in 1999, creating the 36-hole facility known today. The club offers a double-sided driving range with mat and grass hitting areas, targets and premium range balls, as well as a short-game practice area. Open seven days a week, Canongate I permits walking before 8 a.m. or after 12 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There’s also

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dining, tennis and a swimming pool. Call 770.463.3342 or visit White-Oak-Canongate. COWETA CLUB: Coweta Club, at 300 Arbor Springs Parkway in Newnan, features a course design unlike most others. Situated on 180 picturesque acres, the public course offers a fair and interesting challenge to golfers at every level. Coweta Club features five sets of golf tees, playing to a strong 7,056 yards “from the tips” while offering multiple levels of challenge, including a friendly layout of less than 5,000 yards from the forward tees. The club offers lessons, a pro shop and dining. For more, call 770.683.4727 or visit NEWNAN COUNTRY CLUB: Formed in 1919, Newnan Country Club is Coweta’s first golf course and has been a mainstay of the local golfing community for nearly a century. Designed by Denis Griffiths, Newnan Country Club offers almost 6,966 yards of golf for a par of 72 on courses featuring Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. The club is open seven days a week and offers after-school programs for junior golfers. There’s also dining, swimming and tennis. Call 770.253.3675 or visit SUMMER GROVE GOLF CLUB: Spread over 250 acres of rolling hills, Summer Grove offers an 18-hole, par-72 golf course. Designed by Jeff Burton and Joe T. Jemsek, the public course at 355 Summer Grove Parkway in Newnan offers five sets of tees and can be played

at a distance that matches the player’s game. The club has a 3-hole, par-3 practice course, driving range, and

Summer 2018 putting and chipping greens; the driving range opens daily from 7 a.m. through dusk. Check the website for summer golf camps and new lunch and dinner menus. Call 770.251.1800 or visit WHITE OAK GOLF CLUB: White Oak, at 141 Clubview Drive in Newnan, features panoramic views and challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. The club offers two layouts: the Old Course, with a traditional layout, and the Seminole Course, with a modern layout. Designed by Joseph L. Lee and Rocky Roquemore, the 18-hole private course features 6,850 yards from the longest tees for a par 72 and course rating of 73. Dining at White Oak features a grill room with a bar accommodating up to 110 people with additional seating on the patio overlooking the course and in the private dining area. Club membership includes access to the club’s full-sized swimming pool and kids’ pools. Four tennis courts open daily and can be lighted for night play; clinics, group and private lessons are available. Along with dining, swimming and tennis, the club provides an extensive calendar of social events including holiday parties, brunches and barbeques. Call 770.251.6700 or visit Clubs/White-Oak-Canongate. (see ad, page 5)

COWETA COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION Coweta County Parks and Rec’s Youth Summer Day Camp for ages 5-12 operates seven weeks of summer (starting June 5 and skipping the week of July Fourth) Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Newnan Recreation Center. Cost is $100 per week. Registration begins May 7 and must be made in person at Parks and Rec, 39 Hospital Road, in Newnan. First-come, first-served with only 125 campers accepted. Fore more, contact Program Coordinator Lance Dennis at 770.254.3750 or The Rec Department’s summer sports

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and activities include Free Tennis Friday at tennis courts at Hospital Road, Hunter Complex and Western Park. Adults play tennis free from 10 a.m. to noon and juniors play 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Contact for more info. For a brochure of 2018 Parks and Rec programs, view ShowDocument?id=10281. Coweta County maintains several parks with a variety of different recreation opportunities at each park, including boys and girls basketball, acting and art classes, dog obedience, tennis lessons, baseball, boating, picnicking, softball and soccer. For more, visit


The Coweta County Public Library System includes four libraries: • Central Library, 85 Literary Lane, Newnan, 770.683.2052 • Powell Branch, 25 Hospital Road, Newnan, 770.253.3625 • Senoia Branch, 148 Pylant Street, Senoia, 770.599.3537

• Grantville Branch, 100 Park Drive, Grantville, 770.683.0535 Their annual Summer Reading Challenge is set for June 4-July 21 with programs, performers and prizes for children, teens and adults. Share summer reading with the entire family. Registration begins May 15 at any of the four branches. Read for your chance for a golden ticket for the Summer Reading Challenge Finale Party. For more, visit This summer’s library programs include:

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Central Library: • June 4, 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Lee Andrews • June 11, 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Dr. Magical Balloons • June 18, 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Doc Atoms • June 25, 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Arthur Atsma • July 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Ken Scott • July 16, 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Animal Adventures

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Coweta County Several day camps in the area welcome Coweta County children, including: STONEBRIDGE DAY CAMP AT NEWNAN CROSSING AND BAILEY STATION: Stonebridge’s STEAM 2018 Summer Camp is filled with fun, age-appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities to keep children happy and busy all summer. Campers are assigned to groups based on their age and grade level. Weekly themes include Summer Sands, Energy & Me, Geology Rocks, Smarty Plants, Animal Adventures, Star Lights, Music & Math, Tornado Alley and Technology Then & Now. The fun includes in-house field trips, onsite presentations from High Tech and a performance by the Atlanta Drum Academy, as well as the Reptile Guy and Fabulous Fitness Fridays. The popular Spray Park opens the first full week of June and remains open until the week before school starts in August. Weekly sessions are May 28-June 1, June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6 (closed July 4), July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27. A Back to School Bash on July 27 concludes the summer fun with an ice cream truck. For more, call 770.253.8104 (Newnan Crossing) ​ or 770.304.8857 (Bailey Station) or visit (see ad, page 21) THE BEDFORD SCHOOL’S SQUIRREL HOLLOW CAMP : An accredited private school in Fairburn, The Bedford School reaches children with specific learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD. The first LD school on the southside of Atlanta, Bedford offers summer academic and recreational programs, like Squirrel Hollow Camp, a remedial program serving children with academic needs due to learning differences or any students who need

50 things to do summer skills practice. The program targets students ages 6-14 and involves students in individualized academic programs focused on reading, writing skills and math, along with recreational activities like swimming, team games and challenge courses. Students often make significant academic gains by learning in the small-group, highly-structured summer setting. Squirrel Hollow 2018 sessions are set for June 11-22 and June 25-July 6. Registration deadline is May 15 with enrollment after that date based on space available. For tuition and other info, visit (see ad, page 19) DISCOVERY POINT WILD RIDE SUMMER CAMP: A leading child development center with two locations in Newnan, Discovery Point offers Wild Ride Summer Camp for children ages 5-12. Offered during June, July and August, Discovery Point Wild Ride Summer Camp provides children with a week of adventure through a range of activities including cooking projects, field trips, arts and crafts, team building games, STEAM activities and more. Each week presents a new theme, from Islands of the South Pacific to the Wild Wild West. Discovery Point’s Wild Ride offers kids an exciting way to get the most out of summer with plenty of learning, field trips and cherished memories. Discovery Point Summergrove is located at 11 Market Square Road in Newnan and Discovery Point Sharpsburg is located at 3052 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road, Newnan. For more, visit discoverypoint. com/our-programs/summer-camps. (see ad, page 17)


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Vacation Bible School is another great way to keep kids occupied and learning at the same time. Here’s an extensive list of area VBS events this summer: CALVARY CHAPEL NEWNAN, 141 Old Atlanta Highway, Newnan: June 8,

Summer 2018 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with pizza dinner/snack; June 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch/snack; June 10, 11 a.m., 4 years through rising 6th grade. Registration: events/ccnvbs. Theme: SonTreasure Island. CORNERSTONE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road, Newnan: June 3-7, 6 p.m., preschool-5th grade. Theme: Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus. FAITH INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTER, 1294 Ga. Highway 34, Newnan: June 11-15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., ages 6-12. Theme: Jesus Knows My Name. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 15 W. Washington Street, Newnan: June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon, children who have completed pre-K through 6th grade. Free. Info at: Theme: Game On. GREATER MT. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 245 Yeager Road, Newnan: June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., ages 4-13. Free. Registration: vacation bible school camp. MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH, 1504 Macedonia Road, Newnan: June 11-15, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 3 years-6th grade. No cost. Online registration: mbcnewnan. com. Theme: Game On. NEW LEBANON BAPTIST CHURCH, 1674 Wagers Mill Road, Newnan: June 18-22, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., free dinner, 6 p.m. No cost. Theme: Camp Moose On The Loose. NEWNAN CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 72 Robinson Street, Newnan: June 25-29, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., pre-K to 15 years. No cost. Theme: Rolling River Rampage. OAKLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH, Pine Road, Newnan: June 18-21, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. No cost. Theme: Kingdom Chronicles. PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH, 918 Providence Church Road, Newnan: June 10-14, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., pre-K-6th grade. No cost. Theme: Game On. ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 576 Roscoe Road, Newnan: June 11-14. Registration available in early May. Theme: Rolling River Rampage. UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH, 311 Smokey Road, Newnan: June 25-29, 8 a.m. – 12 noon. No cost.

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 41 Johnson Street, Senoia: June 4-7, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, 3 years-5th grade. Family Night, June 8, 6 p.m. Theme: Game On. WHITE OAK ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 2796 Gordon Road, Senoia: June 25-29, 8:45 a.m. – 12 noon, 3 years-completed 6th grade. Theme: The Seven “I Am” Statements of Jesus from John 6-15. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MORELAND, 2930 S. Highway 29, Moreland: June 3-7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., 3 years-6th grade. No cost. Theme: Game On. GORDON ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST, 1211 Gordon Road, Moreland: July 14, 9 a.m – 12 noon, nursery through adult. No cost. Theme: What Kind of Tree Are You? LUTHERSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 44 S. Main Street, Luthersville: June 11-15, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., ages 3-18. VBS Kickoff, June 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. No cost. Theme: Game On. REHOBOTH BAPTIST CHURCH, 155 N. Main Street, Luthersville: June 3-7, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., 3-years to high school. Free. Family Night, June 8, 6:30 p.m. FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH, 583 Fairview Road, Brooks: June 3 – 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., 3 years-12th grade. Light dinner each night. No cost. Theme: Arctic Chill. WOOLSEY BAPTIST CHURCH, 115 Hampton Road, Fayetteville: June 18-22, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 4 years-completed 6th grade. Theme: Game On.

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Backstreet offers free studio time to provide a creative environment for anyone who may benefit from the healing powers of art and community. Located at 19-B First Avenue, Backstreet Arts believes that “art saves lives.” The studio welcomes veterans, at-risk teenagers, disabled adults, homeless and low income individuals, those who have experienced trauma, illness or grief, and anyone who wants to practice art in a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere. All supplies are provided free of charge. For more, call 706.940.ARTS (2787) or visit


In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, the Newnan Coweta Arts Association (NCAA) hosts its 2018 Juried Art Show in June at the Donald Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Artworks in photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and drawing are accepted, and entry deadline is May 18. The exhibit opens June 6 and runs through June 28. A cocktail reception is set for June 19. For more info, visit for details. Also this summer, the NCAA debuts its new fiberglass installation on Newnan’s Court Square. Based on the theme “Newnan, a Storybook Town,” the new large art installation will feature barnyard animals. A children’s picture book featuring the animals and Newnan history will accompany the installation. The NCAA offers a variety of art classes throughout the year. Visit for their summer schedule.

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Chattahoochee Bend State Park includes nearly 3,000 acres along the Chattahoochee River with an extensive network of hiking trails and a growing network of mountain-biking trails. The park has two developed campgrounds, as well as several platform tent sites along the river. The day-use area at the river features well-shaded picnic tables and a swing along the river, a boat ramp, playground and small picnic pavilions. Bicycle and canoe rentals are available. In early summer, thousands of blueberries planted at the park’s visitors center are ripe for the picking. Regular events and guided hikes are hosted by the park’s naturalist. Standard admission is $5. For more, call 770.254.7271 or visit

FISHING IN COWETA COUNTY There are few lakes open to the public for fishing in Coweta, but Marimac Lakes in Senoia offers catch-and-release fishing. Non-residents will need to obtain a permit from Senoia City Hall. Each permit is $10 a day or $40 for an annual pass. Fishing is allowed at the B.T. Brown Reservoir in Newnan. An annual permit is $40 and can be obtained at the Water Authority office at 545 Corinth Road, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fishing from the bank or shoreline is not

permitted, and only electric-powered motors are allowed on the lake. Live bait, including crickets, minnows and worms (pinks, big reds, wigglers, mealworms, nightcrawlers and green worms that have been dyed for night fishing) can be found at Arnall Grocery in downtown Newnan. (see ad, page 11)

ANTIQUING IN COWETA COUNTY Summer days in Coweta County are perfect for antiquing at area shops brimming over with nostalgia. Whether you’re searching for vintage clothing, collectibles, antique furniture, dishes or simply odd items of long ago, you’re likely to find just what you’re looking for—or something you didn’t know you needed— in Coweta’s ample antique shops. In Newnan, there’s Treasures Old & New at 1690 Highway 34 East and Wisteria Lane Antiques at 195 Raymond Hill Road. In Senoia, visit Carriage House Antiques at 7412 Highway 16, FoxxHollow Antiques at 7 Main Street, and Gail’s Antiques & Collectibles at 22 Main Street.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN COWETA COUNTY Coweta County has a large selection of nonprofit organizations that are always looking for volunteers. Bridging the Gap, located at 19 First Avenue in downtown Newnan, gives food, toiletries and household items to those in need each Saturday. Distribution begins at 10 a.m., and soup is also served. The organization also works with individuals and families to identify the root causes of their needs. On weekdays, BTG has laundry facilities and showers available

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for Newnan’s homeless, and hot meals are served on an individual basis. For more on how you can help, call 770.683.9110 or visit Another opportunity for service involves preparing meals for delivery to homebound residents with Meals on Wheels of Coweta. Approximately 180 volunteers help out with meal delivery, handyman repairs, food preparation, pet care assistance and friendly visitors. The majority of Meals on Wheels clients live alone with little or no help, and the meal the client receives may be the only one they eat that day. For more on volunteering, call 678.423.1700 or email To work on your green thumb, join the County Extension office’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The

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University of Georgia MGEVs help maintain the gardens around town and at the James E. McGuffey Nature Center and work with the Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club youth gardening program. Other volunteer opportunities include work with the annual Spring & Fall Plant Sales, community garden tour, the Ask a Master Gardener booth at Main Street Newnan events, and hosting COWETA COUNTY lectures. For more, call 770.254.2620 or email Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and future homeowners to build affordable homes for Cowetans. Habitat uses volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations to build homes in partnership with families who help with construction and pay interestfree mortgages. The organization also does home repair and maintenance projects. To volunteer, call Habitat for Humanity at

770.252.9049 or visit Humane Societies: Coweta County is home to several humane societies and animal shelters that work to rescue homeless pets. Volunteers help at the shelters or foster animals. Shelters and societies include: Newnan-Coweta Humane Society, 770.253.4694, Shelter Rescue and Please Rescue Me, Georgia Heartland Humane Society, 770.830.2820, The Good Shepherd Humane Society, or The Good Shepherd on Facebook.

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While it’s hard to beat all the activities available in Coweta County, there’s an abundance of interesting places to visit and things to do outside the county lines. Here are a dozen day trip options, complete with attractions galore, plus a few places to eat. FAIRBURN FOR RENAISSANCE MEN AND WOMEN

Among the state’s most exciting events is the Georgia Renaissance Festival, which welcomes a quarter million people annually to celebrate the days of chivalry. The 33rd Renaissance Festival began in April, runs through June 3, and is open Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come in costume, if you like. An interactive arts and entertainment event, the festival combines outdoor theatre and circus-style entertainment

with food fit for royalty. This 32-acre recreation of a 16th century English village features 10 stages providing continuous entertainment with more than 100 shows, including jousting knights upon royal horses that will keep you on the edge of your Renaissance seat. Entertainment includes jousting tournaments, contests and special events, a children’s play kingdom, a juggling school, the Royal Petting Farm and more. The Village Marketplace welcomes 150 artisan crafters selling unique handmade treasures of clothing, jewelry, pottery, pewter, leather and more. Along with art and crafts and souvenirs for sale, there are games, rides, food and beverages. Turkey leg, anyone? If the festival food doesn’t fill you up, switch to an Italian menu at Oz Pizza, a Fairburn favorite for 20 years. Their menu features calzone, lasagna and meatballs along with specialty pies like White Pie, The Mack and Hercules.

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WHITESBURG ZIP LINE ADVENTURE Historic Banning Mills Adventure Park (and Guinness World Records) boasts Banning Mills’ Screaming Eagle zip line as the world’s longest and largest zip line canopy tour. With six levels of zip line fun to choose from, Banning Mills provides almost 10 miles of high-flight adventure with swaying sky bridges in-between. The pioneers in high speed and extreme zip lining, Historic Banning Mills’ lines are among the safest anywhere, thanks to a patented, closed belay system from start to finish. The adventure continues with a climbing wall that’s rated the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall.

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50 things to do Located in Snake Creek Gorge, the park encompasses more than 1,500 pristine acres and features miles of hiking trails

and an interpretive center that shares the history of the town of Banning Mills, now a ghost town. Lodging and dining is available as well as a day spa designed to help you wind down from a day of zip lining. Or aim for more adventure with horseback riding and kayaking. Send your kids for day camp at Banning Mills June 18-22, June 25- 29, July 9-13 or July 16-20. There’s fun everyday as they zipline, paddle board, putt-putt, kayak and more. (see ad, page 9)

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Horseback riding and hiking are also popular activities at nearby McIntosh Reserve Park in Whitesburg. This 527-acre park is situated along the Chattahoochee River and packed with history, trails, pavilions and a splash waterpark. For a bite to eat, stop by Mojave Hot Wings in Whitesburg. It’s a favorite of locals and serves up tasty wings as well as chicken tenders and specialty dishes like pho. Try their sampler to get a feel for all they have, but good luck choosing among the numerous sauces available. Historic Banning Mills: 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Banning, 770.834.9149, McIntosh Reserve Park: 1046 W. McIntosh Circle, Whitesburg, 770.830.5879, Mojave Hot Wings: 1069 B Main Street, Whitesburg, 770.830.0488,


The Avenue Peachtree City (see ad, page 3) offers 182,817 square feet of fun with premier national retailers, select local merchants and specialty restaurants reflective of local demand and fashion trends. The shopping destination features an open-air, pedestrian-friendly setting that encourages guests to relax and stay awhile. Visitors enjoy beautiful artwork, a Central Park green space with gazebo, two sparkling fountains, patio dining and storefront parking. Their Summer Event Series features a variety of entertainment, including Thursday Night Out on June 7, July 12, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Movie Mondays on June 11 (“Beauty and the Beast”), June 25 (“Despicable

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Page 24 Me 3”), July 9 (“The Emoji Movie”) and July 23 (“Wonder”) with movies starting at sundown but the fun beginning two hours prior to that. Other summer events include Touch-a-Truck, May 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Food Truck Frenzy, July 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Golf Cart Show, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and a Labor Day 5K, Sept. 3, starting at 8 a.m. At the Escalade Rock Climbing Gym in Peachtree City, 20 ropes are available to scale each unique wall, offering ample challenge for beginning as well as expert climbers. Geared toward families, the gym features a beginner’s wall, fullystocked pro shop and instructors on staff. Two caves, a range of courses and a variety of activities round out the fun. For more indoor, air-conditioned escape from the summer heat, visit Mastermind Escape Games where an escape room exercise pits you against the clock as you and your group use items at hand to find your way out of a locked room. Not only does your body get exercise, but your brain will, too. Guides are on hand to offer instruction and pointers, and a game master will keep you on your toes and safe. Make reservations, but arrive early to practice with locks, props and clues while you wait your turn for the escape room. To fuel up in-between these fastpaced adventures, try a gyro at The BeiRut, serving traditional Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes since 2010. Along with a heaping gyro platter, the red snapper is a fan favorite, and be sure to try the Turkish coffee. For an All-American menu, visit Mimi’s Good Food where comfort fare like biscuits and sandwiches is served up fresh for breakfast and lunch. Popular dishes include waffles, the Philly-style wrap and omelets. The Avenue Peachtree City: 239 City Circle, Suite 1050, Peachtree City, 770.486.6587, Escalade Rock Climbing Gym: 125 Depot Court, Peachtree City,

50 things to do 678.870.1400, Mastermind Escape Games: 297 Dividend Drive, Peachtree City, 404.793.1541, mastermindescapegames. com. The BeiRut: 1025 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, 678.364.0707, Mimi’s Good Food: 303-1 Kelly Drive, Peachtree City, 770.487.2421,

HAMPTON ON THE FAST TRACK Hampton is home to about 5,000 people most of the year, except when the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) roars in on NASCAR weekend; then Hampton becomes the 8th largest city in Georgia. The 1.54-mile track, one of the premier motorsports facilities in the U.S., is home to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series held in March and one of Georgia’s largest sporting events each year.

For summer fun at the Speedway, Thursday Thunder rolls with affordable and exciting entertainment every Thursday night from early June into late July and on Saturdays in early August. Games, contests, giveaways and grassroots racing on the quartermile Thunder Ring, located on the front stretch of AMS, fill the air with adrenaline when drivers as young as 8 years old battle for the right to be called champions at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Friday Night Drags Series adds to the summer racing energy with streetstyle drag racing. The Richard Petty Driving Experience offers an exciting opportunity to drive like the pros do in a variety of experiences ranging from the NASCAR Ride Along

Summer 2018 for $149.99 to the World Champions experience for $3,099.99 and all price points in-between. This summer’s Richard Petty Driving Experience dates are June 1-2 and Sept. 14-15. Throughout the year, official track tours include a brief track history, visit to Petty Garden, tour of an AMS suite, sneak peek at the garages and Victory Lane, and three laps in the Speedway van around the same 1.54-mile track the stars race on.

Also in Hampton, the Melvin L. Newman Wetlands Center (NWC) is a 32-acre site featuring a wetlands trail that’s an easy half-mile hike with views of various wildlife species that stop over during migration or make NWC their permanent residence. Along with more than 130 bird species, you may spot beaver, river otter, fox, muskrat, opossum, mink and various reptiles, insects and amphibians. The Atlanta Audubon Society holds Saturday morning birdwatching walks throughout the year. Operated by the Clayton County Water Authority, the NWC was created to demonstrate the importance of preserving wetlands environments and to teach about wetlands ecology, conservation and watershed protection. For lunch or dinner in Hampton, try Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant, known for some of the freshest seafood away from the beach. Along with snow crab legs and an abundance of seafood items, they also serve ribeye and New York Strip. Atlanta Motor Speedway: 1500 Tara Place, Hampton, 770.946.4211, or Newman Wetlands Center: 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, 770.603.5606,

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Page 25 Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant: 11440 Tara Boulevard, Hampton, 770.471.9701,

ATLANTA FUN STUFF FOR THE KIDS! With seven permanent galleries and animals in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water, Georgia Aquarium brings visitors face to snout with beluga whales, whale sharks, manta rays, penguins, sea otters, dolphins and more. With aquatic adventures to thrill youngsters and their parents, the aquarium seeks to help visitors gain a greater understanding of aquatic ecosystems and the animals that live in them. In the Oceans Ballroom, two large aquatic observation windows allow up-close views of exotic fish and animals from all parts of the world. Adjacent to the aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola is devoted to the history of the drink introduced in Georgia in 1886. Meet and greet the 7-foot-tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tour mini museums, a 4-D theater, bottling operations and Olympic history. Save the best for last – the tasting room where kids of all ages can sample more than 100 beverages from around the world. Georgia is the home of Coke and this is the place to learn everything there is to know about the world’s most popular soft drink. Within walking distance of the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola are the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, College Football Hall of Fame, SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Centennial Olympic Park and Game-X. Visit one or two of these for a daytrip filled with fun, or squeeze them all in over a weekend. All that day-tripping can work up a big appetite, and you can fill your craving for burgers and fries at Atlanta’s most iconic restaurant, The Varsity. Established in 1928, this downtown institution is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant; eat in your car, or come inside, step up to the counter, and hear servers holler the Varsity’s trademark welcome: “What’ll ya have?” Enjoy Southern cooking at Mary Mac’s Tearoom, an Atlanta source of pride for more than 70 years. The

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Page 26 downhome cooking features fried chicken and fresh vegetables cooked like Grandmama made ’em and loved by locals and celebrities from all over; so much so that, in 2011, the Georgia House of Representatives declared Mary Mac’s “Atlanta’s Dining Room.” Georgia Aquarium: 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, 404.581.4000, World of Coca-Cola: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, 404.676.5151, Center for Civil and Human Rights: 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, 678.999.8990, Children’s Museum of Atlanta: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, 404.659.5437, College Football Hall of Fame: 250 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, 404.880.4800, SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel: 168 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, 678.949.9023, Inside CNN Studio Tour: One CNN Center, Atlanta, 404.827.2300, Centennial Olympic Park: 265 Park Avenue W NW, Atlanta, 404.222.7275, Game-X: 275 Baker Street, Atlanta, 404.525.0728, The Varsity: 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, 404.881.1706, Mary Mac’s Tearoom: 224 Ponce De Leon Avenue, NE, Atlanta, 404.876.1800,

ATLANTA/LITTLE FIVE POINTS HANGING WITH (ADULT) FRIENDS For fun out with friends, hipster meets bohemian chic in Little Five Points where live music and drinks, vintage shops and art-of-all-kinds rule the day. An eclectic neighborhood just north of East Atlanta, it’s the perfect place for treasure shopping or people watching on a weekend afternoon. Stores at Little Five run the gamut from smoke shops and

50 things to do clothing bazaars to tattoo parlors and independent bookstores and record shops. Indulge your fever for music at Criminal Records, try on a pair of shoes at Abbadabba’s, or shop for really retro clothes at Psycho Sisters. Known as a hippie hood, the neighborhood buzzes with artfulness and entertainment. Enjoy music at Variety Playhouse, and art just about everywhere you turn since street art is featured on buildings all around. Sidewalk vendors and street musicians round out a fun and funky daytrip here.

For one of America’s best burgers, stop in at The Vortex Bar and Grill (21 and up only) where a huge skull serves as the entrance to this casual bar and burger joint known for its wild color scheme inside and out. Named No. 30 of America’s top 101 burgers, the Vortex’s Hell’s Fury Burger is complemented by a large selection of beers, spirits and specialty cocktails. For good food, delicious cocktails and an outstanding beer selection, another neighborhood fave, Porter Beer Bar, serves up great dishes, and their salt and vinegar popcorn becomes addictive. Variety Playhouse: 1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, 404.524.7354, The Vortex Bar and Grill: 438 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, (just look for the giant skull), The Porter Beer Bar: 1156 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, 404.223.0393,

LaGRANGE HISTORY, MUSIC AND WATERPARK THRILLS The 13,000-square-foot, Georgian Italian home of textile magnate Fuller E. and

Summer 2018 Ida Cason Callaway Sr. is the centerpiece of Hills & Dales Estate. With its interiors crafted with materials sourced from throughout the world, Hills &

Dales joins the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., as one of House Beautiful’s “12 Incredible American Mansions” open to the public. The majestic hilltop home was built in 1916 to complement the estate’s Ferrell Gardens, picture-perfect with extensive boxwood plantings, some shaped to form phrases such as “God is Love.” A visitor center features an exhibit gallery, orientation theater and gift shop. Experience a tour through ancient biblical times, minus the overseas airfare, at the Biblical History Center where life-size replicas and ancient artifacts illustrate life in the Holy Land as it was 2,000 years ago. There’s a goathair tent, Israelite house and Roman theater that seats 350 spectators. The Kid’s Dig allows youngsters to take part in a simulated archaeological dig, and Roman period-decorated rooms are host to biblical meals featuring recipes, manners and customs of firstcentury dining. The Center’s Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery houses ancient artifacts on permanent loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, making the Center one of only 20 museums in the world with such a collection.

In May, Great Wolf Lodge howls into LaGrange when it opens for visitors. The water is 84 degrees all year long at the new 100,000-square-foot indoor water park resort. Offering tons of splashy fun

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for families who stay overnight, Great Wolf water park passes are included in the room price with each night’s stay allowing guests two days of play. Along with a dozen water rides and slides (available only for overnight guests), the park features a ropes course, mini-golf and mini-bowling, arcade games, zip lines and more for daytime visitors.

For music entertainment, visit Sweetland Amphitheatre. Billed as “the South’s sweetest stage,” Sweetland offers table, lawn and stadium seating for 2,500 spectators. Their 2018 summer lineup includes shows by Martina McBride and Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo. (see ad, page 15)

Grab a bite for lunch at Charlie Joseph’s, a LaGrange institution since 1920, serving up some of the South’s best hotdogs and burgers. Walk up to the window or go in and grab a stool at the counter. For lunch or dinner, Mare Sol offers new American cuisine that will keep you coming back for more. Their flatbreads and spinach artichoke dip are local favorites, along with spicy boiled crawfish, shrimp and grits and buffalo fried quail. Hills & Dales Estate: 1916 Hills & Dales Drive, LaGrange, 706.882.3242, Biblical History Center: 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, 706.885.0363, Great Wolf Lodge: 150 Tom Hall Parkway, LaGrange, 844.473.9653, Sweetland Amphitheatre: 110 Smith Street, LaGrange, 706.298.5434,

Page 27 Charlie Joseph’s: 128 Bull Street, 706.884.5416, and 2238 West Point Road, LaGrange, 706.884.0379, charliejosephs. com. Mare Sol: 124 Main Street, Suite B, LaGrange, 706.298.0650,

GREENVILLE CHILLIN’ IN GREENVILLE For a laid back day, drive through the west Georgia countryside and visit a historic bridge on the way and brand new artworks when you get to Greenville. The Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge, in the tiny Imlac community near Greenville, is a rare surviving example of the work of legendary bridge builder Horace King. The magnificent structure stretches for 391 feet, including approaches, making it the longest wooden bridge in Georgia. The main


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span is 253 feet long and the state’s oldest covered bridge. Born into slavery in 1807, King was raised in Columbus and ultimately gained immense respect as a master bridge builder whose numerous covered bridges were depended on for travel through the Deep South states of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Mentored by his owner, John Godwin, King’s engineering prowess exceeded that of his master who allowed King to earn his freedom, a rarity when it occurred in 1846. King built and supervised others in building bridges for 50 years. While bridges built by his sons still stand, the only bridge built by King himself that still remains in use is the Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge, designed and built by King in the 1840s. Repaired in the 1980s, the bridge remains open to local traffic and is a destination backdrop for photographers taking family portraits, prom pictures or other photos for special occasions. In Greenville, Artisans on the Square is a popular venue for local artists who display and sale paintings, glasswork, signs, stained glass, sculpture, woodwork and more. Special exhibitions are frequently held. On May 19, an opening reception will be 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. for an exhibit by Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange which runs through June 16. A companion shop across the downtown square, Print Shop Gallery, features wood artwork, paintings and sculpture. Just up from the gallery, Court Square Café offers fresh food and homemade desserts for lunch. Hand cut potato chips are tasty and the menu features some of the best burgers around, including a scrumptious Bourbon Bacon

50 things to do Burger; but keep in mind, the café’s closed on Saturdays. Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge: Covered Bridge Road, off State Route 74 between Gay and Woodbury, 706.655.3322, listing/476-big-red-oak-covered-bridge. Artisans on the Square: 397 LaGrange Street, Greenville, 404.386.1328, ArtisansontheSquare. The Court Square Café: 108 Talbotton Street, Greenville, 706.672.2250, courtsquarecafegreenville. com.


At 9,049 acres, Roosevelt State Park is Georgia’s largest state park with 40 miles of trails winding through hardwoods and pines, over creeks and past small waterfalls. The 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail beckons hikers to hit the whole trail, or just part of it. Nestled amidst the rolling mountains is Dowdell’s Knob where President Franklin D. Roosevelt sometimes picnicked and pondered world affairs. A life-size sculpture of FDR welcomes visitors to this popular overlook. The Liberty Bell swimming pool is fed by cool springs and a favorite spot for families to swim in summer. Fishing, geocaching, birding and picnicking are other favorite park activities. Roosevelt Stables, a privately-owned stable within the park, offers guided horseback rides through the woodlands. At Callaway Gardens, there’s summer fun for kids of all ages among preserved forests and numerous gardens. Attractions include the Day Butterfly Center, Overlook Azalea Garden, Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery

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Center, Discovery Bike Trail, Pioneer Log Cabin, Robin Lake Beach, championship golf courses, top-ranked tennis courts, and lakes for fishing. Annual events include the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament™ on Memorial Day weekend and the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival on Labor Day weekend with balloon glows, balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, a classic car show, live music, food trucks, beach bar, 5K race, and the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Triathlon, held since 1980, the oldest ongoing triathlon in the continental United States. There’s also a Craft Beer Festival in September. Restaurants at Callaway Gardens include the Country Kitchen at Callaway Gardens Country Store where three meals a day are served the old-fashioned way. Callaway Gardens’ signature muscadine preserves will not disappoint. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine, San Marcos Mexican Restaurant has the best cheese dip and margaritas for miles around. In the heart of Pine Mountain, The Kitchen at Rose Cottage specializes in farm-totable fare and offers a variety of teas and incredible desserts. Roosevelt State Park: 2970 Georgia Highway 190, Pine Mountain, 706.663.4858, FDRoosevelt. Roosevelt Stables: 1063 Group Camp Road, Pine Mountain, 706.628.7463, Callaway Gardens: 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, 855.421.3254, Country Kitchen: Callaway Gardens Country Store, 16275 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, 855.421.3254,

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San Marcos Mexican Restaurant: 352 South Main Avenue, Pine Mountain, 706.663.8075, San-Marcos-Mexican-Restaurant. The Kitchen at Rose Cottage: 111 Broad Street, Pine Mountain, 706.489.3009, TheKitchenatRoseCottage.

WARM SPRINGS PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY AND WINE President and polio patient Franklin D. Roosevelt built his Little White House in Warm Springs in 1932 after finding healing from the warm waters there. During his Great Depression and World War II era presidency, he developed numerous New Deal programs based on his experiences in the small town of Warm Springs. Now, Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site offers a variety of educational programs, scavenger hunts based on presidential

Page 29 boating, fishing, camping, disc golfing and picnicking. The 144-acre lake teems with bass, bream, catfish and crappie. Admission is free, but there’s a small fee for fishing and camping.

and area history, birding, picnicking and an excellent gift shop. Roosevelt’s cottage home is preserved much as it was when he died there in 1945, and a museum features his 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his stagecoach, and a 1930s radio playing his Fireside Chats. Visitors also may tour the nearby pools that first brought FDR to Warm Springs for relief from polio. In downtown Warm Springs, a variety of specialty stores welcome visitors to shop for antiques, crafts and collectibles. Not far from here, just south of Woodbury, Lake Meriwether offers

For a traditional Southern lunch that’s hard to beat, dine at Bulloch House Restaurant in downtown Warm Springs. The Bulloch House specializes in classic meat-and-three dinners featuring fried chicken, meatloaf and other downhome fixings. The fried green tomatoes and homemade biscuits are favorites. For lighter fare, Lightnin’ Bugs Bakery & Café serves sandwiches,


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Page 30 coffee and Southern baked goods, including cakes, pies, muffins, fudge and divinity. Roosevelt’s Little White House: 401 Little White House Road, Warm Springs, 706.655.5870, LittleWhiteHouse. Lake Meriwether: 728 Lake Meriwether Road, Woodbury, 706.553.5247, Bulloch House Restaurant: 70 Broad Street, Warm Springs, 706.655.9068, Lightnin’ Bugs Bakery & Café: 50 Broad Street, Warm Springs, 706.655.2015, lightnin-bugs-café.


One of the nation’s leading military history destinations, the National Infantry Museum (NIM) at Patriot Park, near the main gate of Fort Benning, documents the history of America’s infantrymen. The 30,000-square-foot museum tells the story of the nation’s Army from colonial to modern times with military artifacts dating back to 1607. Interactive galleries move from war to war with historic items on display, including documents signed by George Washington and a variety of vehicles, firearms and uniforms. The impressive complex features an IMAX theater, combat simulators, Soldier Store Gift Shop and Fife and Drum Restaurant. Since opening in 2009, NIM has hosted tens of thousands of guests, including military families visiting soldiers at Fort Benning; soldiers completing boot camp routinely hold graduation ceremonies at NIM. Among

50 things to do the museum’s youngest visitors are those ages 6-14 who attend NIM Kids Summer Camp, a day camp packed with activities that teach teamwork and Army values. Five week-long sessions are held each summer; call 706.685.2614 or contact campdirector@ for more info.

At Port Columbus, the National Civil War Naval Museum showcases the largest surviving Confederate warship, a full-scale replica of the USS Water Witch, wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee, and the nation’s largest collection of Civil War naval flags. Nearby, the CocaCola Space Science Center captures the imagination by sharing the story of space exploration and even invites guests to hop aboard a space shuttle for a make-believe moon mission while learning about distant planets and the life of an astronaut.

After a morning visiting museums, head to Uptown Columbus and Whitewater Express for an afternoon of action-packed adventure on the Chattahoochee River. The longest urban whitewater course in the world attracts thrill seekers to tackle class II-V whitewater rapids that make this 2.5mile stretch of the river one of the most exciting whitewater destinations in the nation. It’s been described as “wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica” and was chosen by USA Today as one of the Top 12 manmade adventures in

Summer 2018 the world. Kayak, canoe or tube on your own, or accompany Whitewater Express on guided tours. Whitewater Express provides instruction for kayaking and standup paddle boarding, one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports. If you’re up for another adrenalin rush, take flight on the Blue Heron Adventure, operated by Whitewater Express as the only dual zip line that connects two states; at speeds reaching up to 40 miles per hour, zip from Columbus, Ga., across the Chattahoochee to Phenix City, Ala. Slow down the pace a bit by exploring the Chattahoochee RiverWalk on bicycle or learn the skill of fly fishing.

After a day of museum hopping and whitewater rafting, unwind at 11th and Bay Southern Table, just down from Whitewater Express. Specialties include lamb chops with roasted heirloom rainbow carrots and Sapelo Island clams. At Cannon Brew Pub, brews made onsite are locally loved along with brick-fired oven pizza and classic American cuisine. And at Zombie Pig BBQ, the ribs are fall-off-the-bone juicy and the pulled pork and chicken are slow-smoked for eight hours and handpulled every day. National Infantry Museum: 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, 706.685.5800, National Civil War Naval Museum: 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, 706.327.9798, Coca-Cola Space Science Center: 701 Front Avenue, Columbus, 706.649.1470, Whitewater Express: 1000 Bay Avenue, Columbus, 706.321.4720,

Summer 2018 11th and Bay Southern Table: 1050 Bay Avenue, Columbus, 706.940.0202, Cannon Brewpub: 1041 Broadway, Columbus, 706.653.2337, cannonbrewpub. Zombie Pig BBQ: 6201 Veterans Parkway, Suite B, Columbus, 706.662.0941,


Outdoor fun is on the agenda at The Rock Ranch, near Barnesville. Founded

50 things to do by Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, the ranch offers loads of family fun on the farm. The 1,500-acre working cattle ranch features more than 35 attractions and rides, a Georgia Grown farmers market and concessions including homegrown Brangus beef burgers and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Summer fun at the ranch includes zip lining, rock wall climbing, pony rides, horse shoes, petting zoo and more. Cool off with homemade strawberry ice cream made with berries picked at the farm. The Rock Ranch’s summer hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, June 20-23, June 2730, July 11-14 and July 18-20. Cost is $13 per person

Page 31 over age 2; some attractions cost extra. Celebrate America on Saturday, June 30, with the ranch’s annual patriotic event featuring six hot air balloons and a spectacular fireworks show. Tethered hot air balloon rides are $5/child and $10/adult, weather permitting. Gates open at 2 p.m. for $13 per person; starting at 6 p.m., the cost for entry is $25 per vehicle. The Rock Ranch: 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Ga., 706.647.6374,

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