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Spotlight on Atlanta: Top FunSherpa Adventures!

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By , April 8, 2015 9:11 am

The U.S. state of Georgia may be best known for its peaches, pecan pie, and southern hospitality, but it’s also home to the great city of Atlanta – arguably the most cosmopolitan city of the South!

Photo credit: Brett Weinstein via Flickr

Photo credit: Brett Weinstein via Flickr

No spring or summer southbound road trip would be complete without a stay in Atlanta to visit the top-notch museums, Olympic Games site attractions, local park festivals, and culinary masterpieces. With a little something for everyone, it’s a perfect place for romantic getaways, family vacations, and extended stays for retirees. And after a few days exploring the city, outdoors lovers will enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains up north and history buffs and beach bums will love the historic eastern coast.

This week, we put the spotlight on the city of Atlanta to tell you about some of the exciting adventures that FunSherpa offers in this southern city.

Atlanta Electric Car Tour

Sure, there are lots of different tours you can take to learn about the historic city of Atlanta, but one of the more unique ones takes you around by electric car. Lessen your impact on the environment as you get the insider scoop on the city’s history and best places to eat, drink, and hang out. These electric cars seat five passengers and go to off-the-beaten path neighborhoods during a 75-minute guided ride. Tours operate all throughout the year.

Atlanta Zombie Film Locations Tour

Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the hottest new cities in the film industry, due in part to the success of the hit show, The Walking Dead. If you’re a fan of the show or ever wanted to learn how to walk like a zombie, the Atlanta Zombie Film Locations Tour is a must. You can get a tour of the film sites in Coweta County for both The Walking Dead and Zombieland. 

Aquarium Experience

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best in the entire country, and it’s definitely a treat for animal lovers of all ages. We can hook you up with a deal on the aquarium’s Total Ticket, which gets you admission to all six of the permanent galleries, public exhibits, and shows.

Photo credit: Keith Allison via Flickr

Photo credit: Keith Allison via Flickr

Swim with Whale Sharks

But if you’d like to get a little more up-close and personal with the sea life, perhaps a swim with whale sharks experience is more up your alley. Journey with Gentle Giants offers a unique opportunity to swim and dive with whale sharks, manta rays, and other sea creatures. You’ll wear SCUBA dive gear or snorkel gear in the Ocean Voyager exhibit for 30 minutes of swimming. The full experience with instruction lasts about 2.5 hours and is definitely one of the most interesting ways to spend time in Atlanta.

River Kayak Classes

For a more outdoorsy experience, head out to the Chattahoochee River to take a river kayak or river canoe class taught by experienced and certified instructors. These classes are beginner-friendly and operate between May and October to let you appreciate Georgia’s natural beauty.

Glassblowing Classes

Blown glass is a big deal in southern-style art, and while visiting Atlanta, you can learn the tricks of the trade for yourself. Classes teach students basic techniques, like gathering and re-heating, and show you how to create paperweights, glasses, and abstract works of art. The classes last about three hours and generally operate during the summer months.

Get Spooked at America’s Scariest Haunted Houses

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By , October 16, 2013 1:47 pm

With Halloween just days away, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by visiting a haunted house. As you’ve probably noticed over the years, not all haunted houses are created equal. Some haunted houses are quaint low-budget attractions put on by local youth groups, while others employ professional actors who specialize in creating nightmares that haunt us for weeks to come.

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Let’s explore the latter of these these two entertainment experiences, as we learn a little more about America’s scariest haunted houses.

Netherworld – near Atlanta, Georgia

Since 1997, Netherworld has thrilled and terrified visitors inside a cutting-edge, multi-attraction venue. Netherworld’s movie-quality special effects and unique themes have earned the haunted house national attention from CNN and the Wall Street Journal. This year’s themes include “The Dead Ones”, featuring twisted skeletal aberrations, and “Boogeyman,” featuring the legendary creature from childhood story tales.

House of Torment – Austin, Texas

House of Torment is Austin’s multi-level 20,000 square foot haunted house, and it’s been named “one of America’s scariest attractions” by The Travel Channel. The haunted house is located at the Highland Mall and is well-known for its horrifying scenarios and towering animatronic monsters. This year’s themes revolve around the “Blackthorne District,” an abandoned insane asylum, and “Ancients Emerge,” a realm of nightmarish tombs. A third theme, “Slaughterhouse: The Harvest,” was added to expose visitors to the aftermath of contagious serum weapon testing.

Haunted Hotel – San Diego, California 

San Diego’s Haunted Hotel is part haunted house and part theatrical experience. Located downtown in the Gaslamp District, this is the longest running haunted attraction in San Diego and has been featured on The Travel Channel. Once you step into the hotel, you’ll be faced with a “Walking Dead” dungeon, a posse of killer clowns on a subway car, and become trapped in a horrifying cellar. The special effects in this haunted house are so real that you’ll be startled by the tiniest sounds for days.

Gates of Hell – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Gates of Hell prides itself on being the only R-rated haunted house in the state of Nevada. If you’d like to be the subject of a sadistic experiment in sensory overload, then this is the haunted house for you. Ranked #1 in the Western U.S., Gates of Hell wants to get your heart pounding, make you claustrophobic, and make you face the reality of your own violent death in the underworld.

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Haunted houses have been popular for decades, but as you can see, the business of horror is still thriving. Regardless of which part of the country you’re celebrating Halloween in this year, chances are, there’s a haunted house nearby. In case you’ve forgotten since last year, we’ll leave you with a few tips for going through a haunted house and safely making it through to the other side.

Haunted House Tips 

  • Don’t bother acting tough – the whole point is to be scared
  • Listen to the rules and follow them – there’s no fun in getting kicked out
  • Don’t try to scare the actors back – that’s their job
  • Don’t touch the props – set designers put a lot of hard work into these
  • Only go through once – the elements of surprise diminish when you know what’s coming
  • Don’t take photos or videos – this makes the experience less authentic for everyone

*Photo credit: felixorwari via DeviantART; Shane Gorski via Flickr 

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