Swimming with whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Swimming with whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

8 Unusual Bucket List Adventures

Always wanted to swim with sharks? Be in the movies? Drive a race car? Make it happen this year with these unique adventures in Georgia!

Looking for a way to shake up your routine and make a fresh start? Maybe it's a good time to try something big. Something unexpected. Something new.

Thankfully, there are lots of unique adventures in Georgia to get you out of your daily routine and checking items off that bucket list. Here are eight of our favorites for you to try.

Swim with a Whale Shark

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can swim with whale sharks; and probably the only place in the world where you can swim with such a diverse variety of fish. In addition to the whale sharks, I was most impressed with the black velvet-like manta rays. The Georgia Aquarium remains the only aquarium in North America to exhibit manta rays, so this is truly an experience in itself.

Shake Hands with an Otter

Sea Otter Encounter at Georgia Aquarium

If you aren't excited to get into the water with the fish, the Sea Otter Encounter at the Georgia Aquarium is a close-up look at these adorable mammals. Touch their noses, shake hands with the otters and feed them fish popsicles. There is plenty of cuteness to go around during this 40-minute encounter.

Glide Through the Air

See North Georgia from a hang glider

Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia, is the only hang gliding school between Florida and North Carolina. They offer a tandem experience that lasts about 20 minutes in flight, as well as a full-day experience, which includes instruction, training flights and the tandem flight. This adventure is sure to get your heart pumping.

See Real-life Settings for your Favorite Movies

Zombieland filmed in Valdosta. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Now that Georgia film productions are everywhere, with hundreds of movies, television shows, commercials and music videos being filmed in the state, it's easy to find locations you've seen on screen. Visit Covington to see the real-life locations used in "The Vampire Diaries", or Senoia to see where "The Walking Dead" was filmed. Create your own Georgia film location tours with these guides.

Hunt with Falcons

Sea Island Falconry

Did you know you could practice the ancient art of falconry in Georgia? To become a true falconer takes a lot of time, practice and patience, but you can try out the sport in a few places in Georgia, including The Cloister at Sea Island.

Drive a Car – FAST

Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta

Go full force with a driving experience at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta or an official NASCAR experience at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Richard Petty Experience. The adrenaline high is sure to kick you into a new gear.

Stomp Grapes

Georgia's wine industry garners praise from critics and wine-lovers alike. Of course, drinking the wine is always a good idea, but why not plan a visit to Georgia wine country during festival time when you can participate in making the wine through a grape stomp. Contact your favorite winery for specific dates.

Wake up with Camels

Sue and a friendly camel at North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm, Cleveland, Ga.

It's not every day you can wake up with camels, but at North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm in Cleveland, Georgia, it's just part of the overnight package. You also can howl with the wolves, feed a parakeet, pet a sloth, and get up close and personal with a hedgehog.

Published: May 2024
Written by: Sue Rodman
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