Groups meeting in Valdosta might plan on a Wild Adventures Theme Park “members only” outing after dark.
“They’ll open up a small section of the park, usually a couple of rides, and provide catering in the same area for groups,” says Tim Riddle, general manager at the Valdosta–Lowndes County Tourism Authority.
He adds downtown Valdosta has four restaurants—306 North, Steel Magnolias, The Bistro and Bleu Cafe—that will participate in a dine-around for interested groups.
“It’s always fun and the restaurants usually have a special drink or dessert for our groups,” Riddle says.
In Athens, groups are encouraged to tap into local microbreweries and the city’s amazing live music scene.
“Savvy planners can immerse their event with local flavor by hosting a happy hour at Creature Comforts Brewing Co., just five blocks from meeting rooms at the Classic Center,” says Hannah Smith, director of marketing and communications at the Athens CVB.
Afterward, she adds, “live music is everywhere and can be the highlight of any gathering.”
Among the music venues to choose from are the Foundry, which has space for private functions, and the Georgia Theatre, with a rooftop restaurant overlooking downtown.
A night out in Macon might include getting tickets to a recent Broadway production at the Grand Opera House, a light comedy at Macon Little Theatre or a drama at the historic Douglass Theatre.
And, according to Robin North, vice president of sales and services at the Macon-Bibb County CVB, Macon’s starlit skies are even more enchanting at the Museum of Arts and Sciences during a “Sky Over Macon” presentation.
She says this activity includes refreshments, a planetarium show and the chance to look at the night sky through a state-of-the-art telescope in the on-site observatory.
Friendly competition is the name of the game at Augusta’s Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, where groups can play Night Flight Glow Golf on Friday nights.
“Shout ‘fore!’ as you launch glow-in-the-dark discs through the air toward a marked target,” says Jay Markwalter, director of sales at the Augusta CVB.
The interactive and award-winning Augusta Ghost Trolley tour, which stops by the city’s most haunted attractions, is another fun outing for groups.
Savannah also has a popular haunted tour, but it specifically visits the city’s pubs, including those found along River Street.
“There’s so much history in Savannah, and this pub crawl will teach attendees some interesting things about the city,” says Jeff Hewitt, senior vice president of sales and services at Visit Savannah. “Most if not all of our pubs have ‘spirits,’ making for some intriguing ghost stories.”
Along the way, attendees are allowed to carry 16 oz. to-go cups filled with an alcoholic beverage, making this tour an especially ‘spirited’ outing.