The arrival of the holiday season brings about a mad dash to find the perfect gift for your family and friends, but the gift giving process doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Henry County, Georgia has a variety of unique, memorable experiences and items that your family and friends will enjoy receiving as a holiday gift.
Unique Experiences in Henry County, GA
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary has over 1,500 exotic and domestic animals waiting to share their stories. Inspire the animal lover in your life by giving them a Walk on the Wild Side (WOW) Tour. The tour includes a closer look at the animals of the sanctuary with a complete guided tour of the facility that takes you inside the first of two security fences. Tours can be booked by calling the Welcome Center and discount tour vouchers can sometimes be found through Groupon. Become a Keeper for a Day and you’ll work alongside a Noah’s Ark keeper for a true behind-the-scenes, hands-on experience. See what goes into the care of all the sanctuary’s animals and receive a certificate, t-shirt, flash drive containing photos of your experience and one-on-one lunch with a keeper.
If there is a pet on the wish list this year, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary offers cat and dog adoptions. If a new pet is not on the list this year, consider a donation to the Noah’s Ark Animal Wish List with your loved one and continue to spread the joy of the season. Find more information on the desired wish list items at the Noah’s Ark website.
Georgia has become the hot spot for television and film projects with blockbuster movies and series filming in the state. For an in-depth look at the Hampton filming locations used in The Walking Dead©, including the infamous dumpster scene from season six, book a one hour, 14-stop walking tour operated out of Speakeasy Bookstore. Order a coffee to-go at the bookstore to get your tour started off right.
Craft Beer Connoisseurs
Spread some cheer with the grown-ups this year. Jailhouse Brewing Company, located in Hampton, offers visitation three times a week. Give your loved one the gift of a “drink in the clink” and talk beer with the “Warden” and the “Inmates” in this former city jail turned brewery.
Fans of High Flying Fun
Take flight with The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF). A tour of the AAHF is like taking a step back in time, as the aircraft housed in the hangar are Huey and Cobra helicopters originally flown during the Vietnam War. Trained pilots take you up in the air to experience the exhilaration of flight in these military aircraft. Learn more about their ride programs by visiting their site at armyav.org.
Give the adrenaline junkie the ultimate gift with a visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The speedway offers a variety of driving experiences like the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, The NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience, and more. They’ll enjoy hugging the turns of the track at high speeds in the passenger or driver seat!
If you give your loved one a chance to drive a race car, pretty soon they just might want to see the professionals up close and personal. Get them tickets to one of the most thrilling races of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
With seasonal activities and scenic views, nature is the true gift that keeps on giving. Purchase state park annual passes and enjoy endless bike rides, tree climbing, hikes, boating, camping and so much more. If you’re looking to go a little further with the adventure? Trade a bed for a tree boat during a ZZZs in the Trees experience at Panola Mountain State Park! This experience is available during select fates through the year.
Chef Marian Minugh demonstrates proper preparation of scrumptious dishes in the kitchen of the Mainstreet Locust Grove Olive in a Bottle location. Cooking classes include a demonstration along with an appetizer entree, and dessert., drink, recipe packet and 60 ml bottle of olive oil or vinegar (excluding truffle oils). Visit the store to purchase gourmet oils and vinegar then register your special someone for an upcoming cooking class.
Rare Finds in Henry County, GA
Antique & Vintage Gifts
Find the perfect piece that accents a room or complements an outfit with a shopping trip to Henry County’s antique markets and consignment shops. Peachtree Peddlers Antique Mall & Flea Market in McDonough, Dragonfly Creek and All My Treasures in Hampton, The Grove Depot, and Déjà vu on 42 in Locust Grove all provide one-of-a-kind gift options and collectibles. A consignment boutique such as Upscale Fashions Inc. in Stockbridge is a great choice for your fashion forward friends and family members.
- Noah’s Ark 2018 Calendar – Share some cheer all year long with a Noah’s Ark 2019 calendar or other items from the online store.
- JailHouse Brewing Company merchandise – After spending some time in the yard at Jailhouse, pick up official JailHouse Brewing Company attire and other merchandise to place in stockings.
- Speakeasy Bookstore – Fans of literature will enjoy a stocking filled with good reads from the Downtown Hampton used bookstore.
Unexpected, non-traditional gifts add a sense of excitement and variety to what can sometimes be a monotonous lineup of holiday gifts. Surprise your friends and loved ones with a unique experience or gift from these Henry County locales. Visit the Shopping page of the site for more opportunities to find special gifts in Henry County.