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People living in Gwinnett County homes and looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon should check out Ice Forum. The ice skating rink is open year-round. If you’ve always wanted to learn to ice skate, sign up for classes at the Skating Academy. Kids as young as three can start in the Snowplow Sam Series. Kids ages 6 through 18 take the Youth Basic levels 1 through 8. Adults and teens 15 and over can take Adult Basic levels 1 through 6. Class sessions are six weeks long. Coaches are all members of the Professional Skaters Association.
There are also public sessions every day of the week. Admission is $8 for those over 5 and $4 for those 5 and under. Skaters in Gwinnett County homes can bring their own skates or rent a pair. Figure skates and hockey skates are both $3 to rent. If you get hungry while skating, stop in a Breakaway Grill for a snack, a drink, or a meal.
Anyone in Gwinnett County homes interested in hockey should check out Ice Forum’s leagues. Teams are formed for kids and adults, from beginning players to advanced. Ice Forum is also a great place to have a birthday party. Plan your visit at iceforum.com.
One of the most famous of Fulton County homes is the house Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in. It has become a National Historic Site. The Birth Home is open for tours everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The first tour starts at 10 a.m., with the last tour at 4 or 4:30 p.m. Learn about the early life of the great civil rights leader.
There are lots of other historic sites to visit and exhibits to see in the area. Stop at the visitor center to get oriented. Kids from Fulton County homes will be interested in the “Children of Courage” exhibit in the lobby of the visitor center. The exhibit discusses the role of children in the Civil Rights Movement.
Visitors can tour Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King was a co-pastor with his father from 1960 until his death in 1968. The church is where he was baptized as a child. It has long been the spiritual home for the Sweet Auburn community in Atlanta. There are many other important buildings to tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Gather some friends from Fulton County homes together to get a better appreciation of the Civil Rights Movement. Click here to visit the website and plan your visit.
Cobb County real estate was the scene for one of the most exciting moments in the Civil War. On April 12, 1862, Union spies stole the General locomotive, intending to drive it to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Along the way, they planned to to uproot track and cut telegraph wires. They were chased by Conductor William A. Fuller, Jeff Cain, and Anthony Murphy. The spies were stopped just before reaching Chattanooga. Cobb County real estate owners can learn more about this fascinating episode at The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw. There’s a great film about the chase and many artifacts, including the General locomotive itself.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.50. Children 4 to 12 are $5.50. Seniors, military, and AAA members all receive discounts. In addition to The Great Locomotive Chase, the museum has several other permanent exhibits. Learn about the how railroad lines were used in the Civil War to transport food, supplies, medical equipment, and troops. Get a look at a real belt-driven locomotive assembly line at the restored Glover Machine Works. Cobb County real estate owners can plan a visit by visiting southernmuseum.org.