McDonough’s pastoral public greenspaces and top-tier recreational facilities afford year-round, all-ages fun. Looking to escape the frenzy of everyday life? We’ve got you covered—whether that means pelting friends with paintballs or pampering yourself with a spa day. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MCDONOUGH SQUARE 5 Griffin Street Trimmed with geraniums in warmer months, scarecrows in the fall, and twinkling lights come the holidays, McDonough’s lovely town square is surrounded by well-preserved nineteenthcentury storefronts, a stately Romanesque Revival courthouse, and a former 1920s Standard Oil service station that now serves as the Welcome Center. Window-shop the boutiques, grab coffee or a standout meal at one of our indie eateries, visit a monument to Henry County’s Confederate fallen, or enjoy one of many festive events— including movie nights, karaoke, ghost tours, and spring’s Geranium Festival—hosted in our town’s heart. 678.782.6230 visitmcdonoughga.com HERITAGE PARK VETERANS MUSEUM & WALL OF HONOR 101 Lake Dow Road Inside a red barn in McDonough’s Heritage Park is a trove of military vehicles, uniforms, weapons, dioramas, and photographs dating back to World War I, plus a chapel dedicated to fallen heroes. With intimately personal artifacts donated by families, the museum is a powerful tribute to veterans of all wars. A few hundred yards outside, a 75-foot-long granite wall showcases battle scenes from the Revolutionary War to the present alongside inspirational quotes. Bricks leading up to the wall bear veterans’ names, a monument opposite it honors MIA/POW veterans, and behind the wall, fifty state flags form a regal arc. 770.288.7300 heritageparkveteransmuseum.com; veteranswallofhonor.org HOOD STREET ART CENTER 136 Hood Street McDonough’s arts scene got a major lift with the recent opening of a 20,000-square-foot collective in a historic factory building downtown. Anchored by the Henry Players theater troupe, the DiBlasi School of Ballet, and six visual artists, the Hood—brainchild of late sculptor Andy Davis—engages the community with workshops, staged performances, and a gallery. 678.591.7744 hoodstreetartcenter.com HERITAGE PARK & HISTORIC VILLAGE 101 Lake Dow Road The city’s largest park is a true gathering place, with athletic fields, a paved walking track, picnic pavilions, community gardens, the “Kidsville” playground, and an outdoor arena. Give the little ones a history lesson in the park’s Historic Village, which contains an 1820s settler’s cabin, a tworoom schoolhouse, a 1934 steam engine (see page 14), and other structures from the McDonough of yesteryear. 770.288.7300 co.henry.ga.us/parksrecreation HOT SHOTS PAINTBALL 45 John Frank Ward Boulevard Obstacles like police cars, crashed airplanes, and two-story buildings let you live out your grittiest combat fantasies—in a clean, family-friendly environment. One of the Southeast’s largest and most advanced paintball and airsoft facilities, Hot Shots frequently hosts corporate groups and birthday parties on its six fields. 678.432.7766 shaneshotshots.com SCA RLETT’S RETREAT DAY SPA 22 Jonesboro Street Situated off the Square in McDonough’s oldest home, Scarlett’s Retreat infuses indulgent spa treatments with Old South gentility. Start with a lavender-and-rose-petal footbath in the ornate Victorian sitting room before enjoying luxuries like Aunt Pitty Pat’s Exfoliation and Bath Ritual, Miss Melanie’s Rose Garden Body Wrap, and a variety of massages. On your way out, shop for organic beauty products in the mercantile. 678.432.7474 ~scarlettsretreat.com COTTON FIELDS GOLF CLUB 400 Industrial Boulevard Rich, rolling farmland that once burst with cotton now houses an 18-hole public golf course on 150 scenic acres. Designed with the everyday player in mind, the carefully maintained course features practice greens, a pro shop, a snack bar, and a spacious outdoor pavilion. 770.914.1442 ~ greenvalleygolfgroup.com/cottonfields AMERICA N HERITAG E GUN RANGE TRAINING CENTER 775 Highway 42 North In addition to 20 clean, comfortable indoor lanes with automated targeting capabilities, this state-of-the-art shooting range offers professional training programs, gunsmithing, and a 4,000-square-foot showroom containing firearms, ammo, accessories, and a concierge desk to help you plan your next big-game hunt. 678.432.4867 ahgr.net FUN BOWL 300 Highway 155 South “Fun” is an understatement at this family entertainment complex offering mini-golf, laser tag, an eleven-table billiards parlor, a game room, and the main event, bowling. The lights dim for cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, and league play keeps the good times rolling during the week. 770.898.4272 myfunbowl.com
Published by EMMIS Communications. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/article/Play+In+McDonough/2332426/282419/article.html.