The South's Best Summer Camps for Grown-Ups
We’re blowing the bugle for Texas-native Wes Anderson and his new summer flick Moonrise Kingdom (out May 25), starring Baltimore-boy Edward Norton as scoutmaster of Camp Ivanhoe. See our salute to camps for adults
Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp, Weeki Wachee, FL
Slip on a fin and into a Florida natural spring for two days of underwater-ballet instruction from former mermaids at this retro park.
Veramar Wine Camp, Berryville, VA
For three days, stay in an Italian-style villa, help bottle and label wines, blend your own Bordeaux, and enjoy crisp pairings with a five-course Saturday dinner.
veramar.com; $1,500 per couple
Surf Camp, Kure Beach, NC
Over three daytime sessions, you’ll learn the fundamentals of longboard riding. Start day one with on-beach training, and spend the rest of camp hanging ten on beginner-size breaks.
Space Camp, Huntsville, AL
Complete a space mission, launch a model rocket, and defy gravity in one of the world’s largest space museums for three out-of-this-world days. Leave the Moon Boots behind.
Camp Bluegrass, Levelland, TX
Bring your own strings for six days of picking with small-class instruction, concerts, and workshops led by former members of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in honor of his 100th birthday.
Moonshine University, Louisville, KY
In the new Distilled Spirits Epicenter near Whiskey Row, join a two-hour class (day camp!) or stay the week to learn the art of making moonshine and bourbon.