Golf World's well-manicured, lighted practice facility emerges out of a pine-tree forest to woo golfers with an expansive driving range, while their shop equips gear-less guests with brand-name equipment by Taylor Made, Callaway, and Titleist. Send a bucket of golf balls skyward from the range's artificial turf and bermuda tees, practicing long-distance strokes and improving accuracy by targeting rooftop satellites. A shaded pavilion offers cool respite from sunny summer days, and an assortment of tee heights hones striking skills with all clubs. Peruse the discount shop's extensive selections to purchase a pair of gloves ($10 for two pair), replace a worn-out putter ($29.99+), or usher your 9-iron out of the Bronze Age.
It only took two weeks on the picturesque shores of Tahiti and Moorea to send Craig Stewart into a tailspin. He and wife Evelyn fell in love with the South Pacific’s crystalline waters and beachy breezes, so much so that the prospect of remaining in their native Oklahoma turned gloomy. Six years after the Stewarts’ Pacific vacation, they stumbled upon Sanibel Island. With a love for the waters still coursing through their veins, they uprooted and moved there, making it home base for Adventures in Paradise. In 1986, they started out with one boat—Miss Paradise—and one tour, the sunset dolphin cruise. Today, the Stewart family maintains a much larger operation. Their tour topics range from fishing and shelling to dolphin watching to historical sightseeing on a trolley.
Before finding her calling as a yoga instructor, Sylvia taught biology, Earth science, and general science for more than 25 years. Throughout her years in the classroom, she practiced yoga as a way to calm her mind and balance her body. In 2005, she switched gears—she trained for more than 1,000 hours and earned her E-RYT 500 certification. She specializes in Kripalu-style mindfulness yoga, which emphasizes self-acceptance and consciousness of the interplay between life and yoga. Although she primarily teaches multi-level classes, some sessions, such as chair or adaptive yoga, are intentionally geared toward those with limited mobility. At the beginning of class, she occasionally reads inspirational passages or practices levitation.
Stingrays, dinosaurs, and faux hurricanes can all be found at the Imaginarium Science Center, which soaks spongy young brains in knowledge via hands-on exhibits and 3-D movies about the natural world. Families can observe moray eels and other marine life in the Window to the Sea aquarium, or reach out to gentle stingrays in an open tank. Several daily shows with live animals compete for attention with a dino dig where patrons learn how archeologists excavate fossilized bones using nothing but the power of their minds. Kids can emulate their favorite sports heroes in the Sporty Science Arena simulator, then imitate their favorite TV weather-reporting heroes as they witness a simulated hurricane.
Understanding that each customer has their own sense of style and aesthetic, the knowledgeable framers at The Great Frame Up strive to meet various needs through a wide assortment of frames and the latest technology. With the ability to craft one-of-a-kind frames, the team can also help customers discover a new way of framing their family portraits, artwork, or sports memorabilia. By consulting clients on the style of their home or office, the experts put their know-how and creativity to work in crafting a distinct frame for each space. To further assist customers, the framing specialists offer an online list of tips and trends.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire - Fort Myers, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic Waltz and Foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of Salsa, Swing, or Samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction and demonstrations.
It’s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smugglers Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20–50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove’s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.
The Alliance for the Arts' concerts, exhibitions, and art classes have become a staple for the aesthetically inclined since the institution's founding in 1975. The center’s three art galleries elicit awe with ongoing exhibits, and its educational programs inspire students to express their feelings through painting and drawing. The Alliance’s schedule of events keeps fans of the performing arts intrigued with plentiful music festivals and dance recitals.
Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer’s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
The adrenaline junkies at Estero Island Parasail send guests soaring through clear Floridian skies whether it's warm or cold. Their small fleet of powerboats cuts through Gulf waves as parachutes carry guests high into the sky and back down to the water's surface to avoid collisions with low-flying UFOs or for quick dips into the sea.
For its serendipitous 13th season, Florida Rep hails the new decade with a heart-warming yet humorous yarn from Tom Dudzick, the author of Florida Rep fan favorites Greetings! and Over the Tavern. The family dramedy, King O' the Moon, revisits the topsy-turvy lives of Over the Tavern's Pazinski family, who have (mostly) survived the idealistic ’50s only to come face to face with the mutating landscape of the turbulent ’60s. Those who missed the first installment won't feel left out as they set their eye globes toward the stage to watch the pandemonium that ensues when the intractable Vietnam War and Apollo 11's famous moon landing begin to hit home in this stand-alone sequel. The production features performances from reliable Florida Rep standbys Carrie Lund as recently widowed Ellen and Mark Chambers as Walter Fronzak. The production also features newly minted players, including Jason Parrish, Adam Jones, Jacob Womack, and Claire K. Guy.
At All Star Lanes, owner Bill Hanson and his staff keep 24 lanes glistening in prime condition, not just for casual bowlers, but also for the pros. According to North Fort Myers Neighbor, national bowling celebrities such as Walter Ray Williams and Pete Couture descended upon the slicked-up paths to victory for the 2012 Signature Series Storm North Fort Myers Open Pro-Am and Senior Pro-Am. More often, though, the lanes echo with the thunderous strikes and victorious shouts of everyday bowlers, such as those who participate in the facility's humorous "I'm Not Good Enough To Bowl In A Tournament" tournament. Hanson and his crew also use their powers for good, hosting fundraisers for organizations that support American veterans and raising awareness for childhood cancer.
After smashing out a few strikes and spares, guests refuel with pizza, wings, beer, and soda. The family-friendly center also keeps patrons entertained with glow-in-the-dark bowling, pool tables, and weekend karaoke, where people can sing or play a hollowed-out bowling ball like a spherical flute.
Sprawling alongside the historic Caloosahatchee River, Riverbend Golf and River Club's 18-hole executive course pairs picture-perfect drives with equally impeccable surroundings. Winding waterways, native woodlands, and crisp river breezes follow players across the course's 212 acres, and overhead, eagles soar gracefully while muttering swing critiques under their breath. After rounds, groups can celebrate new low scores at the club's 19th hole, Marker 34, which caps off pleasant days on the links with quaint waterfront views and eats from an onsite restaurant.
Using nothing but water as its fuel, the JetLev R200 jetpack system sends users just above or below the water’s surface. The system works by channeling H2O downward through two powerful jets, creating enough thrust to launch a 350-pound person skyward. Quieter than a standard motor boat, the jetpack offers smooth, stable turning capabilities, allowing users to easily control their direction and elevation. Certified instructors begin sessions with a brief lesson, and they encourage each customer to progress at a comfortable rate.
Paddleboard Adventure leads explorers on expeditions throughout the waterways of Fort Myers—all while mounted upright on a standup paddleboard. Nature tours wind through scenic areas, some of which put groups in touch with manatees and other sea creatures. The group also capitalizes on the paddleboards sturdy base by leading yoga paddleboarding classes amid the tranquil, aquatic environments. Newbies can sign up for paddleboarding lessons, and more independent explorers can rent out their own boards for unguided expeditions.