The Florida Collegiate Summer League assembles 160 top college athletes each summer to play wooden-bat baseball in a competitive atmosphere intended to prepare them for careers in professional baseball. Four general-admission tickets unlock a plethora of best-available seating options at one of five home fields for your quad-pod pack of family members. Alternate nourishing bites from four hot dogs and bags of chips with hydrating drags from four icy soft drinks while viewing inspiring feats of athleticism such as grand slams, base burglary, and home-stretch backflips.
The brand new Jacksonville Destroyers vie for dominance in the United Soccer League Premier Development League (PDL)—the top U-23 men's league in North America, featuring 64 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. Led by head coach Eric Dutt, players from all around the world, including forward Kareem Yearwood, midfielder Stefan Durr, and goalie Doug Parra compete against other elite collegiate players for a chance to shine brighter than the oiled pecs of a buff glowworm. Tear off stomach-constraining jerseys to chow down on tasty stadium fare from Sun Dog Diner and practice accurate flip throws with frothy, chilled beers (costs not included with today's Groupon) while cheering on the Destroyers in their inaugural season as they take on Central Florida, Fort Lauderdale, and Bradenton in the remaining home games.
Britney Spears hurtles back into the earth’s stratosphere, pulling out all the stops, raising roofs, and dousing all of mankind’s melancholia in glitter and beatitude on her fiery Femme Fatale tour. From Mouseketeer to multifaceted entertainer, Britney Spears has seared dance floors throughout her career with infectious sonic shrapnel while soothing countless ears scarred by the sound of exploding chalkboards. Unleashing fresh cuts dripping with danceable dubstep beats and tireless techno melodies, the Femme Fatale tour shares its stagecoach with a lineup of glam girl-powered acts. Spunky electropop outfit Jessie and the Toy Boys and the feisty twisted-sister duo of NERVO round out a night stuffed with golden vocals, brick-thick beats, and floor-shaking choreography that will undoubtedly awaken the arena’s downstairs neighbors.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex offers 100,000 square feet of sports and socializing space, including its impressive NHL-sized, year-round ice rink. Public skating sessions (valued at $9, with skate rental valued at $3 on Friday nights and weekends) last two hours and are scheduled almost daily. Because rink guards are on duty for the Sportsplex's highly attended public glide-fests, you can tuck the eyes on the back of your head snugly into a winter cap and still feel safe about bringing the whole family. Ice skating is a great way to stay active and healthy without using fancy exercise contraptions (bags of rocks, bags of corn chowder, etc.). Put those neglected leg muscles to use and burn calories while having a blast mimicking your favorite skating champs such as Elena Dementenova, Isaac Dementenova, or Russell Dementenova. Purchase multiple Groupons to plan a slippery escape with friends, or use up to four yourself to master Mighty Duck maneuvers before tryouts.
At Kona Skate Park, smooth concrete undulates, dips, and banks like a frozen ocean. Skaters navigate those contours armed with helmets and bags of tricks such as kickflips and ollies. After zigging and zagging around cement bowls and valleys, they grab some air on the ramps and half-pipes. Street skating obstacles such as low wooden boxes and steps provide opportunity for slick grinds and rail slides.
The park opened in the late 1970s, and all of its elements, including the verts protruding from the concrete basins, are infused with history. Kona Skate Park was the original meeting place for legends such as Tony Alva and Rodney Mullen, and today it's the site of burgeoning skateboarders. To nurture the talents of those future stars, instructors lead lessons and camps geared toward kids of all skill levels.
The Easton Foundations' first-ever Harvest Hoedown corrals families for an afternoon of live music, archery, and spooky amusements. Beginning at 5 p.m., Root Redemption twangs out live bluegrass jams, and country tunes performed by special guest Bryce Carlisle cuddle up to eager eardrums. Children and adults can flex their bow muscles at the Try Archery station, and face painters coat features with colorful designs and forged presidential seals. Settle into the straw for a hayride through the surrounding woodland property, which, come nightfall, transmutes into a frightening trail. After harrowing drives through the forest, youngsters aged 13 and younger can tote candy bags or emptied-out urns around the festival to haul in trick-or-treat confections, complementing a supply of fall snacks and fare from Kazbor's Grille available for purchase. Guests are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs, and children aged 6 and younger gain free entry.