It's not often that you find yourself falling headfirst toward the earth, wind whipping by, before you pull a cord on your chute and float gently to the ground. This thrill-seeking experience is available to first-time and returning divers at Skydive Spaceland, which sends people plummeting out of planes on a regular basis. Tandem dives pair newbies with experienced instructors, and skydiving lessons teach students how to take the plunge on their own. To prepare patrons for the jump, an online pro-shop sells helmets, goggles, and t-shirts that prove you've conquered your fear of heights and cotton that could shrink in the dryer.
Paradise Below Diving offers people new perspectives on West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Those perspectives? Underwater, through a haze of coral, exotic fish, sea turtles, and mermaid furniture.The instructors here have 20 years of teaching experience and guide a variety of hands-on diving courses to help connect divers with many types of certifications. Students can attend one of the organized sessions or arrange to meet instructors for private lessons. Supplemental course materials are available online for busy learners and specialty classes cover topics such as search and recovery diving.
For more than 30 years, the horseback-riding instructors at Ibis Farm have helped students young and old take the reins with confidence and win ribbons at the show grounds nearby. Equestrians of all levels swing into the saddle during private and group lessons, learning the basics of horse care, hunt-seat riding, and the necessary amount of sugar cubes to convince a stallion to let you name it "Herman." Ibis also offers boarding services for those who already own horses and ponies, providing daily turnouts into the six onsite paddocks, feeding and watering, a fly-spray system, and fans.
Hot Shots Paintball’s 20 acres of sprawling terrain play host to paint slingers dashing around ten outdoor fields during adrenaline-pumping speedball, woodsball, and scenario games. Strewn with tires, a maze of plywood walls, and even an old bus, the fields conceal players from advancing enemies and stealth bombers migrating south for the winter. After epic battles, the onsite pro shop plies players with extra field-paint ammunition. Paintballing friends can also plan fun paintball-team events, birthday parties, and corporate outings for effective team-building exercises that don’t involve gluing the sales staff to people in marketing.
Stretching across 2,200 acres of pristine grounds, Polo West is a multisport facility designed to host high-energy entertainment that brings together such athletic endeavors as golf, rodeos, and polo matches. Though the entire complex is not yet fully open, the Pete Dye–designed golf course has opened the emerald corridors of its nine-hole, water-laden layout, challenging golfers to resist the urge to steer their cart out onto the polo field in hopes to create a new hybrid sport. After putting out on the final green, golfers can retire to the stately clubhouse or refuel at one of the onsite dining options, such as a Latin American restaurant and a cantina bar.
Cardboard cutouts clad with cartoon superheroes and banners featuring beloved Hollywood starlets bedeck the walls of the Movies at Wellington lobby, reminding patrons why film viewing has become such a time-tested American pastime. Buttered popcorn kernels glint through front counters like diamonds in a jewelry-store case, luring those who want a snack while watching the newest releases in digital projection or innovative RealD 3D display. Guests can also question ticket takers about birthday-party packages for 25 guests, which offer unlimited popcorn, soda refills, and a tour of the attic, in which the projectionist stores his hand puppets.