On the shores of Lake Boca, only 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, Ride-A-Wave doles out rentals from its fleet of WaveRunners and Sea Rays. Its entry-level WaveRunners, three-seat Yamaha VX 110s, can crest swells at up to 60 miles per hour. Alternatively, the open bows of 19-foot and 21-foot Sea Rays let up to eight passengers feel the wind in their chest hair as they steer through tropical waters while listening to the radio and grabbing drinks from the built-in cooler.
The Wyland Living Green Fair strives to foster environmental awareness through family-friendly activities including live performances, sustainable-cooking lessons, and a 1,000-square-foot clean-water maze. Fair-goers of all ages can take an elevated ride on a thrilling zipline, then help celebrated artist Wyland craft a 50-foot marine-themed mural. The eco-conscious and style savvy can watch more than 20 earth-friendly fashions stomp the runway during the recycled-fashion show, and celebrity chefs dole out sample tastings as they teach their audiences how to prepare sustainable meals that make Mother Earth shed quiet tears of joy. The clean-water maze helps children learn how a single drop of water can make its way to the ocean without run-ins with harmful waste or thirsty fish, and adults may sample more than one dozen sustainable nectars in the beer and wine garden.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Don't mistake JAZZIZ Nightlife for a nightclub. Don't mistake it for a restaurant or live-music venue, either, even though it's all of those things. The actual roots of JAZZIZ Nightlife are in print—_JAZZIZ_ magazine, naturally—which founder Michael Fagien began back in 1983. Throughout the '80s and '90s, he built the publication into a heavily circulated titan of the jazz world. Then in the late '90s he met restaurateur Dickie Brennan, and the two combined their experience in the music and culinary fields to form the multifarious JAZZIZ Nightlife.
The 12,000 square-foot space is capable of catering evenings to whatever you're in the mood for. A smoke? Grab a plushy leather chair near the cigar bar. A quiet drink? Have champagne and caviar in a secluded area away from the stage. But the main events are the nightly live jazz performances paired with fine dining. Onstage, jazz luminaries—including the likes of bassist Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint—enliven dinner and drinks with spirited performances that rely on musical skills rather than showy pyrotechnics or the ability to swallow whole pumpkins.
As for the food, it hews to traditional upscale American. Dinnertime highlights include 10-ounce Colorado lamb chops and 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, either of which can be paired with Maine lobster tail, scallops, or seared foie gras. Late night bites feature stone crabs and beef tartare with picked mushrooms and ponzu sauce.
The sound of little limbs cutting into clear water with increasing confidence fills Quality Swimming's facilities, where instructors keep class sizes small in order to give individual attention and encouragement to each student. All instructors bear Red Cross certifications in CPR, standard first aid, and general lifeguard skills, and some hold additional honors such as degrees in infant teaching from the United States Swim School or certifications in instruction for developmentally disabled students. The trainers also undergo extensive training in Quality Swimming's in-house program, which includes observational sessions, seminars, and shadowing with senior teachers. Despite this intensive program, they continue to hone their skills year-round with local and national workshops, regular in-house refresher training, and international Marco Polo tournaments.
Students of all experience levels slowly grow to revel in the dreamlike effortlessness of movement through water in outdoor pools at three locations. Instructors pass on basic water-safety skills and more advanced swimming techniques, always with the principal aim of teaching students to exist comfortably within water and respect the pool noodle's natural ecosystem.
Maxim Life is in the health business, offering wellness coaching, supplements, and nutrition screenings. But health isn't just a business plan for the company—it's also personal. When local teen Talia Bennardo was diagnosed with the incurable kidney disease FSGS and learned she'd need a risky double kidney transplant, a group of friends and local merchants banded together to create the Maxim Life Fair, with admission fees going to Bennardo's care. After the transplant was performed, the organizers decided to keep hosting monthly events to support research and care for young organ-transplant patients.
Attendees are benefitting their own bodies, too: the health-focused fairs share information on health and nutritious cooking through the expertise of doctors and other wellness pros. And it's not all about eating your vegetables. Past events have included boutique trunk shows, organic wine tastings, and other fun activities.