It was 16 years ago when Eduardo de Queiroz first stepped into the pristine Florida sand, breathing the salty air and marveling at the azure sea. The Brazil native spent years exploring the amusement parks of Orlando, the sunny shorelines of Miami Beach, and the Cuban restaurants in Little Havana, falling in love with the peninsula in the process. Today, Eduardo puts his passion and knowledge of South Florida to good use with his own tour company—Amazonia Tours Miami. The seasoned guide leads tours all around the Miami area, from airboat cruises through the lush wildlife of the everglades to air-conditioned bus trips around the art deco architecture of South Beach. He brings sightseers to the Jungle Island zoo and Seaquarium, and ventures outside the city to introduce newcomers to Orlando theme parks and Key West beaches. The versatile guide conducts tours in English, Portuguese, or a Dracula voice. In addition to tours, he offers scooter rentals and transportation to the airport and local malls.
Segway Tours' guides outfit sightseers with their own vertical vehicles and show them the many marvels of the Pineapple Grove area. Following a two-tire tutorial, a maximum of nine travelers at once strap on helmets and glide to local landmarks such as historic Old School Square and Veterans Park. After that, the makeshift velocipedes take a sun-drenched cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to gawk and make baby noises at the quaint architecture of the Marina District. The micro tour lasts one hour, leaving ample time in the day for eating, shopping, and trying to feed the parking meter with sand dollars.
Once attendees master segway skills during a 20- to 30-minute orientation session, the expert guides at The Electric Experience whisk them away on a one- or two-hour trek through Delray Beach. Tours whizz down serene paths and quiet neighborhood streets in between stops at public beaches and the Sandoway House, where guests can take turns feeding a shark. As guides expound on Delray Beach's history, tours amble into Veterans Park, swing by manatees luxuriating in their natural habitats, and weave their way among the marina district's striking architecture. Afterward, The Electric Experience can equip visitors with sun-shielding gear for the beach, electric bikes for unguided rides, or folding bicycles that patrons can refold into origami swans to ride on ocean expeditions.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 172 to the turbocharged Piper Saratoga, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, privately chartered flights. Scenic tours depart from Palm Beach International Airport and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird’s-eye view of the local wildlife of the Everglades, runaway balloons over Delray Beach, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation’s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.
Unearthing long-buried stories of paranormal activity in South Florida, Enigma Haunt exposes thrill-seekers to in-your-face situations. More than 40 actors depict the creatures that stalk the 11,000-square-foot indoor lair, reeking of ancient paranoia and ghosts.
The guides of Scary DC: Ghosts of Washington blend the natural and supernatural realms together in hair-raising tours of the city’s haunted habitats. Backed by the knowledge of professional historian Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, tour guides regale guests with paranormal tales of the city’s past and present. During 90-minute jaunts, tour-takers set out to discover the spirits of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson while ignoring Millard Fillmore’s pleas that he’s important too. With a blend of supernatural lore and historical fact, Scary DC’s tours edify and entertain guests of all ages.
Zombies created by an old factory’s chemical spill roam through the darkness, carnies banished for animal abuse and torture scream in the distance, and a murderous Santa greets visitors with a wicked grin and a bloody ax. These are just snapshots of the horrors awaiting visitors to Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Hair-raising creatures and the souls of murder victims lurk throughout four haunted mazes. At A Grim's Tale, grotesque creatures plucked straight from history's gristliest books lie in wait for unsuspecting readers. Sunnyvale Orphanage is overrun by terrible tots just looking for an excuse to misbehave... homicidally.
At the Smiths' terrifying new abode, screams echo over the sound of Morrissey records played backward, piercing the air of Country Bill’s Meat Market and joining shrieks coming from the midway itself. There, 13 rides, such as the High Flyer and Zero Gravity, whip passengers through the air. Food stalls nestle amid the attractions, tempting guests with hot dogs, tacos, funnel cakes, and tufts of cotton candy, which patrons can use as hair for the decoy body they place in their bed later that night.