Florida from a Kayak's experienced staff helps launch paddlers from the Jones Cypress Cove Marina shore on aquatic expeditions through Lake Minnehaha and the seven surrounding bodies of water of the Clermont Chain of lakes. Seasoned staff members stand by to offer counsel on appropriate safety measures and warnings against fraternizing with fishhooks as customers prepare to mount their watery steeds. They also help single or tandem kayak pairs tour the natural wildlife and scenery of the enchanting sequence of lakes and channels.
Florida from a Kayak's eco tours showcase the rugged beauty of the Lake County Blueways, inviting guests to dip oars into the glowing, moonlit waters during the Bioluminescent Night tour, or glide past the snaking roots and low-hanging terraces during the Mangrove Meandering tour. Instructors teach pupils to spiff up their paddling know-how in lessons, or customers can opt to cast off in a rented kayak or pontoon boat for leisurely, unguided meanderings along the teeming wilderness.
Placed in the top 10 among the nation's new golf courses by Golfweek and Travel + Leisure Golf, Sugarloaf Mountain sends golfers up and down elevation changes of more than 250 feet. The design by Coore & Crenshaw—Crenshaw, as in 1984 Masters winner Ben Crenshaw—takes advantage of the site's natural characteristics, wandering through verdant oak forests and at one point reaching the highest point in the state. The designers were so loyal to the landscape that they even decided to use native sand in the bunkers rather than trucking in moon dust.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,076 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
At Design Mine, part coffee shop and part art studio, guests decorate bisque figurines, plates, and mugs while fueling their creativity with coffee and tea from the café. Food safe, non-toxic paint filigrees the lagniappes before pottery professionals glaze and fire each piece, leaving them as dishwasher safe as a chimp in scuba gear. Design Mine’s café pours flavored coffees and teas ranging from pomegranate pear to Earl Gray, and slings an assortment of cookies, keeping artisans energized.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Blast Off Adventures outfits otherwise flightless humans with the JetLev R200 marine jetpack and Flyboard in order to send them soaring. The JetLev and Flyboard packs produce more than 420 pounds of thrust by pumping 1,000 gallons of water per minute out of two rocket-engine-like shoulder nozzles. Flight experiences first teach novices how to handle the device in as few as six minutes, covering skills such as deep-water take-offs, taxiing, turning, and landing. Participants then spend the rest of their time cruising at top speeds of 25 miles an hour and elevating up to a 30-foot flight ceiling. All the while, a certified flight instructor keeps a close watch, making sure the JetLev and Flyboard is properly operated and scaring off amorous herons during mating season. Flyboard is a new and exciting experience that Blast Off Adventures is now offering.
In an effort to banish the long waiting lines and spread-out obstacles of other mud runs, the organizers of Armageddon Ambush, The Extreme Mud Run, have designed a fun and unique competition that is extreme and unpredictable with more than 15 professionally constructed obstacles built by licensed contractors, including climbing walls and tire pits. To keep things unpredictably colorful, they also set up powdered color ambushes throughout the course. An after-party with beer, food, and live music offers participants an opportunity to dance off the mixture of mud and paint, a much more fun alternative to showering and a much safer one than rolling around on a cop's freshly washed squad car. (However, washing off is also available.)