At the Reptile Discovery Center, visitors hobnob with rare reptiles in up-close encounters with snakes, lizards, tortoises, and alligators in controlled environments and exhibits. Explorers of all ages traverse a jungle of educational exhibits coming face-to-face with real-live reptiles such as baby alligators, florida pine snakes, and “Naja”, a 6-foot asian water monitor. The center functions as a working farm, providing shelter and nutrition to hundreds of species collected from around the globe, pro-tecting them from increasingly unstable environments and frequent, annoying visits from Carmen Sandiego.
Nestled in the shadows of towering trees, golfers traverse the arboreal alleyways of DeLand Country Club’s course across 18 holes of challenging golf. Throughout the course, mature oaks and pines stalk the edges of fairways, flexing their branches ominously and making menacing shadow puppets with their twiggy fingers in an attempt to break the focus of golfers. The subtle slopes of the rolling course place a high premium on golfers’ capacity to cleanly strike balls off of uneven surfaces, and greenside bunkers wait to ensnare off-kilter shots. Club-toting twosomes can loop the 18-hole course astride an efficient golf cart, which helps hunt down balls while proffering incisive commentary about the universally strained relationship between carts and caddies.
Daytona Skydive's experienced instructors accompany fledgling flyers on awe-evoking plunges above scenic Daytona Beach areas, using sturdy Sigma tandem parachute systems. During a one-on-one briefing, instructors take about 10 minutes to detail procedures and characterize the experience through a series of whooshing noises. Students don stylish jump suits before embarking on a 15- to 20-minute plane ride, during which groups soar to heights of up to 14,000 feet.
Airboat & Gator Charters’ expert swamponauts ably escort guests through the placid waters of central Florida’s most serene lakes and rivers. Customers can hop aboard a 425-horsepower Diamondback airboat for a 90-minute private tour, which offers the chance to glimpse wildlife including bald eagles, herons, red-tailed hawks, manatees, turtles, and alligators. The high-performance watercraft seats up to six and comes equipped with a USCG-licensed captain, who will harness the power of the boat’s Piratecom headsets to point out targets for your eyes, whether they're animal, plant, or the occasional plantanimal. The private tours are offered year-round and launch throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset. Choose to embark on a daytime trip, which features views of the American alligator’s daily tanning habits, or embark on the nighttime tour and hope for a rare sighting of the white-tailed deer’s annual sighting of its tail.
Seated at the end of one of Sunshine Bowling Lanes' 32 gleaming avenues, six bowlers can snack on popcorn and prepare their rolling arms for a two-hour bowling spree. As the pin-smashing action unfolds, automated-scorekeeping computers take care of the math, displaying scores, ball speed, and excitement-enhancing graphics so bowling buddies can focus on unleashing their speediest throws and most melodic songs about bowling shoes. Popcorn and sodas keep energy levels up as the bowling becomes faster and furiouser, while giant projectors keep the atmosphere energized with music videos. Lanes come in a variety of family-friendly configurations, with standard bumper-free alleys for confident players, and lanes with a gentle pinwards slope, ideal for kids who got stuck with the square ball. Prices fluctuate throughout the week, so be sure to check Sunshine's schedule to determine when redeeming a Groupon nets the best value.
Historically, women artists have often struggled to find a space to express themselves in a field dominated by men. The Florida Museum for Women Artists works to change that by offering 7,300 square feet of facilities and galleries dedicated to promoting and showcasing women artists and their work. Three different galleries allow visitors to gaze upon a selection of contemporary art in exhibitions that rotate ever 10 weeks and include juried shows, selections from collections, and traveling exhibits. Previous and upcoming exhibitions include a variety of ceramic, sculptural, and painted works, along with photographs and textiles. Past shows have even included the innovative exhibit Witness to Creativity, which allowed viewers to watch live as artists created installations over the course of a week. The facility also includes a museum shop and café and also hosts fused-glass jewelry, wineglass painting, and mosaic classes.