Dewsweepers Golf School’s instructors impart club-swinging know-how to golfers of all abilities in one-hour, private lessons. The well-rounded instructors (lessons are valid for any staffer except Tony Ruggiero) can help pupils hone any aspect of their game, such as adding distance to their drives, improving their short game, or bending short irons into serviceable boomerangs. At all locations, computerized video swing analysis technology augments instructors’ ability to diagnose swing deficiencies by providing slow-motion replay for each shot. After the lesson, pupils receive an email file with a copy of the video swing analysis that features voiceover instruction for players to have for later reference and play nonstop at upcoming performance reviews with the boss.
At Baytowne Adventure Zone, people take in birds-eye views of The Village of Baytowne Wharf while soaring through the sky and testing their aerial athleticism on five skybound structures. Unlike superheroes who spend hours perfecting flight patterns and padding lycra costumes, temporary flyers can confidently slip into a safe harness for a speedy cruise down the Baytowne Zip Line. Extensively trained instructors explain the airborne rides’ dynamics before thrill-seekers barrel across 300 feet of rope while dangling 40 feet over the village's blue lagoon.
Established in May of 2009, TripShock.com was founded to create an efficient search engine where visitors could find resources to fully experience the Gulf Coast. The company currently offers more than 150 tours and activities in five popular coastal cities. Activities range from Creole-inspired dinner jazz cruises along the Mississippi River and scenic helicopter tours over Panama City to surf lessons in Destin. Travel enthusiasts can also gallivant around the website to find discounts, reviews, videos, and contact information for customer-service reps who are available 24 hours a day or the time it takes a Tasmanian devil to travel around the world while spinning on its axis.
Chief aviator Evan Jordan of Jordan Aviation take cloud-gazers into the skies in services that range from scenic rides to full pilot-certification programs. The outfit's educational fleet of well-maintained Cessna 172N aircraft, act as aerial classrooms for students logging hours en route to a pilot's license and novices getting a first taste of flight. Instructors begin Discovery Flights with a brief overview of plane operation, from instruments in the cockpit to the propellers that chop clouds into Mentos. Once aloft, they allow the student to take the controls if they so choose. Jordan Aviation calls Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport its home base and schedules flights Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Just off the beach, a man floats over the water, suspended in the air by streams of water jetting from his hands and feet as though he were testing an Iron Man–inspired apparatus. This back-mounted pack—called a Flyboard—works through a propulsive system that continually intakes and rapidly expels water, pushing the rider into the air or wherever he or she directs it to fly. The Flyboard, along with aqua trikes, WaveRunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, and standup paddleboards, comprise the unique rental fleet of Power Up Watersports. With these advanced watercrafts, Power Up’s team hopes to evolve Destin’s watersports scene, which includes plans to train the area’s dolphins to serve drinks.
The annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival brings together wine enthusiasts, foodies, entertainers, chefs, and vendors for four days of sampling and fun. Attendees engage with wine connoisseurs during four-hour Grand Tastings, where they can sample more than 800 wines from regions across the world while listening to catchy tunes from a cadre of Nashville songwriters. When their engines run low on food, revelers can refuel by snagging a bite to eat from the Culinary Village. Other festival activities include tasting seminars and special celebrity guest appearances.