At Riviera Fitness Center, a team of personal trainers helps guests achieve fitness goals via the facility’s huge selection of workout equipment. The gym boasts a variety of free weights and more than 50 cardio machines, as well as separate studios for spinning, Zumba dance fitness, and boxing classes.
For Captain Chris Williams and the Fish Happens Charters staff, spending a day at the office means bobbing across Pensacola Bay's emerald-green waters, past the area's sugar-white sand beaches. It's a gig that has its perks, and one that Chris and his crew are passionate about sharing. They do so by specializing in light tackle fishing with artificial bait, leading anglers out in search of everything from king mackerel and red snapper to much larger targets, including sharks. For the less adventurous, Fish Happens also offers family sightseeing tours, which showcase the area's million-dollar private homes which sound like the ocean when you hold your ear to their mailboxes.
Housed in a bright blue barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm of batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. Two adults ($5 each) and two children ($4 each for children younger than 15) may take on tropical-themed Adventure Island, which packs full-sized athletic competition into 18 scaled-down holes. As miniature golfers move their teensy feet throughout the greens, they are peppered with putting obstacles that include fountains, erupting volcanoes, and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow.
Breeze Cinemas theaters feed drama-hungry audiences the latest mainstream pictures presented in crisp DLP-digital projection and sonorous Meyer Sound speakers. Nocturnal cinephiles can spend an evening munching on buttery golden kernels with their arms around their sweethearts, and matineers can get their laughing and crying out of the way early to preserve their professionalism during later tapings of Judge Judy. Stadium seating keeps views clear and noggin interference to a minimum. Check out the showtimes to pick a flick.
Home to professional PSA racing, the Five Flags Speedway burns boredom with heart-pounding stock-car races that place fans at the metaphorical heart of the action. The upcoming Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series features late model stock cars, super stocks, sportsman, and bombers racing 100 laps at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour while their drivers furiously eat 100 Grands.
The site of the 1969 USGA Women's U.S. Open, Scenic Hills Country Club remains Florida's only course to host a USGA U.S. Open. But that's not the only thing that separates the 6,730-yard track from many of its Sunshine State counterparts. Unlike many courses that run through flat wetlands, Scenic Hills ripples over significant elevation changes—a characteristic that emerges at the first hole, a challenging, 443-yard par-four that plays downhill. The hills feed into a river and pond that, together, come into play on six holes, some of which force golfers to fly the ball directly over the hazard or bribe a frog with a backpack to swim it safely to the other side.
Alongside the course, separate greens for chipping and putting help golfers hone their scoring touch, and a driving range fosters full-swing practice. After a day at the links, golfers can enjoy a salad, sandwich, or other American-style dining at Caponi's Grille, named for 1969 U.S. Women's Open winner Donna Caponi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,730 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
Entertaining the public for almost 30 years, the Silver Screen Theatre projects first-run movies in DTS digital sound on four expansive screens. In addition to a daily schedule showcasing four or five current features and the occasional employee home movie, the theater also shows a number of second-run children's films, and offers free admission for ages 3 and younger. The nontraditional interior accommodates guests with moveable chairs and tables, ideal for sidestepping obstructive hats or compiling a seating chart in the shape of Steve Buscemi’s face. Guests can supplement their intake of conventional movie fare with spirits and baked, fried, and grilled full entrees (not included).