Palace Games offers the sense-overloading sensibility of a Vegas casino across 250 slot machines. Open seven days a week from early morning to 1 a.m., fortune-seekers will delight at the free daily drawings, tournaments, and short-term arm-strength gains, which pave the way for careers in professional fist-pumping. A free dinner keeps limbs nourished and ready to continue pulling levers and high-fiving the staff, whose arms brim with complimentary snacks and beverages.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum's colorful exhibits and collection of rare specimens entertain and educate visitors on a wide range of nature's shell-encased organisms. The multi-chambered museum houses about 150,000 lots of mollusks from all over the world and 28 exhibits that give museum goers a glimpse at notable shell collections, fossilized shells from Florida, and humans' use of shells throughout history. Inside the exhibit Calusa: the Original Shell People sits a life-sized statue depicting a father showing his son how to use tools fashioned from scavenged shells. A short walk across the building takes patrons to the Children's Learning Lab, where interactive displays, games, and a live shell tank prove to youngsters that shells don't only exist in mermaids' underwear drawers.
For more than 30 years, Friendship Lanes’ family- and friend-friendly bowling facility has provided orb-lobbers with professional-quality lanes, complemented by a snack bar, lounge, and full bar. The family-owned-and-operated joint houses 24 slick and shiny Brunswick lanes and automatic score systems ushering in genial competition from morning until night. Friendship hosts a legion of daily specials, all of which can be used with your Groupon. Stop by from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for $2.25-bowling games or after 9 p.m. on Thursdays for unlimited games and shoes for $8. Or bowl like the bourgeoisie by renting a lane in the new VIP Pinz Club ($25/hour for up to six bowlers, including shoes), featuring black-leather sofas and chairs perfect for hiding loose change and naggy cell phones.
It’s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smugglers Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20–50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove’s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun paddle- and pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals has since provided locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. With their $27 credit, customers are able to rent a wide range of vehicles for up to two hours, including a pedal boat, surrey, hydro bike, or double kayak. Because rental fees apply toward the entire land or sea vessel and are not per person, Groupon holders can grab some friends and rent three single kayaks for one hour, or multiple single bikes for one hour.
The 105-acre Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium entertains and educates visitors on a 105-acre plot peppered with native wildlife, an educational museum, and three trails snaking through natural habitats. Museum guests learn about the natural world as they commune with captive animals and plants, including native butterflies and a variety of tree frogs. An Audubon aviary houses injured hawks, vultures, and owls, as well as bald eagles preening for guests during breaks from modeling gigs for the quarter and $1 bill. Outside, guests can stroll along nature trails on the center’s grounds to spot all kinds of native plants and wildlife, and the Big Cypress Swamp Boardwalk allows explorers with wheelchairs or strollers to glide along stable paths. Sit back and stare up at the Media Globe dome theater's screen and learn the universe’s best-kept secrets under a breathtaking view of the stars.