If you’re looking for a simple, car-free way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jacksonville’s best neighborhoods, consider E2ride Bike Tours. With locations throughout the city, including this Mandarin neighborhood outpost, the guided 12-mile tours not only offer context to the history of Jacksonville, they provide a bit of exercise and camaraderie with fellow riders. The best part about this neighborhood tour is the view; majestic oaks, magnolia trees, and orange groves line the streets, which were hotbeds of citrus growth and cotton exports in the 1800s. Nestled along the St. Johns River, Harriet Beecher Stowe wintered here and much of the history is shared on the bike tour by charming staff. The hybrid bikes used by E2ride Bike Tours blend the characteristics of both a road and more comfortable mountain bike, and tour guides dish out snacks, water and helmets to keep riders safe and energized.
With a stay at Mandarin Oriental Miami, you'll be centrally located in Miami, convenient to Bayfront Park and Port of Miami. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Mary Brickell Village and Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
Make yourself at home in one of the 326 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and DVD players. Rooms have private balconies. Flat-screen televisions with cable programming are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and a technology helpdesk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Limited parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
The founders of St. Petersburg probably didn't imagine future visitors rolling down its streets on upright, self-balancing machines. Mounted on Segway HTs, visitors on All About Fun Tours can do just that, cruising along the waterfront on devices that intuitively respond to their movements or fear of jellyfish. Tour options abound, and guides deliver a tutorial on Segway basics before leading groups around the historic city.
Twice a month at Orlando Kart Center, drivers experience a personal rendition of the movie Speed: they zoom around the outdoor course for a full two hours, competing in an endurance competition. Each lap around the sinuous road covers .8 miles, forcing drivers to encounter bumps and stay within curbing as they accelerate up to 45 miles per hour. This event is just one of many breakneck offerings at the center, whose karts and expert staff immerse guests in an authentic racing environment.
Owner Andre Martins oversees the raceway with impressive credentials at his back. As the manager of the Tony Kart US racing team, he led drivers to multiple national championships. He has also raced alongside champions himself, traveling to countries such as Belgium, Canada, and Brazil to showcase his steering finesse and seatbelt-buckling capabilities. Today, he welcomes drivers of all experience levels to tackle Orlando Kart Center's course—including pro racecar drivers, who utilize the track for training. Drop-in customers contend against each other in 10-minute heats, companies rent out the road for forced team-building events, and kart owners can reserve hours for private practice. Online scoreboards log the fastest times by day, week, and month, compiling track records for patrons to challenge.
Laughter is nearly as important as exercise at Good Friends Fitness, where strong personal relationships serve as the backbone to fitness regimens that depend on motivation, accountability, and positivity. During each group workout, certified instructors cultivate camaraderie through shared fun and emotional support, unlike a high-school social clique or a pie fight to the death. Low-impact movements power multi-level Vinyasa yoga routines, while BodyVive sessions capitalize on functional cross training to provide more energy and strength in daily life.
In addition to teaching classes, the staff helms fitness challenges and group training programs to help patrons tackle their fitness goals. To promote safety during workouts, teachers lead form-focused intro sessions for new members and, for an additional charge, a clubhouse corrals kids where they can play in a kids-focused environment.