Activities in Florida

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at The Fillmore Miami Beach on Friday, December 26, at 7 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Fillmore Miami Beach

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$151.56 $72

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Horserace Outing or One, Two, Four, or Six with Betting and Food Vouchers at Tampa Bay Downs (Up to $ Off)

Tampa Bay Downs

Westchase

A day at the races in box seats complete with clubhouse admission, betting and food vouchers, valet parking, and a racing program

$35 $15

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$26 for an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl from The Beer Crawl on Saturday, December 6 ($40 Value)

The Beer Crawl

Jannus Live

Crawlers don their ugliest sweaters as they sling back beers in bars such as MacDinton’s and Yard of Ale

$40 $26

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Holiday-Themed Santa Stumble Bar Crawl from Orlando Sport and Social Club (Up to 50% Off)

Orlando Sport and Social Club

Chiller's Bar

Revelers party at 5 local clubs and bars and receive 1 drink at each stop while dressed as Santa, Reindeers, or in Christmas sweaters

$20 $11

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$14 for $25 Worth of Salsa-Dance Classes — Salsa Fusion Dance School

Salsa Fusion Dance School

Hialeah

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$25 $14

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"The Nutcracker," Presented by World Ballet at Lee Hall Auditorium on December 6 or 7 (Up to 55% Off)

"The Nutcracker," Presented by World Ballet

Multiple Locations

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Young Clara ventures into a dreamy toyland and explores the world’s many diverse cultures in the classic Tchaikovsky-scored holiday ballet

$50 $25

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Home for the Holidays Party for 1, 2, or 4 on Dec. 6 at Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale (Up to 52% Off)

11th Annual Home for the Holidays

Fort Lauderdale

Holiday celebration with kids’ activities, live entertainment, and an open bar helps raise funds for Ronald McDonald House charity

$25 $12

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Paintball or Airsoft Outing for 2, 4, or 10 at InVINCibles Paintball Park (Up to 54% Off)

InVINCibles Paintball Park

Port St. Lucie

Pairs or groups grab included gear and battle it out in bunkers on woodsball, speedball, hyper-ball, air-soft, and rec-ball fields

$70 $35

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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12 Introductory CrossFit Classes from CrossFit Hurt (70% Off)

Crossfit Hurt

Cape Coral

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$170 $51

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BYOB Wine Glass-Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at MIY Ceramics (Up to 52% Off)

MIY Ceramics

Hollywood

Hands-on BYOB classes in which students paint a wine glass with different varieties of glass paint and techniques

$120 $59

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High Dive Shows: Saving Abel, Fozzy feat. Chris Jericho, Little Shop of Horrors, Beatles tribute & more (Up to 45% Off)

High Dive Concert Series

High Dive

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Beatles’ tribute band; power-metal act fronted by Chris Jericho; Little Shop of Horrors; bluesman Tas Cru; or alt-rockers Saving Abel

$8.15 $5

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5 or 10 Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes at American Tigers Karate Dojo (Up to 77% Off)

American Tigers Karate Dojo

Miramar

Develop inner strength with confidence; new method of teaching delivers greater results

$55 $15

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"Smokey Joe's Cafe" Feat. The Coasters on Sunday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Smokey Joe’s Café" Starring The Coasters

Coral Springs Center For The Arts

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Musical revue featuring seminal R&B and doo-wop group The Coasters pays homage to the songwriting duo behind “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me”

$53.70 $27

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Introduction to Racing Class and 10-Lap Drive for One or Two from Competition 101 Racing School (Up to 61% Off)

Competition 101 Racing School

Multiple Locations

Gift-ready experiences include a 45-minute class, on-track briefing, and 10-lap drive in a racecar

$499 $199

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$125 for a High-Speed Drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Gotham Dream Cars ($249 Value)

Gotham Dream Cars

Sun Life Stadium

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

$249 $125

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Doctor Phillips Orlando (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Doctor Phillips Orlando

Multiple Locations

Students get a full-body cardio workout while also learning self-defense techniques in kickboxing classes

$90 $15

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10 Salsa Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kids' Classes at Salsa Heat (Up to 53% Off)

Salsa Heat

Multiple Locations

Seasoned salsa instructors teach kids and adults proper footwork, good form, and fluid movement

$79 $39

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Journey and Steve Miller Band at Cruzan Amphitheatre on March 15 at 6:45 (Up to 50% Off)

Journey & Steve Miller Band

Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Classic-rock icons join with opening act Tower of Power for timeless hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Joker”

$40 $20

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$65 for a One-Hour Jet-Ski Rental and All-Day Cabana Rental at Life's A Beach Watersports ($135 Value)

Life's A Beach Watersports

Lighthouse Cove Condo

Renters zoom around on jet skis for a fun day at the beach, then retire to a cabana complete with lounge chairs and cushions

$135 $65

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Three-Hour Guided Nature Hike for Two or Four from Not a Clue Adventures (Up to 64% Off)

Not a Clue Adventures

Multiple Locations

Guide leads groups on a three-hour nature hike, covering about 1–3 miles while talking about local plants and animals

$40 $16

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The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China at Lakeland Center on November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

Lakeland Center

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Acrobatic troupe travels the world with a gravity-defying show full of contortion, balancing acts, and dragons

$45 $22.50

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8 or 16 Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Dynamic Family Martial Arts and Fitness (Up to 74% Off)

Dynamic Family Martial Arts and Fitness

Davie

Classes blend cardio kickboxing, aerobics, and Zumba-like movements that blast calories and tone muscles

$96 $29

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Food Festival on February 22 at Miami Beach International Foodies Festival (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Miami Beach International Foodies Festival

Miami Beach

Come spend the day on the sandy beaches of Miami Beach to celebrate the love of food with the best restaurants in town

$40 $20

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$129 for a Tandem Hang-Gliding Experience at Miami Hang Gliding ($279.99 Value)

Miami Hang Gliding

Miami Hang Gliding

Give the gift of flight as students learn basic hang glider controls, safety, and take their first flight strapped to a seasoned instructor

$279.99 $129

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Fitness Assessment and Customized Workout Plan at Ard Bodies Fitness (65% Off)

Ard Bodies Fitness

Deltona

Cardio, strength and flexibility assessments followed by a sophisticated workout program tailored to each individual.

$160 $56

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Private, Group, or Play-and-Learn Lesson at The Academy at Plantation Preserve Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

The Academy at Plantation Preserve

Plantation Preserve Golf Club

PGA pro breaks down game fundamentals using 25 years of teaching experience as well as video analysis

$120 $65

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Plantation Florida (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Plantation Florida

Multiple Locations

Fitness-centric classes utilize kickboxing techniques to burn away calories

$90 $15

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$19 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit 101 Classes at CrossFit Mizner Park ($149 Value)

CrossFit Mizner Park

Boca Raton

Experienced coaches teach beginners functional movements that help build strength, increase flexibility, and burn fat

$149 $19

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Visit for Two or One-Year Family Membership to The Armed Forces History Museum (Up to 53% Off)

The Armed Forces History Museum

Largo

Day or year-round access to a museum of armed-forces memorabilia, interactive exhibits, dioramas, and audio visual effects

$35.90 $17

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Light-Festival Visit or Hayride with Hot Cocoa and Santa Visit for 15 at Space Coast Lightfest (Up to 41% Off)

Space Coast Lightfest

Wickham Park

Get into the holiday season by taking a drive through Wickham Park to view all of the colorful lights displays; optional Santa visit

$10 $7.50

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One- or Two Month Bootcamp RX or 12-Week Bootcamp Challenge Program at Ed's Boot Camp (Up to 77% Off)

Ed's Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Boot camp classes combine speed and agility exercises to work out core muscles, glutes, thighs, and arms

$99 $23

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Four-Hour Single or Tandem-Kayak Rental from Ripple Effect Ecotours (Up to 47% Off)

Ripple Effect Ecotours

Marineland

Experience one of the USA’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves for 4 hours, taking in one-of-a-kind views of this scenic coastal area

$40 $22

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Two Private Tennis Lessons or Three Hours of Junior or Adult Programs at ZMG Tennis (Up to 69% Off)

ZMG Tennis

Deer Creek

Dedicated professionals see students through any level of proficiency, helping them not only improve but achieve their potential

$130 $44

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Boot Camp or Five Personal TRX Training Sessions at Eaton Elite LLC (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Eaton Elite LLC

Located Inside of Fitness Works 24/7

Trainers lead patrons in high-intensity boot-camp sessions blending cardio, strength, and core training; TRX sessions use resistance bands

$90 $45

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Four Pony Rides for One or Two with Pet-N-Parties at Bedners Farmers Market (Up to 53% Off)

Pet-N-Parties

Boynton Beach

More than 40 farmyard animals, bounce house, and pony ride areas

$20 $11

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Sessions or One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Tailored Fitness (Up to 88% Off)

Tailored Fitness

Lauderhill

40-minute boot camps feature calisthenics, plyometrics, & medicine ball exercises with training circuits that cater to clients of all levels

$200 $35

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5 or 10 Classes at Blue Sol Yoga (Up to 58% Off)

Blue Sol Yoga

Davie

Instructors accommodate all levels of students with athletic Vinyasa, gentle deep-stretch, and detoxifying hot yoga classes

$79 $39

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Southwest Florida Symphony's "Holiday Pops" on Saturday, December 13 (Up to 55% Off)

Southwest Florida Symphony's "Holiday Pops"

Multiple Locations

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Annual holiday concert presents seasonal favorites and tropical holiday tunes, with vocals from Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

$97 $44

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Salsa or Hip-Hop Dance Course, or Private Dance Lesson at Craig And Janice Performing Arts Institute (55% Off)

Craig And Janice Performing Arts Institute

Volusia Mall

During a multi-week course, students perfect their salsa or hip-hop dance moves; two-hour private lessons provide individual attention

$132 $59

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$17 for One Ticket to the MatzoBall Singles Mixer on December 24 at 9 p.m. ($30 Value)

MatzoBall

Il Bacio

Singles have partied together for the past 30 years

$30 $17

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Super-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$129 $64

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Movie with Popcorn and Drinks for Two or Four at The Last Picture Show Movie Theatre (Up to 73% Off)

The Last Picture Show Movie Theatre

Tamarac Market Place

On one of five screens, two or four people watch a recently released films

$29 $8

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for Child or Adult Through January 31 (Up to 45% Off)

Medieval Times

Kissimmee

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords; VIP package with DVD and banner

$43.54 $29

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Admission to Dezer Collection Auto Museum for One or Two (Up to 40% Off)

Dezer Collection LLC

North Miami

Iconic cars from James Bond movies, Batman movies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Back to the Future parked alongside restored classics

$80 $48

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$79 for Two-Week Kids' Winter Camp at CSA Palm Harbor ($140 Value)

Palm Harbor Parks & Recreation

Palm Harbor

Camp-goers explore the themes of winter with games, sports, and crafts to celebrate the holidays

$140 $79

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One Golf-Swing Evaluation with Optional Short Game Evaluation at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club (Up to 55% Off)

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club

North Port Charlotte

Golf pros break down swings and offer techniques to improve mechanics and on-course results

$99 $49

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One, Three, Or Five Private 60-Minute Tennis Lessons from Luke Stephens (Up to 57% Off)

Luke Stephens

Pinewood of Wellington

Teaching at private courts, certified tennis instructor Luke Stephens helps pupils develop specific skills, from ground strokes to serves

$450 $195

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$65 for $129 Worth of Services at CrossFit Ocala / Second-2-None

CrossFit Ocala / Second-2-None

Ocala

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$129 $65

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$229 for Four-Hour Private Fishing Trip for Up to Four from Tightline Fishing Charters ($475 Value)

Tightline Fishing Charters

Port Orange

Knowledgeable guide who has been fishing in local waters for half a century leads inshore private fishing trips rich with views of wildlife

$475 $229

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All-Day Premium Standup Paddleboard Rental for One or Two from Jupiter Kite Paddle Wake (Up to 59% Off)

Jupiter Kite Paddle Wake

Jupiter

Explore shallow reefs and calm waterways atop SUP boards

$80 $35

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Sailing Lesson for Two or Two-Hour Guided Boat Trip for Up to Six from U-SAIL (51% Off)

U-SAIL

The Chart Room

United States Coast Guard captains acquaint students with the open water & teach sailing fundamentals through hands-on instruction

$120 $59

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10 or 20 Kickboxing Classes at Southeast Kickboxing Florida (Up to 81% Off)

Southeast Kickboxing Florida

Multiple Locations

Students torch calories and learn self-defense skills in high-impact kickboxing classes

$180 $39

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5 or 10 Hot-Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Hot-Yoga Classes at Hot Salutations (Up to 67% Off)

Hot Salutations

Coconut Creek

Instructors tailor Vinyasa-style pose progressions to students of all abilities, who build strength in a heated room with 50%–60% humidity

$75 $33

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Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue at Vinyl Music Hall on Saturday, November 29 (Up to 60% Off)

Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

Vinyl Music Hall

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Sideshow-style variety show with sword swallowers, stuntmen, and fire-breathing

$37.66 $15

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Russian School of Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at Sarasota Opera House on Sunday, December 7 (Up to 25% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Sarasota Opera House

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$25 $20

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One or Two Private Golf Lessons and Driving-Range Practice Sessions at Eagle Ridge Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Eagle Ridge Golf Club

Belleview

Former golf director at Hofstra University conducts private lessons, teaching concepts golfers can then try out in practice driving sessions

$72 $35

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Kissimmee Florida (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Kissimmee Florida

Multiple Locations

Kickboxing classes provide cardiovascular workouts and help build flexibility

$90 $15

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Emanation ($125 Value)

CrossFit Emanation

Pinellas Park

Certified CrossFit coach helps clients reach their fitness goals with individually scaled workouts that change daily to stave off monotony

$125 $49

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Three or Six 60-Minute Fitbella Sessions at Fitbella (Up to 82% Off)

Fitbella

Palm Beach Gardens

Personal fitness coaches guide clients through heated muscle movements by machine, followed by a moisturizing steam bath

$320 $69

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Miami Rat Pack Tribute at Open Stage Club through January 18 (Up to 56% Off)

The Miami Rat Pack Show

Open Stage Club

Cabaret crooners impersonate Sinatra, Martin, Davis, and even Marilyn with songs and banter

$40 $20

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One-Hour Soccer-Field Rental on Weekdays or Weekends at Soccer Planet USA (Up to 63% Off)

Soccer Planet USA

Doral

Challenge your friends to a game of 7-on-7 soccer on FIFA-approved synthetic grass

$140 $69

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One or Two Months of Yoga and Pilates Classes at Energia Wellness Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Energia Wellness Studio

Wesley Chapel

Various centering yoga classes are offered, including hatha, warm, and gentle courses, along with muscle-toning Pilates classes

$110 $55

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Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Bonita (Up to 75% Off)

CrossFit Bonita

Bonita Springs

CrossFit classes combine weightlifting, gymnastics moves, and cardio drills into ever-changing workouts

$79.50 $31

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$219 for VIP Skydiving Package at Skydive Space Center ($399 Value)

Skydive Space Center

Skydive Space Center

The package includes an aerial tour, priority boarding, a shirt, and an 18,000-foot tandem jump

$399 $219

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National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

North Beach

Museum honors the birth and evolution of the Navy SEALs, built at site of their first training missions 70 years ago

$16 $8

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10 Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes for Kids or Adults at Victory Martial Arts (Up to 89% Off)

Victory Martial Arts FL

Multiple Locations

Founded by a five-time Taekwondo world champion, the martial arts school hosts classes for kids and adults, in styles from MMA to Krav Maga

$270 $29

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Equipment Rental from Blue Moon Outdoor Center with Optional Lunch to Blue Marlin Fish House (Up to 57% Off)

Blue Moon Outdoor Center

North Miami

Explore on a rental bike, boat, or stand-up paddleboard with beers or a voucher for a Food Network-featured seafood restaurant

$102 $49

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Two, Four, or Six One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at Hunt 4 Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

Hunt 4 Fitness

Lake Lotus Club

Certified personal trainer James Hunt helps clients achieve personalized fitness goals during one-on-one sessions

$200 $39

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10, 20, or 50 Yoga Classes at Inner G Yoga (Up to 82% Off)

Inner G Yoga

Oakland Park

Tranquil, candle-lit yoga practice where instructors lead classes in vinyasa-style and hot yoga

$140 $26

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$6 for $12 Worth of Services at Myact Dance and Music Studios

Myact Dance And Music Studios

Cutler Bay

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$12 $6

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$149 for a 30-Minute Water-Propelled-Jetpack Session at Captain CJ’s Jetpack Adventures ($300 Value)

Captain CJ's Jet Pack Adventures - Ft Myers

Multiple Locations

Water-propelled jetpack can fly just above water or up to 30 ft. above, depending on customer’s comfort level

$300 $149

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at BE #1 (Up to 51% Off)

BE #1

Ormond Beach

Professional bikini model leads students through exercise routines designed to slim physiques and tone muscles

$50 $25

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Two Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Ampd Up Peronal Training (65% Off)

Ampd Up Peronal Training

Hallandale Beach

From the merchant: Two one-hour personal training sessions or two months of unlimited kickboxing classes

$170 $59

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$19 for a Two-Hour Unlimited Video Game Card and 60 Credits at GameTime ($45 Value)

GameTime

Panama City

Classic games such as Pac-Man and DDR share the arcade floor with racing games, first-person shooters, and skeeball

$45 $19

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Hiking Tours of the Everglades from Everglades Nature Tours (Up to 62% Off). Four Options Available.

Everglades Nature Tours

Big Cypress National Preserve

Lead by a Gladesman with 35+ years’ experience, visitors ramble through the unique Floridian ecosystem on private or group tours

$65 $25

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One Month of Mommy and Me Classes at Baby Sensory Aventura (45%

Baby Sensory Aventura

Aventura

Sensory-development classes for babies: newborns to 13 months

$95 $52

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$59 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit High Intensity ($175 Value)

CrossFit High Intensity

Multiple Locations

The CrossFit method blends aspects of weightlifting, gymnastics, and track to bolster strength, agility, and balance

$175 $59

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Shooting-Range Package for Two or Four at Family Firearms (Up to 43% Off)

Family Firearms

Valrico

Indoor, air-conditioned gun range with nine lanes at distances of up to 15 yards; firearm and ammunition included

$51 $29

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Nestled in the scenic shadows of the Smoky Mountains, Bent Creek Golf Course's 18-hole layout stretches across 6,182 yards of fairways that rise and fall among rolling foothills and pristine valleys. Golf legend and course designer Gary Player made deft use of a babbling mountain stream by running it through the course and seamlessly uniting two distinct nines: a front nine that sprawls across the valley floor and a back nine that roams the hilly mountainside like a forlorn sasquatch. The overall effect is a course that does justice to both the sheer scope of the rising peaks with bottom-up views and the panoramic splendor of Great Smoky Mountains National Park when seen from the cresting hilltops of the back-nine. The inventive layout is perhaps best characterized by the 11th hole, a 362-yard par 4 where a 90-degree dogleg-left plays into a green completely surrounded by the creek's rippling waters. A blend of bent and bermuda grasses grows resiliently for golfers striving to play all year-round, and fragrant wildflowers blossom at every tee to warm the hearts of world-weary nine-irons.

Bent Creek bolsters the pin-hunting prowess of its golfers with a staff of PGA-certified instructors that conducts lessons and presides over the domain of their full-service pro shop. A practice putting green helps players trim their score by reading dicey slopes, and the Creek Side Grill hosts postround revelry and community gatherings to decry the historical hardships of the mashie niblick.:m]]

Course at a Glance: * Designed by three-time Masters and British Open Champion Gary Player * Bermuda-and-bent-grass combination * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,182 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard

10440 Tournament Lane
Jacksonville,
FL
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As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.

These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.

It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.

4400 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne,
FL
US

Photography is ubiquitous in contemporary life and culture. The founders of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts recognized this fact, so they sought to create a setting where visitors from all walks of life could appreciate and experience photography. As one of the few photography museums in the country, FMoPA presents exhibitions, which exclusively use this medium to explore themes that expose some intriguing or exciting aspect of history or modern, everyday life. This focus allows the museum to prominently feature pieces that other art institutions might not necessarily show, such as works of photojournalism or historic photographs.

In addition to scheduling upcoming exhibitions, FMoPA also includes a permanent collection. The collection aims to preserve particularly important images, such as those of various masters of the medium, including Harold Edgerton, Clyde Butcher, Hans Silvester, and Berenice Abbott.

After studying the museum's exhibitions?which can include images culled from national and international sources?guests can step behind the camera themselves during photography workshops for students of all skill levels. Then, budding photographers can display their latest shots at 15 Minutes of Fame, a showcase where up to six presenters exhibit and discuss their original work. They also host a photography group, the Photo League, for those photographers that want to share tips and helpful hints once a month.

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa,
FL
US

The Experience

Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul Cézanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home.

With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but an adjacent modern gallery draws in visitors with special exhibitions, an art library, and interactive educational facilities—ensuring they have plenty of ways to experience art or at least overcome a fear of informational plaques.

The Highlights

  • Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art
  • Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures
  • MFA Café overlooks the waterfront

Who They Are

Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008—a two-story, modern glass conservatory.

255 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse?here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.

This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness?from power to cardiovascular endurance?through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.

CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete?a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.

7075 Kingspointe Pkwy
Orlando,
FL
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Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.

As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.

9100 Northwest 119th Street
Hialeah,
FL
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