Things To Do in Florida

General or VIP Admission for One or Two to Santa Crawl Miami (Up to 55% Off)

Santa Crawl Miami

Miami

Holiday bar crawl with hundreds of amateur Santas strolling to hotspots such as Gramps, Shots Miami, and R House

$43.19 $20

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Standup-Comedy Show at Tampa Improv (Up to 80% Off)

Tampa Improv

Tampa Improv - Ybor City

Touring comedians and up-and-comers perform at a comedy-club chain that launched the careers of Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams

$50 $15

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Three-Lap Driving Experience in a Ferrari or Lamborghini from The Motorsport Lab (82% Off)

The Motorsport Lab Florida

Tyrone Square Mall

Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 360 Modena, Ferrari F430, or Lamborghini Gallardo to experience the raw power of a luxury sport car

$549 $99

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$40 for a $50 Gift Card at Tin Roof

Tin Roof

Orlando

Listen to live music and munch on quesadillas and make-your-own nachos at a Music Row favorite

$50 $40

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Kickboxing Miami-Dade (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing Miami-Dade

Multiple Locations

High-impact, energizing boot-camp classes help students burn fat and build muscle with cardio and strength-training exercises

$90 $14

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Two Games of Bowling for Two or Four with Shoe Rental at Capital Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Capital Lanes

Tallahassee

Neon bowling balls roll down 40 automated lanes during traditional games or glowing cosmic-bowl sessions

$36 $20

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10 Small or Large Range-Ball Buckets at Bonaventure Country Club (Up to 51% Off)

Bonaventure Country Club

Bonaventure

Golfers unload small and large range-ball buckets across an expansive range with mighty drives, crisp iron shots, and tricky pitches

$50 $29

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One or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit or Bootcamp Classes at CrossFit Triple D (75% Off)

CrossFit Triple D

Port St. Lucie

High-intensity workouts change daily to incorporate drills such as burpees, box jumps, and kettlebell swings

$100 $25

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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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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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

Gotham Dream Cars

Auto-Plus Speedway

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

$249 $125

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Up to Six Aikido Classes or One Month of Unlimited Aikido Classes at Aikido Miramar (Up to 70% Off)

Aikido Miramar

Aikido Miramar

Instructors teach the Japanese martial arts, instilling students with the ability to defend against and overcome larger attackers

$30 $9

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$95 for Eight Swim Classes at British Swim School ($231 Value). Two Locations Available.

British Swim School

Multiple Locations

In a heated indoor pool, instructors teach basic water survival and strokes or advanced swimming skills to students ages 3 years to adult

$231 $95

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"Cuff Me" at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, January 10, at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

"Cuff Me"

The Capitol Theatre

Live_logo

Performers romp through the funny side of the hit erotic novel to the tunes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Carly Rae Jepsen

$45.50 $29

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$79 for a Two-Hour Soccer-Party Field Rental at Wall 2 Wall Indoor ($200 Value)

Wall 2 Wall Indoor

Miami Gardens

Burgeoning soccer stars celebrate their birthdays in style with a two-how soccer-field rental and time included for cake

$200 $79

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$20 for $40 Worth of Services at Your Fitness Center

Your Fitness Center

Limona Improvement

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

$40 $20

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10 Salsa Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kids' Classes at Salsa Heat (Up to 58% Off)

Salsa Heat

Multiple Locations

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

$79 $35

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Repticon for Two Adults and Two Children at The Box Expo Center on January 17 or 18 (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon

The Box Expo Center

Live_logo

Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures’ behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$30 $15

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$17 for an Ice Skating Package for Two at Glacier Ice and Snow Arena ($30 Value)

Glacier Ice and Snow Arena

Pompano Beach

Arena with 40,000 square feet hosts daily public-skating hours as well as birthday parties and four-week group skating lessons for all ages

$30 $17

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Toast for One with Central Florida Balloon Rides (50% Off)

Central Florida Balloon Rides

Spring Hill

Passengers take to the skies in the early hours of the morning and cap off trips with champagne; great holiday gift for thrill-seekers

$299.99 $149

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10 or 20 Personal Fitness Classes at Nü Beginnings Massage & Wellness (Up to 80% Off)

Nü Beginnings Massage & Wellness - Leisure Offers

Lakeland

Trainers blend strength, flexibility, and endurance training, tailoring exercises to the fitness levels of their students

$250 $50

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5 or 10 Classes at Yoga Source (Up to 66% Off)

Yoga Source

Multiple Locations

Impassioned instructors helm more than 90 classes that include centering and invigorating yoga styles for students of all levels

$80 $29

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30- or 45-Minute Antique/Classic Convertible Ride for Four from City Tour in an Antique Car (Up to 53% Off)

City Tour in an Antique Car

Miami Beach

See the sights from a pastel, Art Deco-style American convertible from the ’40s–’50s driven by an expert and entertaining chauffeur

$150 $75

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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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$75 for Six Semi-Private Reformer or Tower Pilates Classes at Pilates4Everybody ($168 Value)

Pilates4Everybody

Sunshine City

Pilates promotes, strength, stretch and flexibility while challenging your core during the classes, which are capped at four people

$168 $75

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10 or 20 Kickboxing Classes at Southeast Kickboxing Florida (Up to 84% Off)

Southeast Kickboxing Florida

Multiple Locations

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

$180 $32

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Four-Day Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Opa in Boca on January 22–25 (Up to 76% Off)

Opa in Boca

Boca Raton

Festival transports revelers to Greece with traditional dancing, international marketplace, and Greek dishes such as deep-fried loukoumades

$40 $10

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Unlimited Trampoline Jumping for Two or Four at AirHeads Trampoline Arena (Up to 36% Off)

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

Multiple Locations

Spend a hot or rainy day bouncing across colorful, wall-to-wall trampolines with dodgeball and basketball areas

$35.90 $23

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One- or Two-Day Passes to The Dragon Festival on January 24–25, 2015 (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

The Dragon Festival

Wickham Pavilion

Renaissance fair activities, games such as a jousting, celtic music, sword Battles, a beer tent and more

$20 $10

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One- or Two Month Bootcamp RX or 12-Week Bootcamp Challenge Program at Ed's Boot Camp (Up to 72% 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 $29

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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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$49 for a Four-Hour Sportfishing Trip for One from FishBolo TM, LLC ($99 Value)

FishBolo TM, LLC

The Cove

Guided trips head into the waters of the Gulfstream to fish for a wide range of catches including tuna, grouper, snapper, and sailfish

$99 $49

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2.5-Hour BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at Sketch and Sip (Up to 56% Off)

Sketch and Sip

Riverview

Compose a painting step by step while gleaning guidance from an artist and sipping on beverages brought from home

$40 $20

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Give Me The Mic Entertainment Live Comedy Night at Ali Baba Cafe & Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Give Me The Mic Entertainment Live Comedy Night

Ali Baba Cafe & Hookah Lounge

Weekly sets by professional comics turn this hookah lounge and bar into a laugh-centric cabaret

$14 $7

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

Kickboxing Hialeah Florida

Multiple Locations

Master proper form for jabs, crosses, and hooks before toning up with an intense core workout

$90 $15

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$19 for a Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class with Chips and Salsa at A Painting Fiesta (Up to $38 Value)

A Painting Fiesta

Multiple Locations

Guests nibble on spicy salsa and chips as they swirl colors together and create their own unique interpretation of classic artworks

$38 $19

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Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Haunted Fort Myers (45% Off)

Haunted Fort Myers

Fort Myers

During an approximately 70-minute walking tour of historic Fort Myers, guests hear supernatural stories and visit haunted locales

$20 $12

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5 or 10 Salsa Dance Classes at Daytona Salsa (Up to 65% Off)

Daytona Salsa

Multiple Locations

Energized instructors lead classes rooted in Latin music and dance, splitting sessions into two parts for easier learning

$50 $20

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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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Three-Lap Ride-Along or Three-Hour Driving Experience from NASCAR Racing Experience (Up to 51% Off)

NASCAR Racing Experience

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Give the gift of of adrenaline this holiday season with a drive or ride-along in a real NASCAR racecar around Homestead-Miami Speedway

$129.99 $64

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$75 for $300 Worth of Personal Training — dianasfitness

Diana's Fitness

Tamarac

Diana Ramirez, a certified fitness trainer, conducts 12 50-minute, one-on-one training sessions for women

$300 $75

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Petting-Farm Visit for One or Two at Green Meadows Farm (Up to 48% Off)

Green Meadows Farm

Kissimmee

A petting farm featuring 300 tame animals boasts pony rides, hay rides, train rides & cow milking

$23 $12

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One-Day Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Festival of Chocolate on January 17 or 18 (Up to 40% Off)

Festival of Chocolate

Miami Auto Museum

Vendors with baked goods and chocolate treats, demonstrations by pastry chefs, and kids’ activities held at 50,000-sq.-ft. Miami Auto Museum

$60 $36

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$99 to See Rich Guzzi at Snappers Grill & Comedy Club on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

Snappers Grill & Comedy Club

Veteran hypnotist morphs audience members into celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Madonna in adults-only New Years Eve shows

$116 $99

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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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$35 for $66 Worth of Martial Arts — Soo Bahk DO Academy

The Martial Arts Center Of Ocala

Ocala

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$66 $35

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5 or 10 Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, or Cardio Classes at Elite Muay Thai (Up to 71% Off)

Elite Muay Thai

Marshalls

Improve fitness and coordination with a choice of three different martial-arts classes; classes may be mixed and matched

$50 $15

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Mini Grand Prix or Grand Prix Go-Karting Session for One or Two at Palm Beach Kart Center (40% Off)

Palm Beach Kart Center

Jupiter

Jockey for the lead during 10-minute sessions in 6.5-HP Super Speed karts

$55 $33

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Sailing Lesson for Two or Two-Hour Guided Boat Trip for Up to Six from U-SAIL (46% 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 $65

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Group Classes with Private Lesson for One or Two at Nonstop Dance Company (Up to 75% Off). Four Options.

Nonstop Dance Company

Trademark Developers

Bilingual championship ballroom dancer leads classes in salsa, bachata, and Zumba

$107 $30

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Horseback Trail Ride for One or Two at High Point Stables (Up to 45% Off)

High Point Stables

Coconut Creek

Friendly horses ferry riders over the miles and miles of riding trails that surround the stables

$50 $29

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

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Five Flags Speedway

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

$99 $49

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Eight Weeks of Kids' Dance Classes at Beyond Dancing (Up to 68% Off). Three Options Available.

Beyond Dancing

Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park

Experienced instructors guide kids through dance moves designed for their age level and experience

$132 $42

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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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Two-Day Bus Tour for One or Two with Option for Boat Tour from CitySightSeeing Miami (Up to 57% Off)

CitySightSeeing Miami

Multiple Locations

Bus tours usher customers through downtown Miami, offering stops at 18 locations to allow personal explorations

$39 $19

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One or Two Months of Kids' Karate Lessons and Optional Uniform at Kickin' It Karate (Up to 62% Off)

Kickin' It Karate

Bradenton

One or two months of unlimited lessons teach kids martial arts skills under the supervision of a lifelong martial artist

$75 $31

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Two-Hour Pistol and Rifle Course for One or Two at Elite Tactical Training (Up to 65% Off)

Elite Tactical Training

Pinellas Park

NRA-certified instructors oversee classroom time and live-fire practice, providing two firearms, ammunition, and range fees

$175 $65

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$21 for $60 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Red bridge stables

Red Bridge Stables

Palm Beach Gardens

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

$60 $21

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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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18-Hole Round of Miniature Golf for Two or Four at Golf Safari Mini Golf (Up to 52% Off)

Golf Safari Inc

Bonita Springs

Putt-putt protégés steer orbs through safari-themed course featuring giraffe and lion statues, vibrant gardens, and tranquil waterways.

$20.98 $11

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Skydiving Package for One or Two at Skydive Space Center (Up to 67% Off)

Skydive Space Center

Skydive Space Center

Skydiving sessions with views of the Atlantic Ocean

$349 $115

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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 One Month of Unlimited Classes at Core Body FX (Up to 85% Off)

Core Body FX

Apopka

Get a head start on weight loss before the holidays with fitness classes that build muscle, boost stamina, and increase overall fitness

$259 $39

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2.5-Hour BYOB Painting Class for One or Four at The Fun Palette or One Ceramic Piece to Paint (Up to 50% Off)

The Fun Palette

North Miami Beach

Instructors demonstrate techniques as students develop their own styles and learn the concepts of modern art or create colorful ceramics

$35 $17.50

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Month of Fitness Classes, 3 Personal-Training Sessions, or Life-Coaching Session at Revitalize Life Inc (Up to 75% Off)

Revitalize Life Inc

Altamonte Springs

Thrice-weekly boot camp or Body Blitz classes, personal training with certified instructors, or life coaching to set and achieve goals

$99 $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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Guided Kayak Tours and Rentals from Nature Tours and More (Up to 59% Off). Three Options Available.

Nature Tours and More

Multiple Locations

Guided tours and rented kayaks explore local habitats, spotting everything from manatees and dolphins to gators and bats

$80 $40

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1-, 2-, or 3-Night Stay for Two in a Two-Double Standard Room at Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn in Ormond Beach, FL

Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn

Ormond Beach, FL

Set steps from Daytona Beach, this hotel features an outdoor pool and tiki bar

$67 $46

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$39 for $70 Worth of Services at Elite Team Fitness

Elite Team Fitness

Hallandale Beach

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

$70 $39

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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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10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Powerumba (Up to 57% Off)

Powerumba

North Miami

Expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through challenging dance fitness, yoga, boot camp, and cycling classes

$125 $59.99

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$69 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Armor CrossFit ($169 Value)

Armor CrossFit

Ocoee

In a positive, upbeat environment, coaches teach a system of intense functional exercises that prep charges for all physical activities

$169 $69

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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
US

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
US

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
US

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