Things To Do in Florida

$55 for Olmeca Altos Tequila’s Medianoches & Mixology Presented by Schweppes on February 21 ($108.65 Value)

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

Wynwood Walls

Chefs dish out their versions of the medianoche—Havana’s favorite midnight snack—and other Cuban-inspired sandwiches, paired with cocktails

$108.65 $55

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Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson on Saturday, June 6 (Up to 56% Off)

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MIDFLORIDA Amphitheatre

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$34 $15

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$64 for a Two-Hour Speedboat Adventure Tour for Two from Tampa Speed Boat Adventures ($129.80 Value)

Tampa Speed Boat Adventures

Tierra Verde

Guests learn how to pilot a 13-foot mini speedboat, then take off on a 15-mile tour following a trained guide who provides radio commentary

$129.80 $64

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Rock Hard Revue at Gilt Nightclub on Saturday, January 31–February 28, at 8 p.m. (Up to 56% Off)

Rock Hard Revue

Rock Hard Revue

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All-male revue choreographed and directed by David Greenhouse of Chippendales in Las Vegas

$22.60 $10

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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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Gala of the Royal Horses on January 27 or 30 (Up to 38% Off)

Gala of the Royal Horses

Multiple Locations

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Flamenco artists dance with powerful Spanish horses that dazzle with classical dressage and playful routines

$27 $17

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$55 for an Everglades Tour with Drinks for Two from Port Everglades Tours ($80 Value)

Port Everglades Tours

Harbordale

As they sip beer or wine, guests drift through the everglades on a luxury yacht, listening to guides discuss the native plant & animal life

$80 $55

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two from High on You Balloon Team (Up to 48% Off)

High on You Balloon Team

Port St. Lucie

Professional, courteous pilots guide baskets as flyers take in views of local landmarks and passing birds

$290 $155

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$159 for a 10-Minute Private Helicopter Tour for Up to Three at Heli Rides ($270 Value)

helicopteracademy.com

Pembroke Pines

Drink in a bird’s-eye view of Hollywood, FL from aboard a private helicopter

$270 $159

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One Month of Youth Dance Classes with One or Two Classes Per Week at Gulf Coast Dance Project (Up to 57% Off)

Gulf Coast Dance Project

Cape Coral

Children’s dance classes teach basic technique and musicality in a variety of styles including irish step, ballet, jazz, and tap

$75 $35

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Ten Group Classes or Five Private Classes at Juan Sobrino Flamenco Arts Dance Studio (Up to 87% Off)

Juan Sobrino Flamenco Arts Dance Studio

Hollywood

Expert instructor imparts sizeable knowledge of flamenco upon pupils during classes that teach essential skills such as rhythmic footwork

$125 $39

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High Dive shows: Afroman, Of Montreal, Kris Allen, Badfish, Supervillains, Passafire, or Turquoise Jeep (Up to 41% Off)

High Dive

High Dive

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Laidback hip-hop, rocksteady reggae, an American Idol winner, or rappers with humorously titled songs such as “Treat Me Like a Pirate”

$13.25 $8

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Four Rounds of Miniature Golf with Optional $20 Arcade Game Card at Monster Mini Golf (50% Off)

Monster Mini Golf

Miramar

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes decorated with eerie, luminous murals, large monsters, animated props, and music

$36 $18

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Ice Skating for Two, Four, or Six with Skate Rental at Florida Panthers IceDen (50% Off)

Florida Panthers Iceden

Coral Springs

Panthers’ practice grounds host open-skate sessions kids and adults

$28 $14

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10 or 15 CrossFit Classes or One Month Unlimited CrossFit or Kids' Classes at CrossFit Manta Ray (Up to 87% Off)

CrossFit Manta Ray

Clearwater

Hour-long, high-intensity classes with a foundation in frame strength and mechanics help improve posture and physical performance

$150 $20

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One Month of Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two at Commando Athletics (Up to 82% Off)

Commando Athletics

Miami Industrial District

Sessions led by former US soldier get exercisers in peak physical condition

$150 $29

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$99 for Three Hours of Recording Studio Time at Hands in Motion Music Productions ($225 Value)

Hands in motion music

Brandon

Three hours of studio time in a full service music production and audio recording facility

$225 $99

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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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One or Two General or VIP Admissions to the Tropical Rum Festival (Up to 51% Off)

Tropical Rum Fest

Meyer Amphitheatre

Celebrate the diversity of Caribbean rums amid reggae, dubstep, and hip-hop beats

$50 $25

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Four-Hour Sport-Fishing Charter for One or Two from Sticks and Stones Fishing Charters (50% Off)

Sticks and Stones Fishing Charters

Country Club Isles

Captain Ed trolls through Atlantic waters, luring Mahi Mahi and Barracudas from his 46’ air-conditioned fishing boat; all gear provided

$125 $62

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$17 for $30 Worth of Services at Body Fitness

Body Fusion, Inc

Spring Hill

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

$30 $17

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Yakov Smirnoff at The Lakeland Center's Youkey Theatre on January 29 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Yakov Smirnoff

Lakeland Center

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Soviet-born comedy icon who found fame comparing the US with the USSR is still yukking it up with society-deconstructing wordplay

$40.50 $24

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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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$85 for One Entry to Best of The Munchies: People’s Choice Foods Awards on February 22 ($150 Value)

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton

Sample fan-favorite bites beachside as host Andrew Zimmern closes out the Festival weekend

$150 $85

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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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5 or 10 Classes at Fitness Kickboxing America (Up to 86% Off)

Fitness Kickboxing America

Multiple Locations

People reach goals while learning self defense; training works cardio, strength, and core to improve stamina, tone muscles, and shed fat

$90 $15

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10 or 20 Kickboxing Classes at Southeast Kickboxing Florida (Up to 83% Off)

Southeast Kickboxing Florida

Multiple Locations

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

$180 $35

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Boca Bazaar Women's Expo for One, Two, or Four on Friday, February 6, from Events by Eliza (63% Off)

Events by Eliza

WYNDHAM BOCA RATON

Enjoy an evening of shopping, gourmet treats and chair massages at this women’s event benefitting the Connor Moran Cancer Foundation

$20 $10

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Unlimited Trampoline Jumping for Two or Four at AirHeads Trampoline Arena (Up to 39% 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 $22

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Half-Hour Jet-Ski Rental or Half-Day Boat Rental of Choice at 321 Boat Club (Up to 45% Off)

321 Boat Club

Melbourne

Located where the Banana and Indian Rivers meet, Space Coast is ideal for dolphin and manatee watching, tubing, fishing, and jet skiing

$325 $179

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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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Discover Scuba Course, Two-Reef Snorkeling Trip, or Discover Scuba Pool Session at Dixie Divers (Up to 55% Off)

Dixie Divers

Deerfield Beach

PADI-certified instructors teach students how to navigate underwater worlds during classroom training, a pool session, and two ocean dives

$498 $249

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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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Movie with Medium Popcorn and Sodas for Two or Four at Alco Capital Theaters (Up to 53% Off)

Alco Capital Theaters

Boynton Beach-Delray Beach

Stadium seats face large-format screens that flash first-run blockbusters in 3-D and local flicks on 35-mm film

$35 $17

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Monster Wrestling Athletic Club (43% Off)

Monster Wrestling & Athletic Club

Lauderhill

From the merchant: Nationally Certified staff offers a proven Championship Program. Experience the ultimate in Martial Arts & Fitness.

$225 $128

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Airboat Tour and Exhibit Pass or Gator Night Tour for One or Two from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Up to 39% Off)

Sawgrass Recreation Park

Conservation

Day or nighttime tour takes guests through the Everglades on an airboat; wildlife exhibits showcase rescued gators, panthers, and leopards

$22.95 $14.50

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$65 for a Guided Jet Ski Dolphin Tour for One from Adventure Water Sports ($110 Value)

Adventure Water Sports, Inc.

Fort Myers Beach

Three people fit on each jet ski, which the staff will teach them to operate; they then cruise around Estero Island, looking for dolphins

$110 $65

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One, Three, or Five Private Beach Yoga Lessons, or One Couples Beach Yoga Lesson from TaraFit (Up to 61% Off)

TaraFit

Sunsplash Park

Yoga instructor Tara leads private oceanside yoga sessions, where yogis set up their yoga mats or beach towels right on the sand

$75 $35

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One or Two Months of Boot-Camp Sessions at CrossFit Delray Beach (Up to 58% Off)

CrossFit Delray Beach

Delray Park of Commerce East

Morning boot-camp sessions feature varying exercises that incorporate ropes, medicine balls, pull-up bars, boxes, and weights

$58 $29

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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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$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 43% Off)

Green Meadows Farm

Kissimmee

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

$23 $13

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Up to 93% Off Private Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Miami Beach

Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Miami Beach

Bay Harbor Islands

From the merchant: The Fred Astaire method of teaching is designed to help you become the best dancer in the shortest amount of time.

$434 $29

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Introductory or Half-Day Kite-Boarding Lesson at Kostal Paddle (Up to 51% Off)

Kostal Paddle

Palm Harbor

Certified instructor teaches the basics of kite boarding and proper technique before taking students onto the water

$99 $49

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Two or Four One-Hour Horseback Rides at Myakka River Ranch (Up to 59% Off)

Myakka River Ranch

Myakka City

Guides lead groups on calm trail rides through grassy fields down beautiful paths

$180 $80

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Give Me The Mic Entertainment Live Comedy Night at Aromas Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Give Me The Mic Entertainment Live Comedy Night

Aromas Lounge

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

$14 $7

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Cirque Italia for a Child or Adult at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on January 30–February 1 (Up to 41% Off)

Cirque Italia

Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

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Capering clowns, mesmerizing balancing acts, and death-defying acrobats perform atop a water-filled stage during a two-hour spectacle

$52 $31

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Admission and Tasting Kits for Two or Four to Jax Area USO Chili Cook Off on Saturday, March 14 (Up to 46% Off)

Jax Area USO Chili Cook Off

Orange Park Town Park

Unlimited chili tasting at event that benefits USO and features live music and crafts

$14 $8

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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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Trampoline Fun-Center Package or Birthday-Party Package at Off The Wall Trampoline Fun Center (Up to 50% Off)

Off The Wall Trampoline Fun Center

Coconut Creek

Jump on trampoline courts, battle aliens in a laser-tag arena, and scale an indoor rock wall

$38.20 $21.95

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Beer for Two or Four at Smokin in the Square BBQ Cookoff on March 6–7 (Up to 40% Off)

Smokin in the Square BBQ Cookoff

Seville Square

You may drink beer from Pensacola Bay Brewery

$20 $13

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Two 60- or 90-Minute Jump Passes or Jump Around Party Package for Up to 10 at Sky Zone Sarasota (Up to 50% Off)

Sky Zone Sarasota

Sarasota

Bounce on a massive sea of connected trampolines and angled wall trampolines with Sky Slam, Foam Zone and Ultimate Dodgeball

$24 $12

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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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Admission at Time 4 Tikes (45% Off)

Time 4 Tikes

Bradenton

From the merchant: One-month unlimited pass to indoor playground including all classes, activities and drop-in events; open six days a week

$60 $33

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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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$189 for a Four-Hour Guided Inshore Fishing Trip for Two from Pushin’ Water Kayak Charters ($350 Value)

Pushin' Water Kayak Charters

North Palm Beach

Tournament-seasoned guide and fellow fishers plunk into fully rigged kayaks, reeling in catch that ranges from redfish to pompano

$350 $189

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One-Day General or VIP Admission for One or Two to Coral Gables Festival of The Arts (Up to 40% Off)

Coral Gables Festival of The Arts

Coral Gables

Artists working in mediums like sculpture, watercolors, and bronze converge on this fest that’s as much about serious art as the festivities

$20 $12

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One-Hour Soccer-Field Rental on Weekdays or Weekends at Soccer Planet USA (Up to 67% Off)

Soccer Planet USA

Doral

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

$140 $61

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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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Full-Day Visit for Two or Four to Jungle Adventures (Up to 48% Off)

Jungle Adventures

East Orlando

Nature park showcases rare breeds of panthers, bears, and jungle creatures in natural habitats during live exhibitions and guided tours

$47.90 $25

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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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Entry for One or Two to the Zombie Run 5K on Saturday, February 28 from 5k Run Dead (Up to 61% Off)

5k Run Dead

Club Lake Plantation

Charity 5K pits runners against zombies in fun, competitive race environment

$70 $29

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LED Light Night Paddleboard Tour for Two or Four at Blue Moon Outdoor Center (55% Off)

Blue Moon Outdoor Center

North Miami

Explore waters beneath a night sky, illuminated by LED lights strapped to stand-up paddleboards

$110 $49

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Two, Four, or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Fitness Xperts (Up to 65% Off)

Fitness Xperts

Altamonte Springs

Certified trainers coach participants through a series of cardio and strength-training exercises to help with personal fitness goals

$100 $45

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$34 for $75 Groupon — CrossFit Predators

Crossfit Predators

Oakland Park

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

$75 $34

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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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Nature Park and Fun Park Admission for Two or Four at Shell Factory and Nature Park (Up to 50% Off)

The Shell Factory and Nature Park

North Fort Myers

Nature park with more than 350 animals, paddleboat ride with food to feed fish, and an 18-hole game of mini golf

$30 $17

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One Month of Children's or Adult Music Lessons at Elite Academy of Music and Motion (50% Off)

Elite Academy of Music and Motion

Ormond Beach

Highly personalized music lessons teach piano, voice, flute and woodwinds, violin and strings, and brass instruments

$110 $55

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One Month of Unlimited Unloaded CrossFit or CrossFit Sessions at Bisao CrossFit (Up to 76% Off)

Bisao CrossFit

Pembroke Park

Unloaded sessions serve as an introduction to CrossFit; high-energy, constantly changing workouts that combine cardio and strength training

$150 $65

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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 66% 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 $22

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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
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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 Causeway
Miami,
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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