Things To Do in Florida

The Great Love Debate at Colony Theatre on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Great Love Debate

Colony Theatre

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Town Hall–style dating event pairs love experts with 400 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

$41.99 $25

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90-Minute Dance Class for One, Two, or Four, or Private Party for Up to Eight (Up to 75% Off)

Art of Exotic Dancing

Multiple Locations

Alluring choreography is set to music during supportive, confidence-boosting classes and parties

$50 $20

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$20 for Admission for Two to the Butterfly Glow Party on Saturday, November 1 ($40 Value)

My Hope Chest

Pass- A- Grille Beach Hurley Park

Butterfly Glow Party keeps things lively before and after event benefiting breast cancer survivors with DJ, movies, games, food, and spirits

$40 $20

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Bowling, Shoe Rental, Billiards, and Shuffleboard at Kings Bowl (Up 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Kings Bowl

Southwest Orange

Massive entertainment complex features 22 bowling lanes, four billiards tables, a shuffleboard table, HDTVs, food, and cocktails

$40 $19.99

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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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"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

$100 $45

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"Grand Massacre" Featuring Fedde Le Grand at Passion Nightclub on October 30 at 10 p.m. (Up to 90% Off Concert)

"Grand Massacre" feat. Fedde Le Grand

Passion Night Club

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Dutch-born artist behind “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit” brings his blood-pumping mixes to the dance floor with local EDM DJ Jose Estrada

$45 $18

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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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5 or 10 TRX or Ballet Barre Classes at TransForm Pilates (Up to 48% Off)

TransForm Pilates

Transform Pilates

Small classes provide instructors with plenty of time to give personal attention to students as they burn off calories

$85 $45

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Corey Smith on October 2, Bone Thugs N Harmony on October 5, Shockfest on October 8, or Drowning Pool on October 26

Corey Smith, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Shockfest, and Drowning Pool

Multiple Locations

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Upcoming country songwriter Corey Smith, Grammy-winners Bone Thugs N Harmony, a horror-rock festival, and hard rockers Drowning Pool

$50 $25

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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 Oct/Nov: Rocky Horror, David Cook, Beatles & Talking Heads tribute, & film fest (Up to 47% Off).

High Dive

High Dive

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Cult movies, punk rockers dressed like Power Rangers, tributes to the Beatles and Talking Heads, American Idol winner, and more

$9.70 $6

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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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5 or 10 Heated and Non-Heated Classes at Yoga 4 Life in Coral Springs (Up to 59% Off)

Yoga 4 Life

Coral Springs

As yoga loosens taut muscles, students move through a series of poses to stretch tendons and strengthen cores

$70 $29

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The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live at Ruth Eckerd Hall on November 6 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Fresh Beat Band

Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Pop quartet of Nick Jr. stars play irresistibly catchy tunes from a trove of fan favorites and new material in a dance-along show

$49.25 $24

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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 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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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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Pilates Group and Private Reformer Classes at aerialbodiesinc (Up to 64% Off). Three Options Available.

aerialbodiesinc

Sunshine Park

Reformer machines’ ropes, springs, and pulleys use students’ body weight to help them increase lean muscle mass and flexibility

$126 $49

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Live Escape Game for Two or Five at QQuest Situational Rooms (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

QQuest Situational Rooms

Pompano Beach

Solve puzzles, confront challenges, and unravel the mystery of how to escape the locked room you find yourself, and how you got there

$60 $35

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to the Hernando Historical Museum's Annual Haunted House (Up to 44% Off)

Hernando Historical Museum's Annual Haunted House

Brooksville

Groups of two, four, or six can scream their way through a haunted house on Friday or Saturday; includes one hotdog and drink per person

$16 $10

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Pints for Paws Lakeland Beerfest at The Lakeland Center on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Pints for Paws Lakeland Beerfest

The Lakeland Center

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Sample more than 90 beers at a charitable event that benefits the Humane Society; includes music and food-truck rally

$40 $24

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$12 to See the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo at Davie Pro Rodeo Arena on November 6 ($20 Value)

Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo

Davie Pro Rodeo Arena

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The first day of the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo kicks off three days of bull riding, barrel racing, and bronc and bareback riding

$20 $12

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General or VIP Bowloween Admission for Two at Lucky Strike Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Bowlloween

Lucky Strike

Costumed bowlers ages 21 and up enjoy drink specials at Lucky Strike Lanes on Halloween

$30 $15

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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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Martial Arts Classes at Empower Wellness and Martial Arts (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Empower Wellness and Martial Arts

Deltona

Kids and adults learn discipline and self-defense fundamentals and increase agility through tae kwon do, a Korean martial art

$90 $45

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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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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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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O.A.R. at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, November 15, at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

O.A.R.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

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Jam band behind the hit “Heaven” celebrates its latest, The Rockville LP

$53 $26

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5, 10, or Month Unlimited Beach Yoga Classes, or Standup Paddleboard Yoga at Beach Yoga Pinellas (Up To 54% Off)

Beach Yoga Pinellas

Multiple Locations

Stress melts and muscles strengthen during beachside routines that incorporate Iyengar poses, paddleboard yoga, and Ashtanga sequences

$60 $29

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Fresh Beat Band at King Center for the Performing Arts on November 5 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Fresh Beat Band at King Center for the Performing Arts on November 5

King Center for the Performing Arts

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Nick Jr. musical quartet take the stage for an autumn concert

$47.75 $28

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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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10 Yoga Classes from Therapeutic Movement with Saundra (65% Off)

Therapeutic Movement With Saundra

Palm Coast

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

$120 $42

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Two Private Tennis Lessons or Three Hours of Junior or Adult Programs at ZMG Tennis (Up to 64% Off)

ZMG Tennis

Deer Creek

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

$130 $50

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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 49% 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 $18

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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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Airboat Tour and Exhibit Pass or Gator Tour for One or Two from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Up to 38% 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

$20.50 $13

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$37.50 for Admission for One to 5k Run at Survival Beach at Wyndham Resort ($75 Value)

Survival Beach

Wyndham Resort

5k obstacle race along Lover’s Key State Park

$75 $37.50

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Round of Mini Golf and Gator Food for Two or Four at Congo River Golf (Up to 50% Off)

Congo River Adventure Golf

Congo River Golf Daytona Beach

Live alligators crunch morsels in an exhibit next to a mini-golf course with waterfalls, towering rock structures, and safari artifacts

$31.96 $17

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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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Fan Sponsorship Package with All Access for a Race from RaceDaySponsor.com (25% Off)

RaceDaySponsor.com

Homestead

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Have your name plastered to a race car with sponsorship packages that include complimentary pit and garage passes

$400 $299

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Movie with Popcorn and Drinks for Two or Four at The Last Picture Show Movie Theatre (Up to 54% 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 $14

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Chocolate-Factory Adventure Tour for One or Two from Chocolate Kingdom (Up to 41% Off)

Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

Professional Chocolate Tour guides lead 45- to 60-minute tours through a cacao-tree greenhouse, chocolate museum, and a micro batch factory

$16.95 $10

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Admission with Meal for One, Two, or Four to North Miami Greek Festival on October 31–November 2 (Up to 52% Off)

North Miami Greek Festival

Alhambra Heights

Celebrate Greek culture by tasting food and wine, watching dance and musical performances, and participating in children’s activities

$30 $15

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Local Craft-Beer Tasting for Two or Four at The Pint and Brew (Up to 52% Off). Five Options Available.

The Pint and Brew

Palm Harbor

Sample four craft beers from breweries such as Florida Avenue Brewing Co. and Green Bench Brewing Co.; BYO snacks with tailgate option

$28 $14

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Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pure Barre (59% Off)

Pure Barre

Multiple Locations

With the help of a ballet barre, isometric movements tone the body, burn fat & build long, lean muscles in arms, thighs, glutes, abs & hips

$110 $45

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Corn Maze Festival for Two or Four at Timberline Farm (Up to 47% Off)

Timberline Farm

Belleview

For the fall season, an educational farm features family attractions such as hay and train rides, a corn maze, pony rides, and face painting

$16 $9

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$250 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 $250

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One Month of Bikram Yoga or 20 Bikram Classes at Bikram Yoga Jupiter (Up to 75% Off)

Bikram Yoga Jupiter

Driftwood Plaza

Bikram yoga sessions flow through a series of 26 poses in a 1,300 sq. ft. heated room that’s filled with natural light

$155 $65

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Two Kids' Playtime Day Passes and 40 Paintballs or 10 Kids' Day Passes at Escape Zone (Up to 58% Off)

Escape Zone

Port Charlotte

Day passes grant children access obstacle courses, bounce houses, slides, and other playful attractions

$18 $9

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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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$14 for a Visitor Attraction Package at the National Naval Aviation Museum ($22.25 Total Value)

National Naval Aviation Museum

Southwest Pensacola

Come see the worlds largest naval aviation museum, with special exhibits like Blue Angels jets, IMAX theatre, and 4,000+ artifacts

$22.25 $14

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Shooting-Range Package with a Pistol or Rifle at Take Aim Gun Range Inc. (Up to 30% Off)

Take Aim Gun Range Inc.

Sarasota

NRA- and state-certified staff oversee an air-conditioned indoor range with a designated area for spectators

$55.49 $39

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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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$14 for One Round of Mini Golf for Two at Smuggler's Cove (Up to $25.98 Value)

Smuggler's Cove

Multiple Locations

Pirate-themed miniature golf where balls roll past waterfalls & into caves; exhibits such as golfing with the gators feature live alligators

$25.98 $14

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Born to Ride Jam Featuring Blue Oyster Cult at England Brothers Park on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 38% Off)

"Born to Ride Jam"

Pinellas Park

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Blue Oyster Cult, Billy Squier, Lou Gramm from Foreigner, and the stars of Sons of Anarchy celebrate classic rock and motorcycles

$200 $125

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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 68% Off)

Soccer Planet USA

Doral

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

$140 $57

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Admission to the Riverhawk Music Festival for Two with Optional Campsite (50% Off)

Riverhawk Music Festival

Brooksville

Family-friendly festival features four days of acoustic jazz, country, Americana, and rhythm and roots, along with activities for all ages

$160 $80

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Exotic Car Driving Experience from Velocity Driving (Up to 61% Off). Three Options Available.

Velocity Driving

Naples-Fort Myers Track and Entertainment Center

Strap into a Lamborghini Gallardo, Nissan GTR, or other high-powered sports car at the Naples-Fort Myers Track and Entertainment Center

$100 $39

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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 Half 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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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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Round of Mini Golf and Gator Food for Two or Four at Congo River Golf (Up to 50% Off)

Congo River Adventure Golf - Orlando

Congo River Adventure Golf - Orlando

Live alligators crunch morsels in an exhibit next to a mini-golf course with waterfalls, towering rock structures, and safari artifacts

$33.96 $18

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10, 20, or 50 Yoga Classes at Inner G Yoga (Up to 80% Off)

Inner G Yoga

Oakland Park

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

$140 $29

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90-Minute Paddle-Boarding Session for Two, Four, or Eight from By the Bay Watersports (Up to 60% Off)

By the Bay Watersports

Cutler Bay

While donning life jackets, paddlers paddle-board through calm waters and follow their guide through picturesque scenery

$100 $49

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Paddleboard Yoga Classes or Nature Tours at Paddleboard Adventure (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Paddleboard Adventure

Hancock

Paddleboard yoga classes combine the flexibility of yoga with the balance of paddleboarding; nature tours take groups wildlife spotting

$45 $22

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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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Standup-Comedy Show Featuring Tommy Savitt, Sarge, or John Heffron, October 10–November 8 (Up to 55% Off)

Mardi Gras Casino

Jokers Wild Comedy Club and Bar at the Mardi Gras Casino

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Enjoy standup from comics seen on Last Comic Standing, HBO, and The Bob & Tom Show

$53.74 $25

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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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$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 Ln
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

At Pole Dance Miami, honored as 2010’s Best Gym Alternative in the Miami New Times and featured on NBC Channel 6, dance poles host a dizzying array of spins and twists in more than 40 weekly classes that unite high-flying exercise with feminine sensuality. Passionate instructors lead one-hour classes in sundry styles for patrons of all skill levels, from the sultry sways of Beginner 1 to the Vixen class’s foxy spin combos. The fuchsia studio’s floor-to-ceiling wall of mirrors assists patrons in achieving proper form during mat stretches and twists, and its hardwood floors are tuned to make pitch-perfect music when struck with stiletto heels. Ladies can flock to the studio en masse for pole parties, during which instructors lead partygoers in basic moves to celebrate bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or high-noon tea parties.

17670 NW 78th Ave
Hialeah,
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