Tours in Florida

Grub and Pub Crawl for One or Two (Up to 55% Off)

Grub and Pub Crawl

Multiple Locations

$43.19 $20

Walking tour of Miami, which runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., includes stops at five or six restaurants and complimentary food and drinks

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Gaspar's Grotto

$50 $25.99

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy history of Tampa's most haunted areas; includes ghost-hunting equipment and a set of dowsing rods

$25 for a 90-Minute Waterfront Segway Tour from All About Fun Tours ($50 value)

All About Fun Tours

St. Petersburg

$50 $25

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Scenic tour of St. Petersburg’s waterfront; basic training, tour guide, and personal headgear provided

$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

The Other Bar

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

60-Minute Segway Tour for One or Two from Segway Fort Lauderdale (Up to 45% Off)

Segway Fort Lauderdale

Segway Fort Lauderdale

$59 $35

See local sights such as downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, and luxurious residential areas while a guide shares fun facts

$169 for Romantic Sightseeing Flight with Champagne for Two at ATA Flight School ($389.99 Value)

ATA Flight School

North Perry Airport

$389.99 $169

Witness the sun set over the Florida Everglades from a bird’s-eye view while sipping champagne

Electric Bike Tour or Rental, or Mountain Bike Tour for Two from New Age Cycles (Up to 41% Off)

New Age Cycles

Hollywood Beach - Quadoman

$99.90 $59

Guides show guests the beautiful sights of Hollywood Beach on motorized electric bikes or classic cruisers and mountain bikes

$149 for a Two-Hour Sunset Cruise or Sightseeing Cruise for Four from Flatsaholic Inshore Charters ($300 Value)

Flatsaholic Inshore Charters

Seminole Boat Ramp

$300 $149

Passengers enjoy views of the sunset or spend the day hopping islands, collecting seashells, and spotting turtles, dolphins, and manatees

2-Night Bahamas Cruise for 2 in October with Halloween Events from Celebration Cruise Line (Up to 55% Off)

Celebration Cruise Line

West Palm Beach

$398 $179

Caribbean ocean liner cruises from West Palm Beach toward Bahamas; spa, pool, Las Vegas–style casino, and free meals on board

Boat Tour for Up to Six or an Island Boat Tour and Paddleboard Rental for One from Watersports Paradise (50% Off)

Watersports Paradise

Miami Watersports Paradise - Miami Beach Marina, Dock J

$160 $80

Cruise the waters of South Beach in a fully enclosed boat with an iPod jack, and room for up to six; optionally rent a standup paddleboard

$99 for a 45-Minute Introductory Flight Experience from Beach Aviation ($250 Value)

Beach Aviation

Multiple Locations

$250 $99

An introductory flight lets you take the controls of a plane and soar over the coast with the help of an FAA commercial pilot and instructor

Two-Hour Dolphin and Manatee Tour on the Indian River for Two or Four from DolFun Tours (Up to 68% off)

DolFun Tours

Melbourne

$48 $19

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Boat tours sail through the Indian River's estuary full of dolphins, manatees, and more than 4,000 bird and fish species

Two-Hour Dolphin Tour or Sunset Party Cruise for One or Two on The “Fort Myers Princess” (Up to 48% Off)

Fort Myers Princess

Fort Myers Beach

$27.85 $15

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Captain Gene Becker steers guests into calm waters for dolphin spotting or party cruises aboard a 75 ft. US Coast Guard–certified vessel

Two tickets to the Bridal Joy tour (Up to 51% Off)

Bridal Joy

Multiple Locations

$45 $22

All-day wedding planning event lets parties mingle with wedding professionals and visit venues amid food, music, and fun

Alligator Show and Airboat Ride for One, Two, or Four at Everglades Alligator Farm

Everglades Alligator Farm

Homestead

$21.62 $15

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Alligator handlers entertain and educate during shows, then let everyone hold a baby alligator; airboat rides zip through wetlands

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

Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

$16.95 $10

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

$119 for 30-Minute Flight Lesson on Sea & Sky Cygnet Amphibious Aircraft from Duckwing Triking ($230 Value)

Duckwing Triking

Palm Harbor

$230 $119

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Soar above Clearwater Beach, the Gulf of Mexico, and St. Joseph Sound in an FAA-certified powered hang-glider

Horse-Farm Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four at The Gypsy Gold Farm (Up to 48% Off)

The Gypsy Gold Farm

Ocala

$60 $32

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Tour introduces visitors to rare horses & delves into vibrant subculture that began breeding them

$26 for Coconut Grove Historic Ghost Tour for Two from Ghost Tours Miami ($52 Value)

Ghost Tours Miami

Northeast Coconut Grove

$52 $26

Educational ghost tour hopes to visit spirits of ancient indigenous peoples, playhouse-dwelling phantoms, and modern soldiers and sailors

Dolphin or Sunset Cruise for Two or Four from Premier Dolphin Cruise (Up to 54% Off)

Premier Dolphin Cruise

Portofino Boardwalk

$60 $30

Guests feel the sea breeze on their cheeks as they sail Santa Rosa Sound in an open-air catamaran and scan the waters for dolphins

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

CitySightSeeing Miami

Multiple Locations

$39 $19

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

Fruit-Farm Outing with Grove Tour and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Mixon Fruit Farms (Up to 56% Off)

Mixon Fruit Farms

Bradenton

$27.30 $12

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Tram tours wind through citrus trees and stop at a wildlife refuge before dropping visitors off at the café for ice cream

Day- or Weeklong Bike Rental from West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co.

Oakland

$30 $15

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Choose from a variety of bicycles to rent for the day or all weeklong, whether using it to get in shape, hit the trails, or to get around

Pirate Tour for Two or for Four with Pirate Packs from Black Sparrow Pirates (Up to 38% Off)

Black Sparrow Pirates

Riviera Beach

$50 $31

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Pirate ship sails around Peanut Island while kids participate in water-cannon battle and treasure hunt

Monster-Truck Off-Road Eco Tours at Showcase of Citrus (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Showcase of Citrus

Clermont

$15 $10

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Monster swamp buggies cruise through a 2,500-acre family farm inhabited by exotic wildlife and more than 50 varieties of citrus fruits

Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Tour for One, Two, or Four from City View Trolley Tours (36% Off)

City View Trolley Tours

Key West

$28 $18

Riders hop on and off at nine stops along a scenic route through the streets of Key West

Half- or Full-Day Sailing Outing with Refreshments from Atlantis V Charters (Up to 54% Off)

Atlantis V Charters

Tarpon Springs

$72 $34

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4.5- or 8.5-hour excursion leads passengers out to Anclote Key Preserve State Park aboard a 50-foot gulfstar yacht

Dolphin Discovery Tour or Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise for Two or Four from Marine Discovery Center (Up to 51% Off)

Marine Discovery Center

New Smyrna Beach

$50 $25

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Certified naturalists lead pontoon-boat tours in search of playful marine mammals and local nautical landmarks

Three Haunts, One Attraction, and Popcorn for Two or Four at Adventure Landing Jacksonville (51% Off)

Adventure Landing Jacksonville

Jacksonville Beach

$61.16 $30

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Haunt Nights entry includes CarnieVille, Apocalypse 3D, and Dark Fables

Manatee Eco-Tour and Shelling Adventure from Double R's Fishing and Tours Company (Up to 42% Off). Two Options.

Double R's Fishing and Tour Co.

Port of the Islands Resort

$180 $109

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After an eco-tour of the Ten Thousand Islands on a 22 ft. Hurricane deck boat, day trippers enjoy 45 minutes of shelling on Whitehorse Key

90-Minute Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise for Two or Four by Dolphin Quest (Up to 47% Off)

Dolphin Quest

Madeira Beach

$33 $19

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A Coast Guard–licensed captain takes passengers out onto Boca Ciega Bay in search of dolphins, manatees, and seabirds

$199 for a 75-Minute Romantic Plane Tour for Two from Go Fly Tours ($399 Off)

Go Fly Tours

Opa Locka Airport

$399 $199

75-minute romantic plane tours include a champagne toast and chocolate

Three-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Manatee-Snorkeling Tour for Two or Four at Paradise Boat Tours (Up to 46% Off)

Paradise Boat Tours

Crystal River

$240 $145

Glass-bottom boat tours explore Crystal River, stopping to let passengers out to swim with the manatees with the help of a guide

Ghost Boat Tour for One or Two from Jumanji Attractions (45% Off)

Jumanji Attractions

St. Augustine

$39.95 $22

Learn about shipwrecks and nautical legends hidden beneath Matanzas Bay aboard a lighthouse ferry boat that helped develop St. Augustine, FL

$259 for a Five-Hour Private Boat Charter for Up to Six from Island Ferry ($499 Value)

Island Ferry

Pass-a-Grille Beach

$499 $259

In luxury watercrafts, passengers take in costal views; the BYOB cruises are helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains

Port Canaveral Food Tour for Two or Four from Yummy Florida (Up to 39% Off)

Yummy Florida

Port Canaveral

$98 $60

Visit Exploration Tower and various historical sights, while enjoying samples of the best bits of local cuisine and drink

Two-Hour Narrated Ecological River Cruise for One, Two, or Four from St. Johns River Cruises (Up to 57% Off)

St. Johns River Cruises

Orange City

$22 $9.50

Leisurely two-hour cruise upon St. Johns River puts riders up close with manatees, alligators, bald eagles, and limpkins

$17 for $30 Worth of Wine Tours — Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Interlachen

$30 $17

The customer is welcome to taste all of our wines and receive one 750 ml bottle of wine per deal.

Two-Hour Glass-Bottomed-Boat Cruise for Two or Four on the "Key Largo Princess" (Up to 57% Off)

Key Largo Princess

Key Largo

$70 $31

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70 ft. yacht shuttles up to 129 guests, who gaze through 280 sq. ft. glass bottom at vibrant coral-reef state park

Jacksonville Walking Tour for Two, Four, or Six from AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation (Up to 51% Off)

AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation

Jacksonville

$40 $20

Tour-goers hear behind-the-scenes stories of some of the city's historic sights, and enter downtown's secret underground tunnels

VIP South Beach Pub Crawl Admission for One, Two, or Four from Pub Crawl Miami (Up to 61% Off)

Pub Crawl Miami

Miami

$25 $11

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Knowledgeable guides lead guests to four Miami hot spots to enjoy free drinks and admission, party favors, and drink specials

$175 for a Romantic Helicopter Tour for Up to Three People from Tampa Bay Aviation ($384 Value)

Tampa Bay Aviation

Albert Whitted Airport

$384 $175

Private helicopter flight reveals aerial views of historic St. Petersburg; includes roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries

Digital Walking Adventure for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Lake Eola Park

$39.95 $20

Friends and families grab their smartphones before heading out on an adventurous walking tour looking for clues and racking up points

Two-Hour Pub Crawl for One or Two Seats on a 15-Person Bike from Cycle Party (62% Off). Two Options Available.

Cycle Party

Downtown Fort Lauderdale

$39 $17

Up to 15 people hop aboard a pedal-powered quadracycle during the two-hour crawl that includes drink specials

Sunset Celebration Cruise for Two or Four from The Tropics Boat Tours (Up to 51% Off)

The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater

$50 $25

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Sea captains sail luxury catamaran to Gulf of Mexico, charting courses as the sun goes down on frolicking bottlenose dolphins

$12 for a Walking Tour from Ghosts of Palm Beach ($25 Value)

Ghosts of Palm Beach

Living Wall Park

$25 $12

Explore haunted spots in Palm Beach during 150-minute walking tours

One- or Two-Hour Paddleboard Rental with Optional Instruction from Miami Beach Paddleboard (Up to 62% Off)

Miami Watersports LLC

Miami Beach

$30 $10

Paddleboarding instructors teach safety techniques and steering before sending paddlers off into the water fully equipped for 1 or 2 hours

Two-Hour Scenic Wildlife Boat Tour for One, Two, or Four from Good Natured River Tours (Up to 57% Off)

Good Natured River Tours

Grills River Side

$34 $19

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Cruise through the space coast estuary on the scenic Indian River Lagoon, glimpsing dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife

Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Haunted Fort Myers (50% Off)

Haunted Fort Myers

Downtown Historic District

$20 $10

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

60-Minute Airboat Nature Tour for Two or Four from Boggy Creek Airboat Rides (Up to 49% Off)

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

Kissimmee

$87.90 $45

Glide through swampy wetlands at speeds of up to 45 mph on a certified airboat while spotting wildlife such as gators and eagles

Sightseeing or Twilight Cruise for One, Two, or Four Adults from Majestic Princess Cruises (Up to 47% Off)

Majestic Princess Cruises

Riviera Beach

$32 $18

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Leisurely yacht with onboard eatery Tides 41 traverses the Intracoastal Waterway as narration highlights estates and historical landmarks

90–120 Minute Narrated Dolphin Adventure and Nature Cruise for 1, 2, or 4 from Odyssey Cruises (Up to 47% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Tarpon Springs

$18.99 $11

Sightseers journey down the Anclote River into the Gulf of Mexico on a narrated cruise, glimpsing wildlife such as dolphins and birds

Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to Four from Turtle Mound River Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Turtle Mound River Tours

Bethune Volusia Beach

$50 $30

Wildlife specialist leads two-hour pontoon tours of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary and Canaveral National Seashore Park

Segway Tour for One, Two, or Four from Naples Segway Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Naples Segway Tours

Old Naples

$74 $45

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Tour the city on a Segway i2 Generation 2 machine to see sighs such as Naples Pier, Third Street South, and Cambier Park

$175 for a Four-Hour Private Manatee Tour for Up to Six at Nature Coast Manatee Tours (Up to $350 Value)

Nature Coast Manatee Tours

Homosassa

$350 $175

The houseboat boasts satellite TV and a hearty breakfast spread, although swimming alongside manatees trumps those amenities

$29 for Jax Water Tours' Four-Hour Pontoon Pub Crawl ($49 Value)

Jax Water Tours

St. Augustine

$49 $29

Board the Osprey pontoon and enjoy two complimentary drinks en route to Kingfish Grill and the Conch House

Port Canaveral Tour for One, Two, or Four from Space Coast Segway Tours, LLC (Up to 66% Off)

Space Coast Segway Tours, LLC

Cape Canaveral

$65 $25

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Guides lead segway riders on two-wheeled jaunt down palm-tree-lined paths to see sights such as manatees

Sunset or Reef Snorkeling Cruise from Gemini Dream Charters (Up to 50% Off)

Gemini Dream Charters

Coral Lagoon Resort

$400 $200

Groups of up to six watch the ocean ignite with reds and oranges on the sunset cruise, or explore the Coffins Patch Reef on a snorkel cruise

City Tour, Everglades Tour, or Tour of City and Biscayne Bay from Safari Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Safari Tours

Bayside Marketplace

$39 $19

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Guides narrate in both English and Spanish as adventurers take in sights from art-deco buildings to swamp wildlife

Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Agency For Eternal Justice (Up to 51% Off)

Agency For Eternal Justice

Orlando

$50 $25

Guides will take tour-goers to paranormal locations and investigate and attempt to contact the spirits during 90-minute tours

One-Hour Beach Tour for Up to 10 People from Beach Hopper Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Beach Hopper Tours

Fort Lauderdale

$199 $89

Tour Fort Lauderdale's beaches on stretch golf carts that seat up to 10 people

Three-Hour Adventure Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Adventure Lifestyle (Up to 56% Off)

Adventure Lifestyle

Palm Beach Sailing Club Or Other Location

$450 $225

Three-hour journey includes trip to and from island, lunch, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and visiting sites of interest

Miami Grand City Tour and Biscayne Bay Tour for One or Two from Miami Adventures (Up to 62% Off)

Miami Adventures

Biscayne Bay

$110 $46

Visit popular Miami haunts such as Little Havana and Coconut Grove before boarding a yacht to explore celebrity homes around Biscayne Bay

$21 for a River Excursion or Sunset Cruise for One from Pure Ft. Myers (Up to $35 Value)

Pure Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers River District

$35 $21

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Tours include picturesque views of dolphins, manatees, eagles, and seabirds with views of the historic coastline

Sea Fari Adventure Cruise for Two Adults or a Family of Four from Sun Line Cruises (44% Off)

Sun Line Cruises

Tarpon Springs

$32 $17.99

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Cruises head to the Gulf of Mexico; a guide shares facts about the estuaries, bayous, wildlife, and shore birds.

$19 for 90-Minute Sightseeing Cruise for One from Naples Princess ($36.50 Value)

Naples Princess

Old Naples

$36.50 $19

Narrated tours aboard a 105-foot luxury yacht showcase the waterways of Naples, the Gulf of Mexico, and Port Royal

Pirates and Plunder Walking Tour for Two or Four from Tour Saint Augustine Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Tour Saint Augustine Inc.

Historic Downtown

$24 $12

Pirate guides regale guests with tales of aquatic brigands and buccaneers while illuminating the history of former Spanish supply stop town

$17 for Two-Hour Boat Tour of the Thousand Islands from Island Boat Lines (Up to $28 Value) 

Island Boat Lines

Cocoa Beach

$28 $17

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Naturalists and certified captains narrate tours and guide boats to Cocoa Beach's Thousand Islands, seeking views of Florida wildlife

Hiking or Airboat Tour of the Everglades from Everglades Nature Tours (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Everglades Nature Tours

Sweetwater-Ochopee

$60 $29

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Lead by a Gladesman with 35+ years' experience, visitors trudge through the unique ecosystem or zoom above its grasses in an airboat

Real Estate Educational and Leisure Tour of Orlando's East or West District for One or Two (Up to 63% Off)

Discover Leisure Tours

Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland

$80 $39

Resident tour guides show off Orlando's non-tourist neighborhoods, including local eateries and bars, home and estates, and pastimes.

$1,999 for a Four-Hour Private Yacht Experience for Up to 12 from Coastal Yacht Tours ($3,499 Value)

Coastal Yacht Tours

Fort Lauderdale

$3,499 $1,999

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Passengers cruise down the New River or Intra-Coastal Waterway aboard a Marquis 690 motor yacht while enjoying provided food and champagne

Walking History Tour for Two or Four from True Tours (50% Off)

True Tours

Downtown Historic District

$24 $12

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Tours explore the city's art and history as well as it's sinister, paranormal past

$44 for a Historic Pub Crawl and Beer-Tasting Tour for Two from St. Augustine City Walks ($78 Value)

St. Augustine City Walks

Saint Augustine

$78 $44

Take in historic tales and old pub lore while learning about fine beers, wines, and sangria on St. Augustine City Walks' signature tour

Design District Art Tour with Three-Course Meal for Two or Four from The Art Experience (Up to 59% Off)

The Art Experience

The Art Experience

$250 $105

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Tourators expose folks to architecture and street art before celebrity chef prepares a three-course meal

Night Helicopter Tour with Champagne and Photos for One, Two, or Four from HQ Aviation LLC (Up to 56% Off)

HQ Aviation

Orlando

$400 $179

The 40-minute tour of the Orlando skies includes a champagne toast and commemorative photos

Island City ECO Paddle Lesson and Tour for One or Two from Sunrise Paddleboards (Up to 65% Off)

Sunrise Paddleboards

Bal Harbour

$99 $39

Sightseers navigate standup paddleboards across waterways while exploring the riverside near Island City; tour includes paddleboard lesson

Haunted Pirate Tour for Two or Four, Plus 10% Off In-Store Purchases at The Pirate Store (Up to 53% Off)

The Pirate Store

St. Augustine

$40 $19

A costumed guide regales tour-goers with spine-tingling stories highlighting St. Augustine's marauding past

$119 for Sunset Yacht Cruise for Two at Happy Cruises ($119 Value)

Happy Cruises

Coral Gables

$295 $119

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Yacht sets sail for Biscayne Bay, visiting Nixon's Sand Bar, and returns in full view of the Miami skyline; includes a free bottle of wine

$40 for a Half-Day ElliptiGo Rental from M. Cruz Bicycle Rentals & Segway Tours ($80 Value)

M. Cruz Bicycle Rentals & Segway Tours

Birch Park - Finger Streets

$80 $40

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A four-hour rental of an outdoor fitness device that mimics the motion of running with less impact to the joints

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High-profile destinations often cite their high ratings on TripAdvisor, which named e2ride bike tours Jacksonville?s No. 1 attraction. However, few boast that they were highly rated by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her iconic novel, Uncle Tom?s Cabin, is credited with helping to ignite the Civil War, but most of her opinions on travel have been lost to the ages?except on the company?s historical bike tour of Olde Mandarin. As the tour group winds past the lush area?s museums and public parks, the tour guide notes that Stowe dubbed the area ?a tropical paradise.?

On the company?s other tours, guides offer equally juicy historical tidbits, such as that Riverside-Avondale was originally only occupied by just two homeowners or that Truman Capote vacationed in Springfield. As they learn about the past, groups cycle down present-day roads lined with homes in styles ranging from Tudor and Georgian to Star Warsian.

12001 Mandarin Road
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

Founder Carole Baskin never dreamt she'd one day oversee a 55-acre sanctuary inhabited by some of Earth's largest cats. In 1992, she and her late husband were at an exotic-animal auction seeking out llamas for their farm. A man had a 6-month-old bobcat that he could no longer care for, and the pair decided to give it a place to call home. They then traveled to a bobcat breeder for another playmate, but upon seeing the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, they bought all 56 kittens. They rehabilitated them back to health, and gave them permanent homes on their then-40-acre site. Soon, word of her knack for nurturing spread beyond the Tampa area, and callers began donating abandoned or orphaned cats. Her mission to save these animals also reached the ears and hearts of many celebrities, including contributors Harrison Ford and Bo Derek.

After 20 years of hard work and learning, Carole is still caring for abused and abandoned big cats at her rescue site, accommodating more than 100 medium and large creatures from bengal tigers and black leopards to lynx and lions. Her staff of volunteers helps care for the animals and leads groups in tours that educate visitors on the plight of these animals both in the wild and in captivity.

12802 Easy St
Tampa,
FL
US

The thrum of the speedboat's engine carries through the water like an ice-cream truck's jingle. A 4-foot-high wake trails behind, fanning out into a fork as the speed increases and the passengers ready their cameras. Soon, a glistening fin breaks the surface. The first bottlenose dolphin seems to levitate on top of the wave while it bodysurfs for the sheer fun of it, then disappears back into the sea. Its pod follows suit, leaping, splashing, and riding the swells, soaking up the attention of the human spectators.

Sights like this are typical on the Dolphin Racer Speed Boat. The sunny yellow craft skirts across the Gulf of Mexico on 60- to 75-minute trips while up to 125 people lounge on the open deck and the captain narrates the sights of the passing beaches. Ample viewing space ensures that cameras can capture split-second jumps and spins when the dolphins heed the call to play. Whether it's because of the thrill of breaching, the pride in their celebrity status, or an underwater bet to see who can communicate with humans first, the dolphins' presence is virtually guaranteed—the boat offers a complimentary future cruise in the case of no-shows.

3400 Pasadena Ave. S
St. Petersburg,
FL
US

The only way to get into Gatorland is to walk straight into an alligator's toothy maw. The giant mouth provides entrance to 110 acres of marshy wildlife preserve––home to a vast ecosystem populated by thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds, including rare wading birds and four rare white alligators. Among these, more than 130 gators splash and lounge in the park’s breeding marsh, which visitors can view safely from a three-story observation tower or while sitting on the shoulders of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Yet one of the biggest thrills of Gatorland is the reptile's raw power. Visitors can see this on full display during the Gator Jumparoo show, where alligators leap four to five feet out of the water to snag food directly from a trainer’s hands, or during the Gator Wrestlin' Show, where a handler demonstrates survival skills. True thrill-seekers can even dangle over the breeding marsh while riding the 65-foot-tall Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. And to experience the unsettling sensation of stumbling upon a swamp filled with alligators at night, the Night Shine takes participants deep into gator territory armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs.

14501 S Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando,
FL
US

Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.

3945 Museum Dr.
Tallahassee,
FL
US